Dear Hilton Head Prep Community,
During these uncertain times, I feel it is important for Hilton Head Prep to provide consistency and support to our school community. Together we will overcome the challenges ahead. While recognizing the financial hardship many of our families will experience and the possible impact on our overall enrollment, the Board of Directors has made the decision to proceed into the 2020-2021 school year with optimism and a desire to continue in a thoughtful, positive direction.
We want you to know that Hilton Head Prep families are our top priority. We will continue to support our school community by providing assistance where possible. Please continue to communicate with us on how we can help your family. As with many small businesses in our area, we have spent considerable time re-evaluating our budget for the upcoming school year. Although we anticipate some short-term challenges, we will stay focused on our core mission: Hilton Head Prep will continue to provide our students with an exceptional educational experience in a safe, nurturing environment.
As such, our intention is to move forward with several modest projects already set in place, which will benefit the arts and sciences and result in an increase of course options, reduce class sizes, and improve the overall student experience at Prep. The timing of these current projects may be adjusted based on various factors.
Prep will continue to use the “distance learning” method of instruction while the order is to “stay-at-home.” We understand this is not the ideal way for students to learn, however teachers, students, and families have adapted well under the circumstances. We are proud of the way the community is continuing to thrive regardless of the change in the environment.
In the meantime, Prep continues to move forward with planning and implementing the most up-to-date curriculum and training for all subjects and divisions. The positive aspect of our current situation is the use of added technology within our instruction. When we return to school, technology will continue to be used to enhance the “in-class” experience and make us stronger as both educators and learners.
We are in this together. Thank you for your patience through the learning curve as we have all adapted to where we are today. We can only hope that through these challenging times Hilton Head Prep will propel into a stronger, more caring, and more supportive community. No one could have predicted how 2020 would begin, nor how it will end. All we know is that we are moving forward in education. Our environment may have changed, but our mission has not.
Thank you for partnering with Prep in your child/children’s education.
Jon A. Hopman