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Community Wellness Guide

Please refer to this page for official updates and resources related to Darlington School's plans for the 2020-2021 school year related to Covid-19.

Community Wellness Update

July 21, 2020

Darlington School is working diligently to prepare for the first day of school on Aug. 17, 2020. Guided by the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, the Georgia Department of Health, and the Georgia Department of Education, Darlington is continuing to refine a plan of action that is feasible, practical, and tailored to the needs of our unique community.  

View the Community Wellness Guide for updates on plans and strategies as Darlington prepares for the opening of school. Please note that plans, strategies, and details are continuing to be determined and will be communicated once finalized.

Online Registration is Open

Please upload a completed Medical Form and Physical, current Immunization record, and proof of medical insurance through the Registration Parent Portal. All forms are available in the portal. If you have any questions about uploading the documents, please contact Wendy Payne (Pre-K to 8) or Denise Evans (Upper School). If you have questions about logging into the Darlington website, please contact Paige Hamil.

Community Wellness Guidelines

A group of students/faculty who are grouped together based on common age, grade level, and/or learning space proximity. We have designated overarching cohorts within the school. At the start of the school year, we will avoid mixing the three cohorts and will limit some interaction within the cohorts based on CDC guidelines and best practices.
Face coverings will be REQUIRED for all faculty, staff, and students in grades 3-12. Some exceptions will include recess, Physical Education, and sports. While we are not requiring students to wear face coverings in pre-K through second grade, we encourage parents to assist children in gaining comfort in wearing a face covering and should have one at school each day. Students may wear face coverings of their choice that are appropriate and not offensive. Face coverings may display the Darlington mascot/logo or a college mascot/logo. No other writing will be allowed on face coverings.
All Pre-K to 12 students will have health checks, including temperature readings. In addition, faculty and staff will have health checks each morning prior to the students’ arrival. Parents will trust Darlington to adhere to our strategies and plans, and Darlington trusts that students and faculty will abide by the CDC’s regulations for staying home when sick and continuing learning through Darlington’s Hybrid Learning Platform. More details on daily health monitoring will follow prior to the start of school.
While Darlington plans to resume on-campus learning for our students in August, our teachers are also preparing for hybrid classes. In short, the school is planning coursework from the beginning to accommodate students both on-campus and from a distance when circumstances dictate the situation. A new set of course standards and lesson templates have been created to provide a more consistent and productive learning environment for students, whether they are in the classroom or not. Please reach out directly to the division director if you anticipate starting the year with online learning.
We continue to work with Flik, Darlington’s food service provider, as we prepare for the upcoming school year. There will be several changes to the meal structure for the 2020-2021 school year. At the start of the year, all hot and cold meals will be pre-packaged for students and faculty. For students with dietary restrictions and/or allergies Flik Manager, Bret Clark, will be available to discuss individual meal plans this summer. Mr. Clark can be contacted at
Water bottle filling stations have been installed throughout campus and all students are encouraged to bring their own water bottle to class. The traditional water fountains are disabled.

Community Wellness Protocols and Procedures

Archived Updates
June 26, 2020
June 12, 2020
June 11, 2020
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A piece of work, resource, learning activity or class
Contact your teacher.

A technology-related question or issue
Contact Darlington’s I.T. Department.

A personal, academic or social concern
Contact your teacher, advisor or head of house.

Other issue related to distance learning
Contact your division director.
Event Updates

August 11: Pre-K to 8 “New to You” Orientation

For new families only, details/protocols to follow prior to the event.

Pre-K to 5 (5-6 p.m.)

Grades 6-8 (6-7 p.m.)

August 13, from 5-7:30 p.m.: Pre-K to 8 “Meet the Teacher”

For all Pre-K to 8 families, details/protocols to follow prior to the event.

All families will be assigned to a specific time-slot based on last names. 

August 14-15: ALL: Tiger Pride Used Uniform Sale and Uniform Source Uniform Sale 

Tiger Pride Used Uniform Sale will be held in the Van Es Arena in the Huffman Center
Uniform Source New Uniform Sale will be held in the Wrestling Room in the Huffman Center
Exact times TBD

August 14: Upper School: Move-in Day for Boarding Students

Details/protocols to follow prior to the event. 

August 15: Upper School: Orientation for Students and Families 

This orientation is required for all ninth-grade students, all boarding students, and all new day students entering grades 10-12. Details/protocols to follow prior to the event.

August 18: Pre-K to 8 “Back to School Night”  

Virtual Google Meets ONLY, details/protocols to follow prior to the event 

Pre-K to 5 - (5-6 p.m.)

Grades 6-8 - (6-7:40 p.m.) *times based on specific grade levels

NOTE: The Purple Tie Affair has been postponed. Details to come from the Advancement Office.