Dear Noble family,
We’ve been thrilled to see thousands of students back in buildings these past few weeks. With the start of the fourth quarter, all 18 Noble schools are now in step 3 programming which means our school buildings are bubbling with the activity and excitement of learning.
Building on that, we’re excited to share more information about the upcoming school year. We expect and are planning for a return to full in-person programming in August. Schedules will vary by campus, based on enrollment, space, and public health guidelines. As such, all families should prepare to attend in person on September 7, 2021. This plan is made possible by the progress we’ve made as a city in reducing the spread of Covid-19 by wearing masks, maintaining social distance, getting vaccinated, and following public health guidance. We will continue to rely on the advice and guidance from public health authorities as we approach the upcoming year.
If a student has a medical condition that would prohibit their resumption of in-person activities, there will be a process to request additional accommodations, including maintaining remote learning. Full-time remote learning will be limited to only students meeting specific criteria, and we expect the vast majority of instruction to be in-person. While we know in-person learning is most effective, we also understand that this return to in-person schooling will be a big shift for students, families, and staff after spending over a year in a remote setting. Noble is committed to working with families to help make that transition as smooth as possible.
We strongly encourage those who are eligible to receive vaccinations to do so prior to the start of the school year as it will help our broader Noble and Chicago community return to some sense of normalcy. Already we estimate more than 80% of Noble staff have received vaccinations, a core pillar of our robust health and safety guidelines. The FDA has authorized the use of the Pfizer vaccine for children as young as 12 and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for those 18 years old and up.
Our enhanced health and safety approach, as well as changes to policies and practices, mean that school will look and feel different from the last time we were all physically in our school buildings. As part of our continued commitment to anti-racism, Noble teams have been hard at work examining our uniform, the Student Code of Conduct, and more. Guided by input from thousands of families, students, staff, and our broader community, that work is ongoing. We will communicate the implications for the upcoming year’s return to in-person programming at a later date.
Thank you for your continued support of your students and Noble. We look forward to seeing you in person soon.
PS – As a reminder, you can find our school calendar here and all of our current coronavirus response materials here. The health and safety guidelines will be updated before the start of fall classes.
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With love and high expectations, Noble guides students through the college application process and is known nationally for innovations in alumni support. MIT researchers and U.S News & World Report have recognized Noble for extraordinary performance. The Noble Class of 2020 earned more than $500 million in college scholarships and more than 15,000 college acceptances. Learn more at www.nobleschools.org.
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