Dear LFS Families,
Today marks the completion of my first official week as the Interim Head of School, and in so many ways I already feel so much a part of this unique and purposeful community.
Part of the reason for this is the extraordinary degree to which John and all of the faculty and staff members have gone out of their way to make me feel truly welcomed. At my first all-staff Zoom meeting two days ago, I had a chance to introduce myself and to virtually "meet" everyone. I heard powerful stories about our school's philosophy in action, about the strong, cohesive student community, and about the way that pure joy envelopes the whole community, both in and out of the classrooms.
My quick induction into this community is also the result of the challenging decision-making that we at LFS and all other schools are making in the face of the pandemic. Fortunately, John and the staff have been working all spring and summer to prepare for all possible eventualities, and I benefited from being able to jump right into the work of the COVID Steering Committee and its related subcommittees, in addition to Zoom meetings with other area heads of schools facing these same dilemmas. There's nothing like a collective, time-sensitive purpose to bring people together, and so I've been swept up in this planning work and feel a part of the LFS and Quaker School team already.
While the COVID landscape is a fluid one, please know that we are paying close attention to federal, state, and Chester County safety guidelines, as well as the paths that our neighboring schools and school systems are pursuing. After a bit more internal discussion on Monday, our plan is to communicate with you at the end of next week about the coming fall. This will include information about our tentative plan to teach your children on campus as well as more detailed health and safety guidelines and contingency plans for teaching remotely. Ultimately, we all will work together to make sure that we can live out our mission in our work with you and your children no matter what the virus has in store for us.
I hope it also goes without saying how excited I am to get to know you and your children. We will be setting up Zoom "meet and greets" for us to get to know one another as soon as possible.I look forward to hearing your stories about LFS and answering any questions that you may have.
Neal M. Brown, Ed.D.
Interim Head of School