COVID-19: Extended Campus Closure Announcement

Dear Parents,

Out of an abundance of caution for our immediate school community, and in consultation with our Board of Trustees and in solidarity with other local independent schools, we have made the proactive decision to close our school campus for a minimum of two weeks following spring break.

This temporary campus closure is effective Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3. Remote learning will begin on Tuesday, March 24. Towards the end of this two-week period, we will reevaluate, based on updated information, guidance and recommendations from the state and local health departments.

OHS does not have a current concern of an active case of COVID-19; however, many families will be returning from spring break travel, increasing the chance for exposure and spread. The decision to close campus was informed by our priority to protect the health and safety of our students and families. Further, while the Metro Public Health Department has not mandated school closures, we believe this is a critical time in the outbreak, during which we all share a responsibility to practice social distancing to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT THE CLOSURE:

  • Learning will continue remotely, but the school campus will be closed. No students or parents should be on the school property.
  • OHS administrators, faculty and staff will be accessible by email during normal school hours. Contact information can be found in the Veracross directory or the OHS app.
  • All athletic practices and games, extracurricular activities and special events are canceled.
  • During the closure, SFM will continue to perform a disinfectant cleaning to help ensure that our school building is safe to return after the closure.
  • We will provide weekly email updates about COVID-19 throughout this closure. You can expect an email from the school on Wednesday of each week, providing an outlook for the upcoming week. Cancellation updates will be posted on OHS’s COVID-19 webpage.

Again, I want to emphasize that during this campus closure we all have a responsibility. This closure is not about extending spring break or vacations. Closures will not be effective unless we all practice social distancing. We ask that you restrict your social interactions during this period. If our school community is out and about in group settings, spending time with various friend groups, the virus is more likely to continue to spread. Our civic duty to the common good of the Nashville community requires each of us to help support the wellness of others.

REMOTE LEARNING:
Starting Tuesday, March 24, we will transition to our remote learning plan. While it is impossible to recreate the learning environment of OHS remotely, we are committed to ensuring the same level of learning and growth for all students. Our teachers are prepared to provide a variety of age-appropriate lessons and learning opportunities to keep students engaged with content and practicing skills. I will share all details about remote learning, including the process, timing and expectations, in an email the middle of next week.

We understand that during this unsettling time, families may experience a variety of challenges. Please contact me with any concerns or questions. We are a strong and resilient school community, and I have every confidence in the abilities of us all to navigate through this present situation together. Thank you for your patience and support.

With gratitude,
Hart

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