Spring 2020 messages to families

June 2nd, 2020

Dear Gordon Families,

I write with an important update about the summer and a final invitation to join me this week and next to hear more information about our planning for the fall.

Summer camp decision

After deep consideration and consultation with Gordon's Leadership Team, Jenny Alario, our school nurse Sandy Horton, and our consulting physician Dr. Jennifer Friedman, I have decided that we will not run Summer at Gordon for the month of July. 

A few weeks ago, I shared that June camps would be cancelled. There remains a week of camp, just for Gordon families, currently scheduled for the last week of August. We will continue to monitor the situation and make a decision about that August week at a later date.

Right now, the Leadership Team is hard at work planning for reopening campus in the fall. The long list of health and safety measures that we will need to have in place in order to open safely in September are no different than what the school would need to have in place in order to open safely for camp in July. Rather than devote mental energy and work hours to preparing to open a summer camp, I would prefer the school keep our eye on the prize of reopening campus in the fall.

I know this news is disappointing to many of you. While this is not intended to replace a camp experience, I am excited to share that Assistant Head of School Lynn Bowman is working with the Division Directors and the faculty of all three divisions to offer summer online academic programming for rising Preschool through eighth grade Gordon students, free of charge. We will run three two-week sessions starting on June 22nd. More details about the program and registration will be available on Tuesday, June 9th.

Fall reopening planning

Gordon is committed to and planning for a return to an in-person, on-campus program this fall. Whether we are able to return to normal operations or a modified program will be dependent upon public health and government guidelines, and guidance from community experts and our consulting physician. Short of a stay-at-home mandate from Governor Raimondo, Gordon will reopen in September.

Planning for the fall is already underway. The school has established a Futures Planning Committee and working sub-groups to research best practices and emerging trends in the following areas: Educational Program; Health, Safety, and Wellness; Campus Operations and Logistics, and Business Continuity.

In addition to leaning on the wisdom and expertise of our internal community, Gordon has contracted with Auxiliary Services Organization, also known as AUXS, to support the school in our reopening planning. AUXS specializes in working with independent schools, colleges, and universities to offer expertise on campus operations, programs, and safety. We are working with AUXS to develop an agile plan that will allow the school to respond to multiple contingencies and be ready to deploy the right model in order to reopen safely in the fall.

I look forward to sharing more details about this planning process at the Town Halls, which will begin this evening at 6:00pm. We already have over one hundred and eighty people signed up to attend! If you have not RSVP'd, you can do so at www.gordonschool.org/townhalls.

In partnership,


PS: The last days of the school year are always busy, and this year is no exception. I outlined this coming week in an email last Sunday; it is online for your reference.

Email archive

June 2nd
News on summer camps

June 1st
To all good people, from Dr. Thomas López

May 31st
from the Board chair and members of the Leadership Team

May 31st
from Dr. Thomas López to POSOC

May 24th
The last days of the year

May 3rd
Long term planning

April 30th
Two Fridays off in May

April 23rd
Gordon closed through end of the year

April 13th
Short-term and long-term financial questions

April 10th
Phase two begins Monday

April 9th
Zoom, security and Gordon

April 6th
Phase two is coming

March 31st
Notes on starting the day

March 31st
Noni and Gordie's video

March 30th
Five weeks of online learning

March 29th
Preparing for April 1st
Link to day one certificate

March 27th
Setting expectations
The spring 2020 Q&A

March 24th
Daily structure of online learning

March 18th
A move to online learning
It's still spring break

March 17th
What's up on campus over break
Carnival, Grandfriends' Day

March 13th
Gators cancelled next week
travel advisories expanded

March 13th
just for fifth grade families

March 12th
new travel advisories
importance of the travel form

March 11th
family out of self-quarantine
clear and open communication
school closing process and policy
prepare for remote learning

March 10th
a family is in self-quarantine

March 5th
spring break travel form
precautions underway at school

March 1st
prevention basics
warnings on overseas travel
school closure planning
resources for parents

February 26th
initial tips on prevention and preparation