December 11, 2020

Dear Hayes Parents, 

We are excited to report that our “Live Lunches” went very well on Wednesday, and it was so nice to see students interacting naturally with each other over Zoom as if they were in our actual lunch room.  We will continue to host “Live Lunches” on Wednesdays from 12:00-12:30, so please encourage your child to come to these social opportunities.  Links for these meetings will be activated on students’ Buzz pages on Wednesdays moving forward. 

In addition to “Live Lunches,” our students also experienced their first “Live Friday” today.  While we understand that some students were very successful in their routine on Fridays working independently on asynchronous work, there was also a substantial need for a good majority of our students to have more structure built into their Fridays.  Our “Live Friday” structure being a half-day of live sessions for all classes balanced with an open afternoon to finish up asynchronous work benefits both groups of students.  In addition, it also helps teachers to have an additional, structured connection with their students, which is vital from a social-emotional standpoint under these circumstances.  We will continue with “Live Fridays” through the second trimester.  

Finally, as we discussed last week, we are actively working on our in-person return plan for those students that have chosen to return for limited in-person instruction when it is safe to do so.  We will communicate that plan out mid-next week, so please stay tuned for that.  

That is all for now.  We hope you and your family have a great weekend! 

Take care,

Dave and Eric