Good afternoon! I hope you and your family are doing well. I would like to start by thanking each member of the Canterbury community for your support during this time. On March 23, I shared our first message about distance learning, while thinking it would hopefully be over in a short time. We now have completed six weeks of distance learning with two weeks to go. Through all of this, we as a community have been strong. I have been so grateful and pleased to see our community take a stressful situation and find positives in all aspects of our school. I am so blessed to be a part of this family.
As you know, Governor DeSantis has announced his plan to begin to reopen our state. His Phase One plan is to reopen slowly, while paying attention to data. As we have from the beginning, we will follow his guidelines along with those of the CDC and the Department of Education. Our campuses will remain closed for the remainder of this school year with distance learning continuing until Friday, May 15. The week of May 18 will be filled with closing of school events such as AP examinations, Hough Campus Closing Flag, Recognition Ceremonies, students making up incomplete work, and teacher professional development days.
Now that we near the final weeks of school, we are planning the end of the year events, securing final grade information, preparing for summer camps, and planning for the 2020-2021 school year.
Here are a few items that we are working through:
- The principals are currently planning a safe procedure for families to return library books, iPads, Chromebooks, school-owned textbooks, and to pick up yearbooks and locker items. Division principals will communicate to families the dates and times for this transfer of school and personal items.
- Plans for our commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 are underway. Mrs. Hehn will inform our community as soon as plans are finalized.
- We are aware that these are difficult times financially for some members of our community. Please know that we will do the best we can to help families that may need assistance during this time. Please reach out to our Director of Admissions, Dr. Colin Wyenberg, or me if you have financial concerns. We also encourage families to explore the tuition refund insurance program offered by the school.
- Summer camps are just around the corner. With the information received to date, we have decided to conduct academic courses and a few select camps virtually during the month of June. Circumstances permitting, we intend to host camps on campus in July while following safety guidelines. Please contact Monica Talley with any questions you may have.
- We are also planning for our return to school in August. While we plan to return with face-to-face instruction, we are working on various alternative scenarios should the need arise. We will continue to monitor CDC and the Department of Education information in this regard.
Again, thank you for your support and understanding. Please know
our paramount concern with every decision we make and action we take is the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and parents - the Canterbury Family.