Monday, March 16, 2020
Dear Norwood Families,
When I think about what makes Norwood School so special, two things come to mind: community and human connection—the two things we must avoid during this public health crisis. All of us are being called upon to play a role in “flattening the curve,” and in doing so, we must find new ways to maintain a sense of community and keep our connections strong. I have no doubt that our Norwood community will succeed at both. It has been incredible to watch our teachers rally to get distance learning plans in place and to feel the support from families as we work together to ensure a safe school community.
I am writing today to let you know that, as part of our social distancing responsibility, Norwood will close its campus on Thursday, March 19, at 5:00 p.m. and to lay out what that means for the foreseeable future. Once the campus is closed, no one will be allowed on campus without permission from me, Michele Claeys, Mike Risen, or Bill Teachum.
Distance learning will begin on Tuesday, March 31
You can expect to hear from your division head by Friday, March 27, and from teachers with specific information for each class by Monday, March 30. Currently, teachers are gathering resources and materials that will be needed for remote learning. Some will be sent home electronically; others must be picked up here at school. Information on our pick-up day follows.
Materials pick-up day is on Thursday, March 19
We have designated Thursday, March 19, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., as the day for families to pick up any materials and necessary belongings.
Middle School Pick-Up: Most middle school students already took everything home they need, but if your child does not have their tablet computer at home, they need to pick it up on Thursday, along with anything they need from their locker. If their teachers have additional supplies for them to pick up on Thursday, you can expect an email from Michele Claeys on Wednesday evening. Her message will include the pick-up location for the additional supplies.
Lower School Pick-Up: Every lower school family will have a distance learning bag to pick up for their child. Bags can be picked up from the Marriott All-Purpose Room on Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
If your family is unable to pick up items on Thursday, please reach out to Michele or Mike, and we will find a way to get them to you!
Upcoming School Events
For now, assume that all upcoming events and activities currently on the calendar during April are either cancelled or on hold. That means spring parent/teacher conferences, rising meetings, and class performances will not happen as they normally do. We are working on ways to hold video conferences and to deliver rising meetings via pre-recorded videos available in HawksNest. We will be in touch with additional information as soon as we have worked out the details.
Please take good care of yourselves and each other. If anyone needs extra support during this time, do not hesitate to reach out to me or to Norwood Cares. We are all here for each other. Be safe, take all precautions recommended by public health officials, and have a restful spring break. I will be back in touch on or before Friday, March 27, with more information about the start of distance learning.
Matthew A. Gould, Ph.D.
Head of School