We choose to be part of the Dawson community because we share in the vision and values of the Dawson educational experience. - Dawson Core Belief
The purpose of this page is to provide clarity around the academic adaptations we are implementing to personalize the Dawson educational experience, as well as the adjustments we are making to minimize the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Below, we outline what does and does not change in our policies and protocols for the second quarter of the year (through December 2021).
What Does Not Change for Q2:

  • Masks indoors at all times for all faculty, staff, and students 5 years and older
  • Masks indoors are strongly encouraged for children 4 and younger
  • Symptom/illness screening for all students
  • Following the Southern Nevada Health District’s contact tracing and quarantine procedures
  • Dawson faculty, staff, and family rapid testing availability at Athlete Advantage Medical (AAM)
  • Cleaning procedures when there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus   
  • No families/visitors at lunch or in classrooms

What Does Change for Q2:

Before introducing this list, we want to reassure the Dawson community that everything presented here has been carefully considered and vetted by our Medical Advisory Task Force. In addition, we’ve hosted a small number of parent-only events on campus to test the waters and make sure we feel certain we are able to host these events safely.

  • Parent events: We will host more parent events on campus, including Dawson Parent Association-sponsored coffees and meetings, parent education and Parent University sessions, and an Annual Fund Leadership Donor Reception in the Ruffin Organic Garden.
  • Lunch: In-class lunches will end; all students will eat in the Dining Hall with a monthly assigned seating chart. (Trust me when I say that for our students, this change is huge.)
  • Field trips: Select outdoor field trips will resume. 
  • Conferences: Parent-student-teacher conferences will be held in person or via Zoom, based on parent preference. 
  • Parades: Who doesn’t love the Dawson Halloween parade? We are so excited to bring this joyful outdoor event back!
  • Book Fair: Look for more information soon on the return of Dawson's Scholastic Book Fair to the Library for the month of November. 
  • Athletics: Dawson’s campus is proud to host multiple athletic games and conferences for the current volleyball and flag football season, and our student-athletes are crushing it. But don’t take my word for it. Come out and support our Dawson student-athletes this season in volleyball, flag football, cheer, and cross-country – the energy and excitement are palpable. 
  • Performances: We are still reviewing the possibility of bringing back some grade-level performances. TBD with fingers crossed. 
  • Family events: Dawson’s beloved Gingerbread House Event will return in person with multiple sessions and indoor and outdoor seating. This is a family favorite and a true Dawson winter tradition! 

The Alexander Dawson School

The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain, an independent school located on 33-acres in the community of Summerlin, is Nevada’s first Stanford University Challenge Success partner school for students in early childhood through grade eight. Utilizing the unique Challenge Success framework, Dawson uses research-based strategies and programs that emphasize student academics, wellbeing, and a healthy school-life balance to create more engaged, motivated, and resilient learners and leaders. At Dawson, students achieve their individual potential while savoring life and meeting the challenges of the world.