Dear HA Families,
I hope each of you is having a safe and relaxing summer. These past several months have been difficult on our entire school community as we each cope with the unique challenges put on our families by COVID-19. I cannot express to you how different our campus felt without all of you here, and I look forward to the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year with hopes of having all of you back on campus.
Many of you have asked about our plans for the upcoming school year. While there is no way to predict what the fall will hold, I can assure you that HA is committed to the goal of safely opening school in person for the 2020-21 school year. With this goal in mind, we must also be flexible and responsive to variables outside of our control in order to address the residual effects of COVID-19 and social distancing. As a result, we are gathering information and working through several scenarios so that we will be positioned to safely deliver continuous in person education as long as governmental stay-at-home orders are not in place.
We should all be prepared for increased measures to insure student safety as we begin the 2020-2021 school year. At a minimum, these will include procedures to insure social distancing and frequent and thorough sanitation and disinfecting of all buildings on a regular basis. On the more extreme end, this could mean a return to periods of distance learning during the year if governmental stay-at-home orders are implemented in response to spikes in COVID-19 cases.
I plan to send additional information by mid-July outlining three possible scenarios for the 2020-21 school year. Again, our preferred option will be to begin school on August 27th as planned with in person instruction.
In closing, please be aware that I know it is frustrating to be asked to keep waiting for answers about specific plans for the upcoming year. I am equally frustrated to not have all of the answers at this point. I know that “these are unprecedented times” has become an overused phrase but it has also become the new normal. There are many aspects of life we cannot control and the pandemic has made this fact painfully evident. Although I cannot control how and when we receive information that will allow us to make decisions, I can control and promise to share information as detailed decisions are able to be made. I ask for your continued patience as we strive to make decisions knowing that it is hard to predict what the pandemic will look like two months from now. When we are confident we have information that will allow us to make wise and timely decisions, we will communicate them as clearly as we can. Please know that now and always, we will act in a way that we believe is in the best interest of our students and families based on the information available.
My prayer is that each of you has a safe and productive summer and that we will be back together again in the fall.