Dear Bentley Community,
What a week it has been for all of us! Almost minute by minute, we’ve been bombarded by information about the spread of the coronavirus. Myriad sources are supplying information that is often contradictory to other sources, causing further worry. With fear and uncertainty swirling around us, I am still able to share with you that this has been a remarkably positive and productive week for Bentley School. With faculty, staff and administration all pulling together and guided by Bentley’s Director of Remote Learning, Nick Pukstas, we are better prepared to face school closure knowing that our online resources will be able to serve students’ needs off campus as the coronavirus pandemic works its way through our communities.
While we have no direct knowledge of contamination within our community, based on information we have received concerning school closures and the need to socially distance in order to help prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease, I share with you the following important decisions:
Beginning Monday, March 16, all teaching and learning will occur remotely and both campuses will be closed to students for a minimum of two weeks.
Tomorrow, March 13, all Upper School students will attend their classes remotely from home so Nick Pukstas and Bentley’s Tech Team can troubleshoot to further ensure a smooth start on Monday, March 16. Upper School students will be receiving an email later today from Upper School Head, John Walker, which will include instructions for tomorrow’s remote learning schedule.
Students in K-8 will attend their regular classes at the Hiller Campus on Friday, with faculty focusing on ensuring that students have what they need to fully engage in remote learning on Monday, March 16.
After School Program (ASP) on the Hiller Campus will continue through tomorrow, March 13, at 6 p.m.
We are well aware that changes of this magnitude require serious reorganization in all of our lives. I am particularly grateful that we have had the opportunity this week to prepare ourselves and our students for these next steps. We recognize the enormous amount of flexibility this requires from our families who have younger children.
You should have already received the Remote Learning Survey regarding your in-home capability to support online learning. If you have not completed the survey, please do so here
and let us know if you will need assistance by indicating such on the form.
We continue to be grateful to you, our Bentley parents and guardians, for the outpouring of support we have received as we navigate these new challenges. Your trust in our decision-making process along with your acknowledgment of our dedication to the welfare of the whole child - academically, socially, emotionally, physically - helps energize all of us as we move forward. Students are genuinely excited about online learning, and they will look to you for confirmation of their feelings as they took their cues from the enthusiasm of their teachers this week.
Thank you in advance for your support,
Arlene F. Hogan
Head of School