Dear MHS Alumnae and Friends,
It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you that, after much careful deliberation, Miss Hall’s School will move to distance learning for the rest of the semester. We will not resume on-campus instruction or activities through the end of the academic year. Alumnae Weekend 2020 will be postponed to May 14-15, 2021.
When we opened school in late August, this was not how any of us imagined second semester progressing, and my heart goes out to students — particularly seniors and their families — for the way the year is unfolding. Given this new reality, we will do our best to maintain a sense of community and connection among MHS students, adults, and alumnae, no matter where we are physically located.
But first, let me pause to say, I am deeply sorry.
This is an unprecedented decision in the course of the School’s 122-year history, and a decision we held off on as long as possible, in the hope we might be able to bring everyone back to campus this spring to hold traditional community activities such as Alumnae Weekend and to celebrate the Class of 2020 at Commencement.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic is a real and distinct threat to our community and the world, and we need to put the health and safety of the Miss Hall’s community first. Though I fully believe that this is the right decision to do our part to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, it saddens me personally and as an educator and Head of School.
I already miss the daily traffic through the Ferguson Sun Room, cheers of blue and gold in the Cross Athletic Center, and students working by the fireplace in Linn Hall. This campus is very different — and quieter — without the exuberance of 218 students, but I want to be clear that our school is not “closing.” Learning, connection, and community will continue for MHS, even when we are not all together on Holmes Road.
I do want to acknowledge that we still have thirty-two students on campus, being cared for by an incredible team of residents and other staff. We are working with these students and their families to make arrangements to travel home, if possible. Please know that the health and safety of students is always our first priority, and we will make any needed arrangements to ensure their well-being.
If you have questions — How is the School responding to the coronavirus? What will distance learning look like? How can I help? — we are developing a frequently asked question list on our
COVID-19 Resources Page
to address them. There is also a place there for you to ask questions of our Leadership Team. We'd love to hear from you!
Miss Hall’s School has seen much during its history — the 1918 influenza pandemic, a devastating fire, the sudden death of its founder, two world wars, and the September 11 attacks. But, from its very beginning, the School has persisted with a singular mission of educating young women to the highest of academic standards and for lives of purpose. Through the years, the School has adapted and evolved as the world around it has changed. No doubt, the Miss Hall’s School of 2050 will look quite different from MHS in 2020, much as School today is vastly different from how it was a hundred years ago. Nevertheless, we will continue to pursue Mira Hall’s mission and live by our core values of respect, honor, growth, and authenticity.
These final eight weeks of school will be unlike anything we have experienced, but we are committed to making the most of this experience. They will require patience and empathy, creativity and compassion, and growth for all of us as we adjust and adapt to new teaching and learning methods and navigate uncertainty. Together we will find ways to highlight the ingenuity of our faculty, recognize the dedication of our families and alumnae, and honor the students’ achievements, even if we cannot do that on the athletic fields or in Centennial Hall or at the Awards Banquet. Even in these uncertain times, there will still be moments to celebrate — seniors getting into their dream colleges, faculty giving birth to babies, virtual reunion toasts made around the world, and more.
I know how much Miss Hall’s School means to all of you. The joyful and connected spirit of this school is one of the main reasons that I came to MHS six years ago, and I believe it will be this spirit that guides us and unites us in the weeks and months ahead.
Miss Hall’s School is a very special place, and I look forward to the day we can be together again physically as a community. Until then, we will adapt, overcome, and, most of all, care for each other.
Thank you for all you do to support your school.
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