THE PATH BACK
The Health and Safety of the OLMA community, combined with providing exceptional academics and meaningful student experiences, are central to our plan to reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all to re-think many aspects of everyday life. Face coverings have become the norm, and the firm handshake replaced with elbow bumps and virtual hugs. We’re questioning the safety of things that many took for granted, like eating out, riding the school bus, and sitting in a classroom.
On the plus side, COVID-19 has brought many families closer, and more grateful for one another and those we hold most dear. At OLMA, that includes our teachers, staff members, students, and all of our families, both immediate and extended.
OLMA formed a Reopening Task Force to develop The Path Back as we approach a new school year. In addition to pooling our collective resources, the Task Force, comprised of many different workgroups, has worked with health and safety, operations and logistics, medical, and education experts from across the country as part of 90-Day ISM Roadmap to Campus Reopening Program. This resource, along with input received from students and families and guidance from state and federal officials, the Center for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization, has been invaluable. Together, we explored many different scenarios and created The Path Back reopening plan.
The one thing we can all be certain about is continued uncertainty. We need to be prepared to turn on a dime should things change — for the better or worse. Flexibility and cooperation are essential as we work as one OLMA community to protect and educate our students. We are all blazing new trails and are bound to be detoured along the way. Together, we will stay on course while continuing to act in the best interests of our students, faculty, and staff.