Dear Old Orchard Families,
We wish to thank our entire school community for working together in recent weeks to safeguard our students and protect the health of our extended Old Orchard community of teachers, staff, parents, grandparents and more. Collectively, our efforts and diligence have allowed Old Orchard to remain open and our classes and programs to continue with minimal disruption.
This morning the faculty and staff met, and we agreed that it is time to proactively close our campuses. School will resume with Distance Learning on Monday, March 24 and our campuses will remain closed to students at least through April 3. We made this difficult decision as a team, and drawing on fact-based evidence not only from national and global health authorities, but also in consultation with other independent schools, and medical experts within of our own community. While there are enormous benefits to allowing children to continue going to school, we believe we now have a greater responsibility to protect not only people at higher risk within our own extended community, but to protect our wider Bay Area community as well.
We will be sending out more details on our Distance Learning Plan (DLP), best practices for distance learning, and more in the coming days. So please keep an eye on your email. For your planning purposes, here is our timeline:
Friday, March 13
School is closed effective immediately.
- No School.
- Teachers and staff prepare for Distance Learning.
- Some grades will be preparing packets for pick up. Times and days will be communicated separately.
Monday, March 23
School will resume online.
On behalf of the faculty and staff I cannot overstate how appreciative and proud I am of our community. We have all been living with unprecedented uncertainty and we have exhibited great calm, understanding and compassion. These are the same qualities that will allow us to continue to provide our students with meaningful academic growth and social and emotional support.
Bonnie Weston, Head of School