March 26, 2020

Dear Ranney Community, 

Next week we look forward to welcoming your children back to Ranney’s virtual campus. Even though we will be connecting online, I am hopeful that reconnecting with peers, teachers, and advisors will bring a much-needed sense of normalcy to our students, and frankly, to all of us. It is our priority as a school to make every student feel known and valued as we transition to distance learning. While we do not know how long this will last, we do know that it will ultimately be temporary, and we are here to be sure that students are able to maintain continuity in their educational journey and personal growth.

Faculty will be available starting Monday, March 30 and there will be scheduled opportunities for students to connect with teachers and peers digitally on March 30 and 31 to prepare for classes to start on April 1. You will receive detailed information about the schedule and these plans from each Division Head by 9 a.m. tomorrow morning. 
It is with much appreciation that I reflect on the generosity of this community. Thank you to all that have reached out with offers to help and notes of concern. Thank you to those on the front lines–the healthcare professionals that are working tirelessly to keep us safe, as well as everyone engaged providing services and goods essential to keeping our community and society functioning. Thanks to each of you for taking the drastic steps to stay at home and temporarily suspend your normal way of life to help flatten the curve. 
If there is any way that we can help support your family or children, please let us know. Your children’s teachers and advisors are here to provide a first-line source of connection and support. Our school counselors are also available to talk at any time. If you need help in planning your financial obligations to the school, please reach out to the business office. In deference to the financial impact of the current environment, we will be suspending annual fund efforts for the time being. We all know that this is an extremely difficult time, and we are here to help and support you and your children.

If you would like to provide feedback, need assistance, or have a question and you are not sure whom you should ask, please feel free to reach out to . The communications team would be more than happy to point you in the right direction and share your feedback with the appropriate people.
To provide an added sense of community spirit, we are planning a series of social media campaigns to bring our community together virtually. If you are not already following the Ranney School social media channels, please take this opportunity to tune in so that you can participate in things like next week's Virtual Spirit Week, or our #RanneySmiles and #RanneyatHome campaigns! 

Thank you for being such an important part of our Ranney family. We look forward to coming together as a school again next week. Stay safe and please stay connected.

Best regards,

Dr. John W. Griffith
Head of School