April 1, 2020
Dear High Point Community,
As we embark on spring break, I want to affirm my deep appreciation and gratitude for HPA’s close-knit community. During these unsettling times, I have drawn tremendous inspiration, comfort, and support from how beautifully our community has come together. With courage, creativity, and resilience, HPA’s faculty and staff have risen to the challenge to develop and implement a continuous remote learning program almost overnight. Demonstrating patience and flexibility, our parent community rapidly adapted to the temporary new normal of working remotely at home while their children simultaneously engage in remote learning. In response to rapidly changing circumstances, the administrative team/staff and board of trustees calmly and strategically developed and implemented HPA's cohesive path forward. Incredibly, HPA’s dedicated students instantaneously transitioned from in-person instruction to a virtual learning model. Individually and collectively, we all have been heroic!
As a unified community, our goal is to continue moving forward with a clear sense of resolve and purpose for the benefit of our students. This overarching aim is reflected in HPA’s continuous remote learning guidelines which highlight curriculum and instructional guidelines and expectations per grade level. I applaud HPA’s dedicated administration and faculty for collaboratively creating these thoughtful, comprehensive continuous remote learning guidelines and expectations. Importantly, these guidelines provide a developmentally appropriate balance of live online teaching sessions, additional screen time, and independent work. In the upper grades, there will remain a stronger reliance on the online platform for lesson delivery and the production of student work. The live online teaching sessions via Zoom will continue to facilitate the teaching and learning of new skills and concepts and deepen the virtual all-important human connection between teachers and students and among students. Going forward, parents at each grade level will receive a weekly email on Sunday evenings with links to their teacher’s Google Classroom page. Here you will be able to find weekly and daily schedules, as well as lessons and resources.
I am both pleased and proud to share the following links to HPA's K-3 and 4-6 continuous remote learning guidelines and expectations:
The junior high continuous remote learning guidelines and expectations were previously emailed to junior high families.
In clarifying expectations, I want to emphasize a point shared in my prior communication. While HPA is committed to offering as optimal a continuous remote learning program as we can realistically deliver, continuous remote learning cannot mirror or replicate in-person academic instruction. As a result, while an important component of HPA's continuous remote learning program, live online sessions will not last for the equivalent of "teaching" hours when students are physically on campus.
As an additional resource for your children to utilize over spring break and while HPA's continuous remote learning program remains in effect, High Point created a Continuous Remote Learning Resource website
. This website contains valuable resources in multiple areas, including Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Library, Kindness Challenges organized by the Student Council, and continuous remote learning guidelines and expectation. I invite you to explore this website by clicking here
- Wednesday, April 1st through April 12th: Spring Break
- Monday, April 13th, 2020 through Friday, May 1st, 2020: Students will continue to engage in continuous remote learning provided by their teachers.
- Monday, April 13th, 2020 through Friday, May 1st, 2020: Students will NOT be on campus.
Following spring break, HPA's continuous remote learning program will resume on Monday, April 13th. In light of the federal government’s recent extension of social distancing guidelines until April 30th, continuous remote learning will continue at least through Friday, May 1st. Over spring break, please make sure to check your emails from High Point on a consistent basis as this will remain the main communication tool for important updates.
Given the current and rapidly evolving status of the COVID-19 pandemic and legally mandated social distancing guidelines to help counteract COVID-19, there is a high probability that continuous remote learning will continue beyond Friday, May 1st.
I wish you and your families a safe, healthy, and peaceful spring break. During this time, the health and well-being of your families and loved ones will be foremost in my prayers and reflections. Now more than ever, I am grateful for HPA's close-knit community.
High Point Academy
Head of School