We plan to begin school – five days a week – with all students on campus starting Wednesday, August 26, 2020. We intend to conduct a full school year during 2020-2021.
As we reflect back over the past few months, the experience constantly brings us back to the mission of the school. In particular, the beginning of our mission statement provides our school community with a roadmap for moving forward and a reminder that “Powhatan School believes that successful education creates lifelong learners who use their knowledge, creativity, and skills to be confident students in an ever-changing world.” For all of us, these words have even greater meaning now, as our school community is truly living our mission and preparing students for challenges ahead.
Our preeminent priorities continue to be:
1. Attending resolutely to the health, safety, and well-being of our children, our faculty, our staff, our families – and anyone present on our campus.
2. Preserving and strengthening our School’s timeless and noble mission of nurturing mind, body, and heart.
3. Communicating candidly and frequently with our school family.
After lengthy discussion, careful consideration of the helpful data collected from the surveys distributed to parents and faculty, and review of the Virginia Department of Education Recover, Redesign and Restart 2020 school opening requirements, your Trustees and Senior Leadership continues to move forward with reopening. Communications to parents include the following:
On June 16th we announced the Board of Trustees approval for opening in the fall. We plan to begin school – five days a week – with all students on campus starting Wednesday, August 26, 2020. We intend to conduct a full school year during 2020-2021.
On July 15th, the school sent each enrolled family our Powhatan Health and Safety Restart Plan. The plan includes specific information addressing the measures Powhatan is taking so we can start the school year together. Topics addressed in this plan include physical distancing, handwashing, sanitation, classroom sizes, transportation procedures, athletic guidelines, health checks, and management of new COVID-19 cases. Powhatan is adjusting its budget further to ensure that we have the requisite measures in place while also maintaining as much of the unique Powhatan experience as possible.
On August 10th, we will send out to all enrolled families our curriculum restart plan. This plan addresses on-campus implementation of the safety guidelines and protocols previously outlined in the Health and Safety Restart Plan.
Powhatan School continues to enroll new students each week as space is available. A number of our grades are full, please call to get up to date information regarding availability: 540.837.1007.