Welcome to 2021! Updates from the Head of School

Happy New Year, TNS Community!

As we head into our second semester, we do so with a balance of caution and hope. By all measures, we had a rather successful first semester of operations during this pandemic. That does not mean that everything was perfect, of course. We can, and must, continue to learn and improve. As we begin this semester, we are seeing continued community spread of COVID-19, and we know that our school will face challenges. The presence of a vaccine gives us hope, and we still have to do our part to limit the spread. I will continue to send my weekly updates. For today, I want to briefly share a COVID update, some reminders, and some staffing news.

COVID-19 Update
As of today, we know of two additional students and two additional employees who tested positive for COVID-19 over the break. That brings our totals, since August, to 10 students and 11 employees. I will update these and quarantine numbers at the end of this week, as we are likely to learn more in the coming days.

Proceeding with Caution
As we return to campus operations this week, please exercise caution and remember the following:

  • Please keep children home if anyone in the family is a close contact, has symptoms, or has tested positive for COVID-19. In any of these cases, please contact Nurse Sarah (479-368-2779) to discuss specifics for your family.
  • Please communicate clearly with teachers and division heads about absences and transitions between distance and on-campus learning.
  • If you are not having your child(ren) return from distance learning to on-campus learning on January 5th, please remain in distance learning mode until our next transition day, Tuesday January 19th.
  • Please be sure you have backup plans in place in case of cohort quarantines and/or level campus closures. We must continue to anticipate disruptions due to COVID-19 spread and/or quarantine absenteeism that make it unsafe to supervise students on campus.

Advancement Team
I have decided to make a shift in the way we manage advancement at The New School. Advancement in an independent school includes the areas of enrollment, development, and marketing & communications. We are moving forward with an integrated, collaborative team approach. The advancement team will oversee the student and family experience through The New School from inquiry to admission to enrollment to matriculation to retention to graduation to alumni matters.

I am thrilled to announce that Jack Sweeney has agreed to lead this team as our Director of Advancement! We have already begun the process of building this team and expect that to evolve as needed over the coming months. Please join me in congratulating Jack and feel free to reach out to Jack and/or me with any questions.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership in helping to keep our campus open!

Warm regards,

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