Dear Good Shepherd Families,
Today, our emergency system alerted you the campus will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16th. We want to provide additional details about our tentative plans for the rest of the week, understanding much is unknown at this time.
The temperatures will not get above freezing, and roads are not scheduled to improve by tomorrow, continuing to make travel treacherous. Further, many of us have been experiencing rolling power blackouts. The school’s power has been on and off over the past day, and we do not have a backup generator to provide heat, should our power go out. With these factors in mind, we decided the safest course of action was to allow all of our families, faculty, and staff to stay home.
If we are unable to return to campus on Wednesday, the 17th, we will begin distance learning for all students. We understand the rolling power blackouts might affect students’ and teachers’ ability to connect to Zoom and their learning management systems. Should we shift to distance learning, we will not penalize students who are unable to attend online classes because of power outages.
Because much is still unknown, including the potential for more rolling blackouts and the forecast for more inclement weather, we will continue to communicate with you each evening this week. In addition, please remember to visit our website for up-to-date information, as well as to stay tuned for our emergency system broadcasts, social media, and local news outlets.
Please stay safe and warm!
Julie McLeod, Ph.D.
Head of School