April 21, 2020

Dear Parents,

With distance learning extended through the end of the year, we can now focus on the task of getting all of the rooms packed up and moved out. Given the current situation, this is going to look very different than in years' past. There are several versions of this, so please read on to see which one applies to you and what your next steps should be.

1) You are able to come to campus to pack up your student's belongings. If this is you, please get in touch with me about when you might be able to come. We will have assigned four-hour time slots, and a faculty member will supervise all move-outs. This is because we still have students living in the dorms, who have been isolating on campus, and we need to continue to protect them from outside visitors bringing anything in. If you are coming to campus to pack up, you will only be allowed in the dorm, nowhere else on campus. If you need to access a different area of campus, the staff will be able to do that for you. To limit the number of people in the dorm at one time, we are requesting that at most two people per family come to move out your student. Lastly, we need everyone who is coming to pack to wear a mask.

We have a limited number of spaces available each day, so this will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email me as soon as you have a plan of when you want to come, so we can start to get things scheduled.

2) You cannot make it to campus. If you are unable to make it here to pack up, we can offer to pack up your room for you. If your student is returning in the fall, we suggest packing everything up and putting it into storage. We can send a small number of things home, and we can Facetime with you to have you show us what you would like sent home and what should stay here. While some students have expressed discomfort at this idea, we recognize this will be a reality for some. Also, in the rare event that we were to find substances or anything not allowed at the school, it would be treated like a "Sanctuary" situation, and the response would be non-disciplinary. Another version of this option is if you have someone local who could come to campus and pack your room for you, some students have expressed interest in doing this instead of having the school do it.

Please email me with your plans for how you plan on packing your student's room. I would like to get a sense from everyone as soon as possible so that we can schedule slots and divide the work over as much time as possible. It is OK if you are not yet clear on specifics like dates and times; however, a general sense will help me with the planning process. Let me know how you would like to get your student's belongings packed up, and if you have any other questions about this process.

I hope wherever you are weathering this storm, you have family or friends close by and are finding ways to stay safe and sane.