Head of School Communications

August 13, 2020


Dear High Point Community,


As we shared during the July 30th virtual Community Gathering, to start the 2020-21 school year, High Point plans to deliver an effective, engaging, and robust continuous remote learning (CRL) program. The CRL program will build upon our successful CRL program in the spring with the intention of further growing and strengthening the experience for students. 


The overarching priorities of the CRL program include: 

  • Providing a strong program that allows for students' effective continuity of learning in all areas of the academic and enrichment curriculum
  • Offering live synchronous instruction via the Zoom platform to engage students and teachers in interactive instruction at a developmentally appropriate level 
  • Prioritizing from day one the design and implementation of virtual experiences designed to build a strong sense of community, caring, and connection among students and teachers 
  • Supporting the social-emotional health and wellness of our students and the entire HPA community


I have included links providing an overview of the Kindergarten-6th Grade (Elementary) Continuous Remote Learning and 7-8 (Junior High) Continuous Remote Learning plans. The CRL Plans are posted on the 20-21 Plan section of High Point's website. 


We fully anticipate a successful launch to CRL on Thursday, September 3rd. Importantly, I wish to affirm that High Point has every intention of reopening our campus for full-time (‪Monday-Friday‬), in-person instruction during the upcoming 2020-2021 school year if authorized by the public health department and state governmental officials and if deemed safe by the Board of Trustees and school administration. 


In preparation for when we are able to open our campus, we have created a comprehensive Guidelines For A Safe Return To Campus: 2020-2021 Academic Year for our community. We organized these guidelines within the framework of the HPA Think Force subcommittees: (1) Teaching and Learning, (2) Health and Safety, (3) Facilities, and (4) Social-Emotional Health and Wellness. These guidelines establish the broad conditions under which HPA will provide an on-campus educational experience when it is safe and feasible.  If local or county health departments provide new guidelines, this document will be updated to reflect these guidelines. These guidelines are posted on the 20-21 Plan section of High Point's website.


We are grateful for your patience and flexibility. These are challenging times, but we continue to invest in a robust remote experience – in both instruction and student engagement – to ensure students can have a full and meaningful educational experience. We will get through this together, and our shared journey through these difficult times will make us stronger.


Warmest regards,

Gary Stern
Head of School