4.14.2020 A Note from Mr. Moore: Remote Learning Continues and Financial Policy Updates
Dear Woodland Community,
We are facing a time of unprecedented uncertainty with the impact of COVID-19 in our communities. The situation is continuously evolving, sometimes changing from one hour to the next. I want to keep you as up to date as possible while acknowledging that things could change in the near future. We have yet to make a final decision to extend remote learning beyond April 24th, but we will inform you as soon as a decision is made. We continue to monitor for guidance from local, state, and federal agencies, as well as the CDC.
In the event of extending the physical closure of our campus, teachers will continue to provide remote learning and individualized support for families and children as long as necessary. We will continue to evolve our remote offerings to be as responsive and flexible as possible while keeping with the Woodland Philosophy. We understand that each student and family will have varying abilities to continue learning in the days and weeks ahead. We are here to work with you to ensure your students are receiving the high-quality education that you have grown accustomed to at Woodland.
Up to this point, our overwhelming focus has been on transitioning to remote learning. With our initial remote learning plans implemented, the leadership team is now collaborating with the Board of Directors to examine the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on Woodland’s financial policies.
We want to be forthright that these are challenging questions that speak directly to the heart of what makes our school an educational community. Nearly a hundred employees depend on us for their paycheck and benefits. Our educators are concerned about their families the same as you are for yours. As a nonprofit, independent school, we are primarily funded by tuition. For our school to thrive as it has for nearly sixty-five years, it is imperative our families continue to pay tuition, as well as, honor enrollment contracts during this time.
This is a challenging time for us all. Still, we will continue to adapt to the needs of our community as we navigate these times together
To support our families, Woodland has made the following decisions:
•After School Care programs that are prepaid, for example, canceled Etc. programs will be credited to your ACTIVE account in May.
•Semester and Annual Lunch Plans will credit for the number of days lunch service was not provided. The first round of credits will reflect on your May SMART Tuition account.
•We are working with families that need increased flexibility with payment structures and plans for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Please reach out to Mr. Ray Livingston if necessary at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are committed to working with our families as much as possible.
•For families who are facing a temporary hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reopened the Financial Assistance Application (FAST) for the 2019-2020 school year. Only families that have kept their accounts current through the end of February are eligible for consideration. These funds are very limited, and you should only apply if absolutely necessary. The application window is now open through April 20th. You should explain your current situation in the “letter” portion of the application, and you must specify for Financial Assistance for the 2019-2020 school year. There is a processing fee that is payable to FAST. If you have already applied for Financial Assistance for the 2020-2021 school year and would like to be considered for this limited Financial Assistance for the 2019-2020 school year, email your letter of need to Head of School, Adam Moore, at email@example.com. The Financial Assistance Committee will review all requests and notify families as soon as possible, applying does not guarantee an award.
•Woodland is increasing our need-based financial assistance budget for the 2020-2021 school year. Families who face extended hardship due to a loss of income may qualify for financial assistance. Click to view Woodland's Financial Assistance Policy and the Core Principals of Financial Assistance. Mr. Tatum is available to answer any questions regarding Woodland’s Financial Assistance program. This program is need-based, and applying does not guarantee a financial assistance award.
•For those of you that are looking for a way to help and are in a position financially to offer support, please consider making a donation to our Annual Fund. This donation would support our school’s ability to offer increase Financial Assistance to families that qualify through our Tuition Assistance Fund. Per IRS regulations, you cannot designate the recipient of financial assistance and still receive a personal or business tax benefit. To make a tax-deductible gift to the tuition assistance fund, click here.
I am deeply grateful to serve this community and to witness the unbelievable support of our Woodland community. I look forward to continuing to serve your family this year and in the years to come.
Head of School