March 27, 2020
Dear Brent Family,
I hope your families and loved ones are safe. This is not an easy situation for anyone, and I’m aware that everyone is struggling with a wide variety of personal issues.
This is certainly not the semester anyone envisioned. I know many of us find ourselves juggling new situations and changing responsibilities while managing concerns about family near and far. Our hearts go out to everyone.
I would like to share a few of the positives that have come out of the last week to perhaps encourage you at a difficult time.
Attendance online has been as good if not better than typical attendance at school. The vast majority of students have taken responsibility for the independence needed in an online situation.
Educators worldwide have been compiling lists of online resources and sharing them with other teachers.
Middle School students have begun sending in photos of their passion projects, which Mr. Josephson has featured online.
Many online resources have made their services available for free. For example, Zoom removed the time limit on meetings, and Amazon made the subscription of books and audio stories free. As long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
IB internal assessments, orals, and the Art Exhibit have been able to continue via distance. Thanks to the dedication of our IB Coordinator, teachers, students and IT team we are still on schedule to submit all the IB requirements expected by the end of April.
Despite the cancelation of IB exams, the IBO has promised to issue IB diplomas and certificates. This will not change seniors’ course work. Full diploma students will finish as planned by the end of April.
Our librarians have provided information on available online databases. Our Student Services support team is active in Zoom breakout rooms. Our Lower School counselors produced a new website to provide help to families.
We may have a long way to go, and very little is easy right now, but I am heartened by the way so many people have gone the extra mile to support one another. Please do not hesitate to contact Brent’s teachers, principals, counselors, administrators, accountants, etc. We are all here to help. We may be separated by distance during this difficult time, but we remain one Brent family.