Summer Program 2021: Canceled
Dear Summer Program Families,
Greetings from Head-Royce! I hope that this message finds you healthy and safe in this turbulent time. We’ve been carefully monitoring the changing conditions in our world and local community over the past several months, while also working hard to reopen our school in a COVID environment, and apologize that it has taken so long to send out this communication. Typically, this time of year we might be writing to share details of the summer ahead and this outreach would have a much different tone and purpose. Unfortunately, due to the continued challenges of the COVID pandemic, I am writing to advise you of the cancellation of our summer program for 2021.
In some ways, last March feels like yesterday that we reached out signaling the need to cancel our program for Summer 2020, followed by hopeful sentiments that we’d be back to normal in time for this year’s program. In other ways, it has been the longest ten months of our lives. For those in the education community, this has been the most challenging time in our careers. And while the outlook is more hopeful with vaccinations now happening worldwide, it is clear that the pandemic will persist longer than we had expected. The decision to cancel the summer program was made in order to ensure that we will be able to safely reopen our school in the fall, and to provide some much needed rest for our physical campus and dedicated professionals.
Although we will be pausing our larger summer program, it’s important to note that we will continue to serve our Heads Up students with high hopes for a return to in-person learning. We wish to demonstrate our commitment to impacting our larger Oakland community through our cornerstone program by ensuring that resources remain available to our Heads Up community.
I acknowledge that this may be very disappointing news and regret the ways that it may impact your family plans for the summer. We have appreciated the huge amount of interest and ongoing support we’ve received from our Summer Program families. We value you greatly, understanding that many of our campers have spent so many summers with us. We sincerely look forward to a time when we can be together again. Until then, we send our most genuine regards for health and wellbeing.
Director of Programs