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Reopening Inly

Our Approach

Inly recognizes that the ideal learning environment is one in which teachers and children can interact face-to-face. Students receive so much more than academic skills when attending school in person.

Students also:
  • Learn social skills when interacting with their peers
  • Receive social-emotional support from teachers and counselors
  • Develop lasting friendships with classmates and supportive
  • relationships with adults
Inly’s plan for on-campus learning is the result of thoughtful work by a team of administrators, trustees, educators, health experts and parents.

The goal was to create a learning environment that protects the health and wellbeing of all students, teachers and staff. This plan will serve as a roadmap into the 2020–2021 school year. At all times, we will adjust our School operations and teaching to public health conditions.

We are eager to welcome your children back in September and look forward to a healthy and successful school year!

Community Safety Guidelines

List of 13 items.

  • Face Coverings

    All Inly employees and CH–MS students will be required to wear face masks, though plexiglass mask-free zones for students will be located in each classroom. Toddlers are not required to wear masks.
  • Physical Distancing

    Inly School will follow current government guidelines and strive to maintain six feet physical distance at all times between any individual on campus. Signage will be displayed at entrance points, on walls, and as markers on floors including directionals to support physical distancing within the student/teacher cohorts.
  • Hand Hygiene

    Handwashing will be strictly practiced by faculty, staff, and students throughout the day, especially upon entry to a building or classroom, before and after eating, before and after use of restrooms and prior to dismissal. Hand sanitizer stations will be installed throughout the campus, both indoors and outdoors, to be used when handwashing is not an option.

    Training and ongoing education will be provided from the Health Office to teachers, parents and students regarding proper hand hygiene.
  • Health Screening

    A visual inspection of each child for signs of illness will take place every morning by a designated administrator. Symptoms of flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing, fatigue, or extreme fussiness will be brought to the attention of the school nurse on duty.

    Families, faculty and staff are required to adhere to the “when to stay home” guidelines, staying home when ill and maintaining open communication.
  • Secondary Classroom Spaces

    Each classroom from CH–UE will be assigned a secondary space, so that classes can be divided. (CH—each with new outdoor space and da Vinci Studio; LE1—Learning Services; LE2—Art Room; LE3—Music Room; UE1—Think Tank; UE2—Meeting Room; UE3—Discovery Blue) TH classes will be capped at 10, so there is no need for a secondary space. Middle School already has multiple classroom spaces.
  • Student Home Groups

    Each home group of 10–12 students will stay together throughout the day, and Inly will minimize mixing student groups in the classroom to the extent feasible. The home groups will alternate between their two classroom teachers and spaces. An additional teacher will be assigned to each classroom to support both of the class’ home groups throughout the day. Classrooms that utilize the playground area will be strictly scheduled to avoid contact between classes.
  • Other Safe Classroom Practices

    Individual bins will be stored in a designated space within the classroom for personal belongings and work materials to minimize the potential of personal belongings contact and to minimize shared materials. 

    Individual work stations will be spaced 3-6 feet apart, clearly defined, and designated to specific students. In the event that work stations need to shift during the day the area will be properly disinfected by the teacher.

    To the greatest extent possible, restrooms throughout campus will be designated to specific groups of children.
  • Campus Cleaning

    Cleaning and disinfecting school campus and classroom materials is an important layer of protection for the community. Increased standards, including daily cleaning using EPA-approved disinfectants and sanitizers have been implemented throughout the School.
  • Lunch and Snacks

    Students will be required to bring their own snack and lunch to school each day. Where six feet of distance for mask-free eating cannot be maintained, snacks and lunch will be had at work stations with plexiglass barriers or in outdoor picnic areas.
  • Social Emotional Support

    Inly’s newly expanded Health and Wellbeing Office includes an office for the School’s social emotional counselor, who will be readily available to support anxious students. If a family feels that additional support is required, a list of counselors will be provided.
  • Large Group Gatherings

    Based on guidance from state health officials banning gatherings of more than 25 persons, all large group gatherings will be held virtually.
  • Outside Visitors

    Visitors to the school will be limited to students, faculty, staff and essential personnel. Parents and guests will not be allowed in campus buildings until further notice.
  • Travel

    We encourage members of the community to avoid travel, as indicated by the state of Massachusetts. Inly will rely on the partnership with families and expect that everyone will follow current state travel requirements, self-report their travel and quarantine as needed.

The Learning Experience

List of 8 items.

  • Co-curricular Lessons

    The co-curricular teachers (2 Spanish, 2 Music, 2 Innovation, Art, Movement, Science, Immersive Math, Physical Education) will be assigned to one class, two home groups. They will float back and forth between two class home groups for a two-week period, providing an immersive experience. The co-curriculars will rotate classes every two weeks.
  • Inly LIVE

    Inly’s at-home learning platform will be available for individual students or home groups who are ill or required to stay home. It will also keep us prepared in the event we are ordered to close the School.
  • Outdoor Spaces

    Teachers will be encouraged to use the outdoor spaces liberally, weather permitting. Ten 15 ft. octagonal tents have been purchased, which can be used for small group learning. Masks can come off when a small group of students is 6 feet apart outside, weather permitting.
  • Physical Education

    As much as possible, physical education classes will take place outdoors, in small groups. If the activity can keep students 6 feet or more apart, they do not need to wear masks.
  • Recess

    Students will go outside with their classroom. Areas around campus will be designated for each —Sunflower Hill, Discovery Trail, turf, playground, etc., with different opportunities and games to play. Classrooms will rotate every few days.
  • Schedule and Dates

    Current Start of School Dates
    Sept. 14: LE–MS phase-in half-day; TH–CH No School
    Sept. 15: TH–CH phase-in half-day; LE–MS No School
    Sept. 16–18: Half-days for all levels
    Sept. 21: First Official Full-day of School

    School Hours
    Regular School Day: 8:30 am –2:50 pm
    Passport to Adventure: 2:50–3:50 pm
    Extended Care: 7:30–8:30 am & 3:50–5:30 pm
  • Special Events

    Much-loved Inly traditions such as the Halloween parade, level plays, concerts and family series events are being reimagined in a new, safe way.
  • Technology

    Large screens have been installed in classrooms for Zoom teaching, live instruction, Passport to Adventure and opportunities for parent involvement, such as reading a story and special day celebrations.

What Families Say About Inly

We were thrilled to hear Inly will be welcoming students back to campus for full time in-person learning, and are confident the Health and Safety team has created a thoughtful plan that focuses on the well being of the children, faculty, and staff. –Sarah & Ross F.

Off Campus Scenarios

While we remain hopeful that we can achieve our objective of having our students safely on campus throughout the 2020-2021 school year, Inly is prepared to pivot to an alternative learning scenario quickly and efficiently. In addition, we realize that participation in on-campus learning may not be a viable choice for every member of the Inly community and want to be sure to offer an alternative option.

Flexible On Campus and Remote Learning
Inly will toggle between on campus and remote learning via the Inly LIVE platform. This dual option will only be implemented upon the guidance and orders of the Governor of Massachusetts and the Department of Public Health.

All Remote Learning
If the state and the Department of Public Health order all schools to close for a period of time as was the case last spring, Inly will switch completely to remote learning via the Inly LIVE platform.

Inly School

46 Watch Hill Drive | Scituate, MA 02066
Tel: 781-545-5544 | Fax: 781-545-6522
Welcome to Inly, a private, independent Montessori school with innovative programs that inspire toddlers, preschool and K-8 students to become independent, lifelong learners. Our inviting community draws students from 20 towns on the South Shore of Boston,
including Scituate, Cohasset, Hingham, Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth and Hull.
Inly School admits students of any race, color, religious affiliation, national and ethnic origin, and without regard to disability, to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at our school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious affiliation, national and ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school administered programs.