MESSAGE FROM HEAD OF SCHOOL ON HARPETH HALL’S
COMMITMENT TO DELIVERING ON OUR MISSION
Living our mission has never been more central to how we approach our return to school in the 2020-2021 school year. Thinking critically about the challenges of meaningful instruction during this time requires us to seek wisdom from local, national, and international schools, and energizes us as we pursue enhanced professional development for every teacher in the Middle and Upper School this summer. Leading confidently calls for courage and conviction as we keep the social and emotional health and safety of our students, teachers and staff at the forefront. Living honorably within a global pandemic means making decisions to demonstrate to our students, our families, and our community how much we respect and care for those around us.
Through this guide, we aim to provide clarity about our plans for the scenarios we may face this fall. The first two weeks of 2020-2021 school year will begin August 19 with a combination of on-campus and at-home learning, our "Hybrid Learning Model." Starting the school year with our Hybrid Learning Model provides several benefits, including the ability to lower classroom density. Fifth graders will attend school on campus every day, and students in grades 6-12 will be divided into two cohorts where a student will rotate between attending class in-person one day and completing studies at home the next. After Labor Day, we hope to welcome all students together at the same time on campus. More details about our learning models can be found on the Learning Models and Schedules webpage.
Our students will experience a few other key changes this year, including daily health screenings, wearing masks, new traffic flow inside our buildings, and the opportunity to learn in tented outdoor spaces. We will continue to follow the recommendations of our health and government officials and do our part in helping our Nashville community rebound. Although it is not possible to provide certainty about every detail, be assured that we will continue to communicate any changes or updates to this plan as we move forward. Virtual town hall meetings as we get closer to the opening of school will provide the opportunity to ask questions.
We firmly believe in the power of our all-girls’ community and our individualized approach to teaching and learning, whether we are on campus, in a hybrid model, or in distance learning. Regardless of the scenario, the teacher-student relationship remains at the heart of the learning experience. Our faculty and staff are working diligently to ensure continuity of the learning experience and to give our students the opportunity to shine in what will be a year like no other.
Remaining flexible is critical in meeting our educational goals for the year. Being ready to adapt to change may be the single most important factor in dealing with so many unknowns before us, and one of the best life skills our students can embrace during this unprecedented time.
I have every reason to believe that our students, our teachers, and our parents will be successful in remaining nimble in changing paths or forging new ones when necessary.
In gratitude for your continued partnership,
Head of School