We’ve had questions from a few families about whether there would be updates or changes to the school schedule as a result of restricted or reduced travel this fall. It’s a good question! As we’ve discussed as a staff, this is a year where we’re going to have to keep our knees flexed, and stay nimble. Our FIS women are still planning to travel in October; all other groups are planning to get on snow in November, although only a few are actively planning on traveling at the moment. I can say this with certainty: Things Will Continue to Change!
Academically, we’re planning to remain on a full academic schedule through Thanksgiving. That’s a long uninterrupted stretch of time, but the gains that we’re able to make in the classroom will allow us to meaningfully change the pace in the winter, once we’re on snow. We are also trying to capitalize as much as possible as every single day of in-person learning. As you’re all aware, having our students stay as close as possible to WV this fall is helping us keep the campus as safe as possible, and adding a break to the fall would interrupt the continuity of our Covid-bubble, such as it is.
We are going to continue to keep an eye on the schedule, the energy, and the momentum around campus – we don’t want to waste a minute of time, but we also want to make sure we are taking care of each other.
Finally, I want to share that as a staff we’re having a series of discussions about how to best support our community – students as well as staff - during the election season. There is no doubt that this election, on top of everything else that we’re living through this year, is stressful. Regardless of any of our political beliefs, we take seriously the trust you have placed in us to educate your children and to raise informed, engaged, civic-minded citizens. As Ben Bacote’s T-shirt said the other day, “Dissent is Patriotic”, and so is civil, informed discussion. We look forward to continuing to teach our kids how to do both.
On a brighter note, it’s raining in New Hampshire (finally!) and after months and months of drought, all we see coming from the sky is future fuel for the snowguns, which we should see firing up before you know it!
Keep washing those hands, and stay healthy!