June 8, 2020
Dear Falmouth Academy Families,
In Friday's morning messages, I told the community, “I really wish that today, I was standing on that curb or sitting on one of those benches and just seeing you onto your buses or into your cars and wishing you a great summer and thanking you for a terrific year, but this is the best I can do to convey that sentiment, so those of you who are watching, if you are so inclined, please leave a five-second video post with a wave, a thumbs-up, a thank you or a good-bye.” I dedicated some of my weekend to watching all of the 47 posts, as well as listening to the 8th Grade Declamation Day ebook, having another look at our virtual art show, and watching our virtual spring concert.
I mentioned in my last letter that throughout the summer we would be updating you at regular intervals and in greater degrees of specificity on our planning process for the coming September, a process that has been occupying no small part of my team’s time and attention. Below, we share with you a link to our newly drafted “Re-Opening 2020: FAQ’s for Families, where you can find some, though certainly not all, of the questions we have been asked or are asking ourselves regarding reopening plans for September, as well as our best and most current answers given the information currently available to us. Please note: very few of our “answers” are definitive but instead present a range of possibilities, some best guesses as to what you might expect come September. (They do not, for example, yet reflect this morning's communication from the State Department of Education.) We present them to you not as the final word, but as evidence that we continue to move thoughtfully and deliberately forward in hopes of continuing to earn your trust and confidence. In crafting these messages, I continually tell myself, “Be direct, be transparent, acknowledge the inherent uncertainty of the situation, don’t over-promise anything, and try not to surprise anyone.” I hope this message meets those standards.
Have a wonderful summer.