Dear Oakwood Community,
We have spent the first eight weeks of school in unprecedented times and we at Oakwood are thankful for a return to close collaboration and connection with our students.
While the hallways and playground are visibly different from a year ago, it is important to note that the spirit of Oakwood remains. The heart of our community, the thoughtfulness and care we all have for one another and our willingness to work together to provide a safe and caring environment for Oakwood students are evident every day.
We would like to acknowledge and thank you, our Oakwood parents, for your part in this process. Your diligence in completing daily health checks, keeping your children home for minor ailments, participating in virtual events with the same attention and appreciation for the work our faculty and administration contribute, and your flexibility in responding to an ever-changing environment.
As we embark upon the next and possibly most difficult part of our year, we are asking you to stay vigilant with the routines that have kept us healthy. We understand that, after nearly eight months of living in a pandemic, the practices we have adapted have become exhausting and, naturally, we are all impatient to return to a recognizable norm.
We ask you to take a few minutes to review the video below, as these practices remain critical to maintaining a safe environment for your children.
Our commitment to providing safe in-person instruction continues to be the driving force behind the protocols we have put into place. We are so thankful to have you, our Oakwood family, working with us to achieve this goal.
The Oakwood Administration
Oakwood School Fall 2020 Plan
Dear Oakwood Families,
On behalf of the Oakwood Administration, I sincerely hope your family is staying healthy and enjoying time together this summer.
A few of you have inquired, and the rest of you are likely wondering, “what will Oakwood be doing in the Fall?” I would like to take a moment to explain Oakwood’s current plans for the upcoming 2020-2021 School Year.
A number of weeks ago, we formed a Task Force to examine and address the options Oakwood could consider. This Task Force has been working hard to develop plans based on recommendations and guidance for reopening Virginia schools from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), and the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE).
As a result, Oakwood is prepared to offer two Options to families.
Oakwood Options for Fall 2020
Option 1: Monday through Friday On-Campus in-person instruction with social distancing and safety measures implemented in all classrooms and campus spaces.
Option 2: For families with medical or health concerns, On-Line remote-access to live instruction happening on Campus.
As a part of Oakwood’s plan, we will be reaching out to each individual family for their preferred Option regarding instruction in the Fall.
While full details of each plan will be forthcoming, including Oakwood’s Health and Safety Plan, I wanted to share today these two basic Options with you all for your family’s planning purposes. These plans are subject to the Governor’s allowance that schools remain open, of course. We are continuously monitoring the appropriate authorities as they issue guidance and restrictions.
We are hard at work this Summer preparing the details and the building for the Fall. We will be in touch with more specific details regarding the overall plan, and how Oakwood will safely and sensibly be ready for your child to be on campus or to learn from home come September 8, 2020.
M. Lane McIntyre
Head of School
Center for Disease Control
Virginia Department of Health
Fairfax County Health Department
Virginia Department of Education