March 27, 2020
Dear Putney students and families,
I am very sorry to have to tell you that we won’t be opening campus again this spring. We will be running Putney virtually through the end of the school year. The governor of Vermont has said that all schools must stay physically closed. It makes good sense, of course, for everyone’s safety, but I had been hoping we might reconvene at some point this spring. This is a huge disappointment, and I wish it could be different.
We will continue to find ways to keep our community alive and thriving, and will doubtless learn a lot in our effort to stay connected and learning. Teachers are eager to get started with classes on Monday, and it will be wonderful to see all your faces. As you know, we will start with an all-school assembly at 9:15 EST. You will be getting an e-mail from Kevin Feal-Staub shortly with the detailed instructions about how to proceed with that and classes.
Seniors, I know this is particularly hard for you, as it is for seniors across the country and the world. We will brainstorm and plan and invent a way to celebrate your graduation, whether virtually, or in-person when that’s possible, or both. You will all have a chance to be part of the thinking – it’s your graduation, after all.
P.S. We are figuring out how to reunite boarding students with their belongings and will be back in touch as soon as we have a plan. In the meantime, rest assured that your stuff is safe.