By the time you read this, the leftovers will have been stored or eaten and football games will have been played and many of us will already be thinking about New Year’s resolutions. But, most importantly, and you know I am right, most of us will be eagerly waiting to wave good-bye to 2020. What a year!!
Typically, during the November Newsletter I am updating you on Halloween parades and still feeling the goosebumps from a wonderful Musicfest event. What a difference a year can make! As most of you know, we started a hybrid instructional model on October 26, 2020. We divided the school into two Cohorts and half were on campus Mondays and Tuesdays and the other half were on campus Thursdays and Fridays. The entire organization operated remotely on Wednesdays to ensure a deep cleaning and disinfecting process. Effective Monday, November 23 we resorted back to 100% remote in an effort to curb infections and ultimate spreading of the virus. We plan to operate remotely through Friday, December 4 and return to the hybrid model of instruction on Monday, December 7. That is the plan as of this writing.
We have not held any events on campus since the start of the school year and that will continue into the new year. Our students are doing a fabulous job wearing masks and trying to social distance. Of course, all the efforts at school cannot prevent infections occurring in the community. We are hopeful that both staff and students continue to strictly adhere to all public health guidelines over the next several months. When at all possible, limit travel, unnecessary shopping and other potentially contagious activities.
With all the challenges swirling around us, I hope we still find time to focus on the positives and realize we have many things to be grateful for. More than ever this holiday season, I wish good health for all of you! For those of us who are healthy and can appreciate the goodness that abounds during this time of year, we should be extremely grateful. Let’s reach out this season and help a neighbor or extend a little something extra to a friend in need.
I remain grateful for your ongoing support. Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. As the calendar turns from November to December, remember we are all in this together. What we each choose to do is instrumental to curbing the spread. I hope you enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving and will be able to enjoy the upcoming seasonal holidays.
The next ‘From the Desk of Dr. Grace’ newsletter will be emailed January 25, 2021. In the meantime, take very good care of yourselves and enjoy the beauty of the upcoming season.