Our school will continue our new path of remote learning through the end of the school year. Governor Bill Lee issued his order that schools close for the remainder of the year, and independent schools made the decision to follow this order throughout the state. We had charged forward during Spring Break to figure out how to continue serving families, and this news still felt surprising. I was so hopeful we would physically be together again before the end of the school year.
As we start this week of being at home with our family, we want to share something from Emily W. King, Ph.D, Psychologist and Learning Advocate:
"Parents: What we are being asked to do is not humanly possible. There is a reason we are either a working parent, a stay-at-home parent or a part-time working parent. Working, parenting and teaching are three different jobs that cannot be done at the same time.
As our “Spring Break” ends Davidson County is now on Safer at Home status, and we continue to follow reliable news sources as we navigate the pandemic. During this time, I hope that you are also finding moments of joy and hope – being outside with your child, cooking a meal together, calling family and vulnerable community members.
As I’m sure you are aware, the situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) has worsened daily. Following the advice of leading medical scientist, Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., NIAID Director, Abintra will be closed until at least April 3.
Our faculty and staff are working to create ways to continue to keep the students connected to their work and learning through this period. It is a challenging time for all of us, and we will support each member of our community through this.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is understandably on the top of many people’s minds. Although there is much we still don’t know, we are focusing on facts. This is an ever-changing situation, and we are monitoring reliable sources continually. Moving forward we will continue to use caution, without panic.
We want our families to always remember that stress and fear can lower immune systems. Knowing the facts and taking precautions won’t lower our immune systems.
Have we all ever worked harder? It is not in our nature to Stay at Home. This virus is telling us to stop and wait for the intelligence that resides in our brightest minds to do their work, to imagine and create treatments, even a vaccine that will offer protection. Meanwhile, to stay at home, to stop and wait, is very hard work for pack animals, so we must rely on technology to provide us with connections for now.