school closure: what we know now
We’re acutely aware of the difficult situation parents (and staff) are in, not knowing when, or if, the school will reopen this year. As the situation is constantly changing, we have to take this one step at a time. This is what we know now:
- Following the lead of Bay Area public and private schools, The Meher Schools will be closed at least through May 1.
- Because the government has directed that all daycare programs be closed, we aren’t able to offer daycare during what was to be our spring break (March 30–April 3).
- Preschool will remain closed after spring break except for the children of parents working in one of 16 essential professions.
- The elementary grades will continue with distance learning following spring break.
See the eNote we sent March 26 for details. As the situation continues to unfold, we’ll keep you posted via eNote. We’ll summarize the latest developments here.
The Office will remain open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. (Office staff won’t have more current information than we’ve disseminated by eNote.)
March 30–April 3: Spring break. We aren't able to offer daycare during spring break (see above).
Sign-ups for our summer programs. We're operating on the assumption that things will have returned to some semblance of normalcy by July, so we're proceeding with our summer program registration. Be watching eNotes for program descriptions and registration forms. They'll be due March 27.
One inspiration that emerged from our February 29 compassion symposium was a “compassion tree,” a tree we can all “stand under” together as we open our awareness to all the new possibilities the current situation presents us. This painting by art teacher and artist Lara Cannon captures the silent nature of compassion, expressed in action, so fully highlighted in Dr. Carol Weyland Conner’s welcoming address that night.
At a time when everyone is feeling so much uncertainty in so many areas of life, we want to underline our desire to help each other, and every day new, creative ideas for doing that will emerge.
The painting includes a few of the many heartfelt messages from parents and teachers that capture the unity of concern we feel for each other during this period, showing that love can eclipse fear.
We hope you’ll print the Compassion Tree and delight with your children in its many images, as we move forward together in our evolving understanding of what compassionate community really means.
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