Dear Bosque Parents and Guardians,
As we look towards our final week of the 2019-20 school year, we know you are likely eager for a shift in the
intensity of the past few months, while you may also be wondering what the summer and fall might look like. Schools across the country and around the world are all finding ourselves in the same current and very unfamiliar boat, earnestly steering towards a fresh start to a new academic year on campus, while also battening the hatches for the very strong likelihood of a few swells to come before we reach our destination.
Since our campus closure, the Academic Leadership Team adjusted from a bi-weekly meeting schedule to three meetings per week: two meetings to focus on the urgency of our shift to remote teaching and learning, and one meeting dedicated to making progress on our very exciting three-year academic strategic plan. Our Board of Trustees Executive Committee shifted from monthly in-person meetings to weekly virtual meetings to ensure efficient and thorough communication and planning. We launched the Bosque School Community Commitment Fund to support bridge tuition assistance to those families who have suddenly found themselves facing significant economic impacts. We have hosted weekly virtual parent/guardian coffees, sent weekly emails, and have surveyed our community multiple times. We also hired Bosque’s first school nurse who will start on July 1st and work in partnership with our Medical Reserve Corps students in support of student and community health. We have been very busy managing both a strong ending to the 2019-20 school year, analyzing options for Bosque Summer, and scenario planning for the fall.
At this point, based on current realities regarding the New Mexico Reopening Plan, and with concern for student and community health and well-being, we have made the heartbreaking decision to cancel all Bosque Summer programs. Should anything dramatically change over the coming month, we will revisit the possibility of offering some camp options in late July. If you have registered for Bosque Summer programs you should be expecting to hear from the Bosque Summer staff in the coming days with refund information. Please contact Zach Lang, Bosque Summer Director, with any questions. I know how disappointing this will be for so many of you and we share your sadness.
For two weeks, post Memorial Day, we will have a number of task forces working on scenario planning for the fall with a focus on:
Schools across the country are considering a variety of different scenarios for next year. We will be exploring these scenarios in our task forces and looking to state guidelines, CDC recommendations, and lessons learned from schools across the world who have already re-opened. Some scenarios we are considering (largely informed by the State of New Mexico Reopening Plan Preview and CDC interim guidelines for schools) include:
Regardless of the potential stormy seas and the uncertainty ahead, we are committed to doing right by you and your children. We are in a unique position to respond to this current crisis because we have always been nimble, innovative, and student-centered. Our staffulty adores your children and will do everything to support them in the most comprehensive ways possible. We are so honored to be partnering in your children’s educational and developmental journey with you and extremely grateful for your belief in the transformative gift of a Bosque education.
I (Jessie) will be scheduling a series of virtual parent/guardian coffees over the summer (to be shared in my coming Friday communications) to stay in touch with you and understand how your child(ren) are doing over the coming months. I will also plan to be in touch by mid-late July with an update as we prepare to launch the 2020-21 school year.
In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.
All the best,
Jessie Barrie, PhD Eric Herrera Santana Fontana, MD
Head of School Chair, Board of Trustees Vice Chair, Board of Trustees