Weekly Update - 3/19/20

Posted by Communications on 3/19/2020 2:15:00 AM

Dear Woodstock Academy Community,

Looking Forward

I am writing to you today to provide our community with an update on The Academy. Based on new guidance and recommendations we have received from the state and federal government we are able to provide some additional updates on the steps we are taking to keep our community safe and healthy during this time away from campus.

 

We took the initial unprecedented action last Thursday to switch to eLearning which was essential to keep our community safe. Since then we have taken additional steps, such as closing the dorms and postponing all athletics. In that original email, we mentioned that we would update our community weekly on returning to campus, and, at this time, the earliest date would be Monday, May 4, 2020. It is important to note that we are also looking at all end of the year activities and developing alternative plans, in case we do not return to school at all this school year. Please know we would want to have our community back to campus by the end of the year so we can end the 2019-2020 School Year, our 219th year, in a proper way. But that decision will have to be made in the future.

 

eLearning 

Weekly Schedule Change. Beginning on Monday, March 23, the weekly schedule will be changing. Monday through Thursday will continue with live e-learning sessions. Fridays will be different—there will be no scheduled live classes; work for the day will be posted to Canvas and due on Monday at the earliest. Students may log in at any time to see the work for their classes. In addition, teachers will be available on Fridays, by appointment, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for students who need additional support or assistance. Please reach out to your teachers for an appointment on Fridays. This new schedule is now reflected on the school calendar.

 

Special Education. Additional information will be coming out soon to Special Education students and families related to the actions we are taking to support those students.

 

Advisory. Next Wednesday, March 25, will be our first eAdvisory. This time will be helpful to stay connected to your advisor and peers and to provide feedback on eLearning as a whole. Advisory during eLearning will be from 2:30-3:00 p.m. every-other Wednesday. Advisory dates are on the school calendar. View the Advisory Day Schedule on the eLearning Hub.

 

Activities 

Many school clubs and activities will continue in an online format. See a full list of school activities available during eLearning on our updated Get Involved Page.

 

April Break

April Break will remain in place. As a reminder, those dates are April 10th through the 19th.   

 

Health & Wellness 

From Mr. Edwards, Social Worker at The Woodstock Academy. Create a structure for yourself and stick to it. Our bodies respond well to routine and simple things like having a bedtime and wake-up time can go a long way to maintaining good mental health.

 

If You Are Feeling Sick

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, stay in your home and call a community hotline to speak to a professional as soon as possible. 

Windham Hospital: (800) 972-8100
27 hours a day, 7 days a week | Part of Hartford HealthCare
Day Kimball Hospital: (833) 275-9644
Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Yale-New Haven Health

 

Our Community

Our country is in unchartered waters and we are seeing these effects in our region. I have been very impressed with the professionalism, resiliency, and flexibility of our entire community. What I have seen from the students and staff has truly been amazing and inspiring.  

 

Being a part of a community is more difficult when we are away from each other. That was very evident today as I walked around campus and heard nothing but silence when I should be hearing students laughing in the hallways. In this time apart, it is important that everyone works to remain connected to the community and take care of themselves. Sitting at home all day is not a good option. Get up, take a walk, go on a run, get some exercise. Stay connected to your friends and your school. Living a healthy lifestyle is important, but does require some work. 

 

Like the United States, The Academy is much stronger than this pandemic. We will get through this and be stronger for it. We will continually send out communications to our larger community so we stay connected. 

 

 

In Partnership,

Chris Sandford, Head of School
Holly Singleton, Associate Head of School

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