Announcements from Head of School, 12/17

Dear Palm Valley Parents and Families,

We are quickly approaching the end of another calendar year. This year truly has been unique. Despite the numerous inherent challenges, we have been grateful to be able to provide in-person instruction and care to our students at all grade levels. We have worked hard to lessen the burden on our families while meeting their individual needs and maintaining proper defensive protocols to defend our community against the coronavirus. We are also appreciative of your trust and patience as this year has been one that requires understanding and the need to adapt to sudden changes in routine or expectation. As we think of this season’s celebrations with family and friends we must be mindful to balance our desire to socialize and memorialize our time together with our obligation to be safe. While the good news of the arrival of the vaccines provides us all with some hope, we still must remain diligent to keep masks on and maintain our physical distance. 

Looking beyond the holiday season and our return to campus in January, we have decided to implement a tiered return to in-person instruction. We are doing this as a precautionary measure not as a response to any anticipated outbreak. While all students will return to learning on Monday, January 4th, please take note of the following staggered return to in-person instruction:

Monday, January 4th - Preschool through 2nd grade students return to campus for in-person instruction. 3rd - 12th grades return via Distance Learning.

Monday, January 11th - 3rd - 5th grade students return to campus for in-person instruction. Middle and Upper School students remain learning via Distance Learning.

Monday, January 18th – No School: Martin Luther King Holiday

Tuesday, January 19th - MS/US students return for in-person instruction.

With the high positivity rates and expected travel for some families, we feel as though this is the most prudent course of action. It is important that your student checks their technology equipment before leaving for Winter Break to ensure that they will be ready for any Distance Learning upon their return in January.

It is our sincere hope that you and your family enjoy the rest that this Winter Break affords us. It has been a long journey these past few months and we could all use a respite! Thank you for your continued support and trust. We consider our partnership to be a critical aspect of our caring for your child. 

Feel free to reach out to your divisional head or myself if you have any questions or need further clarification. 

Have a wonderful and safe holiday…..

Dr. Steven Sherman
Head of School