I hope this email finds each of you enjoying the start of a well earned summer break! It was great to see so many of your smiling faces at the textbook/device drop off. As much as this pandemic has changed our lives over the past few months, I hope some normalcy can be found throughout the upcoming summer.
I know that several of you have reached out expressing your anxiety about next school year and whether students will be allowed back on campus. Several weeks ago, I established a Re-Entry Task Force composed of administrators, board members, faculty and local health officials to
develop a safe, comprehensive plan for our return to campus. In the absence of any government mandates, we are fully preparing to welcome students back to our beautiful campus on August 19.
We're aware that our "new normal" of enhanced sanitation and social distancing will most likely be in place for the foreseeable future. Please know that our Re-Entry Task Force is hard at work and has been charged with focusing on three major areas in our planning: the health and safety
of our community, the educational experience of our students, and the financial health of our school.
While the future may appear uncertain at times, let me reinforce to you that Stratford's future is not uncertain. We will continue to be the premier independent school in Middle Georgia in the same capacity that we have been for the past 60 years. Schools across the state of Georgia continue to reach out to Stratford for counsel, and I was honored to have been asked to co-chair the GISA (Georgia Independent School Association) Campus Reopening Team that advises Governor's Kemp office on independent school affairs and issues. Because of this, we have access to the most reliable and up-to-date information that is available.
Several of you know that I call myself the "bus driver" and our school "the bus." As such, regardless of where our current route is taking us, rest assured that we have been planning for weeks in preparation for every turn, obstacle, and bump along the way. We will periodically send communications over the summer as our plans begin to take shape and come more into focus, and we are currently building a website hub to house our plans that are created by the Re-Entry Task Force. That link will be emailed to you when it's available.
Until then, try to find some rest and relaxation! When Caitlyn and I count our many blessings, the Stratford Academy community is at the top of the list. Please reach out if you have any questions, comments or concerns.
Courage and confidence,
Chief Energy Officer
Head of School
Graduation for the Class of 2020: Thoughtfully considering how to recognize the extraordinary achievements of our seniors remains our highest priority. We shared with the seniors and their parents that we are committed to celebrating the Class of 2020 on June 13, 2020 in the Stratford Soccer Complex providing it will allow us to adhere to all mandated restrictions.
Camp Eagle: We have decided to postpone the first five weeks of Camp Eagle and use the upcoming weeks to decide on the practicality of delivering each camp. Pending any new information from local and health officials, the first week of camp will begin on July 6. Any family who is unable to send their child to camp, due to cancelation, postponement, or health/safety concerns, will receive a 100% refund. Should camps be able to take place, certain health and wellness efforts will be put into place (temperature screenings, social distancing, no shared snacks/drinks, etc…) to minimize the risk of spreading any germs. In the meantime, since all cancellation fees will be waived, you have nothing to lose by registering for a camp today! Click here to sign up! Any questions relating to Camp Eagle should be directed to Terry Sowell at Terry.Sowell@stratford.org.
Summer ASAP: We have decided to postpone the start of Summer ASAP until July 6, too. Like Camp Eagle, additional health/wellness screenings will be put into place. Any questions relating to Summer ASAP should be directed to Betty Ann Jennings at BettyAnn.Jennings@stratford.org.
Summer Athletics: Per the Georgia High School Association (GHSA), "GHSA sports, activities, and trainings are suspended until further notice." Coaches will be in contact with students and families as soon as this changes. Any questions relating to Summer Athletics should be directed to Mark Farriba at Mark.Farriba@stratford.org.
Plans for Next Year: Stratford looks forward to welcoming students and faculty back to campus in August. We recognize that achieving this goal will depend on the course and the longer-term effects of the pandemic. We will continue to diligently plan and monitor the latest health mandates and recommendations to help guide us.