Academics

COVID-19 Update and Resources

On March 23, Governor Northam announced the closure of Virginia’s K-12 schools through the end of the current school year. While many of us anticipated an extension, the closing of the campus for the remainder of the academic year is difficult to process. It will take some time to wrap our minds around this new reality. Having said that, please know that Cape Henry Collegiate will continue to deliver our Remote Learning program and will continue to connect with our students in order to provide some normalcy and structure. At Cape Henry, our year is far from over! Teaching, learning and community building—done remotely—will continue.

Important Communications from the School

List of 8 items.

  • Update from the Head of School - April 9, 2020

    Dear Cape Henry Community:
     
    It is hard to believe that we have begun our fourth week of remote learning. I am impressed by our faculty and our students for their adaptability and commitment. Attendance and engagement in remote classes has been excellent and learning goals are being achieved. Later today, at 4:00 pm, all students will receive written comments on their individual progress from their teachers. For Lower School, comments will be emailed directly to parents. For Middle and Upper School, login to the My Compass Portal on the CHC website, click on your child's profile, select the "progress" tab, select "report cards" and then click on "Spring Comment." If you have difficulty locating the comments, please contact Mrs. Mary Kanakaris, registrar. 
     
    Over these past weeks, we have had many examples of community connection via our remote platform. Earlier this week, our annual Lower School Bingo Bash took place with families playing remotely from around Hampton Roads. Tonight, at 7:15 pm, Cape Henry Collegiate TV will live stream a concert featuring students, alumni and faculty performing from their respective homes. See below for information. We hope that everyone joins us!
     
    As we begin a long weekend, I wish to encourage everyone to take some time away from these screens! While I am thankful that they have allowed our students to see their teachers and classmates, to learn remotely and to continue to build our community, I also think stepping away for a day or two could serve all of us well. During more normal times, we value stepping away from campus for short breaks. Thus, starting after the Concert tonight, let's step away from our remote classrooms and computers for a short break.
     
    On Tuesday, April 14th, we will welcome everyone back into our remote classes. Enjoy the holiday weekend. Happy Easter. Happy Passover. Happy Springtime.
     
    Thank you for your support of, and commitment to, our Cape Henry community.

    The Cape Concert: Dolphins in the Cloud 

    Join The Cape Henry Community tonight (Thursday, April 9) from 7:15 pm to 8:00 pm on Cape Henry Collegiate TV. Live stream concert from their home to your home. Line up includes three current students, a faculty performance by Mr. Justin Stanley and two alumni performances - Jeremy Flax and Will Overman (whose scheduled tour is "on pause" during this time). This event is intended for the entire family. At 7:15 pm, click on the link below and enjoy some live music with us! 
     

    Sincerely,
    Christopher S. Garran, Ph.D.
    Head of School
    (757) 963-8211
    chrisgarran@capehenry.org
  • Update from the Head of School - March 23, 2020

    Dear Cape Henry Families:
     
    As many of you already know, today, Governor Northam announced the closure of Virginia’s K-12 schools through the end of the current school year. While many of us anticipated an extension, the closing of the campus for the remainder of the academic year is difficult to process. It will take some time to wrap our minds around this new reality. Having said that, please know that Cape Henry Collegiate will continue to deliver our remote learning program and will continue to connect with our students in order to provide some normalcy and structure. At Cape Henry, our year is far from over! Teaching, learning and community building - done remotely - will continue.
     
    As a result of this decision, I am sorry to announce that all campus extracurricular events (including athletics) are cancelled for the remainder of the year. We will continue to seek out new ways to connect and engage remotely. Also, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel and/or postpone for one year ALL of our spring and summer NEXUS programs. Even with trips scheduled to leave after school ends, the planning required is just not possible given the current state. Mr. Willy Fluharty will provide details and instructions about next steps to all affected families.
     
    I also recognize the special situation in which the members of the Cape Henry Collegiate Class of 2020 find themselves. In the next few days, I will send a separate communication to the members of the Class of 2020 and their families about senior activities including Commencement.  
     
    Already, we were feeling the loss of not being together physically as a community. We were feeling the absence of athletic competitions, spring performances and community celebrations.  Today, this feeling has been exacerbated. Yet, I have been impressed by the efforts of faculty, staff and students to stay linked and to continue to find ways to celebrate our community. Now, going forward, we will commit to finding even more ways to do so.
     
    As always, I thank you for your partnership.  
     
    Sincerely,
    Christopher S. Garran, Ph.D.
    Head of School
    (757) 963-8211
  • Update from the Head of School - March 20, 2020

    Dear Cape Henry Community:
     
    Over the past couple of days, we launched our remote learning schedule. While a few “tweaks” can be made, I am so thankful for what our community has accomplished. Our faculty have dedicated themselves to preparing for, and implementing, a new form of teaching which requires an embrace of new technologies. Our students have been mature, flexible and engaged. Our parents’ support and encouragement have reassured our teachers, staff and administration. Our staff has moved to working remotely and key operations have continued uninterrupted.

    Technology Support
    With remote learning, if anyone is having technical difficulties with devices or access to live Zoom classes, Google Classroom or MyCompass, please email our team at helpdesk@capehenry.org or call (757) 481-9478, ext. 1282 or (757) 481-9478 ext. 1258 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Someone will connect with you as soon as possible.

    Student Comments Delayed
    As we adapt to this new reality with remote learning, in all three divisions, I have told the faculty that we will delay sending written comments on student progress until April 10. That way, our faculty can continue to focus on the more immediate demands of learning new technologies.  

    All of us feel unsettled by the uncertainty surrounding the duration of our campus closure. Yet, I can promise you that Cape Henry is not going anywhere. We will continue to teach and learn remotely. We will continue to hold remote assemblies by division. We will continue to offer school counseling services and college counseling services. We will continue to build this community and support one another — until that day when we reassemble in person — a day when I do not expect to hear one student complain about being “in school.” 

    Again, I want to reiterate the pride I have as a member of the Cape Henry Collegiate community and I thank you for your continued partnership and support. 
     
    Sincerely,
    Christopher S. Garran, Ph.D.
    Head of School
    (757) 963-8211
  • Update from the Head of School - March 13, 2020

     Dear Cape Henry Families: 

    In accordance with the Governor’s decision, Cape Henry Collegiate will close our physical campus for a minimum of two weeks and transition to remote learning.

    Remote Learning 
    Beginning on Monday, March 16th, Cape Henry Collegiate will suspend classes on campus and we will start transitioning to remote learning. If students did not bring all materials home on Friday (today) then the campus will be open on Monday from 8:00 a.m. to noon in order for students and teachers to collect books, etc. in order to learn from home. If you are not able to come to campus during this time window, please email the appropriate division head. On Tuesday, March 17th, students and families should use the day to set up an appropriate workspace at home and prepare for remote learning. On Wednesday, March 18th, we will transition into our Remote Learning Schedules. Using Zoom, virtual classes will begin.

    On the Cape Henry Collegiate website, we have created a webpage and it includes the remote learning schedule, student expectations, some technology platform guidance and all of our recent communications. Please consult that for helpful information. Also, your division head will be sending a follow-up message with more detailed information about what remote learning looks like for your child(ren). We want to be clear that school is not closing. During remote learning, we still expect students to work hard and to regularly attend their virtual classes. Their progress will be assessed and grades given. Also, we plan to maintain our sense of community. During this difficult time, we believe it is important for students and teachers to still connect and “see” each other.

    In Lower School and Middle School, students should take home their Chromebooks. Even if you have a device at home, please take your school device as a backup. In Upper School, we are committed to providing technology support—including loaner computers/tablets —to any student who needs it. If you have not already made arrangements, then please send an email to Mr. Greg Angilly, Director of Student Life. 

    Events & Athletics 
    Beginning on Monday, March 16th, all campus events and extracurricular activities (including sports) are canceled or postponed until we resume on-campus operations. We know how disappointing this news is for our students. We will coordinate with the TCIS and VISAA to determine what this interruption in the season means for our athletes and teams, and we will keep you informed.

    Lower School Parent-Teacher Conferences are canceled, but written feedback about your child’s progress will be sent home by March 30th.

    Travel
    All school-sponsored travel (Nexus and other trips) have been canceled until May 4th. This date might seem far off in the future, but it has been selected because of the financial and planning commitments that have to be made in order to operate these excursions. 

    Hygiene & Social Distancing 
    In our efforts around hygiene, we will use some of this time to continue to clean and disinfect all surfaces of our school buildings. Please continue to emphasize the importance of proper hand hygiene and encourage your children to avoid large social gatherings in the interest of slowing the spread of the disease. We understand that social distancing can take a toll on students' emotional wellbeing, and we want to assure you that our school counselors will continue to be available to students throughout these difficult times.

    I want to emphasize that during this closure, all of us have a responsibility. As public health officials have emphasized, school closures will not be effective unless they are accompanied by social distancing strategies. We ask that you restrict your social interactions during this period. If our student body is out and about, spending time with various friend groups, the virus is more likely to spread.

    Next Steps & Looking Ahead
    Again, the first step is to use Monday, March 16th, during the morning, as an opportunity to stop by campus and pick up your books, etc., if you were unable to bring them home on Friday. On Wednesday, March 18th, we look forward to seeing students in their virtual classrooms where teaching and learning will continue. A key goal in our remote learning approach is to maintain a sense of the Cape Henry community!

    We will reassess this situation regularly. As it stands now, Cape Henry will continue remote learning at least through Friday, March 27.  It is our hope to welcome students back to campus as soon as we can. Our decision about when to transition back to classes on campus will be driven by the same factors that have led us to this decision: our community’s health and well-being.

    We truly appreciate your partnership in this challenging time.
     
    Sincerely,
    Christopher S. Garran, Ph.D.
    Head of School
    (757) 963-8211
  • Update from the Head of School - March 11, 2020

    Dear Cape Henry Families,
     
    We continue to monitor the global COVID-19 situation. As you might be aware, around the country, various K-12 public schools, independent schools and colleges have suspended in-person classes. Similarly, certain businesses are working remotely and some major events have been canceled. While we have no intention of closing the Cape Henry Collegiate campus at this time, we are actively taking steps to develop a remote learning plan. This work began right before our spring break. Thus, if we have to close the physical campus, learning will continue. 
     
    Currently, the school has selected three digital platforms through which we will be able to teach and learn. First, teachers will use either Google Classroom or Whipple Hill (through MyCompass) in order to deliver assignments, messages, etc.  In all three divisions, many of our faculty already use one of these platforms. Second, we have enhanced our distance-learning plans by providing all teachers with Zoom Education accounts. Zoom will allow teachers and students to connect in a virtual classroom where presentation and discussion can take place. With community being such an important part of who we are at Cape Henry, this video classroom component is essential. Currently, at a very quick pace, teachers are working together and being provided with support in learning how to use Zoom. Some have even started to introduce it to their students. 
     
    We have built a new daily remote learning schedule. Each day, students will “attend” school (remotely) for approximately three hours. Attendance will be taken. Lessons will be taught and assessments and assignments will be provided and graded. While the schedule focuses on academics, we are also developing plans so that wellness, college counseling, and guidance counseling services can be provided. Again, community is important to us and so we want to maintain some of these supports. While this work is being done in order to address the possibility of an extended school closure connected to COVID-19, these programs can enhance our daily teaching and learning and be used for other potential closures due to weather, etc.. 
     
    This spring, if we move to remote learning, it will not be perfect. There will be “bumps.” Yet, we are committed to having a program in place that will provide our students with continuing connection to this community and to their teachers and peers. It will allow us to deliver academic instruction and some of the other supports and programming that we offer on campus.
     
    If we make the decision to close the physical campus, we recognize that it will be a significant disruption on family and parent work schedules. Having said that, our decisions will be made to ensure the health and well-being of our students and community. No decision will be made lightly.
     
    I am thankful for our partnership and I will continue to update you around this ever-changing public health situation and how it affects Cape Henry.
     
    Sincerely,
    Christopher S. Garran, Ph.D.
    Head of School
    (757) 963-8211
  • Update from the Head of School - March 8, 2020

    Dear Cape Henry Families,
     
    With the conclusion of spring break, we look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus. We hope that you had an enjoyable time with family and friends. Each year, during this break, we conduct an extensive cleaning of classrooms, etc.. Last week, while most of us were away, the school performed an even deeper cleaning of campus than normal. This week, as we return to classes, we will be continuing to emphasize the importance of healthy hygiene habits and preventive measures to avoid becoming sick (handwashing, etc.).
     
    Per recently revised CDC guidelines, we require anyone (student, parent, faculty, staff) who has traveled to a COVID-19 travel advisory Level 3 country (China, Italy, South Korea, Iran) to remain away from campus for a minimum of 14 days. During this time, any affected family is asked to contact Mrs. Debbie Sanders, Cape Henry Collegiate’s nurse, to discuss their medical status and eventual return to campus. In addition, please contact your appropriate division head so that we can work closely with you to provide academic work and keep students as up-to-date with assignments as possible.

    We did not come to these decisions lightly and did so with the health and well-being of our entire community in mind, while also following guidelines. While we are relying on the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health as our primary sources of information and guidance, we are also members of several benchmarking groups of independent schools with whom we are sharing information regularly. We are also using the resources of the World Health Organization, International SOS and Johns Hopkins University and we are making decisions that we believe are in the best interest of the Cape Henry Collegiate community.
     
    We will continue to carefully monitor developments with this public health concern and make updates as they become available. As always, we require families to keep children home who have a fever. We will work with any student who misses class time in order to support their learning. Division Heads serve as points of contact. 

    Thank you for your patience and for your support of Cape Henry during this challenging time. We recognize and share the anxiety that students and adults feel. We are also committed to making sure that our campus remains a place of learning where our students can focus on their academics and daily routine. 
     
    Sincerely,
    Christopher S. Garran, Ph.D.
    Head of School
    (757) 963-8211
  • Update from the Head of School - February 28, 2020

    Dear Cape Henry Families, 
     
    We continue to monitor the information and recommendations related to COVID-19 (coronavirus).  We remind you to continue using the same precautionary health/hygiene practices as outlined in our previous letter
     
    As spring break begins, we ask any family traveling to a country designated as Level 2 or higher by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to please work in partnership with the School by notifying Mrs. Debbie Sanders, School Nurse at debbiesanders@capehenry.org.  It is important for the School to be aware of any student who has traveled to an area with a heightened risk of exposure. 
     
    Obviously, the situation is fluid and we will continue to monitor CDC guidelines and update you as appropriate.  While the uncertainty of COVID-19 may cause anxiety and fear, we want to assure you that we will work closely with our community.  As always, the wellbeing of our students is our top priority. 
     
    During this spring break, I hope you have an opportunity to rest, relax and enjoy. 
     
    Sincerely,
    Christopher S. Garran, Ph.D.
    Head of School
    (757) 963-8211
  • Update from the Head of School - February 26, 2020

    Dear Cape Henry Families:
     
    Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that they are preparing for the potential spread of COVID-19 within the United States. While COVID-19 is NOT currently spreading in the United States, it could occur. Thus, we want to take this opportunity to reach out to our community and share current recommendations from the CDC. These recommendations mirror guidelines for staying healthy during the cold/flu season.
     
    We encourage Cape Henry families to follow CDC prevention spread guidelines. At school, we will continue to encourage our students to follow these guidelines as well.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick. (We ask that Cape Henry families stay home until a fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and then wash your hands.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. (Cape Henry Collegiate cleans our classrooms every evening.)
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    As we approach spring break, there has also been some discussion around travel. We suggest that families consult the CDC website in order to review their travel guidance connected to COVID-19. Our Upper School community is also fortunate to have a number of students from China. It is a difficult time for these young people who are so far from their homes and families. To allay any fears, while it may seem obvious, none of these students are returning to China during spring break. 
     
    We thank you for your continued support as we work to finish the cold/flu season and we hope that everyone has a restful and relaxing spring break.
     
    If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Debbie Sanders in the Health Clinic.
     
    Sincerely,  
     
    Christopher Garran, Ph.D.
    Head of School
     
    Debbie Sanders, MS, BSN, RN
    School Nurse
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