July Update & Plans

A Message from the Head of School

July 2020 Update

July 16, 2020

Dear parents,

As the summer rolls on, I hope you are enjoying the time with friends and family. I imagine some of your vacation plans and traveling aspirations have been put on hold.

It may seem like August 31st is still a long way away, but I’m sure the return to Meadowbrook will arrive faster than you think. Even with news around the virus continuing to evolve, we are preparing to implement every recommendation from State officials. The latest requirement is that all children over the age of 2 wear a mask during the school day. In addition, we will require faculty to use a clear, protective face shield while teaching. Again, aspects of regulations compounded with cleaning are causing many school districts to create hybrid schedules for the academic year. We are planning to resume in-person, on-campus instruction 5 days a week. If you know other families who could benefit from this schedule, and small class sizes, please guide them to Marissa. Due to social distancing in classrooms as well as ordering supplies, we need to confirm class sizes as soon as possible. Therefore, enrollment decisions are becoming time-sensitive; we may not be able to accommodate new applicants later this summer.

Our belief is a return to a daily routine is helpful not only for our students but for parents and members of our staff, as well. Of course, a disruption can alter these plans, but for the time being, we hope to spend as much time with students in-class as permissible. As I mentioned in a previous letter, we must follow orders by Montgomery County; so rules impacting schools in Philadelphia or Bucks County, for instance, may not apply. Either way, in the event that a member of our community tests positive, we will inform you and make arrangements for that segment of our population to stay at home for a period of time. The hope is that only one cohort (i.e. 6th-grade class) would be impacted and the concern would not require the entire student body to revert to online learning. If a situation occurs, we will implement MeadowbrookVirtual when needed. Obviously, the safety and well-being of our students is our top priority, and we will make decisions accordingly.
Over the next few weeks, I ask that you attend to medical forms, address transportation needs, submit your enrollment agreement, and establish your preferred payment schedule with our business manager, Heather Sowden.  She can be reached at hsowden@themeadowbrookschool.org or
business@themeadowbrookschool.org. She is on-campus 5 days a week and is available for questions and concerns. 
In closing, I am excited about returning to campus and am really looking forward to our students enjoying time with their peers again. I understand that we are living in a very unusual time, and I know that my position on some matters may change as information about this pandemic evolves. In the meantime, I hope you are looking forward to reuniting at Meadowbrook and meeting new students and families, as well. We are planning to help all our children enjoy another safe and enjoyable school year together.
Thank you!
Michael Reardon
Head of School