School Closure REVISED Update

Friday, March 20, 2020

Hartfield Family,
Hartfield Academy will continue our academic programs through distance learning until further notice. We will give our families sufficient notice when that date to return to campus is determined. For now, our students are actively learning through our online and remote learning processes and we will continue to do so until we return to campus.  We pray that you are safe, healthy, and enjoying this time as a family. Check out this video message for more information.
Stronger Together,
David Horner
Head of School

 


Saturday, March 14, 2020 7:54 pm

Hartfield Community,

Just hours after we shared our most recent update there were several recommendations that have
affected our outlook for school over the next couple of weeks. First, Governor Reeves declared a
state of emergency and indicated that he intends to work from home for the next two weeks. He
also recommended that all schools close for at least one week. Second, the MAIS, one of our
accrediting organizations, has recommended school closures for a minimum of one
week. Finally, all Rankin, Pearl, and Madison County schools will be closed for a minimum of
two weeks.

Based on the 14-day incubation period of the virus and the fact that many of our students and
faculty have traveled or will be traveling from high volume areas or international airports as late
as tomorrow, our school leadership as well as our Board of Directors believe that it is in the best
interest of Hartfield to close for the next two weeks, March 16th- March 27th.

We recognize the burden that accompanies this decision and do not take it lightly. However, we
believe this time frame gives us the best opportunity to ensure the safety of our students and
families and allows us to be a part of limiting any spread of this virus.

We will provide additional information regarding online/remote learning and extracurricular
activities early next week.

I am confident our faculty and school community will respond to these next few weeks with the
same level of dedication and love for students that we share every day.

Sincerely,

David Horner
Head of School
Saturday 3/14/20, 11:50 am

Hartfield Community, 

I want to share an important update regarding Coronavirus and how it affects the Hartfield Academy community. 

As you are aware, we previously planned to conduct school as normal beginning Monday, March 16th.  However, the situation throughout our country remains fluid.  For this reason, we have made the decision to close school on Monday and Tuesday (March 16th-17th) to give our faculty ample time to prepare for online and remote learning should an extended period out of school become necessary. These days are not required to be made up at a later time.  This will also give our school board and leadership team time to evaluate and assess the overall situation in our region.  Although no decision has been made, we want to be prepared for the very real possibility that Hartfield may eventually be closed for multiple weeks. Additionally, all previously scheduled extra-curricular activities for Monday and Tuesday are cancelled or rescheduled. 

Our intention is to resume classes on Wednesday, March 18th.  However, it is very possible that will change and we will communicate additional scheduling information as soon as decisions are made.  If that recommendation should change, or there is sufficient reason to believe our students and staff will be at risk, we will not hesitate to extend the time period as necessary.  Please begin considering child care alternatives, if this is necessary. 

I am praying for each of you and your families. We know that everyone handles the unknowns of life differently, but I encourage you from Philippians 4:6-7:  "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
 
Sincerely,
David Horner
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