March 13, 2020  
 
Dear MPH Families,
 
As you are aware, the scope and potential of the COVID-19 virus has prompted a number of educational institutions around the country to seek and implement alternative methods for instruction and operations. While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at MPH or in Onondaga County at this time, I am writing to announce that beginning Tuesday, March 17, we are transitioning to an online learning model in all divisions and departments that will continue at least until Friday, April 3 (preceding Spring Break).  
 
With information gathered from local, national, and global health agencies, as well as from trusted advisors and professionals, this decision weighs and balances my responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our students and all members of the MPH community, as well as the School’s social compact with our neighbors and families in Central New York. 
 
We appreciate your partnership as we transition to a new and different model for teaching and learning at MPH. I am grateful to our teachers for developing alternate methods to deliver our education, and we ask for your patience and understanding as we become more proficient with the use of technology to deliver meaningful learning experiences.
 
Specifically:
 
Monday, March 16
  • Students should report, expecting a modified schedule.
  • 3:05 p.m. dismissal for all students (no late bus to Skaneateles and New Hartford).
  • All afternoon activities are canceled: Extended Day, After-Hours, sports, performing arts and clubs.
  • Students should empty lockers and collect learning materials and personal items to take home.
 
Tuesday, March 17
               Faculty/staff planning; no classes for students
 
Wednesday, March 18
               Faculty/staff planning; no classes for students
 
Thursday, March 19 – Friday, April 3
               Distance learning, differentiated by division
 
Looking ahead, you will receive a communication from your child’s Division Head on Monday, which will provide an overview of our plans and next steps. That communication will be followed by specific instructions from individual teachers establishing parameters to begin remote learning on Thursday. 
 
Above all, this decision prioritizes the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. Because COVID-19 information continues to evolve, the School’s closure plans are subject to change. Please visit the COVID-19 webpage for regular updates.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dave McCusker
Head of School