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Lower Mid Reopening Details

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • Opening Days

    The focus of these opening days will be on building classroom community and on familiarizing students with new health and safety routines and protocols. 

    Monday, August 31
    No classes for III, IV, and V
    Tuesday, September 1 
    Class III only: 8:15 - 8:30 a.m. arrival;11:15 - 11:30 a.m. a.m. dismissal (no lunch)
    Classes IV and V will not have classes on this day
    Wednesday, September 2
    Class IV only: 8:00 - 8:15 a.m. arrival; 11:00 - 11:15 a.m. dismissal (no lunch)
    Classes III and V will not have classes on this day
    Thursday, September 3
    Class V only:8:00 - 8:15 a.m. arrival; 11:00 - 11:15 a.m. dismissal
     (no lunch)
    Classes III and IV will not have classes on this day
    Friday, September 4 - Monday, September 7
    No classes for III, IV, and V
    Tuesday, Sept. 8-Friday, Sept. 11
    Classes III, IV, and V continue half day schedule (no lunch)
    Class III : 8:15-8:30 a.m. arrival; 11:15-11:30 a.m. dismissal
    Class IV and V: 8:00-8:15 a.m. arrival; 11:00-11:15 a.m. dismissal
    There will be no afternoon classes for Classes III, IV, or V
    Monday, Sept. 14
    Classes III, IV, and V resume full day schedules according to the following schedule:
    Class III: 8:15-8:30 a.m. arrival; 2:15 - 2:30 p.m. dismissal
    Class IV: 8:00-8:15 a.m. arrival; 2:00 - 2:15 p.m. dismissal
    Class V: 8:00-8:15 a.m. arrival; 2:00 - 2:15 p.m. dismissal

  • Arrival and Dismissal

    In order to maintain physical distance, Classes III and IV's home will be at 2 East 82nd Street, and Class V's home will be at 1027 Fifth Avenue. 

    For arrival and dismissal, students in Classes III and IV will enter and exit from the 2 East 82nd Street front door; Class V will enter and exit from the 1027 Fifth Avenue door. Parents and caregivers will not be permitted inside the building. There will be no early drop-off option or after-school study hall. To relieve congestion, there will be 15-minute windows of staggered entry and exit:

    • Class IV drop-off will be from 8:00 - 8:15 a.m. at 2 East 82nd Street
    • Class III drop-off will be from 8:15 - 8:30 a.m. at 2 East 82nd Street
    • Class V drop-off will be from 8:00 - 8:15 a.m. at 1027 Fifth Avenue

    • Class IV dismissal will be from 2:00 - 2:15 p.m. from 2 East 82nd Street
    • Class III dismissal will be from 2:15 - 2:30 p.m. from 2 East 82nd Street
    • Class V dismissal will be from 2:00 - 2:15 p.m. from 1027 Fifth Avenue
    If you have more than one child in the Lower Middle School, they may arrive at the same time and go directly to their classrooms. More details on the procedures of arrival and dismissal will be provided closer to the start of school. 

    There will be designated stairwells for ascent (the “sunrise” golden stairwell B)  and descent (the “sunset” bronze stairwell A). Elevator usage will be restricted.
  • Homeroom Cohort Groups

    Lower Middle School students will be placed into small cohorts. A head teacher will lead each cohort; the children will remain in the classroom throughout the day except for daily physical activity breaks.
  • Academics and Schedule

    In concert with the Lower School, LMS will follow a Monday through Friday schedule. 

    Although instructional priority in the day will be given to language arts, mathematics, and social studies, speciality subjects will continue to be offered.
  • Daily Physical Activity

    To ensure each girl’s health and readiness for learning, daily exercise will take place in Central Park as much as possible, and as weather permits. Our physical education teachers will plan and teach activities that meet guidelines for exercising and moving safely. The Ancient Playground will not be used by students at recess.
  • Wellness

    Our girls need to feel safe and connected in school. In addition to our head teachers, our Lower Middle School counselor will spend a great deal of time with the girls learning new health and safety protocols, as well as building classroom communities. The new cohort model will allow students and their teachers to form connections more quickly. Our Lower Middle School counselor will be available to connect virtually with the girls and their families in support of their social and emotional needs.
  • Meals

    Lunch will be provided in the classrooms in a grab-and-go format with single-use containers/utensils and no shared items. A variety of options will be available taking into account dietary concerns. If a child has specific dietary requirements, families may opt to send their child to school with a pre-packed lunch that does not contain nuts and does not need refrigeration. A morning snack will be provided for Classes III, IV, & V during classroom time. 
  • Supplies

    Teachers will limit the sharing of objects, as well as the touching of shared surfaces. Each student in Classes III - V has an individual iPad and will receive a set of individual supplies, which the School will provide. Supplies will be stored at each student’s individual desk or table spot. The use of lockers will be restricted to ensure no accidental crowding occurs around these spaces. Any items that are shared such as touchscreens and dry erase markers/erasers will be disinfected between users.
  • Homework

    The duration of the school day will be similar to how it is during a typical school year. Students in Classes III - V will continue to be assigned a concise amount of homework Monday through Thursday. Homework will be kept to a minimum in order to provide more time for students to rest, share social time within their families, and spend time enjoying their hobbies when at home. There will be no homework assignments on Fridays. 
  • Extracurricular Activities

    Although the majority of our extracurricular activities will not be available next year because of physical distancing constraints, some programs may be conducted virtually. Information about specific programs will be communicated as it becomes available.
  • Lower Mid Events

    Marymount understands the importance of maintaining a strong sense of community for our students and their families. Weekly LMS Morning Meetings and regular Chapel will occur virtually as they did in the spring. Special events such as Curriculum Night will take place virtually.
  • Families Who Choose Online Learning

    If you would like to opt into online learning, please speak to your divisional head. Families choosing an exclusively online education will have their next opportunity to opt their child into in-person learning at the end of the first semester (January 2021). Please note that if students must quarantine, online learning will be available to them until they have medical clearance to return to school.