Dear Students and Families,
I am writing to update you on plans for the opening of school following the conclusion of the spring vacation in light of the evolving reality of COVID-19. We continue to closely monitor the situation with the goal of prioritizing health and safety for all in our community.
Given the uncertain trajectory of the virus and our desire to support public health efforts to contain its spread, we have decided to delay the opening of school following spring vacation until Tuesday, April 14 and instead resume the delivery of virtual academia commencing on Monday, March 23. Meanwhile, all healthy, asymptomatic faculty members will continue to work as planned on March 23, and commence with virtual learning options through at least Friday, April 10.
Depending on the teacher and course, remote learning will include some combination of synchronous online teaching and learning via videoconferencing tools, asynchronous instruction through Canvas or other course management systems, and individual homework or other assignments that students complete on their own. More specific information about individual academic work will be available on March 23, and teachers will of course make thoughtful decisions about what approach makes most sense for each course they teach given the transition to remote learning as well as consideration for students who may be on different time zones. Each division dean and assistant dean will be responsible for overseeing academic delivery in collaboration with instructors. Delivery or content concerns may be first addressed with the instructor and the with a division dean or assistant dean as needed.
We provisionally plan to commence our normal program on Tuesday, April 14 and hope to open campus for boarding students who did not remain on the campus on Saturday, April 11. However, the COVID-19 situation remains very fluid, so we will continue to pay close attention and act proportionately in response to future changes and/or in response to the advice of local, state, and federal health and governmental agencies, adjusting our plans or extending the period of remote learning as needed. We will certainly continue to keep you updated between now and then with any modifications or other helpful information.
In addition to suspending all on-campus activities until April 12, we have suspended all school-sponsored travel and events on campus until at least that date. We hope these modifications to our operating procedures will safeguard our community and contribute to public health efforts.
We recognize that these steps represent a disruption to the normal program and student experience we offer at Montverde Academy, but we believe this course of action is important to mitigate risk and prioritize health and safety, both within the Academy community and in the many communities that we are all a part. We trust that by working together and being flexible in the midst of difficult and unexpected circumstances, we are demonstrating our commitment to our mission and values that bind us together even as we remain geographically dispersed. We look forward to returning to the normal routines of school life as soon as it is prudent to do so, and we remain grateful for your flexibility, support and understanding as we navigate complex circumstances in the best interest of health and wellness for all.
Dr. Kasey C. Kesselring
Head of School