March 17, 2020
It is our feeling that teaching classes remotely, however imperfect that may be compared to teaching in person, will be the best course of action. OSSM students have a lot of self-discipline and self-motivation and significant academic ambitions. Remaining intellectually active and engaged with guidance from our faculty without significant interruption, albeit from a distance, I believe, will prepare students for college and their future academic endeavors*. More importantly, keeping students at their homes and not prematurely returning them to campus will keep both the students and the community safe.
I ask for the patience of students and parents as we work through all this. (Some of our faculty may not be familiar with teaching online. This week and next week we will be working with individual faculty to set up a system comfortable for the teacher and beneficial to the student. The instruction may take various forms depending on the technology and level of internet bandwidth available.)
This is an evolving situation and things may change. This post represents our current thinking and decision on the matter. Please check our social media outlets as well as your email for updates.
I welcome your comments and input. You can email me at email@example.com. Please understand that because of the volume of communications I am receiving I may not be as prompt in responding as I would like.
I am grateful for all the expressions of support and encouragement.
*In making this decision, we consulted with the head of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics as well as the head of the Casady School. Both are employing a remote teaching model similar to what is described above. This decision is the result of the collective input of our Chairman of our Board of Trustees, our VP Academic Services, and a number of our faculty and staff. I personally thank all who contributed to the discussions that resulted in this decision.