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HEAD OF SCHOOL MESSAGE: GOT QUESTIONS?

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Transitioning to a Lower and Upper School beginning next school year raises questions. We want to provide answers.

By Troy McIntosh, Head of School

I am sure that many of you continue to watch the construction progress on the Tom Anglea Upper School Campus. The work continues to be on time to make a summer move to both the new Lower School and Upper School campuses. There will inevitably be many changes because of the moves that we will help your family manage. One of the means to do this is to provide answers to a set of Frequently Asked Questions that you and other parents submit about the change. Questions and answers will be collated and published on a regular basis.

Although we fully expect to complete the construction in time for school to begin on time August 20, 2020, we want to prepare for a significant, but unexpected, circumstance that forces us to push back the start of school. If that were to happen, here is the plan:

  • We will use calamity days to cover the first three delayed days. These days will not be made up. There are enough remaining calamity days built into our calendar should we need to cancel or delay school later in the year due to bad weather.
  • We will make up a fourth delayed day on Friday, October 16, 2020, a scheduled day off at the end of the first quarter.
  • We will make up a fifth delayed day on Friday, April 30, 2021. This was a newly added day off that we have never had before. It was an attempt to break up the long stretch from spring break to the end of the year.
  • We will make up a sixth delayed day on Friday, May 28, 2021. School is scheduled to end on Thursday the 27th, so this would push back the end of school by one day.
  • Another calamity day will cover a seventh delayed day.
  • We will add any additional days beyond seven to the end of the school year. Baccalaureate and graduation ceremonies will remain on May 28 and 30, 2021 even if days are added to school beyond that.

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