Like many, in early March, when Roycemore and thousands of schools all across America were forced to operate school remotely, I held the belief that we would soon be back to school on campus and back to “normal.” Over time, as we gained a greater understanding of COVID-19, how contagious it is, and how the virus spreads, that belief began to shatter and hope for a quick return to normalcy was understood to be out of reach. I remember calls with fellow Heads of schools as we learned what would be necessary to be able to return to campus safely. I shook my head in disbelief thinking to myself about the masking, the social distancing, the cohorting, the hand washing and wondering whether we could operate anything that felt like “Roycemore.”
Now, into week seven of on-campus instruction, I am grateful to see that although school looks different, there are so many things to be grateful for. Like last week’s PE dance party on the lawn. Or yesterday’s preschool parade with our three-year olds singing for Roycemore spirit. Or last week’s community zoom gathering to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month organized by seniors, Chyna and Effie. This is Roycemore. These are the bright spots to hold onto.
What the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us is that it is in control. We cannot easily make it go away. We must adapt. None of us likes wearing masks. We miss the hugs. We miss not having all of our students on campus. We cannot control the virus, but we CAN control how we keep ourselves protected from it. We can also control how we think about it, by embracing this as an act of empathy for each other.
Our community has done an excellent job complying with all of the mitigation measures that we have put into place to keep our teachers, students and families safe. Thankfully we have not had a single case of COVID. We should not take that as a sign that we can relax. We must take that as a sign that our mitigation measures are working. Let’s control what we CAN control and keep up the good work that we have done so far. We appreciate the extraordinary measures that everyone has embraced to support the health and safety of our community. Thank you!