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Upper Mid Reopening Details

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • Opening Weeks

    Class VI
    Thursday, September 3
    Orientation (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
    Tuesdays and Wednesdays in September
    Full day in person 
         Arrival 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
         Dismissal 2:40 -2:50 p.m.
    Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays in September
    Full day virtual
    Week of September 28
    All move into regular schedule 
    Monday: M-Day (virtual from home)
    Tues - Friday: In-person, full day
         Arrival 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
         Dismissal 3:00 -3:10 p.m.


    Class VII
    Wednesday, September 2
    Orientation (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
    Wednesdays and Thursdays in September
    Full day in person 
         Arrival 8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
         Dismissal 2:50 - 3:00 p.m.
    Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays in September
    Full day virtual
    Week of September 28
    All move into regular schedule 
    Monday: M-Day (virtual from home)
    Tues - Friday: In-person, full day
         Arrival 8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
         Dismissal 2:50 - 3:00 p.m.


    Class VIII
    Tuesday, September 1
    Orientation (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
    Thursdays and Fridays in September 
    Full day in person 
         Arrival 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
         Dismissal 2:40-2:50 p.m.
    Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in September
    Full day virtual
    Week of September 28
    All move into regular schedule 
    Monday: M-Day (virtual from home)
    Tues - Friday: In-person, full day
         Arrival 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
         Dismissal 2:40-2:50 p.m.*
    *Please note new dismissal time (for Class VIII only)
     
  • Arrival and Dismissal

    In order to maintain physical distance, Classes VI, VII and VIII will be housed at 116 East 97th Street with an adapted schedule. 

    For arrival and dismissal, students in Classes VI-VIII will enter at the West entrance of 116 East 97th Street (closer to Lexington Avenue) and exit via the East entrance of 116 East 97th Street (closer to Park Avenue). In keeping with regular practice at the UMS, parents 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 10- or 15-minute windows of staggered entry and exit:

    • Morning Entry:
      • Class VI drop-off will be from 8:00 - 8:15 a.m. 
      • Class VII drop-off will be from 8:15 - 8:30 a.m. 
      • Class VIII drop-off will be from 8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
    • Afternoon Exit:
      • Class VI dismissal will be from 3:00 - 3:10 p.m. 
      • Class VII dismissal will be from 2:50 - 3:00 p.m.
      • Class VIII dismissal will be from 2:40 - 2:50 p.m. 
    Study hall and other in-school extracurricular activities will not be held during the fall semester. 
  • Advisory Cohort Groups

    Upper Middle School students will be placed into advisory groups of approximately 8-10 girls. An advisor will lead each advisory, and the children will remain with their advisory group for the majority of the day, limiting their movement throughout the building as much as possible.
  • Academics and Schedule

    UMS will follow a two-week, eight-day cycle. Every Monday will be a designated “M” day, and all scheduled classes will be remote. The virtual format of M days will also allow us to preserve important community-building events like Chapel and assemblies that cannot be held in person due to physical distancing constraints.
  • Daily Physical Activity

    As much as possible, and as weather permits, play will take place outdoors. Physical education classes will occur on a rotating basis in order to maintain social distancing requirements. Our physical education teachers will plan and teach activities that meet guidelines for exercising and moving safely. 
  • Wellness

    Our girls need to feel safe and connected in school. In addition to our teachers, our Upper Mid counselor, school psychologist, and nurses will spend a great deal of time with the girls learning new health and safety protocols, as well as building classroom communities. Our new advisory model will allow students and their teachers to form connections more quickly. Our Upper Mid counselor, school psychologist, and nurses 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. Morning snack will be provided for Classes VI-VIII during snack advisory.
  • Extracurricular Activities

    The majority of our after-school activities will not be available first semester due to physical distancing constraints. More information will become available as the semester progresses. 
  • Supplies

    Teachers will limit the sharing of objects, as well as the touching of shared surfaces. Each student in Classes VI-VIII has an individual laptop. A list of necessary supplies will be sent via email. Lockers will not be used, and students will be expected to carry their backpacks throughout the day. 
  • Homework

    Students in Classes VI-VIII will continue to be assigned a concise amount of homework Monday through Friday which may be found on the course management website.
  • Upper Mid Events

    Marymount understands the importance of maintaining a strong sense of community for our students and their families. Weekly UMS Meetings and 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.