I hope this email finds you well and safe. Faculty and staff here on campus are hard at work preparing to welcome our students back to campus for the fall semester. Our focus is on the health and safety of our entire campus community as we continue to deliver on our promise of an excellent educational experience for our students.
It is important that you read this detailed email completely. I know no one likes long emails! But, I want to be sure you have all the information you need to keep your children and our community as safe and healthy as possible.
I hope this note finds you well, safe, and enjoying your summer.
2020 has certainly been an unusual and challenging year thus far. This summer finds us continuing to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic and its repercussions, and national and worldwide protests are provoking us all to look deeply and carefully at issues of racial inequality in the United States and beyond.
Because WNA is a globally diverse community, we know we need to address these challenges collaboratively by dedicating our best selves to keep our community healthy and focused on excellent education, equity, and justice.
Currently, we are finalizing a school calendar that reduces the risks of Covid-19 exposure and helps to ensure our students’ safety and health. We have adjusted the fall and spring semesters and limited long-distance travel to and from campus.
I hope this note finds you well, safe, and enjoying your summer, even as we all continue to manage our Covid-19 pandemic and wrestle with the ongoing need to address racial equity and justice.
At WNA, we are committed to meeting both challenges.
We are finalizing a school calendar that reduces the risks of Covid-19 exposure and helps to ensure our students’ safety and health. We have found a way to do this through adjusting the fall and spring semesters and limiting long-distance travel to and from campus. We will open campus for students to return on time on August 13th. We will remain in session on campus until the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, November 24. Fall break will then run from students’ last obligation on November 24 through Sunday November 29. Hopefully, boarding students will be able to travel home at this time. Starting Monday, November 30, classes will resume and run virtually (online) through December 11. Midterm exams will be scheduled December 8-11. An extended winter break will commence at the end of exam day on December 11. Students will return to campus on January 3. We plan to end the year on campus, with a graduation date of May 22.
The season of graduations is upon us. Ours, like graduations at so many other institutions, was held this past Saturday. The ceremony was virtual, of course, due the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, but beautiful nonetheless. Any graduation ceremony that sends such enthusiastic, determined, and caring human beings out into the world could not be anything but wonderful.
May is upon us, and along with Mother’s Day – Happy Mother’s Day to all WNA moms! – May has brought us both National Teacher’s Day and National Nurse’s Day. Our faculty members and our nurse, Willow Gilcher, are dedicated professionals who have been working hard to navigate the challenges of the new and unexpected situation brought about by COVID-19. Thank you to Willow, to our teachers, and to nurses and teachers everywhere who are focused on nurturing and educating our young people with care and perseverance through these difficult circumstances.
Greetings from WNA's campus. We have much good news to share with you.
Though I know our community life will return to its happy normal at some point in the near future, our always-beautiful campus remains sadly quiet without the energy of our students. Fortunately, we connect with our students regularly through virtual classes. We all know virtual classes cannot equal meeting together in class or engaging in person in all the beyond-the-classroom experiences that a WNA education offers. We look forward to coming together again, and we appreciate all the time and hard work our teachers, staff, and students are doing to make our virtual classes successful across every subject.
4/17/2020 - A message from Dr. Virginia Kennedy, Interm Head of School at WNA
4/15/2020 - Update from Head of School
Dear West Nottingham students, parents, and families,
I tell you often how all of us here on campus—faculty and staff—deeply miss the presence of our students because we speak of it whenever we discuss our situation. The campus is alive with spring sounds and the colors of budding trees and flowers, but it is eerily quiet without the energy of our young people moving through life and classes here at WNA.
We hope you are staying safe and well in these unsettling times and remembering that as a community, we can support each other and journey safely to the other side of this challenge.
At WNA, our students are embarking on their first week of virtual classes. Teachers have prepared as best as they possibly can to make virtual classes fulfilling educational experiences, even as we know nothing can replace in-person classroom learning with teachers and students together at WNA. I know our students and teachers are armed with patience and determination to surmount whatever difficulties these new and unexpected circumstances present. We also continue to consult as a staff on the best path forward regarding our current May 10 reopening date and will send additional news next week regarding how we plan to proceed.
Greetings from Colora, Maryland and the campus of West Nottingham Academy. You are receiving this email because you have expressed interest in our school, or you work to refer students to outstanding independent schools.
Hello from our beautiful West Nottingham campus. I hope you and your families are faring well and finding some moments of peace in these difficult times. I have been updating our current parents, students, and families regularly during this health emergency.
As you are all well-aware, the Covid-19 situation has been evolving daily, which requires us to be continually vigilant that we receive and respond to the most accurate information possible and we do so in a reasoned way without panic.
As we explained in our letter last week, since your departure from WNA we have been closely monitoring the evolving health situation of the Covid-19 virus. Public, private, day, boarding, and college/university institutions are making decisions regarding campus closures and best methods of delivering academic instruction based on the specific needs of their communities.
We know that many of you have concerns regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The purpose of this letter is to provide some updates and additional information in order to help you and your family feel better informed and proactively prepared. While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this a serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk to the general American public is considered low at this time.
In an effort to stay connected and support our community in these challenging times, we have created a secure and confidential way for you to communicate your concerns directly to us. WNA can assist you in finding access to your local agencies that offer support to your family for obtaining health and wellness resources. If you have health or health-assistance related questions or concerns, please contact WNAfirstname.lastname@example.org.