COVID-19 – School Year 2020–21

A New Model

The Webb Schools announced in late summer it would begin the new school year online. In early January, Webb plans to transition to an on-campus experience (boarding and day) while continuing its robust online program for students restricted by travel or who prefer it for the spring term. Highlights of the program include the addition of Personalized Learning Plan Coordinators for each student, enhancements to the advisory program, college guidance and more.

Dates for 2020–21 School Year

Sept. 2-6 — Opening Days
Sept. 7 — First Day of Classes
Oct. 17-25 — October Break
Nov. 25-29 — Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 19 – Jan. 3 — Winter Break

2020–21 School Year

New Hybrid Educational Model

Hybrid Educational Model

School Year 2020-21

Our first day of scheduled classes is Monday, September 7. Additional dates, including our Opening Days and school breaks are available on in our New Hybrid Educational Model Program.

We are proud of the many ways our new hybrid educational model will provide an extraordinary education while advancing Webb’s mission and values. The flexible model offers an on-campus experience (boarding and day), and also an innovative and robust learning program (online) for students who chose it for reasons of travel delays and restrictions or because they feel it is the best program option for them as school begins in the fall.

As part of the program, every Webb student will create a personalized learning plan. Working with students and families, plan coordinators will identify student-learning goals, assist students in navigating Webb’s offerings, provide off-campus students with connections to local resources, and work closely with advisors to ensure students are thriving.

Webb faculty and staff will be dedicating a significant portion of the summer months to preparing the campus for students to return and to further developing our new hybrid model.

Webb will be following the youth sports guidelines as set forth by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health – LA County Youth Sports Guidelines. Athletic and other administrative staff will monitor practices to ensure compliance with protocols.

The goal of our in-person activities is to allow students the opportunity to work together with their peers, stay in shape, and practice fundamental, sport-specific skills in a safe setting.

Current guidelines do not allow for regular practices or competition. The current afternoon activity plan will remain in place until youth sports guidelines are updated by the state and county. Webb’s Medical Advisory Board will review any updated guidelines as they are issued and Webb will communicate updates to our practice and competition schedule as they are made.

CIF has communicated that the current sports calendar will not change. If competition cannot resume, scheduled games will be declared no contests and the season shortened. Any changes to the fall competition season will not impact the spring season.

A major component of Webb’s program is hands-on learning. The faculty is working hard to create ways for students to participate in a range of hands-on experiences, even as they are learning from home. We are working with faculty in every academic department throughout the summer. In science, for example, we are exploring both ways to support and enable student lab work at home, as well as review new online tools for science experimentation, including virtual reality labs. Finally, we are looking at reordering some of our curriculum, so that more intensive, lab-based or field-based activities might happen next spring when we have a greater chance of all students being on campus.

Webb was already beginning to look at moving beyond Haiku in the fall of last year. A work group of the Academic Council identified new systems, as well as discussed pedagogical needs and Canvas stood out for several reasons. It is a robust system, while others like Google Classroom or Blackboard are designed mainly to offer assignment posting and a grade book. Canvas, especially with the Canvas Studio extension we are implementing, offers powerful collaboration and communication tools that enable students and faculty to create robust content within the system. It also integrates well with other systems we use, such as Office 365, which is used for email and more. It has a terrific mobile app as well.

With most schools in our state online, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) pushed back the start of high school sports and merged the traditional three seasons into two. It is our hope athletic practices could start in some way in December, as public health protocols allow. Webb will keep students and families posted on developments as they occur. The two new season year will be:

Fall (December – February): VWS Cross Country, WSC Cross Country, Football, VWS Volleyball, WSC Volleyball, VWS Water Polo, WSC Water Polo

Spring (March – June): Badminton, VWS Basketball, WSC Basketball, VWS Golf, WSC Golf, VWS Soccer, WSC Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, VWS Tennis, WSC Tennis, Track & Field, Wrestling

 

Maintaining a safe and healthy campus community and learning environment is Webb’s top priority. As such, we are committed to complying with government and agency mandates, employing best practices, making informed decisions, and establishing campus access and program controls in response to shifting local, national and global realities. Please review our New Health & Safety Protocols for the 2020-21 school year.

Webb will be shifting its daily schedule to support the new hybrid model and to respond to recommendations from its medical advisory board for each time module. In the month before each time module, students will work with a personalized learning plan coordinator who will help them map out their daily schedule. The sample “day in the life” models in the Hybrid Learning Model publication will give you an idea of the full and exciting days ahead.

Our college guidance experts will continue to work closely with admission offices in the most selective colleges and universities in the country and around the world. Our highly individualized four-year college guidance program is well structured to meet the evolving needs of students and families as they progress through Webb’s program. The new year will include additional online/virtual programming with Webb students, staff and college representatives around the country.

Yes, we will be adding additional resources in this area for the coming school year. Webb’s support is multi-layered and includes the Health Center, mental health counselors, peer advisors, lead class advisors and other trained faculty and staff. In addition, personal learning plan coordinators will take an active role in monitoring and assessing each student’s progress and needs in this area.

Webb will provide an on-campus boarding program for all breaks. Boarding over breaks will include: 24/7 faculty and staff supervision with daily check-ins; breakfast, lunch & dinner options and local and on-campus activities. Webb will assess a nominal fee for boarding over breaks to underwrite the facilities, food, and staffing costs incurred.

Webb will formulate new guidelines related to campus access and travel in concert with the medical advisory board and the advice of local health agencies when we return to campus. These guidelines, when created later this year, will help inform student protocols for weekend passes and trips. Webb faculty members are committed to providing students with a vibrant residential and campus experience and will adapt programming to support these goals.

Depending on virus threat levels at the time Webb opens its campus to boarding students, our Medical Advisory Board, on the advice of local health agencies, may require us to accommodate students in single rooms. In order to make plans for this potential outcome, we will be collecting information in from boarding students who are interested in being commuting boarding students temporarily as part of a dorm preference questionnaire. We may consider a rotating model if we are unable to open up all boarding beds in the second half of the year. Webb will strive to accommodate our students on campus to the best of our abilities within these constraints and will work with families to find local accommodations within commuting distance of campus.

Most international families access medical health insurance through the Clifford Allan program with United Health Care. Please contact our Health Center at 909-482-52053 for more information on costs and coverage.

Webb confirmed that this policy does cover COVID-related illness (treatment and symptomatic testing). We’ve also confirmed that the policy is, as always, active anywhere outside the student’s home country. But in addition, the policy will also be in force in the student’s home country at least through December 31st; this timeframe could be extended by the insurance commission depending on the pandemic situation.

Parents are advised to compare this program with other home-country options to determine which provides the best coverage. In general, purchasing the 10- and 12-month plans are a better value; this decision should have been made by mid-September.

Webb will not re-issue enrollment agreements for the 2020-21 school year. All students will pay the base tuition of $48,915 (less calculated financial aid), and the payment plan and tuition refund insurance option you selected on your enrollment contract will remain unchanged: for Payment Plan I, tuition is due in full on July 31st and for Payment Plan II, tuition is due in ten equal monthly payments July through April. Affiliates Family and Tuition Refund Insurance fees will be billed, as usual, on your September account statement. If you will live on campus at any point during the year, you will be assessed boarding fees based on (and due when) you move onto campus.

The Business Office will continue to send you monthly statements, with the exact amounts due. Staff members are always available to answer your questions; please contact us at enrollment@webb.org, or by calling (909) 482-5201.

The goal is to accommodate every student when they are ready and able to return to campus—not on a first come, first served basis. Webb has enough dorm beds to serve its boarding student population—it has not and will not over enroll the boarding program.

Webb will continue to offer a series of unique and engaging afternoon activities through both our on-campus and online programs. Signature programs include robotics, debate, museum studies and more. Our hybrid model will enable us to offer afternoon activities in some new and exciting ways.

We are working with all of our international students to help them navigate the issues surrounding their student visas and current travel restrictions. Again, our hybrid educational model will allow all Webb students to start the new school year on time, whether or not their return to campus is delayed. If international students are unable to travel to campus by the start of the school year, they will begin the year using our online program and transition to our in-person program when travel is possible. The campus will be open to boarding students over school breaks.

Tuition Refund Insurance (TRP) activates after your student has been in attendance for 14 calendar days, as described below. As always, any withdrawal is subject to appropriate documentation, underwriter review and approval. The policy pays based on the reason for withdrawal and the number of days the student will be absent from the program [100% for medical, 75% for school initiated, and 60% for voluntary separation].

If School opens entirely online with campus closed

  • Students are covered if they attend 14 days online and school/program is open/operating and providing formal academic instruction with accountability measures.
  • If students are abroad and unable to come to the US to attend school physically, it is within the school’s hybrid attendance policy that international students can attend online and would be covered in case of withdrawal after attending at least 14 calendar days in the online program.

If School opens physically, then closes and goes online

  • Students are covered if 14 days attendance is satisfied provided school is physically open that long.
  • Student are covered with a combination of physical attendance and online attendance if campus is shut down prior to school being open 14 calendar days.

If School opens with School-mandated Hybrid attendance schedule

  • School opens physically, but online days alternate by grade or other parameters, Dewar will recognize each attended day whether on-campus or online towards the requisite attendance period.

If School opens physically but student is immune compromised and wishes to be online

  • If a student is immune compromised and presents a note from doctor, then online classes will count toward 14-day attendance requirement; this does not apply to a parent who is immune compromised.
  • This benefit is for 2020-2021 academic year as an accommodation by Dewar.

If School opens physically but student and wishes to remain online

  • Students who choose to study online only due to personal concerns and are not immune compromised, would not have online days recognized once the campus is reopened. But, as Webb will be online the first module, a student will have already completed the 14-day attendance requirement. As long as a student continues attending within the school-allowed hybrid attendance model, then they are covered under the insurance.

The college guidance office maintains continuous contact with admission offices at the nation’s top colleges and universities across the country and around the world. As admission reps this fall work to reorder their plans for student recruitment, they will be in communication with Webb’s college guidance office. Colleges and universities know Webb’s program well and will continue to rely on us to educate stellar graduates to join their campuses. This important work will continue in 2020-21 and beyond.

We know that physical connection and proximity is important to how students interact with each other. With that said, we also know that physical distancing is extremely effective in stopping the spread of the virus. We will be working to educate students on the most up-to-date health protocols and the scientific reasoning behind them. We will expect everyone in the community to abide by our New Health & Safety Protocols, just as we expect them to follow other community norms.

Yes, students are welcome to enroll in both summer sessions. There is a bridge program you can enroll in and remain on campus as well.

2020–21 School Year

New Health & Safety Protocols

2020–21 School Year

Course Selection Guide

Letters to
the Webb Community

November 16, 2020 - Possible Return to Campus in February 2021
September 21, 2020 - Update on Fall Plans and Module Two
September 8, 2020 – Update on Guidelines for Re-opening Schools
September 1, 2020 – Taylor Stockdale Welcome Letter
August 3, 2020 – Opening Days Information
July 26, 2020 – Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Initiatives
July 21, 2020 – Start of School Information

Current Campus Restrictions

We are restricting public access to The Webb Schools at this time.

For members of the community, their guests and approved vendors:

DO NOT ENTER campus if you have the following symptoms: fever, cough, or respiratory difficulties;

DO NOT ENTER campus if you have recently traveled to/from an area with an outbreak of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who has;

Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately upon entering the campus;

Only current students, employees and approved vendors are allowed anywhere on campus.

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