August 10, 2020
I can’t tell you how often I’ve thought back to our final meeting on that Friday the 13th in March to share our plans for moving to our Distance Learning Model. Of all the messages I hoped to communicate that day, perhaps none was more important than the fact that while we may not have a playbook for a pandemic, we do have one for being a community. Indeed, it has been the strength of our community that has carried us this far, and has made the plans laid out in this document possible.
A return to on-campus learning is by no means a return to normal. We are stepping into unchartered territory together, bolstered firmly by the strength of our community, the dedication and resolve of our teachers and staff, and the valuable partnership we enjoy with our families.
We have provided families with a guide (view an abbreviated version here
) that outlines the hybrid learning model we selected as being the most appropriate for our community, as well as a number of important policy updates and campus modifications. While the school has undertaken reasonable steps to lessen the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in its facilities, parents and staff are advised that participation in the school's programs carries with it certain inherent risks related to COVID-19 transmission that cannot be eliminated regardless of preventative actions taken by the school and its staff. This plan can only work if everyone does their part.
Sadly, we have experienced a recent uptick in the number of cases in our state, causing Governor Murphy to reduce the allowable number for indoor gatherings from 100 to 25. I share this context to underscore the important caveat that it is still early and things can change. As such, parents should be sure to have plans in place for a possible switch to an online start for the school year. Likewise, even if we open school as per the above plan, families will need to be prepared for a switch back to full-time online learning at any stage should the need arise for any reason.
For your convenience, we have created this Parent Checklist for Success
to assist you in preparing for the start of the new year.
Finally, I wish to thank our school’s Board of Trustees, Leadership Team, and entire Faculty and Staff for their dedicated service on our various task forces. We are indeed a blessed community.
I look forward to continuing this unexpected journey together!
Head of School