Distance Learning for the Remainder of Spring 2020

Prospective Brookstone Families,

Please see the letter below from Marty Lester, our Head of School, sent last week to our Brookstone families. As a school, we are not alone in making these hard decisions. It is an unprecedented time for all of us everywhere. I am grateful for the leadership of our administrative team at Brookstone and for the incredible amount of hard work they have put forth to ensure the remainder of the school year, though it will look different, will be productive, effective, and memorable to say the least. 

Kind regards,

Avery Wolff, Director of Admissions

A Letter from Marty Lester, Head of School

Dear Brookstone Family,

I write today to share significant updates around Brooktone’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. With the support of the Board of Trustees and our leadership team, we have decided to continue distance learning for the remainder of this school year. The decision to keep the campus closed was based on recommendations from the CDC and public health officials and follows Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s similar order for public schools. Sadly, it has also become clear that the ongoing risk to public health prevents us from celebrating Commencement and other treasured end-of-year events in our traditional manner as scheduled. I am very sorry.

For the class of 2020, we recognize that your senior spring at Brookstone has not materialized in the way anyone would have hoped, and you deserve our best efforts to celebrate your class. We will work with the leadership of the Class of 2020, faculty, staff, and the Board of Trustees to appropriately recognize and honor the Class of 2020’s graduation.

It’s heartening to know that faculty, students, and staff are finding ways to come together in virtual environments from kitchen tables and home offices to basements and patios. Despite the challenges of remotely conducting school operations and delivering education, we remain optimistic, knowing that Brookstone is a resilient and compassionate community. As our distance learning proceeds, we will continue to provide information as it relates to the calendar and day-to-day operations of the school.

We understand that these tough decisions will bring disappointment. Let’s all do our best to summon our strong Brookstone spirit. Together we can help our students process what is happening in the world and in their lives and give them hope.

I pray you find strength in your loyalty to one another, your love of Brookstone, and your optimism for our future. Thank you for your kindness and your enduring support.

With care and concern,

Marty Lester

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