Official School Communication (March 19, 2020)
Dear Powhatan Community,
With events around the country changing daily, Powhatan’s faculty and administration are proactively planning for the weeks to come. Since my last communication with you, the landscape has changed again, and we are facing the reality of a longer-term closure.
Powhatan will now be closed through April 10, 2020. We plan to reopen on Monday, April 13, 2020 but we will reassess the situation as we get closer to the date. We have also made the difficult decision to cancel Grandparents Day which is a tradition that will be missed by students, grandparents, and faculty. Our Development Office will send out notification of this calendar change to our grandparents.
Next week, March 23-27, will be used as a preparation week for remote learning. Already our technology department has begun training and teachers have started to plan for this next step. Remote learning (LONG-TERM CLOSURE PROCEDURE) will officially begin on Monday, March 30, 2020. Campus Directors will be in touch with parents via email on Wednesday, March 25 to share the specifics of moving to this process. As teachers use next week for preparation, we will be utilizing our SHORT-TERM CLOSURE PROCEDURE. Middle-school teachers will post assignments after 10:00 am each day and lower- school teachers will post assignments and activities as appropriate and needed.
It is important that you read your email from the school in the days to come. We are continually checking with local and state health authorities and assessing what the next steps will be for our school. This is a very fluid situation and things are constantly changing.
The technology department will be reaching out with ways to help families who may need assistance with home technology needs. We do have some loaner computers that will be made available to those who need them. Look for that communication to come out early next week.
As we walk together into uncharted and uneasy territory, we will all need each other’s support and mindfulness. These are truly unprecedented times and we will need to support each other through them. If any community can do it – Powhatan can!
To end on a positive note, the families and faculty on our Peru trip returned home on Tuesday. Although they had to cut their trip short, they had a wonderful time and they even got to visit Machu Picchu!
Please stay well!
Head of School
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