Ashbury’s Distance Learning program launched on March 24 after the campus closed for face-to-face learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we expect to complete the current school year in this distance format. As our students are currently located around the world, our new platform makes it possible for students to continue with their academic studies, alongside social connection and much-needed physical activity and time outdoors. Now into our seventh week, students are showing a strong commitment to learning in this virtual environment and we remain grateful to our faculty and parents for their flexibility and adaptability that has helped ensure a depth of learning in these unique times.
While the majority of our faculty and staff are working from home, our community engagement remains high, with Ashbury donating food from our cafeteria to the neighbourhood food bank, staff volunteering to deliver hot meals to those in need, and faculty members utilizing design labs in our new Centre for Science & Innovation to 3-D print protective face shields for area hospitals requiring PPE for their healthcare workers. This giving spirit is echoed in our alumni community, and we are buoyed to see so many stories of our graduates giving back and making a difference at this unique time in our history.
Please join us for our first ever Virtual Alumni Town Hall on May 21 at 7 pm for further updates as to our distance learning program and COVID-19 response planning. Of course, it is also an opportunity to see familiar faces again and connect with fellow alumni.
As we turn our thoughts to wrapping up this unprecedented school year and celebrating the Class of 2020, we send good wishes for good health to our global Ashbury community and hope for many in-person reunions to come.
Head of School – Directeur