April 2, 2020 Update
Dear Mount Vernon Family,
On Wednesday, April 1, Governor Kemp ordered a statewide shelter-in-place and mandated all public schools in Georgia to close for the remainder of the school year. In accordance with Governor Kemp’s announcement, Mount Vernon will extend the Home Learning Plan through the end of the school year, May 22, 2020.
Deferring to public health and government officials, Atlanta has yet to confront the peak spread of this virus. With this understanding, a top priority for the School has been analyzing a safe, healthy transition from home to school beyond May 1, alleviating health concerns of our School families and staff, while knowing the level of social mixing that naturally occurs in a school setting. Eliminating potential exposure and spread within our own community, we cannot compromise the well-being of students, parents, and faculty. As you are aware, this situation has already hit too close to home.
Moving forward, the administrative team and faculty will continue to partner with you to gather feedback, iterate, and improve on MV’s current hybrid learning approach. We recognize this places an added responsibility on parents, and we remain committed to providing a vigorous learning experience, especially under these circumstances.
For the balance of the 2019-2020 school year, the Finance Office will refund or not invoice the following Spring activities: Preschool and Lower School PlayMaker classes, Middle School and Upper School Spring athletic fees, Upper School student parking fees, Arts trips, Class of 2020 fees, and Lower School and Middle School technology fees. Applicable refunds will be reflected in your account no later than the end of the school year.
Supporting today and preparing for tomorrow in uncharted territory is challenging for any business including a school like Mount Vernon. Based on the 2020-2021 tuition schedule established during the School’s perennial enrollment period in early February, you received notification of the next tuition payment. We know many families have been impacted economically in a variety of ways. Please reach out to the School’s Finance Office should you have questions regarding tuition or the payment schedule.
Finally, we understand this announcement will have a significant impact on Mount Vernon events already scheduled through May, including Rise Up Meetings, Mustang Rally, Class of 2020 Baccalaureate service and Commencement ceremony, athletic events, and arts performances. Anticipating this announcement, the School has been in the process of updating events and coordinating with a variety of teams. Navigating this complexity, the School will share an update on revised events with advance notice.
This time of the year is a season full of celebrations at Mount Vernon, recognizing the accomplishments of our students and the hard work of our faculty and staff. We are determined to finish the year strong, equipping students and faculty with the tools needed for success, celebrating their efforts, and supporting our entire community.
I have witnessed this community rally together during difficult times, and I know we will make it through together.
Dr. Brett Jacobsen
Head of School
Home Learning Plan
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