August 4, 2020
Dear TSA Community-
We have spent the past several months examining and implementing a number of protocols and facility upgrades in order to provide an avenue for students to return to the building, even in a limited capacity, for in-person instruction. However, as we have received more and more guidance from local and state agencies, as well as feedback from parents and staff, the administration, planning committee, and executive committee now recommends that TSA start the 2020-2021 school year with all-virtual instruction. This decision is subject to a vote by the Board of Directors but we wanted to notify you of the potential plan as early as possible.
This is not a recommendation that was arrived at easily, but we believe it is in the best interests of health and safety of our students, staff, and families. The foundation of TSA is built upon students engaging in the arts and academics in a creatively-driven environment. We recognize that virtual instruction is not the ideal platform for this objective, but we believe that making these sacrifices now will better allow for a safer return in the future.
As part of this proposal, virtual instruction will continue through the 1st quarter. We will commit to fully assessing this situation as we get closer to the end of the quarter and make a determination as how to proceed with the rest of the semester. Further, in order to provide our teachers with additional planning time, as well as opportunities for families to get better acclimated with the technology requirements of virtual instruction (through TSA provided training sessions), we propose moving the start date from August 24 to August 31.
With these proposed changes, New Student Orientation will move from August 20 to August 27. Further, the end of the first quarter will be moved from October 9 to October 16 in order to balance the instructional days for both the 1st and 2nd quarters.
This proposal will not extend our calendar at the end of the school year. The last day of school remains May 26.
Thank you all in advance for your patience and understanding. This has been an extremely difficult decision but one we feel keeps the health and safety of the entire TSA Community at the forefront.
Director, Toledo School for the Arts