Dear Pathway Families,
I hope you are enjoying the improving spring weather and that online learning has not been too difficult for your student or for you. We are officially in the homestretch of the school year. This coming weekend (May 22nd-May 25th) is a 4-day weekend, and then there are three short weeks till the end of the regular school year. Hang in there! We are almost finished!!
Graduation is scheduled for Thursday, June 11th at 4pm. The graduation ceremony will be online with more details to follow. We are proud of the 16 graduates and happy to be celebrating with their families.
The 4th marking period ends shortly. In case you were wondering, your student will be “graded” on their participation: Outstanding Participation, Satisfactory Participation, and Unsatisfactory Participation. Each distinction has a metric to determine which “grade” will be given. Your student’s final grade for the year will be an average of their letter grade for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd marking periods; the 4th marking period “grades” will not factor into their 2019-20 final grades. All students will earn full academic credit for the year, including time spent learning remotely.
ESY, our Extended School Year summer program, will also be held virtually due to directives from the state Department of Health. The ESY program will have academics and club activities from 9 AM to 1 PM Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, we will offer virtual field trips for those who wish to “see the world” from their living rooms. We know that this is not an ideal situation, and we will do our best to make the summer productive and interesting for your student.
We are currently planning for how we might be able to reopen the campus in September. However, this, unfortunately, is not a guarantee that Pathway’s campus will physically reopen in September. Whether or not schools can physically reopen is, again, decided by the state Department of Health. I just know that when we are allowed to reopen the campus, it will require substantial planning and implementation effort. As the summer progresses, I will provide you with updates and additional information when I can.
Lastly, I have included our Continuity of Education Plan as an attachment to this email. This is the formal document, required by the state, that outlines our plan for educating our students during this pandemic. Please don’t feel like you need to read the whole thing, but it is there if you wish to know our plan. It is also posted on the Pathway School website along with other important news and updates.
Thank you for your patience and support during this time of national crisis. We are grateful for the efforts you have put forth and the sacrifices you have made to assist in your student’s education. Please know that we all really want the campus to reopen and for Pathway to be an in-person school again!!
Enjoy the long weekend. And, as always, please reach out if we can be of assistance to you.
President & CEO