The Health and Safety of All Members of the Sage Hill Community is Our Top Priority
Sage Hill School has made adjustments to many aspects of our program and facilities for the 2020-2021 school year in order to best promote the health and safety of students, faculty and the community. Our approach is multi-layered and preventive. Please know that even as we do our best to mitigate risks of COVID-19 transmission on school grounds, at this time there is no way to guarantee that these procedures will eliminate the risk entirely.
- All health policies and protocols are developed pursuant to guidance from the governor of California, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other public health experts. These procedures are subject to change in keeping with the latest health guidelines and will be clearly communicated to all community members throughout the school year.
- All educational practices are guided by the School’s commitment to our Mission, Values and growth of identified skills (the Six Cs) in a supportive learning environment that targets individual growth and development.
Distance and On-Campus Learning at Sage Hill School
Our Mission: We inspire in our students a love of knowledge and the ability to use that knowledge creatively, compassionately and courageously throughout their lives.
Sage Hill’s mission guides all decisions relating to each aspect of the student experience. For the 2020-2021 school year, we look to our mission to find creative, compassionate and courageous solutions to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our Educational Philosophy: Whether we are meeting face-to-face or online, Sage Hill School is committed to creating a learning environment that promotes the physical, social, and emotional safety and wellness of our students. We challenge our teachers to ensure that students know that they are each a vital member of a learning community where they may participate as their authentic selves.
Our Experience and Preparation: Sage Hill School’s ongoing investment in professional development, crisis management and emergency response planning enabled the School to quickly, and relatively seamlessly, pivot to an organized and enriching distance learning modality at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic mid-March 2020. That experience guided our ongoing plans for the 2020-2021 school year. In preparation for the 2020-2021 school year, all faculty and many coaches and other employees spent the summer of 2020 participating in more than four weeks of universal professional development that was both internally created for Sage Hill’s unique needs and externally provided, relying on world-wide experts in distance learning.
Transition Between Learning Modalities: The on-campus experience at Sage Hill is our preferred modality, and the School plans to safely teach all students on campus in the 2020-2021 school year. However, Sage Hill School goes above and beyond basic online learning if and when it is required. The School’s distance learning experience focuses on the value of relationships, consistency and community. We know and understand that these values are essential to all meaningful, rigorous learning.
We have found that students are best able to engage in learning and in living the School’s mission when their distance learning interactions flow as seamlessly as their in-class interactions. To that end, if and when students are in a distance learning modality, they can expect to experience a consistent look and feel across all of their courses. Additionally, Sage Hill School has developed a standard Learning Cadence and Student Learning Experiences, which support teachers in attending to all facets of their students’ growth in every course. Embedded into the Learning Cadence and Student Learning Experiences are the Six Cs and School Values - ensuring that the student learning experience is true to the Sage Hill School Mission and Vision. Distance learning at Sage Hill School is creative and engaging, just like our in-person classes. Learn more about some of the exciting things that happened in our distance modality last Spring:
Sage Hill School has increased its investment in academic technology to ensure the ability for all students to participate in learning, whether in-person, on-line or through a hybrid approach. The use of the Zoom platform enable students and teachers to engage in demonstration, discussion, and group work while not on campus. Owl cameras give students a 360-degree view of classroom activities when they cannot be physically present, and Wacom tablets and styluses provide teachers with the ability to quickly review and provide feedback on student work in both in-person and distance modalities.