March 15, 2020
March 15, 2020

 

Dear Laurence Families,

I hope that all of you are staying healthy and safe this weekend amid the concerns of the Coronavirus pandemic. These are extraordinary times, and I am grateful to be a part of our strong and supportive Laurence community as we navigate these uncharted waters together. As you know, our administration, faculty and tech team have been hard at work readying for remote learning beginning this Tuesday, March 17th. We understand the pressures that this puts on parents as children stay home, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for partnering with us as we embark on this process. 

In the meantime, I have been hearing from many of you with questions about how to handle this time at home and social distancing. I would like to share a few key points with you today:

Please note that for ethical and practical reasons, we are instructing teachers not to contract with families to tutor Laurence students individually during the period of remote learning. (Our teachers will be fully employed providing remote instruction.)
Please avoid group social gatherings, and be thoughtful about your engagement  in activities outside of the house. 
The goal of switching from in-person learning to remote learning is to help protect the health and safety of our students, their families, faculty, and staff, as well as the larger community, so social gatherings and engaging in activities that involve close contact (within 6 feet) with others will work at odds with the extraordinary measures Laurence School, our city, and our country, are taking at this time.   
We are counting on everyone in our community to take responsibility for practicing social distancing.

In the coming days and weeks, I promise that I will be in frequent touch with you through emails, videos and other interactive methods. You will also be receiving communications tomorrow regarding our remote learning plans, including detailed instructions and resources to support you and your children in making this transition successful. Additionally, our team is working hard and will be available to support you and your children through every step of this process. 

And of course, my “virtual” door is always open to you.

Warmly,
Laurie