Thank you for your continued patience regarding communications from MCDS. We don’t want to overwhelm you, but the MCDS team is working hard to make communications as relevant and timely as possible. Today is one of those days.
Extending Campus Closure to May 1
As you may know, the Governor of Florida issued an executive order related to schools and their operations, including private schools, and has extended the closure of all schools through April 30, 2020. We continue to adhere to the latest guidelines from federal, state and local officials and are committed to doing what is in the best interest of the health and safety of the MCDS community. To that end, the campus will be closed and we will extend online learning through May 1.
Update on Online Learning
The good news is, we launched our online learning schedule this week and I am proud to say that our students and parents have demonstrated incredible resiliency. Students are fully committed to continuing their course work while adapting and discovering how to be online learners, many for the first time. While online learning certainly differs from learning on campus, and there are adjustments we will need to make along the way, these first few days have proven to be a strong start. I am also deeply appreciative of how our parents have risen to the challenge of supporting their students at home, particularly those parents who are continuing to work from home. Thank you.
To our lower school parents, you should have received a communication from Director Mary Lavin. Through your candid and thoughtful feedback starting day one, we have already learned a tremendous amount regarding the needs of our lower school students and will be adjusting their schedule starting Monday, April 6 to better reflect their needs.
To all of our students and parents, it is also important to know that, should a class need to be canceled due to technical issues, we have allotted space in the schedule for it to be rescheduled at another time in the week. No classes or learning will be lost. And if you have ongoing technical issues or needs, please contact your student’s teacher or [insert name, title, email address and phone number of IT].
Of course, MCDS is not only a place for learning, but it is also a thriving community. The MCDS team (and many of you!) are continuing to discuss and collaborate on ways to adapt to the countless on-campus events that mean so much to all of us to this new reality. We will share updates as soon as possible, including plans for graduation.
As I noted at the start, it is critical that we be able to share information with you quickly and efficiently. We continue to update the website and Resource Center as well as send messages via email, but we have added new options to receive updates via cell phone through text message and calls. To ensure that you receive these messages in a timely manner, I ask that you ensure your contact information is up to date. [Go to…INSERT STEPS ON UPDATING HOW COMMUNITY PREFERS TO BE REACHED]
I continue to be proud of this community and know that we will rise to meet this challenge, together. In fact, I have heard from so many of you with words of encouragement and appreciation, I’d like to share just one comment with you:
“Today we stopped for a second and realized how difficult it must be for all of you that overnight you had to completely change the way to deliver a very well planned curriculum and contribute to our kids' future and for that we wanted to sincerely thank you and offer to help in any way we can during this time to improve on the process with the kids and parents.”
Well-deserved praised for our hardworking team and faculty.
President and Head of School