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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We created this page as a resource for updates regarding how coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting High Point Academy events and educational programming, as well as for links to public health information sources. We will continue to update you via email. We will keep our calendar and this page up-to-date as well.

May 27, 2020

Dear High Point Community,

As the current academic year comes to a close, I would like to congratulate and offer my heartfelt appreciation to our exceptional students and our dedicated faculty in navigating a vastly "different" way of learning since early March! I applaud our faculty and students for their grit, resilience, resourcefulness, and positive growth mindset. A special thank you to HPA parents for their unwavering support and flexibility in balancing professional responsibilities with their children's simultaneous engagement in remote learning!

I recently heard the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic described in the following manner: "We're not in the same boat, but we're experiencing the same storm." As a community, we have weathered this storm with care for our students, adaptability, and courage to lean into the unknown, while exemplifying the High Point mission at every turn. Make no mistake—the future is bright—and our close-knit community will be stronger, more connected, and more resilient when we return to campus.

2020-2021 School Year

While our effective transition from in-person instruction to remote learning has shown that we can adapt and innovate with acuity, High Point is at its heart a connected, personalized community. Through continued consultation with health authorities, medical professionals, heads of local independent schools, and comprehensive planning, we anticipate returning to campus in some capacity for the scheduled start of the 2020-2021 school year on Thursday, September 3rd. With safety and health at the forefront for all our community, we will be incorporating several measures which will guide the specific contours of our decision making in this area.  Our overarching priority and intention is to safely maximize the amount of time students are engaged in in-person instruction on campus.

As I shared previously, High Point created a "think force" consisting of HPA administration and members of the Board of Trustees to develop various on-campus instruction implementation plans for the 2020-2021 school year. The "think force" has made considerable progress in recent weeks and is ironing out and analyzing the details of each possible scenario.

Among the instruction implementation plans we are considering are (1) 100% in-person instruction for all students simultaneously if we can maintain physical distancing protocols (our clear preference!), (2) a hybrid model (part on-campus, part remote), and (3) remote learning. To be clear, absent a mandate from county health departments and government officials, HPA will NOT implement a 100% remote learning plan for the start of school. In the coming weeks, we will be prepared to share greater details regarding these potential plans. 

Importantly, constants in each of these implementation plans include the following:

  • Each plan will allow High Point to continue to fulfill its mission to provide an exceptional educational experience for our students.
  • We will do everything possible to create a way for students to safely maximize the time spent in school.
  • We will adhere to recommended physical distancing protocols and conduct prescribed daily health assessments of both students and staff. We will provide more details about our protocols and procedures going forward.
  • We will maintain the appropriate PPE supplies on campus, with guidance from our newly hired nurse practitioner, Lisa Gillison, to optimize health and safety. 
  • We will implement a daily vigorous cleaning schedule and make readily available hand sanitizer and hand washing stations throughout campus.
  • We will prioritize supporting and nurturing the social-emotional health of our students and community.
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I look forward to holding a community conversation via Zoom in the summer to outline and shed as much light as possible on the School's ongoing scenario planning for the 2020-2021 school year. More information will be forthcoming shortly.

Know that High Point is managing this uncertain time with a confident hand. Our compassion, agility, and ability to put the needs of our students and community members first are hallmark traits of being an independent school, and we expect to continue to shine as a community. Above all else, our mission and great school thrive due to the engagement of our amazing students through strong relationships and support by compassionate, caring teachers. High Point will soar ever higher going forward.

Warmest regards,

Gary Stern
High Point Academy
Head of School

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What's Next?

Students will continue to engage in remote learning systems through Thursday, June 4th, 2020 provided by their teachers. 

 

Educational Resources

Common Sense Media
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Audible Stories
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Open Library
Pick stories and read them with your students.