For the health and well-being of our community and society in general, it has become clear that we must extend the period that we are exercising age-appropriate distance learning. While Governor Roy Cooper announced today that public schools would be closed until May 15, 2020, we believe our best course of action is to make decisions in smaller increments. We have asked our faculty to offer our students distance learning lessons for at least two more weeks. This will bring us to Easter break. We hope to begin school again on April 15, 2020 (after our two-day Easter recess). We will reevaluate during this time and will keep you informed. The safety and health of our community remains our top priority.
Extending our date necessitates a new date for picking up supplies. Teachers in Grades K-6 will prepare supplies to be picked up this week. Our pickup day will be Saturday, March 28 from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Stay in your car, and we will bring the supplies to you as you drive through the carpool line. If you cannot make this time, please email Kristen.email@example.com. Students in Grades 7-12 do not need to come to the campus for supplies.
We previously announced that Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day is canceled. We are announcing that Little Women (April 2-4) will be postponed to a later, yet-to-be-determined date. A modified version of our Festival of the Arts (April 23) will be moved to accompany our year-end award ceremonies. We will cancel standardized testing, per state allowance. Other cancellations will be addressed by principals or classroom teachers.
Considering the distance learning opportunities we are providing, you will notice that we are engaging our students with both videos that they can watch at their convenience and with live sessions. This mixture of asynchronous and synchronous lessons is designed to both engage our students and keep them current in the material presented. If your student is struggling with anything during this time, teachers can jump on Zoom to meet with your child to help. Simply send an email to your teacher.
What our teachers are doing isn’t easy. They just make it look easy. Thinking through distance learning lessons requires new ways of thinking. Just thinking about how students are to turn in assignments can be problematic. The videos the teachers are making require not only mastery of the subject material but must include ALL pertinent details to avoid confusion and frustration in our learners. Please join me in applauding the efforts of our teachers! I know many of them are working MUCH MORE than they would if we were gathering in the school buildings.