I am very grateful for the Waterfront Academy community and the way we have banded together over the past weeks as we have unfortunately seen COVID-19 grow into a pandemic. This virus that we thought was perhaps no worse
than the flu is showing itself to be of great concern, especially to the elderly population and people in our lives with underlying health issues. We know that attending school is critical for our students and families, and we appreciate everyone’s support while we focused on the goal of staying open as long as possible.
There have still been no confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 at Waterfront Academy. However, in light of evolving circumstances in the greater community, and after careful consideration with faculty, staff, and community members, we have made the decision to close school effective Monday, March 16th, 2020. At this point, we are unable to provide a specific end date for school closure but anticipate that the minim
um length of closure will be through Friday March 27th. In order to prepare for our school to be closed for an extended period of time, we are asking that Monday (3/16) from 8-11 & 2-3:30 everyone come retrieve any belongings that may have been left behind.
As you know, Friday (3/13) was already a planned school closure as a teacher in-service day. We have used this time to solidify our remote learning plans for an extended school closure. Remote learning will allow us to minimize the disruption to your children’s education and give them opportunities to stay in community with their peers.
In regards to Waterfront Academy’s remote learning program for the coming weeks.
Please pay attention to emails over the coming weeks, as the continuance of education & delivery of “need to know information” will rely heavily on communication sent via emails.
Also, please be aware of public health recommendations with asking grandparents to assist with childcare. While we know children will likely experience only mild symptoms, we also know they could pass on the virus to people in their lives who fall within the “at-risk” category. This measure is not just about keeping our students safe, but about keeping the community safe.
There are so many things that we plan for and anticipate as educators – until recently, temporarily closing school for a pandemic was not on the list. We appreciate your grace and courtesy as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters together.