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Click on the links below to view emails from Mr. Rubenacker during the initial COVID-19 response.
Email - April 20, 2020
OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY
For the past seven years, The Bridges Academy has worked to instill the pillars of Character, Confidence and Knowledge to all of its students. Over the past year, we have seen a seismic shift in the way the world views quality education and all that is possible when you have a caring, family oriented community that will do whatever is necessary to support its children. In response to the COVID crisis and subsequent closure of schools in New York, the Bridges Academy community responded in a manner that was second to none for a school of our size. Beginning our newly imagined Distance Learning program only days after the closure, our teachers were able to orchestrate a powerful educational experience that provided our students with a strong foundation from which to grow.
Explore this page to learn more about our initial response and our plans for the upcoming school year.
2020-2021 School Year Updates
As we plan our 2020-2021 reopening, we have engaged our students, parents, faculty and staff in an extensive planning process that will culminate in our school opening, in person, for a full 5 day per week schedule. In considering the guidelines recently released by the State of New York, we feel that we can more than adequately satisfy all of the requirements that have been set forth in order to ensure a safe learning environment for all. Although we believe that our classrooms are the best place for student engagement, we are also committed to continuing an exceptional Distance Learning program in order to be responsive to the individual needs of our families and their children.
Clink on the link below to download or Reopening plan for the coming school year.
Included in Our Current Plan
A reimagined campus plan that includes full utilization of our large classrooms with small class sizes as well as outdoor spaces in support of Social Distancing and reduced foot traffic in the building.
A full upgrade of our technology infrastructure in order to support Distance Learning and educational technology both in the classroom and at home.
Investments in HEPA compliant air purification for every classroom as well as an increased protocol for frequent disinfecting in order to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.
A newly established wellness protocol that will include guidelines for home quarantine when necessary, temperature screening and utilization of face coverings when social distancing is not possible.
A reimagining of our school schedule that will ensure safety through limited access throughout our building while still allowing students movement in a developmentally appropriate way that will support their learning and overall wellness.
Emphasis on personal hygiene and sanitization.
While there is much more work to be done on these fronts, our school will continue to keep the needs of the whole child in the forefront while providing them with the routine, structure and predictability that all children thrive on.
Dear Bridges Community,
As chairman of the Board of Directors, I wanted to share a quick update on our school. As you know, our teachers and staff under the leadership of Mr. Rubenacker have done an amazing job with distance learning, and we are confident that our students are on track with their academics for the year. We could not be prouder of how quickly our team reacted and deployed a solid and engaging way to teach virtually. Their creativity, hard work, and dedication have made us a leader in distance learning, and because of that, we plan to expand our offerings with a summer program and beyond.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gina Richter, PhD, Director of Curation at The St. Charles Consulting Group, has agreed to join our Advisory Board to consult with and counsel our team on best practices for virtual learning. Dr. Richter has more than 20 years of experience in this field. As distance learning develops as the primary contingency plan for supporting our regular program, we welcome her expertise in this area to further improve our practice.
We have also formed a task force to begin to address the needs of bringing our community back to the campus when it is permitted. We are looking at a variety of scenarios as we await guidance from New York State and our local health officials. We will keep you posted as soon as we have plans in place, but our goal is to bring back our students, teachers, and staff in a safe manner when it is appropriate. We are also planning to continue virtual learning in some capacity to bridge any gaps we may have during the next school year.
Bridges is in a great position to overcome the many obstacles schools are facing during the COIVD crisis. Our size, dedicated team, and supportive community give us the ability to continue to excel in educating our students. I am confident we will weather this storm and come out a stronger and better school.
On a final note, I want to acknowledge our tremendous group of 8th-grade students who exemplify all that is great at Bridges. We are so very proud of each and every student and are confident that we will have the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge this class as they embark on their high school careers.
Thank you for your continued support.