Dear Parents,

I hope you are finding ways to enjoy your Spring Break. I think our administrative team will agree that this year’s break doesn’t look anything like we had expected. That being said, our community has proven time and time again that we come together when faced with the unexpected.

You may be hearing different messages about what social distancing should look like. At this time, we are taking the approach that contact should be limited if not avoided and our school will be closed until Wednesday, April 15 , which is in line with Governor DeSantis, the Department of Education, and Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s directive to close public and private schools. At the same time, we are planning with an abundance of caution and considering the possibility that schools and businesses may remain closed thereafter.

We are making every effort to make sure teachers can provide excellent instruction to each student without interruption. Your partnership in your child’s education and our community’s health is not only important, but it is imperative. 


ACADEMIC PLAN
  • Plans for each division are being finalized now. Look for an email from our principals detailing distance learning procedures to be sent Saturday, March 21. 
  • Virtual learning for all students will begin Wednesday, March 25. Due to the extended school closure time frame, we are providing two days of professional development to support and meet the needs of our teachers on March 23 and 24.  
  • Check communication daily. Schoology and email will be the primary source of communication. It is imperative that students and parents are up to date on all information.
  • Attendance will be taken daily.
  • Teachers and administrators will be available during virtual office hours for direct communication and student support. 


EVENTS  
A ll school events including but not limited to sports practices, rehearsals, garden work, driving lessons, in-person meetings, etc. are canceled through April 15 .
  • Canterbury Cup, 4/4 - CANCELED
  • Seussical the Musical, 4/23-25 - TBD
  • Summer Camp - Registration is OPEN


TRAVEL GUIDELINES
The Department of Education, in cooperation with the Department of Health, requires the following guidelines: 
  • You must inform the school if your student travels outside the USA (regardless of the country) and if your student goes on a cruise during spring break or any other time school is in or out of session between now and the end of the school year. Anyone (students, faculty, staff, etc.) who go on foreign travel, to any country, or go on a cruise must self-isolate for 14 days upon return. 


CAMPUS PICK UP TIMES
If there are items on campus that must be retrieved in order to learn at home, please plan to pick them up on Monday, March 23 . T his is an opportunity to get important items only. Administrators will be available to ensure that we adhere to social distancing recommendations. 
  • Hough Campus - 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
  • Knowlton Campus - 7:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.


ADMISSIONS AND RE-ENROLLMENT
Dr. Colin Wyenberg will continue working with new and current families remotely. He will be available to answer questions, schedule conference calls, and provide virtual tours. He can be contacted by email at cwyenberg@canterburyflorida.org .


BUSINESS OFFICE
The Business Office team will also be working and can be reached by phone at 727-521-5908 and by email at billing@canterburyflorida.org .


HOUGH CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
Phase II of the Capital Campaign will continue. Because crews can be limited to ten or less, demolition and construction are moving forward. 


THE CORONAVIRUS AND CHILDREN
Rev. Sonia Sullivan Clifton has compiled great information about how to talk to your children about the virus or address their anxieties and fears. Read more…


SURVEY
Please take a moment to complete this short parent survey ; results will help our Technology Team prepare to better support our parent/student community. Please email all support requests to support@canterburyflorida.org .


We will maintain a microsite at canterburyflorida.org/updates for the most recent communication, plans for distance learning, and resumption of school classes and activities for your convenience.  

Although this is certainly not the way we envisioned the spring, I want to express my sincere gratitude to all of those who have reached out to lend their support and cooperation as we move through a reimagined fourth quarter of the year. To all of our teachers and staff, thank you for continuing to uphold the highest standards of education and your ongoing professionalism as we make certain adjustments. To our parents and students, thank you for your continued support and partnership during this transition.
Sincerely,
Mac. H. Hall
Head of School