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.
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.
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.