Shadow Day

Online Learning Extended; Contracts Emailed; Graduation Survey In-Progress

March 21, 2020

Online Learning Extended Until Easter!
Students will remain in online classes until Tuesday, April 14th.
Donovan Administration will reassess the situation at that time.

Good Morning Donovan Community,

With the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendation to avoid communal gathering for 8 weeks, the current declaration of a National Emergency, the ACC Shelter-in-Place legislation, and many schools starting to move in this direction, the administration at Donovan have extended online learning classes until Thursday, April 9th. We will make an assessment on April 3rd if we will extend our online courses into May. Under this current plan, students would return to class on Tuesday, April 14th, after Easter. We are making this decision now in order to help families and faculty plan beyond next week. Preparation and communication is critical during this unprecedented situation in which we find ourselves.

In the last two weeks, parents have received re-enrollment contracts for your children via an email from “Sign Request.” They were due on March 16th. With this current public health situation, please return them by Friday, March 27th. We must have these contracts back in order to plan for the 2020-21 school year. If there are any specific questions regarding your contract, please reply to this email and let me know. If you are applying for financial aid, your FACTS application needs to be completed before that can be awarded.

Finally, if you are a senior or parent of a senior, you should go to your email and complete the survey regarding graduation this year. Even though the poll is still in progress until Sunday at noon, right now, the overwhelming majority of respondents have recommended that we wait until May 1st before making any decisions about graduation. The least popular options are currently leaving it in May be limiting the number of guests that can attend and the July 1st graduation date. If anything, your responses will order the June dates should graduation need to be moved because of the status of this health crisis in May. Graduation is a right of passage and the Donovan administration, faculty, and board are committed to preventing that right from being taken away from our students, if possible.

In closing, as any good “parent would say,” cover your mouth in your sleeve when you cough, wash your hands with soap and hot water, use hand sanitizer regularly, and if you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call you doctor before going to see them. Stay healthy everyone!

Prayers and Love,

Paul T. Gessner
Head of School