COVID-19 Updates and Information

March 24, 2020

 

Greetings Regents Community, 

 

I have been encouraged by the diligent work of our teachers throughout the past few days to transition our students to online learning and we will continue to work to the best of our ability to serve the families of Regents.  We appreciate your patience and kindness as our teachers and students adjust to this new form of learning.  

 

Throughout the last few weeks it has become evident that the COVID-19 virus will continue to affect our local community.  Given the recent decisions of our local community, Regents School of Oxford will continue the use of online class format until April 17th .  The physical campus will be closed during this time and we will continue to provide education through our Google meet platform and, for the older students, through the Learning Management System in FACTS.  During this time the administration of the school along with School Board will continue to assess the risks to health and safety for our campus and will determine the best time to re-open the physical campus.  

 

We will continue to keep you updated as the situation develops and watch the decisions of our local city, state, and region.  As always, please contact us with questions or concerns as we move forward in this time of transition. 

 

In Christ, 

 

Jason W. Wood   

March 17th, 2020

 

Greetings Regents Community, 

As many of you know the COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the United States.  Per the encouragement of the Mississippi Department of Health and closures of other schools in the Oxford community, Regents students will not physically attend school from March 16th-27th to ensure the protection of our students’ health and safety as well as their families. 

As a school, we will continue to serve our families academically. Beginning March 23rd, we will begin online learning and assignments. By this Friday, March 20th, we will provide you with information and materials to complete assignments at home for the duration of the closure. Please expect 2nd-12th grade students to be able to attend online classes from 8:00am-12:00pm Monday-Thursday. The younger students, 3K-1st grade, will be given assignments as well, but will not attend online classes. Again, more information is coming on Friday regarding the details. 

Given the closure of the physical school, we plan to make the following adjustments to the Spring calendar to ensure that our students have adequate days to complete the curriculum requirements of our school.  We will strive to have 40 days of instruction for our students to have adequate learning.  Right now, 4th quarter has 47 days on the original calendar. We understand that this is a fluid situation, so further adjustments will be made as is needed in the future.

Currently the following adjustments will be made to the school calendar to ensure we have 40 days of curriculum:
School will be closed: March 16th-20th 
Online Education begins: March 23rd-27th
Cancel Easter Monday holiday: April 13th  
Cancel Grandparents Day: April 27th  
Add one day at the end of the year: May 22nd

In addition, the following events will be adjusted: 
Cancel Shakespeare Play week: March 16th-20th  
Cancel all overnight field trips for the remainder of the year 
Cancel Fine Arts Night: April 3rd 
Cancel Trivia Night: April 23rd    
Cancel Grandparent’s Day: April 24th  
Cancel Athletic Banquet: May 4th  
Move Final Exams to May 20th, 21st, 22nd  
Move Olympics to May 22nd

Our Spring athletic events will be cancelled during the time the school is physically closed (March 16th-27th).  We will reassess the health and safety issues before scheduling any future athletic events for our students. 

Please contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns about these adjustments to the remainder of the school year.  It is our desire to ensure the health and safety of our students while at the same time providing the best quality education possible. Thank you for your patience as we determine the best way forward as a school community. 

In Christ, 

 

 

Jason W. Wood 

March 14, 2020

Good Afternoon Regents Community, 

As you all know, the situation we face with the coronavirus continues to change as we understand the impact upon the community.  As we receive more information we will keep you updated about our decisions for the school moving forward.  This afternoon I received the following information from our accreditation group, Mid-South Association of Independent Schools.  

"Based on the latest developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, it is the recommendation of the MSAIS that schools close beginning Monday, March 16 for one week. Beginning Monday, March 23, the MSAIS will utilize a week-to-week approach when considering additional school closures. Beginning Monday, March 16, all MSAIS Activities and Athletic events will be canceled and reconsidered on a week-to-week basis. The MSAIS will re-evaluate this fluid situation and will provide updates as new information becomes available. This guidance is in accordance with other states in our region." 

Given this encouragement from our accreditation group we will be closed for the week of March 16th-20th.  We will keep you updated throughout the week with any further changes as we understand more about the impact of the coronavirus on our community.  

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  

Thank you,

Jason W. Wood 

Regents School of Oxford
Regents School of Oxford

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