Compass School prepares for in-person learning

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WESTMINSTER — The Compass School plans to open for in-person learning five days a week for the 2020-21 school year.

"After carefully measuring and mapping our physical spaces, looking at class sizes, evaluating our air handling capacity, and assessing our ability to follow state health guidance, we believe we can offer on-campus education to our full student body," said the new school director, Eric Rhomberg.

Rhomberg recently took over for former long-time director Rick Gordon who retired in June.

Compass will also offer parallel remote instruction for families and students who have expressed the need to work from home based on health status and family conditions. Students can participate in classes, do their school work from home, and stay connected to their classes and to the school community.

"We honor parents' decisions on what is best for their children," Rhomberg said. "We anticipate that home-based students will have a mix of synchronous online class times, asynchronous assignments and learning activities, and online individual learning support."

Faculty at the school is embracing the challenge of creating community-centered education during the public health crisis and offering both in-person and remote learning amidst the uncommon circumstances of 2020.

"Compass is in a really unique position to offer a comprehensive learning environment in spite of the challenges the pandemic created," said Compass board President Randi Solin. "We have enough space in our building and our grounds to resume classes safely and in compliance with state directives. We don't have to resort to a split schedule, offering working parents the schedule they need for their children."

Recently the Governor announced a directive for a state-wide school reopening date of Sept. 8. Compass School will follow this date and has told families to plan for a Sept. 8 start to school.

The Compass School is a 7-12 grade institution that aims to inspire and educate students to gain the knowledge, skills and personal qualities essential to pursuing their dreams and having a positive impact on the world.

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