As we celebrate the graduation of the great St. Andrew’s Class of 2020 and mark the end of the 2019-2020 year this week with our final classes and Chapel, I have begun to turn my full attention to our preparations for the opening of the 2020-2021 year. We have created a number of important task forces to study all aspects of our approach to the new academic year, and I consult regularly with our peer schools, medical experts, and the world of colleges and universities. Just as the national and global medical communities work intensively to develop possible therapeutic approaches and vaccines for COVID-19, residential schools, colleges, and universities are working together to resume the residential communities that define our particular approach to education.
Because the safety and health of our students, faculty, faculty families, and staff is so fundamentally important to me, and because the approaches to COVID-19 continue to evolve, I want to be sure St. Andrew’s has the time we need to make the best decision possible for the opening of our new year. Therefore, we will make our announcement about the opening of school on July 30 and delay sending the School’s first tuition bill until August 1. The first payment date for tuition would be due on August 20.
During the 2019-2020 year, St. Andrew’s demonstrated the strength, resilience, and brilliance of our community. We sustained and deepened our community of intelligence, hope, and grace. Our faculty and students created dynamic cultures of teaching and learning in our virtual session. Our community rituals continued to bring us together in powerful and illuminating ways.
Our faculty, staff, and senior class are ready to rekindle the spirit of St. Andrew’s in the best form possible, beginning in the 2020-2021 year. We cannot wait to get started!