2020-21 School Year Plan

List of 16 frequently asked questions.

  • School-Wide Health & Safety Measures

    The following measures will be required in every division for every on-campus operational mode. Please review the Framework for Mitigation & Health Protocols page for more detailed information. 

    • Pre-Screening at Home
    • Designated Entry Points by Grade Level
    • Temperature Checks in Morning
    • Hand Sanitizer Upon Entry & Frequent Hand Washing Throughout the Day
    • Facial Coverings Required for Adults and Students in Grades pre-K-12 (not allowed for children under age 2). View details.
    • Social Distancing & Limitation on Group Size
      • Cohort Model for GT-5 (cohort size depends on mode); Middle School remains with grade level when possible
      • Classroom desks and tables spaced apart
      • Staggered start and end times and transitions
    • Campus Reconfiguration & Enhancements
    • Frequent Cleaning & Disinfection
    • Rigorous Monitoring of Symptoms by Health Center & Robust Protocols for Managing Symptomatic and Positive Cases
    • Limited Visitor Access
  • Facilities Enhancements & Adjustments

    • 11.5 acre campus allowing ample space for social distancing and limiting group size
    • Spacing of desks and tables in classrooms
    • Repurposing common areas as learning spaces
    • Frequent cleaning of campus spaces and high-touch surfaces
    • New UV light filtration system installed in HVAC throughout campus
    • Water fountains replaced with no-touch bottle fillers
    • Floor decals and educational signage throughout campus
    • Designated “isolation room” for symptomatic cases on campus
    • Ongoing enhancement and adjustment to physical plant to promote health and safety... 
  • Operational Continuum

    Newman has designed three operational modes for the 2020-21 school year. Our decisions to transition between modes will be informed by local, state, and national public health guidance and local conditions. 

    Full Cohort (Current Operational Mode)
    • All students accommodated on campus in full cohort/classroom sizes
    • Opportunities to learn remotely as appropriate

    Reduced Cohort
    • All students accommodated on campus in reduced cohort/classroom sizes
    • Opportunities to learn remotely as appropriate

    Note that in the event of a shift to Off-Campus Mode in Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools, Green Trees would continue to operate in Reduced Cohort Mode.
  • Typical Day: Green Trees

    • Symptom pre-screening at home
    • Carpool 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
    • Curbside drop-off at designated entrance
    • Temperature checks
    • Students escorted to classroom by cohort teacher
    School Day
    • Full Green Trees experience; arts integrated into classroom learning
    • Students remain with cohort (cohort size depends on operational mode) 
    • Lunch in classroom
    • "Outside time" with cohort
    • Carpool 3-3:30 p.m.
    • Later Gators available until 5:30 p.m.
  • Typical Day: Lower School

    • Symptom pre-screening at home
    • 8:00 a.m. start
    • Drop off at designated entrance
    • Mask checks at entrances
    • Students proceed to cohort classrooms
    • Temperature checks in cohort classrooms
    School Day
    • Full range of Lower School curriculum including English Language Arts, Mathematics, and P.E.
    • Students remain with cohort (cohort size depends on operational mode) 
    • Specialist teachers (arts, language, science) rotate to students’ primary classrooms
    • Lunch in classroom
    • Recess with cohort
    • 3:00 p.m. dismissal
    • After 3 available until 5:30 p.m.
    Click here to view the Lower School arrival and dismissal protocol.
  • Typical Day: Middle School

    • Symptom pre-screening at home
    • 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. drop-off at designated entrances; students proceed to advisory for temperature checks
    • 8:15 a.m. start
    School Day
    • Existing curriculum with small adjustments/ exceptions due to health & safety guidelines
    • Class sizes depend on operational mode
    • Students remain with grade level where possible
    • Block schedule of eight 90-minute periods over two days; each day begins with advisory
    • Staggered transition times
    • Lunch in classrooms
    • Recess with grade level only
    • 3:30 p.m. dismissal
    • Students who must remain on campus will be placed in a supervised grade-level study hall until 5:30 p.m.
    • While Middle School athletics are not governed by the LHSAA, athletic practices and games/matches will follow spirit of LHSAA and state guidelines
    Click here to view the Middle School arrival and dismissal protocol.
  • Typical Day: Upper School

    • Symptom pre-screening at home
    • 8:30 a.m. start
    • Temperature and mask checks
    • Students proceed to first block class
    School Day
    • Existing curriculum with small adjustments/ exceptions based on health & safety guidelines
    • Class sizes depend on operational mode
    • Block schedule of eight 90-minute periods over two days, with advisory and lunch at mid-day
    • Lunch in classrooms
    • Supervised free periods in assigned classrooms
    • 3:30 p.m. dismissal
    • Students who must remain on campus will be placed in a supervised study hall until 5:30 p.m.
    • Athletic practices and games/matches to follow LHSAA and state guidelines
    Click here to view the Upper School arrival and dismissal protocol.
  • Arts & Athletics

    Students will enjoy a robust arts program in all divisions and grade levels with creative reimagining of arts exploration and performance. 

    • On-campus workouts for fall sports programs currently in progress
    • Practices and games/matches to follow LHSAA and state guidelines; while not governed by LHSAA, Middle School sports will follow spirit of LHSAA guidelines
    • P.E. classes will proceed in all divisions with appropriate health and safety measures
  • Supporting Students on Campus and at Home

    Newman’s priority is for students to be on campus for school – however, family circumstances and health and safety conditions require a flexible approach to teaching and learning to support students learning at home.

    While campus is open, Newman will adopt pedagogical strategies that allow students to learn on campus or at home depending on individual and family circumstances. Division leaders, department chairs, and teachers have spent the summer preparing their courses for different modes of teaching and learning. We will use both familiar and new technology as well as synchronous and asynchronous learning to engage all students. Lower School students will have new devices and learning tools, while teachers in Middle and Upper School are training in new modes of lesson planning to meet the needs of both on-campus and distance learning.

    Green Trees
    • Daily schedule consistent between classroom and home with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning
    • Weebly remains “home base” for engagement during distance learning – daily flow of the day, synchronous connections to the classroom, Zoom links, arts activities, asynchronous learning opportunities, and more
    Lower School
    • Implementation of 1:1 device model for entire division (iPads for Pre-K-2; laptops for grades 3-5)
    • Introduction of Seesaw digital portfolio tool for grades Pre-K-3; Google Classroom for grades 4-5
    • iNewman remains “home base” for student assignments and engagement during distance learning
    Middle and Upper School
    • Adoption of pedagogical strategies that allow teachers and students to transition seamlessly from classroom to online environment
    • Block schedule allows for fewer transitions in school day and less frenetic pace of at-home learning
    • Robust professional development in successful distance learning models and strategies
    • Partnerships with Global Online Academy and One Schoolhouse allow for greater choice of online courses
  • Food Service

    Newman will continue our partnership with SAGE Dining Services to provide a lunch for all students, faculty and staff for the 2020-21 school year.

    The School will implement a formal process to provide students with a choice for their lunch items to include a hot lunch, sandwich, or salad. As guided by operational regulations, SAGE will serve all lunches to students in their classrooms. The School will not serve breakfast until further notice.

    All students are encouraged to bring a labeled, reusable water bottle from home for hydration. The School has installed touch-less water filling stations across campus for water bottle refills. Water fountains have been removed or turned off.
  • Newman Plus

    • After 3 and Later Gators (Green Trees) programs will be offered until 5:30 p.m. each day following all school health and safety protocols.
    • Programs will offer enrichment and play; specialist classes will not meet. We hope to bolster activities when possible.
    • Later Gators program for Infants to Fours at Green Trees will include classroom activities and provocations, snack, and gross motor activities. We will maximize outdoor time when possible.
    • The After 3 program for Pre-K through 5th grade students in the Lower School will follow a schedule that includes choice-based activities and play centers within their classroom setting. Snack will also be provided. When possible, the group will move in their same cohort to an appropriate outdoor or indoor space for recess or active play.
    • Enrollment is limited and on a first-come, first served basis. Visit the After 3 page for more information. 
  • Responding to Symptoms, Illness, and Exposure

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  • Student Support

    Newman’s robust Student Support system remains available to all students and families to address a variety of social-emotional and physical health needs, and to provide learning support. We know the Student Support team will be even more vital during the 2020-21 school year. Please refer to the parent resource board in iNewman for a variety of helpful resources.

    Student Support at Newman
    • Advisory (Middle & Upper School)
    • Philipson Health Center
    • Counseling
    • Learning Support
  • More Information

    Families can access more detailed information including specific health and safety protocols on our Framework for Mitigation & Health Protocols page. Common questions are answered on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

    We have removed the Coronavirus Resource Page from the spring and summer from the About Us section of the Newman home page. However, you may click this link to access the page and its resources.  

    We will communicate frequently around updates to protocols and operational adjustments. Please reach out to the school (see "Important Contacts") should you have specific questions or concerns.
  • Important Contacts

    • Head of School – Dale M. Smith (Angelina Catalanotto) 504.896.6318
    • Associate Head of School – Deena Carey (Angelina Catalanotto) 504.896.6318
    • Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management – Jennifer Rosen (Corne Eksteen) 504.896.6323
    • Chief Financial Officer – Jennifer Wollfarth (Linda Norman) –504.896.6326
    • Green Trees – Jenny Flinn(Mandy Okoye)504.896.6440
    • Lower School – Kay Mason (Susan Roskind)504.896.6351
    • Middle School – Elizabeth Ecker (Jané Dorsey) 504.896.6409
    • Upper School – Erik Cooper (Amanda Livaudais) 504.896.6330
    • Athletic Director – Patrick Summerour (Erin Brennan) 504.896.6381
    • Technology Helpdesk – Erin O’Brien, Travis Blotsky, Christina O’Dell (helpdesk@newmanschool.org)
    • Health Center – Erin Friend, Dan Pellerito, Lindsay Gastright 504.896.6386
    • Counselors – Courtney Costello (LS), Mimi Ryan (MS), Michelle Goehring (US) (Call Division Office)
    • Newman Plus – Alex Smith, Tova Steele 504.896.6297
    • Office of Community and Inclusion – Kim Causey 504.896.6364
Click here to download the Plan in PDF form.
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Our Goal: To provide the full Newman academic experience with as much co-curricular activity and social connection possible.

Guiding Principles

Health and safety are primary lens for decision-making

Follow guidance from local, state, and national health officials and adjust plan as needed

Through lens of health and safety, maximize time on campus for students and teachers
Flexibility to accommodate different individual and family circumstances and changing conditions

A Healthy & Strong Community

These challenging times are an opportunity for the Newman community to come together in mutual care for one another and for the School. We are grateful for the trust you place in Newman, and for your partnership as we work to provide for a safe return to campus.

The success of the 2020-21 school year will depend on every community member's cooperation with health and safety guidelines both on and off campus. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out. (Important contacts are listed on the left-hand side of this page.)

Planning Process

Planning for reopening campus for school is guided by the COVID-19 Board Task Force and COVID-19 Administrative Task Force alongside the Newman administration. The task forces have been working since late spring to provide for a safe reopening of campus for school, and have considered community feedback alongside local, state, and national public health guidance in making decisions.
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An independent,
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school in New Orleans for
early childhood through 12th grade