Navigating Magellan through
As we proceed through the 2020-2021 school year, we recognize that the last few months have been challenging for all of us. COVID-19 has reshaped our lives, our families, our businesses, our economy, and our world. At Magellan, we’re committed to providing a stable ecosystem for our students to learn amidst uncertainty, conflicting health and safety advice and inconsistent direction from government entities.
The decisions made around our academic models for the 2020-2021 school year have not been made lightly. We are challenged to balance an ideal educational environment with the health and safety of our students as well as our faculty and staff.
Due to these conditions and with guidance regarding on-campus instruction published by Austin Public Health on July 14, 2020, we started the school year on Tuesday, August 18 with students in PP4 – 8th grade participating in Home Learning for the first three weeks of classes. On Tuesday, September 8, our campuses opened for on campus instruction through small class sizes for our youngest learners and hybrid and 100% distance program offerings for students in grade 1-8.
All Magellan families are expected to follow strict health and safety guidelines and protocols for their children to attend school, and we remain committed to providing every child with an exceptional experience and the social emotional support they need. Together with community collaboration, we can keep our campuses as safe as possible for the students, faculty and staff. Just as we are committed to keeping #MagellanTogether by providing financial assistance to families in need, we are equally committed to keeping our campuses as healthy and safe as possible.
The Health & Safety Advisory Committee – in collaboration with the school’s Leadership Team – is providing ongoing input on policies and protocols for learning on campus. These policies and protocols include expectations for both families and school staff and can be reviewed in the document to the right.
It is possible that we will be required to close in person classes during the school year. At that time, all programs – regardless of grade level – will shift to a home learning environment. We are confident strength of our home learning program will provide a robust continuance of our student’s education from home.
Families may choose to have their child participate only in Home Learning in 1st – 5th grades.