Dear Bosque Students, Parents, and Guardians,
It has been unbelievably joyful having our students back on campus for the last two weeks. Seeing their energy, hearing their laughter and chatter, and watching their eyes crinkle into a smile above their masks at being reunited with their friends, teachers, advisers, and coaches has been pure magic.
Below I am providing some important updates and reminders for the weeks to come:
Logistically, the transition to hybrid has been unbelievably smooth and I am grateful for each of your contributions to this! From a teaching and learning standpoint, the adjustment to hybrid, a model we are debuting as a school, has been significant. In essence, this model creates three distinct groups of learners: those in-person, those streaming in between in-person days, and those who are consistently learning remotely. Trying to manage the unique needs of each of these three groups of learners is no small feat and our teachers are doing acrobatics behind the scenes to ensure a thoughtful, thorough, and developmentally appropriate experience for all. I hope you can see how committed our teachers are to do right by their students, and I hope you will reach out to them with any questions that might be emerging about how learning is structured in their classes.
Just as we all shifted from a state of immediate uncertainty and triage last spring, only to experience a much smoother day-to-day reality in our initial period of remote teaching and learning this fall, we are clearly shifting into a similar phase of hybrid learning and we will continue to make adjustments to assure that it is as effective and sustainable as humanly possible.
UPCOMING PIVOT PLAN ADJUSTMENTS
Last week, the Governor announced some updates to the public health order, but the 25% occupancy limit is still in place for all private schools, through at least October 16. In light of this fact, we have updated our pivot plan to the following:
This plan will allow us adequate time to respond to potential changes to the public health order that could come mid-October and manage the significant logistics required for the pivot to Model 1. This updated plan also provides a three-week window, post-Fall Break, and the inevitable travel that will occur during this time, to carefully observe COVID trends. TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AND FALL BREAK
With Fall Break right around the corner (October 8-11), we need to ensure that any families who travel out-of-state adhere to the New Mexico Department of Health travel restrictions and guidelines (currently updated weekly, on Wednesdays). If your travel plans will require your child to self-isolate and shift into remote teaching and learning, please contact your Division Head as soon as possible so we can plan for this.
9/30/20 PARENT/GUARDIAN VIRTUAL MEETING
I will be hosting the next parent/guardian virtual meeting on Wednesday, September 30, 6:00-7:00 pm. Email email@example.com for a link to join.
DAILY SCREENING/DROP OFF REMINDERS
A reminder that when you arrive at the screening stations on campus, everyone in the car or walking to campus (parents, guardians, siblings) needs to be wearing a mask. This is for the safety of all. Please also try and pull forward in the drop off lane as much as possible to ensure we can keep the traffic flow moving efficiently.
MONDAY, 9/28/20 RHUBARB & ELLIOTT LUNCH SERVICE STARTS
Our lunch service with Rhubarb & Elliott will be starting next Monday, September 28, with a new ordering system in place. Please click here to review all relevant information.
FEEDBACK ON THE FIRST SIX WEEKS OF SCHOOL
After four weeks of remote teaching and learning and two weeks of hybrid learning, we are eager for your feedback on how things are going. This will help inform our future planning and decisions. Please click here to submit your feedback. We will begin reviewing this data on Wednesday, 9/30/20.
It has been lovely to see so many of you in the past two weeks after so many months apart. For those of you staying remote, you are deeply in my heart and very much part of our community at Bosque. I am grateful to be walking this path with each of you.
Jessie Barrie, PhD
Head of School