With all grade levels back to campus full-time, we want to give you a glimpse into how we have transformed our campus to mitigate risk for our students and faculty. While things may look a little different at Brawerman, the laughter, joy, and learning are still very much alive.
Classrooms have been redesigned so desks are spaced apart with plexiglass dividers. Students keep their crates next to their desks so everyone has access to individual supplies. We are using every possible space for our students to ensure they all have the opportunity to participate in full-day on-campus learning, five days a week. While the spaces may look different, the joy of together feeling the same. Smiles beam from under masks, teachers reach students even from afar, and our hallways are filled with laughter. The photo below shows how we have transformed the Brawerman West library into a Grade 1 classroom.
At Brawerman East, our youngest learners, Grades K-2, have individual outdoor classrooms for their cohorts on the Athletics Complex where they spend the majority of the day learning and playing. Teachers in Grades 3-6 have transformed the Lower Playground into an outdoor classroom that upper-grade students use throughout the day. Grades 1-6 also have time on the play structure on Lower Playground throughout the week.
Our newest outdoor classroom space, Plein Air, is located at the top level of the parking garage. Grades 4-6 students rotate having snack, lunch, recess, and some class time in this new space. We even used it for our rainy day snack, lunch, and recess!
At Brawerman West, designated "sit spots" are easily identifiable for students to maintain appropriate distance while enjoying snack and recess. We added turf to areas around campus, such as Leder Terrace (outside the gym). Some students also eat on turf located in the parking lot (no cars are in this area when it is used by students). Teachers identify physically distanced spacing so students can enjoy a snack or lunch on their towels.
None of this would be possible without our amazing facilities crews at the Irmas and Glazer campuses who have worked tirelessly to prepare us for this moment. A huge thank you to their teams for working day and night to make sure everything is ready each morning, sanitized throughout the day, and cleaned properly each evening.