March 25, 2020
For those of you who have your children at home, I hope you are enjoying some time together as a family. And for those whose children are here on campus, I hope they have been filling you in on the many activities they have participated in while here over spring break. The students here are staying healthy and productive, and the enthusiasm we have seen during their spring break on campus exceeded our hopes.
In my last email on March 16, I mentioned I'd be sending an update at the end of March relative to day students returning to school. At that time, Oregon public schools were closed through the end of March. Several things have changed in Oregon since that time: On March 17, Oregon Governor Kate Brown extended school closures until April 28, 2020. On March 23, she shut down all non-essential businesses in Oregon and asked that Oregonians stay at their place of residence to the maximum extent possible. This order remains in effect until terminated by the Governor. The details outlined in the Executive Order are very similar to the shelter-in-place orders that have been issued in California, Washington, New York, and Illinois, as well as in a number of other US states.
Based on the above, and in the interest of minimizing the risk of exposure to those currently on campus, we do not feel it would be appropriate to allow day students or boarding students who are currently away from the campus to return to school while the stay-at-home order is in place and/or while Oregon public schools remain closed. When either of these mandates are lifted, we will reevaluate our plan at that point. We understand this may be disappointing or frustrating. We truly wish we could have all of the students together here at the school.
Despite students being away from school, arrangements have been made to continue academic delivery from afar. You'll be hearing from your child's teacher or supervisor on the plan to keep your child moving on their program during this time. Each of the schools have developed a remote learning plan, making use of a computer with a webcam and microphone or a smartphone.
We appreciate the understanding and support we have continued to receive from parents and are looking forward to a time when we can safely have all the students together here on campus again.