A Letter from the Headmaster
Dear Lower School Families,

Over Spring Break 2020, our daily activities, and lives, changed overnight. A global pandemic closed our campus for what became the remainder of the school year. Distance learning was a challenging experience for our community. We tried our best to continue our scholars’ learning and maintain the connections between our teachers, students, and families, but we all missed being in school in person and the human element of learning.

With anticipation and even some trepidation, we hoped to be able to return to our school community this Fall. As with many things in these difficult times, that has now changed. This year, school will begin on Wednesday, August 19 as planned, though it will be necessary for our students to begin the school year 100% online.

To ensure we are abiding by guidelines established by both the Texas Education Agency and Great Hearts Texas, there are many important changes to how distance learning will look as we launch the 2020–2021 school year. Information about those changes can be found at both greatheartsamerica.org/safereturn as well as at greatheartsirving.org/distancelearning. There you will find answers to frequently asked questions, recommended schedules for students' daily learning, as well as the recording of our recent Town Hall event.

While we believe wholeheartedly that in-person learning is best, we are committed to presenting our robust and rigorous curriculum and instruction remotely as best we can. That includes our commitment to both the intellectual and moral development of our scholars.

We have confidence in the strength and resilience of our students, teachers, and our entire school community. We will stay a strong community and continue distance learning until we are able to be united in person again. We recognize this is a time of uncertainty and anxiety for many of our families. It may also be a time of joy as we all have more time together at home. Whatever your situation, please know that the entire faculty and staff of the Great Hearts Irving Lower School is deeply committed to our mission to serve you, our community, and are here to support our students and their families.

Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” We have created a multitude of plans, and even though circumstances continue to evolve, we will continue to plan. We ask only for your continued patience and generosity as together we embark on a new school year unlike any other in history and endeavor to meet the challenges we will no doubt face with grace, with humility, and with courage.

Marcy Finn
Headmaster, Lower School
Great Hearts Irving
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