First and foremost, I am very happy that North Cross is alternative plans for the 2020-21 school year that include strict social distancing. I think this is going to be extremely important going forward until a vaccine is released to the public. However, I have a few reservations and points when it comes to how the school plans on operating.
I am also very impressed with how the institution managed to keep students engaged amid the pandemic. Thanks to all of the faculty, I have felt extremely well prepared for exams, and my courses have stayed on track. On behalf of all of the students, I really want to thank all of the teachers. However, there are some aspects of North Cross life that were not addressed in Dr. Proctor's recent email, and I hope that the school can validate my concerns.
A lot of the reason that families pay the enormous amount for tuition year after year is because of the programs that the school offers, such as Fine Arts, Global Studies, and STEM. I am hoping that there will be program-specific meetings with opportunities to stay engaged over the summer. I miss having GS seminars, and with the emergence of the Fine Arts program, I hoped that there would be some more.
Also -- the arts. Assuming we open late next year, I think we should at least solidify a plan for drama. Will there be a spring musical or winter play? As budgeting concerns arise for the 2020-21 year, it is important to ensure that we have hired somebody to direct the spring musical. (I assume that the athletic department is doing the same for sports.)
Those are just a couple of some concerns that I am hoping the school will address in Wednesday's Town Hall. Once again, I am extremely impressed with our institution, and our ability to proceed with online school (in part to the school's overall wealth and access to technology, though). I sincerely hope that we will be back on campus reaping the benefits of construction in the Fall. Time will tell. As for now, I encourage my fellow students to stay inside. This cartoon sums it up.