COVID-19 Response & 2020–21 School Year Plan

AHB is ready to meet the challenges of the unique year ahead, and limited class space is still available. To learn more request a virtual tour.

The AHB Model

AHB has a progressive educational model, where social-emotional learning is prioritized right alongside high academic standards. Our small K-8 school has an already-established model that includes a low student-to-teacher ratio and condensed schedule. We are accustomed to getting a lot done in a short amount of time, and we know how to effectively partner with parents to support academic growth both in the classroom and at home. These aspects mean that our school has some unique advantages as we face the challenging and unprecedented year ahead.

Expectations for the Year Ahead

AHB has committed to operate with a full distance learning model at least through the entirety of Quarter 1. Until we can open strong, AHB is committed to providing a distance learning experience for students that prioritizes academic engagement, community connection, personal well-being, and a continued love of learning!

  • Small class sizes (10–12 students per teacher) mean personalized attention for each child through small group or individual conferences.
  • Teachers continue to create and deliver the quality content that AHB is known for and to provide children with authentic, hands-on, collaborative learning opportunities.
  • Students connect with one another and their teacher while learning through daily synchronized (live) and asynchronized (posted) instruction.
  • Families find programmatic flexibility and community support to work through this challenging time together.

When and how will our campus open?
AHB will make decisions on a quarter-by-quarter basis regarding when we deem it safe to open our campus, based on the progression of the health crisis in our city and the COVID-19 virus in general. We don’t know when or if this will happen, and our plans may change as we learn more about the virus, but currently, our anticipated “best case scenario” open campus plan for the 2020–21 school year includes:

  • Alternating schedules (condensed AM & PM shifts) mean our school has a limited number of students in each classroom and in the building (maximum of 45) at one time.
  • Small pods of 10–12 students will stay in the same classroom with the same teacher to decrease the number of people with whom students and teachers have contact.
  • All classes meet four days a week (AM or PM), Monday through Thursday. Younger classes (grades K–3) lose little instructional time with this modified schedule, and thus at-home learning requirements will be minimal. Older classes (grades 4–8) will be expected to complete a daily distance-learning activity in addition to work done in the half-day class.
  • Remote learning support will be provided at each class level, even when on-campus classes are in session to accommodate families needing to stay home due to personal risk tolerance, and also those required to stay home due to illness or quarantine procedures.
  • Families should be prepared to support full distance (at-home) learning in the event of a campus or classroom closure. Rolling closures are likely in the coming year; our teachers will approach their planning to prepare for a smooth transition to full distance learning, and likewise, we urge families to have contingency plans in place as well for when they are needed.