March 31st, 2020
A message from Selwyn’s Head of School:
Selwyn is continuing to follow health guidelines from our local, state, and national authorities. As the spread of COVID-19 and its impacts on our communities evolve, so too do governmental responses. Many local schools and cities have extended their shelter-in-place orders, and so, pending other extensions, Selwyn will reopen its doors to students on April 20, 2020.
Thankfully, our team at Selwyn has been ahead of the curve on distance learning. We lost very little instruction time, and students still enjoy the structure of school and socialization with their friends from a distance. We’ve run a successful distance learning program of which I am tremendously proud, but we can’t do it without our families supporting the faculty who are working diligently to teach students. We will continue to teach each child every day and follow as closely as possible the schedule that students followed while they were on campus. Retaining this structure is important developmentally, and it will allow for a smooth transition from online learning back to traditional classroom learning without a loss in instruction time or value. Each grade level learns a little bit differently, but they are all equally important and the classroom teachers at every level take their responsibility to your children seriously.
Please continue to make sure students are ready for class on time and that they are reminded, because we all need reminding, that even though we are home for now, as students, our full-time job is learning. If a student falls behind or does not turn in their classwork, it will make catching up very difficult when circumstances return to normal.
Families can expect weekly updates from me, and more periodic updates from your child’s teachers. We are all in this together, and so far, I have seen a community rally together to teach, learn, and share our stories during a difficult moment in history. Our students will remember this time for the rest of their lives. I hope that when they recall these moments many years from now, they remember a school community in solidarity who saw isolation as a duty to help the vulnerable among us.
If you or your family need extra help during this time, please let me know. We are available to help in any way we can.