COVID-19: USchool update

Dear USchool Families,
As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increases across our state and nation, University School, in partnership with The University of Tulsa, must continue to do its part to slow the spread of the virus and protect the health and lives of everyone in our community.

To that end, TU has made the decision to offer only virtual classes for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

TU’s leadership team made its decision only after extensive deliberation with its Crisis Management Team and its Board of Trustees. They took these measures with profound regret for the impact they will have on so many of you and your families.

It is clear, however, that steps like these are the most powerful tools we can employ to check the spread of this pandemic, prevent the overburdening of our health care system and allow us to resume our normal activities as quickly as possible. One of the unique aspects of University School is that it is part of a residential university campus. That fact requires us to make our decisions differently than some area schools, whether public or private. We are grateful for the guidance of the TU leadership team and for our partnership with them. University School fully supports their decision and will once again follow their lead.

In support of TU’s decision and action to do what it can to slow the spread of COVID-19, University School will continue to provide a dynamic curriculum to your gifted children via virtual learning for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

The measures we are taking raise many practical issues, from the logistics of taking classes online to how we will get your student’s belongings (i.e. personal items and medications) to you, as well as eighth-grade graduation and Camp Incredible. We are working rapidly to get answers to these questions.

Our mission of challenging gifted students with a dynamic curriculum in a nurturing academic environment, is being fully implemented in our endeavor to provide virtual learning to your child.

We live in an amazing time of virtual opportunities for connection, and we will continue to reach out to you frequently. Administration plans to hold grade-level meetings via Zoom during these first two weeks of virtual learning. We will also continue to explore and experiment with ways to use technology to keep our community informed and connected. We will send out surveys for your feedback as we all face the future challenges of online learning. We welcome your questions, thoughts, ideas, advice, etc. via email at uschool-admin@utulsa.edu.

 

In community,

Pat Hollingsworth, Debbie Price, and Amber Gates