Tomorrow – Together! – We Launch ‘Remote TA’

Tomorrow – Together! – We Launch ‘Remote TA’

Letter from Head of School Carrie Brennan to students, parents, and staff, sent via email on March 17.

Tomorrow we turn the experience of school upside-down and inside-out.  Following our governor’s orders and public health recommendations, we will cease convening each day on our beloved Academy Road campus. Classes will move to a virtual space, with teachers, paraprofessionals, and students working from home and using technology to connect with one another, collaborate, and continue learning.

We are developing a new ‘Remote TA’ section of our website, which already has some useful resources posted. Check out the Roles & Expectations document which will serve as an important guide for all of us in our unique roles – as students, parents, teachers, advisors, and the school – during this period of remote learning. It is going to take all of us working together to achieve successful implementation of this new approach, and we hope this document provides some clarity and direction for everyone involved.

Some administrators and staff will be on campus to maintain operations this week and throughout the school dismissal period. Meanwhile, all TA employees are working during this time and are available via email to respond to questions you might have. 

Logistics updates:

  • We have extended the time for laptop checkout and materials pick-up tomorrow to 8:00-11:30 a.m. in the cafe.
  • Our first round of brown bag lunches will be available for students tomorrow for pick up in front of Anderson Hall from 11-11:30 a.m. 
  • We will provide access to the TA library to limited numbers of students at a time for one-hour and two-hour sign-up periods. We are still in the process of setting this up. Please look for information tomorrow on how to sign up. We hope to continue offering this as a resource through the weeks of school dismissal.
  • Remote TA begins tomorrow. Work together at home to create structures and spaces that will help foster student concentration and learning.

What an unbelievable situation this is! I encourage each of us to take time to reflect on how we are taking this all in and to be patient with ourselves and others as we navigate these uncharted waters. 

Take care. Stay connected. Be well.

Carrie Brennan, Head of School