Wednesday, August 26 2020
Dear School families,
Now that Fall Registration information has been sent, we
would like to update you with additional information regarding fall classes, online
instruction, and our re-opening plan.
The PNB School year will begin on September 14th
with online instruction; HOWEVER, we are in the process of developing detailed protocols
and procedures for safely welcoming small groups of upper level students back
to the studios as soon as we possibly can for limited face-to-face instruction (starting
with Level VIII and Men’s Division).
Our goal is to begin offering limited face-to-face
instruction for upper levels (VI-VIII) this fall or later this year (meaning
upper level classes would shift to a hybrid mix of online and in-person
instruction). Our re-opening plans must remain in accordance with state and
local regulations and guidelines, which limit the number of people allowed in a
studio (small groups of no more than three to five students). Enrollment
numbers will determine how often students will be able to take class in the
studio each week. In addition to class sizes, we are reviewing studio space
availability for this limited in-person instruction. While the Company’s need
for studios present a challenge for us at the Phelps Center; the Francia Russell Center, we are happy to
report, is full of school Zoom classes. Class times, studio space, faculty and pianist
schedules, health and wellness for everyone, approval from state and local
officials, and building occupancy are all contributing factors for us to
consider as we plan this next phase for our students.
There is no way to fully express our excitement and sheer
anticipation over working with students in the studios again! We will continue
to communicate updates to you on our re-opening plan; on a monthly basis and/or
sooner, as developments occur.
Thank you for your commitment to our School.
Posted by PNB School