July 7, 2020 - Summit's Reopening Plans: Plans A, B, and C

Dear Summit Families,

As we await a decision from Governor Cooper on how schools can reopen in the fall, I’m writing to share with you Summit’s plans for resuming learning according to the three potential scenarios outlined by the Governor’s Office and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Plan A: on-campus learning with minimal social distancing restrictions

  • Plan B: on-campus learning with moderate social distancing restrictions

  • Plan C: remote learning

Summit’s Plans A, B, and C Summit’s plans for each of these scenarios are linked for your review:

The decision of which plan we implement will be determined by the pending decision from the Governor. However, in this interim period, we want to provide you with as much information as we have at this time. It is my firm belief that our success in best supporting our students and carrying forward Summit’s mission in this next year will depend heavily on the steadfast teamwork of our board, faculty, and families. In this spirit, our administrative team remains committed to consistent and transparent communication each step of the way. Training and Education on Summit’s Reopening Plans Faculty will be trained in each of these plans so that we are prepared for whatever scenario we face next year. Additionally, when the Governor does confirm how schools are able to reopen, we will provide all families and students a recorded video training that can be accessed from home on the relevant procedures for opening school. Our Guiding Priorities As we prepare for next year, maintaining our utmost diligence in protecting the safety and well-being of our students, families, and faculty remains an equal priority to ensuring the continued education of our students with integrity to our mission. It is our goal to open our campus for students in a safe and responsible manner that will maintain the health and safety of our children, faculty, and families---and to the fullest extent possible, keep our campus open for learning throughout the school year. Toward this, Summit’s campus operating plans reflect careful review and deliberate adoption of the state’s health and safety guidelines and requirements for the reopening of schools. If based on the Governor’s decision we are able to open school under either Plan A or Plan B, our team will be prepared to host student learning on Summit’s campus for the full school day, and to the highest standards of health and safety as required by the state. Additionally, regardless of the determined reopening plan for the school, every family will have the opportunity to elect a “Remote Learning Only” plan for their individual child. Family Survey and Town Hall Q&A Sessions I encourage you to review the plans in detail, and ask that you please complete the survey linked below to share your feedback, indicate your preferences, and communicate your questions so that we can best support your family in opening the 2020-21 school year. School Reopening Survey for Families Additionally, I invite you to participate in a family town hall Q&A session to discuss Summit’s reopening plans and your questions. Sessions will be held at the following times:

  • Thursday, July 9 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Thursday, July 9 from 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Monday, July 13 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Monday, July 13 from 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Town Hall sessions will be held via Zoom and can be accessed using the link sent to you via email. You are also welcome to contact me at any time with your questions. 2020-21 Calendar and Events We plan to maintain our school calendar as previously set for next year, with our first day of school (Book Day) on August 18. Book Day will look different next year to be in line with school reopening guidelines, and we will be sure to share the details as we have more information. We are also thrilled to welcome our new families to Summit in August, and look forward to sharing more details on new family welcome and orientation plans in the coming weeks. Additionally, 8th Grade Graduation is still scheduled for August 13 at 10:00 AM, and at this time we are planning for the ceremony for graduating 8th grade students and families to be held in Summit’s courtyard. Move Up day is still scheduled for August 21 at 8:45 AM. We will share details on both events in the coming weeks as we have more information on which reopening plan we are able to follow. One Summit team. One Summit family. Keeping our campus healthy, safe, and open for students will require the shared commitment and responsibility of our full Summit family--board, administration, faculty, families, and students. We are indeed all in this together, and we will all have to make sacrifices and be flexible to new protocols and procedures to keep our campus safe and open for learning. And, doing so does not have to mean sacrificing who we are at Summit. We are fortunate that the many qualities that make Summit unique as a school will also benefit us in adapting to the guidelines in this next year-- small class sizes, high-quality facilities, expansive outdoor learning spaces, and most important of all--a deep sense of community among our faculty, students, and families. This next year will be different, but I have full faith that, together, we will ensure Summit continues to be the school that we know and love. Thank you for your continued support.

With gratitude,

Kurt

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