Updated: Sep 9, 2020
March 24th, 2020
Dear Fiore Parents,
I hope this email finds you in the best possible space given this unusual and rather stressful time. I myself seem to have the experience of a snow globe that is being shaken again and again and again. I am very grateful for the community of Montessori administrators from around the world who have come together and are helping each other navigate their way through things. I am also grateful for the fantastic team we have at Fiore, who have been juggling all the ideas that we have been thinking about and implementing things all while keeping a positive attitude. Finally, we are thankful for our wonderful community of children and parents. We appreciate the kind words you have sent our way and your patience while we move into uncharted territory for everyone.
This disruption has been of a magnitude that has been impossible to predict and the pace at which the story has developed has been hard to keep up with. The first thing you should know is that we will be moving to a ‘Learn From Home’ phase starting Monday, March 30th. We started preparing for this potential eventuality early last week and the team has been working rapidly to create a curriculum, an engagement model, and technological solutions which will work for such a learning model. Last week and this week, we have also spent time connecting with families one-on-one and in groups so that families can have more support through this unusual and early spring break.
That said, you must have also heard that the Governor of Virginia has declared schools closed for the rest of the school year. I was not expecting that he would make a call for that duration this soon but we will continue to prepare ourselves to go forward. I have been in contact with the VA Department of Social Services and the Health department to understand whether this long term declaration applies to the schools of our size as well and they are discussing with their head office in Richmond to get more clarity. It is my goal to get back to you with more details of potential next steps and what our thinking as soon as possible. Thank you for your support and encouragement through this development.
What to expect next.
In the meantime, you will get more specific details of how ‘Learning from Home’ will look by Friday this week. Thank you Jan for leading our efforts in inventing the details of this way of engaging. You can expect that we will work closely with all the children and parents to develop and stabilize a routine which will enable consistency, social engagement, and continued growth.
This has been a hard week for everyone, but I am reminding myself that it is during hard times, that we can gain perspective on what is important and what matters. I have gained much strength and humility from looking around at our community and am truly grateful to each one of you, our staff and all the children in our community.
Please stay well.