March 24, 2020
Dear NBFA parents and guardians,
I hope you and your family are healthy and well during this trying time for our nation. We are thinking about you and most especially your children. We miss them!
Since our school closed a week ago, NBFA’s principals have been working hard to develop a more comprehensive distance learning plan than the supplemental packets we sent home with your children. The latest directive from the State Department of Education is that schools must remain closed until at least April 20, so we will utilize teacher web pages on NBFA’s website, an online learning platform and social media to provide academic, social and emotional learning to your children. More information and guidance about the online learning platform is forthcoming. In the meantime, watch for the launch of special read-aloud videos and morning messages on our website, Instagram and Facebook pages soon.
We know that many of you are facing tough times in this challenging environment. Hence, we are asking your children’s teachers to create assignments that do not require extensive parental support. The goal is “peace over panic.” We certainly don’t want to add stress to you. We will offer NBFA students an online model with guidance but we realize that access to technology (one device per child) may be a need for some of our students. We are trying to secure digital devices for those students who currently do not have one. Your children’s teachers will be reaching out to you in the coming days to determine each student’s technology needs. Please make sure to take their calls.
This is a time of sacrifice for our entire country and I have faith we will come through more resilient than ever. I trust you are doing everything possible to meet the needs of your family and keep them well at this time. We are here for you. Keep in touch and let us know how we can support you and our students.