Update from Dr. Hutchins - July 7, 2020:
I hope you are well and have been able to enjoy your summer break. I am pleased to present our re-entry plan for the 2020-21 school year. (Please click HERE to view). This plan was created after countless hours of research and collaboration between the Oak Hall Re-Entry Task Force, its committee medical advisor, and other valuable members of our community.
As we face an unseen challenge, with an evolving understanding of how to best handle it, Oak Hall has been actively looking at all facets of the experience we provide to our students. In consulting with local medical professionals who are on the frontlines of the COVID pandemic and who have provided great clarity to our focus, we are confident this plan positions us to continue to deliver the top-tier education our families have come to expect from us.
We have two primary goals in returning to school in August: to provide the safest campus possible and to continue to provide the best educational experience in the region. This plan shares how we are approaching the conversation of a safe re-entry. As we learn more from our experts in the field, we will continue to modify our policies and procedures to provide as much safety as possible within the context of the business of school. The work of education is counter to physical distancing, and we are being innovative with our facilities to provide
the best protection possible. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school. I know our many students and families are ready to be back together, and we will be prepared to welcome you back. Above all, our policies seek to protect the most vulnerable in our community. This will take commitment by all to do things differently, but these things are necessary.
As always, our commitment to ensuring each student is stewarded well in their educational journey remains true. We anticipate the upcoming year to be disrupted, and we are planning accordingly. As you read through this plan, know that this is only one facet of a multi-layered conversation we are having to make sure Oak Hall School continues to deliver an unmatched education where priority is placed on the interaction between the students, their faculty, and each other.
Along with sharing this plan, I see value in reminding our community of our mission statement: A welcoming, diverse, and supportive learning community empowering students to pursue their academic, artistic, and athletic passions. Two years ago, we embarked upon a lengthy journey of developing a mission statement that we could be proud of and that defined our existence as a school. During this endeavor, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, students, and board members played a role in developing this statement. When we say that we are a welcoming, diverse, and supportive learning community, we are affirming that we do not condone discrimination of any kind. It implies that we stand united for a better future for our students and our families regardless of their race, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or political beliefs.
As we continue to navigate uncertain times, the support of all stakeholders in the Oak Hall community is paramount.
Directors from each division will be sending additional information this week regarding schedules, orientation, and other important details related to the start of the school year. We look forward to seeing everyone soon back on campus. Enjoy the rest of your summer break.
Testimonials from Oak Hall Families:
"I just wanted to let you know that we have been so pleased with how the Lower School has handled the COVID crisis. They have successfully communicated a comprehensive and detailed homeschooling program for our kiddos. It is so well organized and the teachers are ALWAYS on hand to help out if needed. Just wanted to let you know what a great job they have done and are continuing to do. Everyone has worked so hard." - Jackie F.
"Our entire extended family wish the Oak Hall faculty and staff safety during this unprecedented crisis and please know we are very grateful for all you do! Thank you!" - Ben W.
"Thanks so much for everything that Oak Hall is doing to keep families and students connected. We feel incredibly blessed to have our daughter attend a school that is so warm and caring, particularly during these uncertain times." - Kim S.
"Thank you for providing the wings of love, support, and communication during these untraversed days. It is comforting and appreciated." - Lori E.
"We have been extremely pleased with the way teachers have handled dissemination of the curriculum and made every effort to make sure our kids remain engaged and challenged in their learning. We are very grateful for this adaptive teaching/learning model and look forward to supporting the faculty in their work. I can’t help but compare to other school experiences of friends and family and they are no where nearly as invested as I have seen OHS teachers. This time is challenging for all. We are very appreciative Oak Hall has ensured teachers remain employed and busy! If there is anything we can do to support our teachers, please let families know. We have realized- now more than ever- how critical they are to the lives of our children AND THE PARENTS!" - Ayesha M.
- If Oak Hall closes long term for a pandemic, do enrolled families still have to pay tuition?
- How can prospective & newly enrolled families stay informed of Oak Hall's plans during the pandemic?
- How is the continuity of education achieved during this critical time when Oak Hall is closed for a pandemic?
- Given that this pandemic may last for several months, has Oak Hall considered its plans for continuing school if its campus is unable to reopen for the 2020-21 academic year?
- How is my OHS athlete, MS & US Athletics, & the FHSAA affected by COVID-19?
- Should I expect a refund for auxiliary programs and trips that I've already paid for?