Hello Overfield Families,
We hope you are all doing well, and are finding joy in this rainy Monday! As you have probably heard, Governor DeWine announced last Thursday that summer day camps will be allowed to open on May 31, 2020, under a list of stringent guidelines. As soon as we learned of this news, we began a very thorough discussion of what this would mean for Overfield’s summer camp offerings. We have consulted with our Board of Trustees, who consist of various professionals in the Education, Health, and Business fields. Although we are as eager to resume our offerings as everyone else, we have decided we will not be offering summer camp this year. This decision was not made lightly; after very careful consideration, it was made with full consensus.
Under current guidance, our summer camp would have had to be greatly modified. This would have meant changing many things, from having to separate children into pods of under nine campers to modifying our daily routines, all while guaranteeing a high level of vigilance to ensure safety in the midst of unknown and changing circumstances. This structure and its lack of collaboration, when guided by educators who are not as seasoned as our full-time teachers, is not the way we want to begin to navigate this challenge. Additionally, we feel that proceeding with our summer camp offerings under this new guidance with so many unknowns about the course of COVID-19 is, for us, too soon. Although we will miss the children terribly and mourn for the lost shared summer experiences at Overfield, our responsibility lies with the safety and well-being of children, their families, and our faculty. It is with this guiding principle that we are called to move forward.
We are first and foremost a school for young children, and our eyes are set on beginning the 2020-2021 school year as safely and successfully as possible. We have made the decision to focus our complete energy and efforts on figuring out how we will navigate this new way of being, if necessary, for the upcoming school year. This is so that we can provide the level of excellence in early childhood education that you are accustomed to from us, and to which we hold ourselves accountable.
If you have registered for Summer Camp and have not paid, you do not need to do anything further. If you have paid upfront, you will receive a reimbursement check in the mail, which will be sent out this week.
We hope you know that arriving at this decision was ridiculously difficult. We simply miss all of you. We miss being a part of the wonder and joy that comes with guiding your children as they learn about this interesting and marvelous world.
As always, if you have any thoughts, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to share them with us.
Best wishes, Beth Poronsky – Overfield Program Lead