2020-21: Learning Together

Excellent Academics and Strong Connections

Indian Creek faculty, staff, students, and families hold a collective responsibility to safeguard the health of our community. Reopening our campuses requires all of us to adopt and adhere to new habits and guidelines both in school and at home.  

All members of our community have signed the ICS Community Pledge and complete a daily health screening prior to coming to campus.

Reflecting our motto of learning together, the ICS leadership team and medical advisory board have committed to an ongoing cycle of learning and adapting in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have planned for multiple possible scenarios, and more importantly, we have created the conditions to learn and react to feedback and new information. From the start of this pandemic, our community’s adaptability has been critical to our success, and it will continue to stand us in good stead.    



Reopening Timeline

List of 6 items.

  • August 26 - September 8

    All students virtual with opportunities for on campus orientation and engagement
  • September 8

    Pre-K3 – Grade 6 on campus for half days (8:15 – 11:30 a.m.) with virtual learning in the afternoon. (Lower School families have the option to remain 100% virtual.) Grades 7-12 remain virtual, with outdoor, small group on-campus advisory opportunities.
  • September 21

    Upper School afternoon athletics program begins.
  • September 24

    Grades 7-12 begin hybrid half days on campus, with each student on campus for four half-days per week. (All families have the option to remain 100% virtual.)
  • October 13

    All grades have the opportunity to learn on campus for full days:
    Lower School (Pre-K3 - grade 6):  All students on campus.
    Upper School (Grades 7 - 12): All students rotate through two weeks on-campus, one week off.

     
    All students have the opportunity to remain 100% virtual if they wish.
  • Estimated Late October/Early November

    Pre-K3 through Grade 12: All students on campus for full days. 
    All families continue to have the option to remain virtual.

Reopening Communications

List of 17 items.

  • Lower School Yellow Details 10.9.2020

     

    Dear Lower School Families,

    I am pleased to announce that Indian Creek School will transition to phase Yellow on Tuesday, October 13. Through this plan, we are excited to offer a full-day in-person option for Lower School students on Mondays through Thursdays. 

    Here are some key elements of the yellow structure:
    • During ICS yellow, the Lower School schedule adjusts to a full-day, in-person model on Monday through Thursday.
    • On Fridays, students may attend the morning on campus. Friday afternoons are off for teachers to have planning, meeting, and materials preparation time given the reduced opportunities to do so in a hybrid schedule with our increased health/safety protocols. Exceptions: If the week has a previously scheduled day off, Friday classes will be held in person.
    • Students remain in their small class groupings (under 15) from morning drop-off until afternoon pick-up.
    • Families continue to have the option to select 100% virtual learning.
    Click here to view the full Lower School Yellow Letter.
  • Upper School Yellow Details 10.9.2020

    Dear Upper School Families,

    I am pleased to announce that Indian Creek School will transition to phase Yellow on Tuesday, October 13. Through this plan, we are excited to offer a full-day option for Upper School students.

    Here are some key elements of the yellow structure:
    • Each ‘House’ of students will experience a rotation of two full weeks of in-person, all-day school and one week of 100% virtual instruction.
    • We will continue to follow the same daily schedule and will also continue to follow our Eagle, Green, and Gold week rotation.
    • In yellow, all students are 100% virtual every Friday for the full school day. In a typical five-day week, classes on Fridays are virtual to allow a day of learning without masks for students and teachers. Exceptions: If the week has a previously scheduled day off, Friday classes will be held in person.
    Click here to view the full Upper School Yellow Letter.
  • Creek Conversation: Announcing Yellow 10.9.2020

  • Community Update from Associate Head of School 10.5.2020

    Dear Indian Creek School Families, 

    It is hard to believe nearly six weeks have passed since we started  the 2020-21 school year. We have navigated new health protocols, new modes of teaching and learning, and new schedules. We have cooperated and learned together what it feels like to connect face-to-face with students in person and on screen simultaneously. Thank you for your patience, flexibility, encouragement, and most of all, partnership in this process. 

    I am writing today to share the following important updates, described in more detail below: 

    • This Friday, we will announce a target date for transitioning to our yellow operating status, which could possibly be as early as next week.
    • Based on community feedback and health/safety evidence, we have made some improvements to our yellow plans (described below.)
    • A Creek Conversation recording with physicians on our medical advisory committee is available at this link.
    • Please join ICS administrators for a live Creek Conversation this Friday for the announcement of the anticipated date for transitioning to yellow and additional information. Click here to register. 
     Phase of Operation Considerations and Decision-Making  
    Reflecting our motto of learning together, the ICS leadership team and medical advisory board have committed to an ongoing cycle of learning and adapting in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have planned for multiple possible scenarios, and more importantly, we have created the conditions to learn and react to feedback and new information. From the start of this pandemic, our community’s adaptability has been critical to our success, and it will continue to stand us in good stead.   

    Since August 26, we have learned a lot. We have gained confidence in the capacity of our protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses, including our insistence on masks, physical distancing, hand and surface hygiene, circulating as much outdoor air as possible within buildings, and health screening each morning. We are fortunate that our facilities and school size allow us to implement these best practices. We have put into action our contact tracing processes a few times in response to presumptive (and ultimately negative) COVID-19 cases. To date, we have had zero known positive cases or transmissions on either of our campuses, which we can attribute to a combination of good fortune and collective commitment to our community pledge. We must and will remain vigilant.  

    At this time, the ICS administration is confident that the evidence behind our protocols suggests it is reasonable to offer a full-day on campus option; the school’s medical advisory committee unanimously concurs. With that said, while in recent weeks the metrics in Maryland and Anne Arundel County have been encouraging, we are closely watching the upward trend over the last few days in cases per 100,000 and positivity rate in our county (today: 10.02 and 3.49% respectively,) which is why we are waiting until Friday of this week to finalize our target date for transitioning to our yellow, full-day operating status. Please watch this Creek Conversation recording to hear from two of the physicians on our medical advisory board about how the evidence in our community supports adding the full day option and their outlook/perspective on school reopening and COVID-19.
     
    Transition to Yellow: Overview of Plans 
    We believe that for many ICS families, a full-day model (yellow) presents a better educational environment than our current hybrid half-day (orange) model. We will announce an official date for our transition to yellow this coming Friday, which we are currently projecting could happen as soon as next week. We are also committed to maintaining both our virtual model and our half day model for our families that prefer those formats. The circumstances surrounding each family’s choices are complex and personal; the School’s goal is to provide flexibility so that every family can choose the learning mode that is right for them.  
     
    Overview of Yellow at Lower School: 
    When ICS transitions to yellow, Pre-K3 through sixth grade students may come to campus for a full day Monday through Thursday from 8:25 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and for a half day on Friday from 8:25 – 11:30 a.m. Families wishing to stay in a half-day model may continue to do so, coming to campus from 8:25 – 11:30 a.m. and logging into their classes remotely in the afternoon. The virtual learning team will continue partnering with our teachers in supporting our virtual learners. Lower School families will receive more details about yellow schedules and protocols from Head of Lower School Jen Malachowski on Friday, which will also include information on how families can adjust their learning mode selection. 

    Overview of Yellow at Upper School: 
    Each seventh through twelfth grade student will be able to attend their classes on campus Monday through Thursday, for two out of every three weeks. During the third week, students will attend classes remotely. 
     
    Upper School on-campus students may attend a full day of classes in person, arriving as early as 7:50 a.m. and staying through athletics. Students who would prefer a partial day option may come and go between periods using our established sign in and sign out procedures. Full day students who are not participating in the athletics program may be picked up starting at 3:30 p.m. Note: In yellow, Upper School classes on Fridays will be 100% virtual, except for when a week has a previously scheduled day off. Looking ahead, when the Eagle Dome opens (estimated end of October), students in the house that is learning in virtual-mode may sign up to attend their classes from the Eagle Dome if they would like.   

    Upper School families will receive more information from Head of Upper School Matt McCormick this Friday, including the option to adjust your Mod 2 learning mode selections. 

    Thank you. 
    Thank you for your flexibility and for your confidence in Indian Creek School. We recognize that an evidence-based agile approach presents inconveniences for our families and for our faculty as plans adjust, and we appreciate your support and resilience. We also recognize that plans, in particular for the Upper School, have been adjusted since published initially back in July - and it’s important to note that, in this dynamic environment, we would rather learn and adjust based on data and feedback than commit to parts of a plan we now believe to be inferior just because we said we would. Our major hope at this point is that our community will be ready to transition to our yellow phase possibly as soon as next week, and that we can settle in there for quite a while. The winter months and holiday season may present new challenges, but until then, let’s take advantage of every moment we can to be together. 

    In partnership,

    Eliza McLaren
    Associate Head of School
  • Creek Conversation with the ICS Medical Advisory Board VIDEO 10.5.2020

    On October 5, the ICS Medical Advisory Board held a Creek Conversation to discuss the most recent COVID-19 research, metrics, and their recommendations for the next phase of operation. 
    Click here to watch the video.
  • Community Update from Head of School 9.30.2020

    Dear ICS Community,

    As a school, we take our responsibility to provide connection, comfort, and stability for our families to heart. Especially during this time when so many aspects of life are "irregular," Indian Creek strives to be a steady, reliable presence in the lives of our students. As we build confidence in our protocols and as metrics move in a positive direction, our leadership team is looking to
    increase the opportunities that we have as a school to offer on-campus instruction and student care.

    Look for an email from Eliza McLaren, Associate Head of School, this coming Monday about what a possible transition to our yellow phase could look like in the coming weeks. Without wanting to give too much away just yet, the coming weeks are also going to bring some exciting announcements about our school's future.

    We are living in a moment in which education is being reshaped and reimagined through new innovative teaching methods and advancements in educational technology. We are also in a moment in which our school, which I have come to believe is among the most forward-thinking schools out there, is in its most dynamic period in nearly 50 years. As we look to the rest of this school year, to our future as one Indian Creek School
    on one campus, to our upcoming 50th anniversary, and to the 50 years beyond, I hope you feel as energized and inspired as I do about our school's future and its transformative impact on students past, present, and future.

    Yours truly,
    Booth Kyle
    Head of School
  • Community Update from Head of School 9.22.2020

    Dear ICS Community,

    Today marks the first day since last March that we have students in every grade level in class on our campus. Wow - that is a sentence I have been looking forward to writing for a long time!

    During the past week, the Lower School has continued to settle into a routine of hybrid learning as the Upper School has been busy preparing to transition from "virtual orange" to "hybrid orange." Thank you to everyone in our community, and especially to our faculty, for everything that has been done to get us ready for this moment.

    Health & Safety Update
    Today's Metrics:
    Cases per 100k:
    Maryland - 8.66 (-0.81 since last week)
    Anne Arundel County - 10.14 (-0.84 since last week)
    Prince George's County - 12.95 (+0.55 since last week)

    Positivity rate:
    Maryland - 2.6% (-0.84% since last week)
    Anne Arundel County - 3.31% (-0.53% since last week)
    Prince George's County - 3.94% (-1.94% since last week)

    What does this mean for ICS?
    Indian Creek will remain in orange phase for the start of Mod 2.
    The ICS Medical Advisory Board's most recent advice is that in order to move into yellow, we look for cases per 100K in Anne Arundel County in the 5-7 range, and a county positivity rate under 3%. At this time, while metrics are trending positively, we are not yet in the range we need in order to justify a move to the yellow status. As such, we will remain in orange as we begin Mod 2. For Lower School, this means that students will continue with the same schedule as has been in place through Mod 1. For Upper School, this means continuing the Hybrid-Orange schedule which begins next week.

    In the coming weeks, we will announce more details about the ICS yellow plan, which will have some adjustments based on what we have learned in hybrid-orange in particular around classroom occupancy and density requirements. We anticipate that "yellow" in the Upper School will look similar to hybrid-orange, but with the option to be on campus for the whole day in a study hall in the gym or tennis dome while a student's house is attending classes virtually.

    "Yellow" in the Lower School will allow a full day option for learning on campus.

    And one more update:
    MERV 13 filters installed at Upper School Several weeks ago, I shared that the Upper School HVAC system settings had been adjusted to increase the amount of outside air circulating through the building, and that MERV 13 filters were on backorder, but would be installed as soon as we could get them. I am pleased to report that our facilities director John Casey was able to procure these highly effective filters and they were installed on Monday.

    Have a great week everyone - and Go, Eagles!
    Booth Kyle
    Head of School

    Click here to view the full update.
  • Community Update from Head of School 9.16.2020

    Dear ICS Community,

    What an exciting time it is at Indian Creek School! The hustle and bustle of school life brings such energy and warmth to each day. Lower School students are becoming comfortable and confident
    with their school day routines, and we've hosted some enthusiastic Upper School students for outdoor Advisory activities during the last two weeks. Yesterday afternoon was our final on campus Advisory orientation, and it's my estimation that we are ready to get going with some on campus instruction for the Upper Schoolers.

    Upper School students will visit campus next week for half-day ramp-ups in the new "house" system we'll use for our orange status. The following week begins the revised orange Upper
    School schedule. Upper School families will receive schedule and protocol details from Mr. McCormick today.

    Learning from One Another
    The ICS faculty has taken our 2020-21 motto to heart, "learning
    together" through every facet of the program. Our Lower School teachers have embraced the hybrid learning model, sharing tips and tricks for using the Kandao and Crestron units to engage virtual students right along with our on campus learners. This integration becomes more and more seamless every day. As they have become hybrid teaching "experts" in such a short time, our
    Lower School teachers have been able to share invaluable insight to our Upper School teachers as they prepare for hybrid instruction. This kind of behind-the-scenes collaboration is very
    important. I would like to express my admiration and appreciation to our teachers and our technology team for their commitment to supporting each other in their pursuit to provide an exceptional education for Indian Creek students.

    Health & Safety Update
    Today's Metrics:
    Cases per 100k:
    Maryland - 9.47 (-0.93 since last week)
    Anne Arundel County - 10.98(-0.29 since last week)
    Prince George's County - 12.4 (+0.68 since last week)

    Positivity rate:
    Maryland - 3.44% (-0.26% since last week)
    Anne Arundel County - 3.84% (-0.45%since last week)
    Prince George's County - 5.88% (+1.13% since last week)

    What does this mean for ICS?
    Local and State metrics remain steady with minor fluctuations from week to week. Indian Creek remains in orange, with modifications for increased opportunities for students to learn together on campus. As our community continues to adhere to the ICS health and safety protocols, we anticipate remaining in orange for Mod 2. An official color phase designation for Mod 2 will be determined next week.

    Choose Your Mod 2 Learning Phase
    Mod 2 will run from October 1 through November 5. Families continue to have the option to choose between hybrid (partially on-campus, partially online) and 100% virtual learning formats
    for each five-week mod. ICS will assume that students are continuing their selected learning option from mod to mod, unless the family notifies the School of a change in preference. If you would like to change your student's designation for Mod 2 (meaning if your student is currently learning in-person and would like to switch to 100% virtual, or if your student is currently virtual and would like to go in-person) we ask that you change your designation through this Mod 2 Learning Option Selection form by next Friday, September 24.

    Have a great week everyone - and go Eagles!

    Sincerely,
    Booth Kyle
    Head of School

    Click here to view the full update.
  • Community Update from Head of School 9.9.2020

    Dear ICS Community,

    We are beginning to develop some routine this week. This morning our Kindergarten students were outside planting their class garden and their excitement at digging up a worm was contagious! The curiosity and joy of the students was evident,
    even through their face coverings. I hope that the Lower School students are beginning to develop some comfort around our "Three Ws" as they become immersed in the school experience. While we are aware that things are a bit different, we continue to gain confidence in our health and safety protocols and community compliance. Of course, we are also eager to host our Upper School students on campus soon - please read on!

    Thank You Lower School Students
    I would like to send a shout-out to our Lower School students for a terrific first few days of three-hour, full-group half-days on campus. Thank you to all the teachers and parents who have made the processes smooth. This success gives us confidence as we move forward with our plan to phase-in additional on campus opportunities for Upper School students while ICS is in Orange.

    Looking forward: Orange at the Upper School
    Our orange protocols for the Upper School include the opportunity for on-campus gatherings. Over the last weeks, Upper School advisories have been meeting outside and it has been great to see the campus filled with life.

    For several health and safety reasons and because of the complexity of starting the year with hybrid instruction (teaching
    students both in the classroom and at home) we opted to have our Upper School academic classes meet 100% virtually at the start of the year. I am excited to announce to you today that we are revising our orange protocol for the Upper School and are preparing to introduce on-campus instruction in our orange phase starting the week of September 21.

    Upper School students (grades 7-12) will be divided into three groups, which we're calling "houses." Each house will have the  opportunity to come to campus for four half-days per week
    according to the chart below. Students will continue to follow the same class schedule whether they are learning on-campus or off-campus. Students who are off-campus will connect to the
    classroom via Microsoft Teams, just as they have been, and each learning space has been outfitted with a Crestron or Kandao camera to give at-home learners a virtual seat in the room.
    House 1 (Last names A-F)
    House 2 (Last names G-N)
    House 3 (Last names O-Z)

    The plan outlined above will begin the week of September 28, as long as metrics continue to allow for on-campus learning. We will use the Week of September 21 as a ramp up to the new model of
    orange, inviting each house to campus for one half-day, during which they will orient to being in the building and practice protocols.

    Today's Metrics:
    Cases per 100k:
    Maryland - 10.4 (+1.94 since last week)
    Anne Arundel County - 11.27 (+2.88 since last week)
    Prince George's County - 11.72 (+1.07 since last week)

    Positivity rate:
    Maryland - 3.7% (+0.31% since last week)
    Anne Arundel County - 4.29% (+ 1% since last week)
    Prince George's County - 4.75% (+ 0.3% since last week)

    What does this mean for ICS?
    The metrics listed above are significant factors in how we determine the ICS color phase. Both the positivity rate and cases per 100K number have been rising in the past weeks. At this stage we still feel confident that orange is the correct status. A sustained County positivity rate over 5% would be very concerning and could prompt a move to "red" status. Conversely, in order to move to "yellow" status we would need to see sustained positivity rates closer to 2%, and cases per 100K numbers comfortably below 10.

    The other major factor in determining the ICS color phase is our confidence in our on-campus protocols. I am happy to report that what we see on campus has been good. Our students are wearing masks that fit; they are submitting their daily health screenings before coming to campus and raising questions and concerns with Nurse Malinow when they have them; students
    and teachers are maintaining 6 feet distance; we are paying close attention to cleaning protocols, ventilation, and more. Keep up the great work!

    Indian Creek is best when students and teachers are together, and I am pleased that our collective commitment to community safety is making it possible for us to welcome students of all ages to campus this fall. Thank you to all.

    Sincerely,
    Booth Kyle
    Head of School

    Click here to read the full update.
  • Community Update from Head of School 9.2.2020

    Dear ICS Families,

    This week has demonstrated something important, though not surprising, to us all: The Indian Creek School community is up to the task of upholding our pledge to one another.

    Over the past few days, I have had the pleasure of welcoming Lower School students to the Evergreen Campus as they met their teachers and checked out their new classrooms. Yesterday
    and today, I got to greet the members of the 9th and 7th grade classes as they came to the Upper School for their outdoor advisory meetings. It's been clear to me that those who have spent time on campus understand the importance of the pledge that we've taken to protect ourselves and one another.

    Indian Creek is at its best when students and teachers are together, engaged in connecting and learning. This palpable energy is what we have been eagerly anticipating for months, and I - along with my colleagues - have been able to take pride in our community's commitment to our collective safety. Thank you to all - parents, students, teachers, health staff, and more - for taking the necessary steps and precautions for us to reopen confidently. Learning new habits and protocols is hard, and undoubtedly we will all have moments when we are inconvenienced or frustrated by what is being asked of us. The joy I have seen in our students of all ages this week is well-worth the sacrifices that we are all making.

    Some of you have reached out for guidance about choices that your family is making during this time. While our community pledge offers guidelines for students and parents to follow, I believe that it's the spirit of this promise that is most important: As a member of the ICS community, I will make choices that will contribute to the greater good of all. As more opportunities for our students become available, I ask that we might consider what we're willing to give up to experience school safely. Even better, perhaps we can all consider what we're willing to give up so
    that students in other schools can have this same opportunity?

    This New York Times article, When It Comes to Covid-19, Most of Us Have Risk Exactly Backward, by Dr. Aaron E. Carroll provides a great perspective on this community mindset for families.

    Creek Conversation: Social-Emotional Learning at ICS
    Thursday, September 3, 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
    Tomorrow's Creek Conversation will expand on Indian Creek's Social-Emotional Learning plans for 2020-21. 

    Health & Safety Update
    Thanks to everyone for completing the Magnus health app before coming to campus each day. This has been a remarkably smooth process given that it is a completely new task for us all. Setting a cell-phone reminder for each morning can be a helpful way to make this a regular habit.

    The most common challenge we've observed at school thus far has been ill-fitting masks. Every individual needs to wear a mask that fits correctly and stays snugly over the nose. Teachers and
    advisors have been asked to notify parents if a student's mask does not fit correctly. Please note: Nobody with a gaiter-style mask will be permitted in the school building.

    HVAC Systems
    I mentioned last week that I would update you on our HVAC systems. Facilities Manager John Casey, in consultation with an external HVAC contractor, has shared the following confidence building updates:
    • Lower School: In an ironic way, the "old" HVAC system at the Lower School is a major benefit in COVID times. Almost every classroom in the Lower School has doors to the outside which can be propped opened, windows that can be opened, and individual air units that pull air in directly from the outside.
    • Upper School: Over the last several days, significant and noticeable adjustments have been made to the HVAC system. We have increased the amount of outside air circulating through the central system to 50%, the maximum amount the system can handle. As such, the building does feel more humid and hot right now than it usually will, and we anticipate it will be colder than usual in the colder months. (It will be important to dress appropriately.)
    • We are also working on opening the doors in the atrium, cafeteria, and main lobby and adding fans to increase the amount of outside air flow.
    • We replaced all HVAC filters earlier this summer and have ordered HEPA-13 filters for the next replacement cycle.
    • Finally, the system is outfitted with a virus-killing UV light that hits air as it is recirculated. This UV light system is included in our scheduled HV system maintenance this fall.
    Mr. Casey and the entire facilities team have really done a terrific job and I am happy to share with you all that we have the right person and team on the task.

    Today's Metrics
    Cases per 100k:
    Maryland - 8.46 (-0.96 since last week)
    Anne Arundel County - 8.39 (+0.69 since last week)
    Prince George's County - 10.65 (-2.25 since last week)

    Positivity rate:
    Maryland - 3.39% (+0.14% since last week)
    Anne Arundel County - 3.29% (+ 0.35% since last week)
    Prince George's County - 4.45% (-0.41% since last week)

    What does this mean for ICS?
    Based on the statistics above, Indian Creek remains in our orange status. We hope to update the community about any color/status change for Mod 2 during the week of September 21.

    Students in grades 7-12 will receive detailed information about some on-campus athletics opportunities this Friday. Early next week, Upper School families will also receive information
    about potential on-campus academic opportunities that could begin in the second half of September. A group of Upper School teachers and administrators is meeting to reflect on our
    current plans with an eye towards introducing some on-campus instruction while in orange status.

    In summary: While ICS metrics are still in orange, we continue to gain confidence in our protocols and community compliance. As a result, we anticipate increasing opportunities for Upper School
    students to be on campus in the coming weeks.

    Stay tuned for more details soon!

    Sincerely,
    Booth Kyle
    Head of School
  • Community Update from Head of School 8.19.2020

    Dear Indian Creek Community,

    We are one week away from the start of the school year, and I wish you could all be on campus right now to sense the excitement in the air!

    Welcoming our Faculty
    On Monday, we welcomed all faculty and staff to campus. Teachers are engaging in extensive health/safety and technology trainings in addition to the typical back-to-school faculty meetings to prepare for the coming year. Their unparalleled dedication to getting this right for our students is why I'm confident that this year - while unusual in many ways - will also feel familiar in the ways that matter most. Our students and teachers will partner in learning, and students will form strong
    connections with teachers and their peers. We are all learning together in 2020-21, and I can't imagine a more dedicated and inspiring team for this journey. Please join me in expressing a big
    thank you to our teachers.

    Anne Arundel County Department of Health Approval
    Last Wednesday, the Anne Arundel County Department of
    Health requested that all private schools schools submit their
    reopening COVID-19 safety plans to the county. The letter
    stated that all plans submitted will be reviewed by the
    Department of Health for compliance with all aspects of the
    CDC and MSDE guidance to ensure the safety of students and
    staff.

    Upon receipt of the Department of Health request, we submitted our Planning for 2020-21: Learning Together reopening plan for review. We were notified Monday morning that Indian Creek's plan has been approved. "Thank you for sharing your Reopening COVID 19 Safety Plan for Indian Creek School with the Department of Health," shared County School Health Services
    Program Supervisor Anne Laible. "It is a pleasure to collaborate with you to ensure the health and safety of your staff and students during this public health crisis. Your plan has been reviewed by our team. It addresses all of the key areas and is approved. Thank you for your dedication to the health of our community."

    It is affirming and confidence-building to see the results of months of intense planning so quickly and resoundingly approved. We thank the county for their partnership in our efforts to keep our community healthy and safe.

    Creek Conversations
    Learning Together: What is Required of ICS Families?
    Thursday, August 20, 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
    I hope you can join us for tomorrow's Creek Conversation, "Learning Together: What is Required of ICS Families?" This virtual community gathering will focus on Health and Safety expectations for the entire community. We will spend the first 20 minutes of our time together with an overview for parents on health & safety protocols and expectations. We'll then move into an open Q&A format. I look forward to connecting with you all! 

    ICS Community Pledge
    At tomorrow's Creek Conversation, we will introduce the ICS Community Pledge. As members of the Indian Creek School community, we are all interconnected; each of has an individual
    responsibility to protect our collective well-being. This pledge provides an overview of Indian Creek's health and safety expectations. It also provides our families and faculty with the assurance that every member of the community has acknowledged their understanding of and commitment
    to our health and safety standards. All members of the ICS community who wish to come to campus must sign this pledge. Those who do not sign the pledge, or who do not comply with
    these policies and procedures, will not be permitted on campus.

    Current Metrics
    ICS readiness and community metrics:
    Our faculty and staff have all completed our health and safety trainings, and are complying with all expectations around mask wearing and distancing. Faculty are submitting their daily health screening each day before coming to campus, and complying with requests around required testing according to Maryland travel restrictions. The systems we have prepared are working. ICS internal metrics indicate clearance for reopening.

    Local metrics:
    Anne Arundel County: 7.0 daily new cases per 100k people (7 day moving average); 3.22% Positive Rate (7-Day Avg)
    Prince George's County: 13.9 daily new cases per 100k people (7 day moving average); 3.65% Positive Rate (7-Day Avg);

    Anne Arundel County numbers alone place us in a near-yellow situation, but considering 20% of our student/faculty body comes from PG County and another portion from Baltimore City, we need to consider those counties as well.

    Based on the above, ICS remains in "orange." As long as metrics do not indicate a need to move to "red", we will remain in "orange" through at least the first module. We will start
    assessing/anticipating a color phase for Module 2 in early to mid-September.

    Can't wait to see you (on campus!) soon!

    In partnership,
    Booth Kyle
    Head of School

    Click here to read the full update.
  • Reopening Plan Submitted to Anne Arundel County Health Department 8.14.2020

    On August 14, 2020, Indian Creek submitted its Reopening Plan to the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. The plan was reviewed by county officials and approved within 48 hours. 
    Click here to view the Reopening Plan.
  • Community Update from Head of School 8.12.2020

    Dear Indian Creek Community,

    Indian Creek's 2020-21 motto "Learning Together" serves as a helpful and persistent reminder that as we navigate the upcoming year, we are united as a community dedicated to providing our students with an excellent education grounded in connection. An important piece of this partnership involves sharing information with all constituents - faculty, students, and parents - as it is available, providing opportunities for feedback and reflection, and responding to input from our entire school body. Our goal is to provide intentional, transparent communication that invites conversation.

    I am writing to share with you the ways that you can expect to receive information from ICS throughout the 2020-21 school year, in addition to the typical classroom and administrative communications:

    • Wednesday Community Updates: Families will receive a written Community Update from the ICS Administrative Leadership Team each Wednesday. These updates will feature information about our health and safety plans, our teaching and learning plans, answers to FAQS, and transparent reflections.
    • Thursday Creek Conversations: We will continue holding "Creek Conversations" on Thursday afternoons from 4:00 - 4:45 p.m. These virtual meetings will connect families and administrators for a weekly conversation about what is happening at our school. Creek Conversations will be recorded and posted to CREEKnet each week. Registration links can be found on the ICS calendar and will also be sent in the Wednesday Community updates. I hope you can join us for tomorrow's Creek Conversation on Teaching & Learning.
    • ICS Newsletter: The Indian Creek School Newsletter will continue to provide weekly updates about exciting things happening school-wide, upcoming events, and other content.
    By now, I hope that you have all accessed your students' schedules and placements for the upcoming year through CREEKnet. A great amount of thought and care has gone into the creation of these for each student, in order to provide a premiere academic experience and opportunities to build strong connections with teachers and peers, whether they choose to learn on campus or at home. Additional information including details about day-to-day school logistics, uniforms, athletics, and much more, will continue to be shared with you over the next two weeks. Families will also receive detailed documentation of health and safety protocols and expectations next week.

    I look forward to welcoming our faculty and staff back to campus for orientation and protocol training next week. While our entire faculty and staff has certainly connected (virtually) more this summer than ever before, it will feel really good to see everybody at school again. One priority that became clear right away when our summer staff returned to campus was the need to provide
    a thoughtful, phased-in, return to school with intensive training in health and safety protocols for everyone. This process has begun this week with virtual health and safety training for all
    employees. Our teachers and students are the heart of ICS and I am eager to welcome everybody home.

    Sincerely,
    Booth Kyle

    Click here to read the full update.
    Head of School
  • Frequently Asked Questions 8.4.2020

    Prior to the opening of school on August 26, Indian Creek collected questions from families and answered them via a Creek Conversations webinar. Questions and answers were compiled in an FAQ document.
  • Learning Together, Part 3: Teaching & Learning

    The plan for on-campus, hybrid, and virtual learning was shared with the ICS community through Learning Together, Part 3: Teaching & Learning on August 3, 2020.
  • Learning Together, Part 2: Health & Safety 7.17.2020

    Health and Safety Guidelines for fall 2020 were shared with the ICS community through Learning Together, Part 2: Health & Safety on July 17, 2020.
  • Learning Together, Part 1: Professional Planning (6.15.2020)

    The process for planning to reopen and a schedule of summer professional development for ICS faculty was shared with the ICS community in Learning Together, Part 1: Professional Planning on June 15, 2020.

Guiding Principles

  • The safety of ICS students, faculty, staff, and families is our top priority.
  • Indian Creek provides an exceptional learning experience. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to teaching in the ways that students best learn. Individualized instruction that incorporates best practices in teaching and learning are inherent in Pre-K through grade 12 classrooms, whether instruction takes place on campus or online.
  • Whether in person, hybrid-flexible, or at a distance, learning happens best together. We prioritize the teacher-to-student and student-to-student connections that we know are critical to academic and social-emotional learning. Our signature commitment to a strong school-family partnership and a diverse, inclusive community remain hallmarks of the ICS experience.   

 
 

Virtual Option

The circumstances surrounding each family’s choices are complex and personal; the School’s goal is to provide flexibility so that every family can choose the learning mode that is right for them.   

Questions?

The ICS Administrative Team would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the 2020-21 program:

Head of School Booth Kyle

Associate Head of School Eliza McLaren

Head of Upper School Matt McCormick

Head of Lower School Jen Malachowski