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2020/21 Reopening Updates

The latest communication to ArtSpace families from Executive Director Sarena Fuller about reopening for the 2020-2021 school year can be found below. The most recent email will be at the top of the page.

August 3, 2020

Dear families, 

Our team has been hard at work putting together details of our reopening plan for remote learning.  As promised, attached is a guidebook to help you and your child prepare for school. 

On August 13, you’ll receive a letter from your child’s homeroom teacher that will include:

  • an introduction to the grade level team, 
  • a link to the sign up for Meet the Teacher conference times, 
  • a detailed list of school supplies you may want to have at home, 
  • a link to the request for tech if you need it (as usual, 7/8th graders will be assigned Chromebooks).

It is important for you to review the attached guidebook for more detailed information on the remote learning plan, Meet the Teacher, and orientation week. 

Thank you,

Sarena

Parent Guidebook

July 28th, 2020

Dear ArtSpace families,

We have been dedicated to planning a safe reentry, designing an educational program that is both academically engaging and rigorous for our students and sustainable for our teachers.  However, COVID is relentless, impacting even our best plans.  We have determined that our plan B cannot be implemented as originally planned due to staffing needs, resources, and concerning metrics in Buncombe County and North Carolina.  We concur with other area school leaders in calling for a slower reentry.

For this reason, ArtSpace is revising our reopening plan.  We are shifting to remote only learning until September 28.   We now pivot and turn our attention to refining the remote learning experience, including on campus orientation days for students.  We will reevaluate through August to determine a further reopening plan. 

Administration is actively planning strategies to support our students who may be disenfranchised or marginalized by remote learning.  We are committed to developing on campus services as needed, where we can adequately ensure a safe environment.  Keeping our students connected and engaged remains a high priority for us.  In the next week, you will receive more information from us regarding orientation days, technology, and remote learning expectations. 

We are disappointed to have to make this decision.  As we know all too well, change in the time of COVID is inevitable.  We’ve grown skilled in our flexibility and adaptation; yet, I understand the challenges and I share in your frustration.  Together, we will persevere, with faith that we will be able to return to school when it is safe and sustainable.

Sincerely,
Sarena