April 22, 2020

Dear Pardes Community,

As promised, I want to keep you apprised of any changes that impact our Pardes community. We have continued to closely monitor all the developments from the state and federal levels to help us navigate the decision of whether to reopen the campus on May 1. Our priority from the beginning has always been the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and families. After evaluating the current situation, we have made the difficult decision to keep our campus closed for the remainder of the school year.

The good news is that our distance learning will continue with gusto! The regular evaluation of our program and our ongoing upgrades and improvements have continually enhanced student engagement and learning. Our priorities for the remainder of the year will not change. We will continue to provide a dynamic and engaging blended learning approach to our distance learning platform; we will work to ensure that our school community remains connected; and, we will remain dedicated to meeting the social and emotional needs of our students.  As part of our distance learning program, we will continue to offer virtual activities beyond the classroom. We hope you will encourage your students to participate, whether it is virtual recess, Tefillah, Havdalah and/or our joint programming with other local Jewish organizations. We are already exploring the idea of a virtual Middle School Student Council event. Each of these programs, along with our Shevet Pardes team and dedicated faculty and staff, helps to strengthen our already cohesive Pardes community.

We also recognize that this update is difficult news for our students, especially our incredible Class of 2020. They have been looking forward to so many of the traditional end of the year rituals and milestones. We truly recognize the importance of all of these events and are exploring how to make this a memorable end of the year for all of our students given these unusual circumstances. We will share these details in the coming weeks.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Wishing all of you safety and good health.

Kind Regards,

Peter Gordon
Head of School