“The whole campus was buzzing with the return of the boys after more than five months apart.” In a message to parents, Headmaster Michael Fellin used these words to capture the excitement at Crescent School after it reopened its doors to students for the first time since April 1. Hundreds of boys are now enjoying a more normal start to their school year, a feat made possible thanks to months of careful preparation.
Using a multi-layered approach to create a safe learning environment has been a winning strategy for Crescent. These protective measures include increased airflow and filtration and a strict vaccination policy for both staff and eligible students (those born in 2009 and earlier). These elements are working in concert with an updated set of health and safety protocols which can be found on the Crescent Safe webpage.
Crescent is also acutely aware of the academic and social-emotional support that may be required for students following a year of hybrid learning and limited socialization as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Crescent Student Services are working with Home Form Teachers and Mentors on programs that build healthy and positive relationships, promote skills in social emotional learning, and encourage fun.
Athletics are back, although they have been modified to keep the boys safe. Sports will be grade-based and cohorted, with fall teams for soccer, volleyball and cross-country running. Other teams and clubs will be rolling out as the term progresses. Senior student leaders are also planning various community-minded initiatives across the entire school.
It is through this combination of safety measures and community-building plans that the school aims to provide the boys with a year like most others. “We know there is still much uncertainty about the full shape of the year ahead,” shares Mr. Fellin, “but what we do know is that we will support one another and our boys in the Crescent Way.”