July 23, 2020
Many of you have been wondering for quite some time about if Fletcher will be able to start in-person instruction in August. Following the Governor’s re-opening plan for the public schools, our team felt we could safely re-open for in-person instruction with some substantive safety measures in place. I am including some of the highlights from the attached document for those who don’t have enough time initially to read the entire thing. I would encourage you to take time to read it through when you are able. Please remember this is subject to change as we receive updated information from local, state, and national health agencies. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Highlights for In-Person Instruction Guidelines
- Masks worn in all indoor areas except limited exceptions (bring your own)
- Temperature checks daily
- Limited visitors on campus
- No village students or guests in dorm
- Social distancing even for Acro, band, and choir
- Cafeteria take-out trays encouraged, eat outside when able
- No Walmart trips (bring enough to last or have it shipped to dorm)
For more detailed information, please see the full FA COVID Response Plan document. Thank you.
Phil Wilhelm, Principal
Our Response to the Recent Tragedies
As we read and watched the news these last weeks and saw the horrible video of George Floyd’s life being taken from him, it shocked us and left us numb that a life would be treated with such callousness. And the numerous instances before and since of racial injustice that have come to light are more than sobering. It has awakened us to search our souls to find ways we may be more a part of the solution than uphold an unacceptable status quo.
We admit we have more to learn and invite alumni, friends, and students to share their perspectives with us. Fletcher Academy has already begun a meaningful dialogue, and started the process to grow as an organization. More conversations will take place to promote a nurturing climate where all are welcome, viewpoints are cherished, and our curriculum and hiring practices seek to represent a greater diversity. More than diversity and training, we are committed to being a place that stands with people of color to break barriers to their success. We believe that every person was created in the image of God, who made all nations of one blood (Acts 17:26). Most of all we will move forward following Christ’s commission to go and make disciples of all nations.