Extended School Closure Until April 17, 2020
We are just wrapping up our first week of remote learning. The response we’ve had from our community has been positive and we thank you for supporting your child as they tackled their school work. Our teachers are busy preparing lessons for the weeks to come. Remote learning will continue. Together we’ll work to assure that our students keep learning.
As of today, in Texas, there are more than 1,700 cases of the novel coronavirus in 105 counties, and the United States surpassed 100,000 cases nationwide. Based on the data, it’s clear that additional time is needed to flatten the curve and to slow the progression of the virus. The local city, county and state officials have outlined emergency disaster orders, social distancing restrictions, and are encouraging us all to take an active role in slowing the spread – in flattening the curve. Together, it is believed by the experts, that if we follow the disaster orders and social distancing restrictions, we can make a difference.
Campus is quiet. We miss our students gracing our halls and classrooms. We miss our parents and grandparents. We miss our events and our opportunities to connect. We are incredibly grateful that we can see our students remotely and that we continue to connect through e-mails, Zoom meetings, and social media. We are grateful that our students can connect face-to-face in their virtual classrooms, and, if needed, one-on-one with our teachers. I’m grateful that we have a community where our teachers and administrators reach out to set up one-on-one Zoom meetings with our students and our parents. Our teachers are our students’ connection to their learning and I am grateful to all of them for the enormous amount of effort, talent, creativity and work they have put in to continue our students’ learning.
If you haven’t checked out Clariden’s social media accounts, please do. You’ll see our students remotely learning, our teachers teaching, our teachers and administrators doing daily announcements, and our students’ work from our first week going remote, proudly displayed.
I thank you for your support, your love, your well wishes, your humor (some of you have been quite funny about how hard it is to “teach”), and your commitment to the Clariden community. We look forward to the day when we can welcome all of you back to campus. We have an abundance of hugs and smiles ready to greet you with. Knowing Clariden, we’ll find a special way to welcome you all back to campus. Please stay safe and well. – Sallie Sallie Wells, M.S., CFLE, Head of School