WT opened its 134th school year like no other. Committed to limiting the spread of COVID-19 while simultaneously keeping the WT experience as intact as possible, students and faculty alike have embraced the new challenges and opportunities.

Fully utilizing well-developed and -researched Learning Models, WT continues to prepare students for the demands of a changing world. For a complete overview of the Learning Models, visit winchesterthurston.org/covid19. Be sure to follow WT on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up-to-date.

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Students and employees complete daily health screenings, which are verified at drop-off, to ensure a safe community. The face mask requirement spans from Pre-K through grade 12.

Hybrid classroom

A Hybrid Learning Model in both Middle School and Upper School provides the space needed to be physically distant. Students split into two cohorts which alternate weekly in-person learning and remote learning. During remote learning weeks, students connect to the classroom via Zoom.

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Expanded and reimagined outdoor spaces include the green space near the Upper School Building, and new play features have been added to many of the existing areas to increase options for physical and creative play.

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Learning cohorts are built by balancing the learning needs, social and emotional needs, and dynamics of our students.

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The Return to Sports Action Plan which includes guidance for practice, competition, and facilities usage, allows for safety at both home and away matches.

WT teams were well-represented in post-season play this fall: Boys Cross Country is the WPIAL Class A Champion for the fifth consecutive year (with senior Patrick Malone finishing in first place), and the team finished third in the PIAA Class A State Championship; Boys Soccer competed in the WPIAL Class A Championship game; Girls Cross Country finished third at the WPIAL Class A Championship, (with sophomore Cyd Kennard representing the team at States); and the Field Hockey team made it to the first round of WPIAL Class A playoffs.

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Each classroom is fitted with a Logitech Meet Up camera, speakers, and microphones to enable simultaneous remote and in-person instruction.

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In the Lower School, learning is all on campus (with the option to be fully remote). Class sizes have been reduced and classrooms have been added to meet physical distancing guidelines.

group learning

All-remote learning Lower School students are assigned to a grade-level homeroom. The home learning team is the bridge between teachers and remote students and their families.

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All-remote learning Middle School and Upper School students work closely with their advisor for support to make their experience smooth and connected to their peers.