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Apr 15, 2020

Dear NDPA Family,

As you may have heard, Governor Herbert has put school dismissal in effect for the remainder of the school year. The announcement was made Tuesday, April 14:

Although we know this is the safest way forward for health concerns, we cannot express how much we miss your children. One of the highlights of my day is going out to greet families picking up school lunch. It is wonderful to see the smiling faces of your children... I am so grateful that smiles travel farther than six feet!

These are unprecedented times. There is so much to be aware of and concerned about. As educators, we feel an obligation and innate desire to provide content and learning material. We will continue to do so through the scheduled end of the school year, May 21. We will continue to provide as much material as we feel is appropriate for students to keep up with their grade level content. We are also aware that students and teachers, and all of us, are in an environment that we never expected or asked for. There is a level of normalcy settling in, but we are still aware that stress is high, and anxieties are real. It continues to be NDPA's approach that, as parents, it's up to you to determine the correct amount of time and material for your child. Our teachers will likely provide enough material to keep your child busy for hours a day. We rely on, and trust you, to decide the right amount that actually gets done. Together, we will hit the right spot.

We are also aware that there are many things to address in the upcoming days and weeks, such as picking up students' personal items, locker clean out, returning library books, and refunds for various activities, just to name a few. We also have been receiving questions about the Spanish Immersion Lottery; the application window will still be open May 1-15. We ask that you please give us some time to determine how to best address these items before contacting the school. We will continue to send information to you by email as we figure out the best processes for a smooth transition to the end of this school year, and into the next, while keeping the safety and health of our NDPA families in mind.

We also want to tell you that you are doing a great job! I have never been prouder to be part of this NDPA family. The feedback that we are seeing from teachers, parents, and students is really great. Keep up the good work, and stay healthy!


Ryan Robinson