Casady's Strategic Path Forward 2020-21

Casady believes that the Path Forward requires a covenantal relationship with families that affirms our common mission, values, and priorities. To this end, Casady seeks to covenant with families around three shared commitments of Relationships, Safety, and Flexibility.

Strategic Path Forward Task Force

Dear Casady Community,

General Eisenhower said it best, “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.” We understand the dual nature of planning, especially in the midst of this pandemic. That said, this summer was both rigorous and vigorous as we planned and prepared for the on-campus arrival of 900+ Cyclones in the Fall! 

We would like to invite you to review Casady’s Strategic Path Forward planning and the covenant that we seek with families around three shared commitments of safety, relationships, and flexibility.

We thank you for trusting us with the safety of your children as we aspire to faithfully and courageously advance our mission in our new COVID-19 reality.

Sincerely,

Jim Bonfiglio
Director of Operations
Task Force Co-Chair
bonfiglioj@casady.org
Josh Bottomly
Associate Head of School for Academics
Task Force Co-Chair
bottomlyj@casady.org

Guiding Principles

Relationships. Casady understands that relationships are the key to the strength, stability, and success of any great institution, especially during times of crisis, challenge, and uncertainty.
 
Safety. Casady will make every effort to create a safe on-campus learning environment for students, faculty, and staff.
 
Flexibility. Casady knows that the path forward requires us to be flexible and that we must be willing to iterate as necessary.

Priorities

Casady makes decisions in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic based on the following priorities that align with our Strategic Academic Plan:

  1. Safety (Faculty & Students)
  2. Connection (Student Wellness & Student Engagement)
  3. Curriculum (Durable Learning & Skills/Knowledge)
  4. Community (Community Engagement)
  5. Balance (Student Wellness)
  6. Sustainability

"Path Forward" Groups

Six "Path Forward” working groups focus on developing action plans for critical areas of Casady’s campus-wide operations.

List of 6 items.

  • ACADEMICS

    This working group focuses on teaching and student learning outcomes that promote durable learning and student engagement, including but not limited to academic calendar, daily schedule, course scheduling, traditional on-campus and remote learning, classroom capacity, experiential learning on- and off-campus, academic support, and faculty development.
  • STUDENT LIFE AND COMMUNITY

    This working group examines, among other things student wellness and balance, extracurricular/co-curricular activities, travel, events, student behavior, chapel/spiritual life, and student support services.
  • HEALTH, SAFETY, PREVENTIVE MEASURES

    The scope of this group’s work includes providing guidance and direction on protective measures including face coverings, temperature taking and personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning and sanitizing protocols, sanitizing materials and devices, vulnerable populations, testing and contact tracing. In addition, this working group will examine, among other things, rapid closing, isolation and quarantine spaces, social distancing, staff health and safety, cleaning and sanitation.

  • CAMPUS OPERATIONS AND SECURITY

    This group’s work includes facilities and equipment relating to the support of the academic curriculum, internal events, as well as, events with outside groups. Building and technology infrastructure, transportation, services connected to health and safety, security, dining, and management of the physical space are key components.
  • FINANCE AND BUSINESS

    This group’s work includes managing the financial support and sustainability of all academic and operational programs. Included are resources available to the School through federal and local governmental programs. Additionally, policy and procedures for institutional and employee protection is addressed.
  • COMMUNICATIONS

    The communications group works within a strategic multi-platform approach centered around emails to parents, faculty, and staff. This group directs how detailed information is presented to the internal and external communities and so that it's efficient, effective, and consistent in delivery while being intentional, thoughtful, clear, and concise with content.

Strategic Vision

FAQs

List of 5 items.

  • What is Casady‚Äôs overall approach to reopening campus in the fall?

    Our intention is to be open for school in the traditional brick & mortar model with adjustments made. In the case that we have to shut down campus at any point next year, we will iterate around our remote model.

    Planning has included consultation with local health experts, local peer schools, national peer schools in the INDEX group, Stanford Malone School Online consortium, OneSchoolHouse consortium, and Global Online Academy. We have also worked closely with Dr. Bryan Smyth, Director of Research of Independent School Management (ISM), a leading independent school organization in the world. While details need to be worked out, cornerstones of our approach will include:
    • Leveraging all available campus resources to create a safe learning environment for students, faculty, and staff;
    • Following public health guidelines for social distancing and other health safeguards;
    • Preparing protocols for contact tracing when infection does occur;
    • Creating a community covenant that outlines our mutual commitment to each other;
    • And development and implementation of creative approaches to the academic calendar, class scheduling, and pedagogy, including the ability to employ various combinations of in-person and remote interactions throughout the trimester necessitated by the local state of the pandemic.
  • What is Casady doing to plan for reopening in the fall?

    Casady’s core academic leadership has come together to develop a “One School” Casady Path Forward Plan. The main task force will work in partnership with campus groups that will develop an action plan for reopening campus in the Fall.

    The comprehensive nature of our academic plan will include the following:
    • a new “School Flex” Calendar;
    • new Daily Academic Schedules by Division that are student-centered, pandemic-proofed and One School-minded;
    • repurposed and reimagined physical spaces that maximize opportunities for connection and community, as well as deeper-level learning and student engagement;
    • and, finally, a technology plan that allows students the flexibility to “Learn From Anywhere”.
    The task force will also consider athletics and other activities, while understanding that we will follow guidance from the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC), the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA), the Catholic Grade School Athletic Association (CGSAA), medical experts and public health officials.

  • What safety measures is Casady considering to keep the campus community as safe as possible?

    We are working with local health experts, along with state and CDC guidelines, to put in place new guidelines and practices that may include social distancing; limiting the number of people in offices, classrooms, and large communal spaces at one time; stringent sanitation measures; and other public health requirements.

    No matter what guidelines and practices are established, the health and safety of all students, faculty, and staff - as well as our ability to remain on campus - depend upon our mutual commitment to each other, our commitment to community. This mutuality, a true interdependent, will be critical as we all adapt to new expectations, whether in the classroom, in our shared spaces, or out in our local neighborhood.

  • What criteria is Casady using to make decisions?

    Casady will always make decisions that are mission-driven. In addition, Casady will use the priorities that were created as part of our Strategic Academic Plan - Student Wellness, Student Engagement, Durable Learning, Community Engagement, and Skills/Knowledge - and authentically align them with the School’s “Path Forward” priorities - Safety, Connection, Curriculum, Community, Balance, and Sustainability. These priorities will inform decision-making in response to the challenges of COVID-19. Finally, Casady will leverage data and feedback from two school-wide surveys (in April and May) to also inform our decision.

  • When will we know about fall reopening and what the conditions will be?

    Given the uncertainty of the pandemic, we don’t have a precise timeline for final decisions and will need to be prepared to pivot to other approaches at a moment’s notice. That said, in late June or early July, we should have more clarity on our ultimate approach for reopening campus in the fall and keeping the community as healthy as possible. We are mindful that our options must take into account possible shifting of the national or local health landscape.


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