On Wednesday, May 27, Head of School Gretchen Larkin hosted a live Town Hall meeting to share the school's plans for reopening in fall 2020. In a letter to the community following the virtual event, she wrote, "...As overused as the word has become, I have found myself frequently saying 'unprecedented,' not only in reference to the pandemic itself but for the number of ways in which it has impacted our community. These effects are deeply personal - physically, emotionally, and financially. As we move forward, we must call upon the strength of our community, which has never been more paramount than it is today. Your voices are and have been vital as we continue to iterate and plan for the upcoming year."
Gretchen provided details for the upcoming academic year, laying out three likely scenarios for reopening. She was joined by Board of Trustees Chair Kristin Hendler and Board Treasurer Fred Ramos to answer questions from the community.
1) On-campus learning with phased restrictions such as social distancing, one-way foot traffic, or limited movement on campus that ease over time
2.) A hybrid/flex model with a mix of students engaged in on-campus and remote learning. It is possible that we will start the year with staggered start times or alternate in-person scheduling that would require this model.
3.) A model that includes a return to remote learning for all faculty and students. This would build on what we’ve already accomplished to provide a more robust program.
Click here to read the full plan document, "Charles River School Phased Re-Entry Plan for 2020-2021." Click here to read Gretchen's full letter to the community. Click here to watch the May 27 Town Hall virtual meeting and Q&A.
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