Archer Students Start Off March with a Joyful Return to Campus
In March, the courtyards of Archer are ringing with the sound of students again!
Throughout the pandemic, Archer’s Health & Safety Committee has been carefully heeding the L.A. County Department of Health’s guidelines for schools and has been fastidiously adhering to its regulations. After the Director of the L.A. County Department of Health announced that schools could begin reopening for SEL and K-6 in-person instruction, the committee quickly got to work outlining Archer students’ return to campus. After careful planning, our campus was finally able to welcome back students last week.
On Thursday, March 4, Archer faculty and staff welcomed 6th grade students to classrooms for the first time as part of their full return to campus. All students began the day in a virtual orientation assembly with their cohorts, which included a welcome from Head of School Elizabeth English, Interim Middle School Director Nat Damon, and Dean of Students Jenn Babin, and a presentation of Archer’s safety video describing protocols to follow on campus. Cohorts were then able to engage in community-building activities before touring the campus, engaging in a personal writing exercise, and decorating their cohort areas and lockers.
In addition to students participating in athletics conditioning sessions on campus, students in grades 7-12 were also able to begin engaging in on-campus Social Emotional Learning (SEL) activities in phases over the course of this week. This week also just happened to be Spirit Week, which made for an even more joyful return. Dressing up in themed costumes each day, students were able to enjoy the company of their fellow classmates, the beauty of our campus, and the warmth of our community as they celebrated their school spirit.