Letter from HH Head of School, March 26

Posted on: Mar 26, 2020

March 26, 2020

Dear Holland Hall Families,

Thank you to the many of you who took time to complete our remote learning survey. That information has been sent to our Branch Heads and Richard Hart and will be shared with the faculty shortly. I’ll write to you tomorrow with a summary of the survey.

While survey results tell us something important, please never hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers directly, or to anyone else, for any individual needs you have.

Yesterday, the State Board of Education approved a plan for distance learning for the remainder of the school year for all Oklahoma public school students. Their respective distance programs, as defined by individual districts, will begin on April 6.

The OSSAA also cancelled all activities for the remainder of the year. While not surprising, please join me in acknowledging and commending our outstanding student-athletes, coaches, musicians and others for what they had already accomplished and for their preparations. And for the boys’ basketball state championship that was to be ours: Well done boys, and well done Coach Owens!

As an independent school, we are not bound by the same policy as public schools, though it’s certainly our priority to make the best decisions possible for the public good and for Holland Hall.

With that in mind, we are committing to another two weeks of remote learning beyond our original timeline. We’ll continue to make the call every two weeks on the extension of our remote learning program based on additional information from local, state, and federal authorities. We hope you will agree that we are committed to going back as soon as it is safe and socially responsible to do so.

For now, all classes will remain in Remote Learning and all campus activities are cancelled through April 19, 2020. Due to the public health concerns and the extensive planning and coordination that must begin now with other organizations, we are also cancelling the senior internship requirement for this year.

I am a realist — an optimistic one — and take to heart in these situations the Stockdale Paradox. I do have hope we might return to one another, but we are also preparing to end the year apart. I want our togetherness for our seniors — to celebrate their lives and accomplishments together. And I want them to know how thankful we are for the profound influence their good humor and relationships have had on the Holland Hall spirit. I want our togetherness for all the friendships and support within our community — from our youngest 3-year-olds to our retiring faculty.

I know you do too.

For now, I offer you, in gratitude to Lily Siemens ‘20 and how well she speaks for her beloved Class of 2020, this very public moment from her.

In community,