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Head of School Community Email: New Start Date, Survey Request, Info Session Recording

This post was originally sent by email to TA families by Head of School Carrie Brennan on July 31, 2020.

Dear Thetford Academy Families,

Here is the latest news as we prepare for the fall semester:

1. New Start Date – September 8
Governor Phil Scott issued an executive order this week, expected to be officially published on the AOE website today July 31, requiring all Vermont schools to push back their start date to Tuesday, September 8. The Thetford Academy school year will therefore begin on September 8, instead of our original start date of August 26.

2. Family Survey – Due August 4
With this additional time, we are holding off on asking families to commit to an option for the fall semester. We know many of you are seeking more program details from us in order to make your decisions, and the delayed start will allow this additional cycle of information sharing. You can help us at this stage by sharing the most likely plan for the TA students in your family, based on what you know now. We kindly request your assistance by completing this short online survey by Tuesday, August 4. One survey only per family to help with data accuracy.

3. Info Session Recording
Thank you to the many parents and students who were able to participate in the 3 information sessions we hosted this week. We have posted the videorecording of one of the seasons on our website for those who were not able to attend. I will schedule more sessions in August – stay tuned for dates and details.

Lastly, I want to thank you, again and again, for your patience and willingness to work together as we navigate through the phases of this public health crisis and adapt schooling to best meet the needs of students, families, and the community.

Be well,

Carrie Brennan, Head of School



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