Head of School's Message: May 17

Last week I read that the average person has about 60,000 thoughts a day and 90% of them are the same thoughts as the day before and the day before that.
Chandler students are not average people, and it’s likely that a lot more than 10% of their thoughts on any given school day are new ones. Chandler students and teachers are hard at work making sure that the last month of the school year is memorable, fun and productive with lots of new thoughts.
 
As the virus continues surging with tragic consequences in other parts of the world, there have been dramatic declines in the U.S. California’s infection rate is among the lowest in the country. Local health departments are keeping up with the resulting changes in CDC and state guidelines in response to these declines. Some hygiene measure and cohort mixing restrictions may remain in effect when the new school year begins, but we are planning with a heightened degree of certainty. Consistent with health department guidelines and with the approval of Chandler’s Medical Advisory Committee, when school opens for the 2021-2022 school year, we will return to a pre-pandemic configuration of two sections of Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, and four sections of Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grade. 
 
This will allow us to utilize all the available classrooms on the campus for their intended purposes as we offer the full scope of our program. With clearance from the health departments later this summer, and approval by the medical advisory committee, we hope that specialist teachers will be able to work with multiple grade levels in the lower school science lab, art rooms, libraries and Center for Innovation.  We will keep you updated during the summer.
 
I came across another statistic last week that I shared with middle school teachers and students that 90% of car accidents take place within five miles of a destination. As people reach a journey’s end, they can become distracted and complacent. Attention wanders, and accidents happen. As close as we are to the end and as uplifting as it has been to have everyone back on campus, this has been a challenging, draining school year for students, teachers and parents. Everyone is positive but weary as we approach the final three weeks with our eyes on the road. We are almost finished with the 2020- 2021 school year, and all looks to be well.
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