MBS Pivots to Distance Learning

Due to a reported positive case of COVID-19, and in an abundance of caution, MBS temporarily moved to distance learning on October 7.  On-campus learning is expected to resume on Tuesday, October 13 at 8 a.m.

“We were extremely well-prepared to pivot to distance learning thanks to the exceptional efforts of our faculty and staff throughout the summer and at the start of the school year,” said Head of School Peter Caldwell. “I’m grateful for their ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness which allowed us to shift to virtual learning so nimbly.”

Head of Middle School Boni Luna said that she received positive feedback from teachers at Thursday’s Middle School faculty meeting. “The transition to distance learning was pretty seamless; everyone appreciated the 9:00 a.m. start time and the big break in the middle of the day.  The teachers reported that students were on task and engaged. They also enjoyed seeing their students’ faces without masks!” she said. “Although all is going well, everyone is looking forward to being back at school.”

Middle School math teacher Jennifer Rose echoed Boni Luna’s sentiments, saying that her students adapted quickly to the digital learning environment.  “It isn’t just that we were remote in the spring. Faculty and students have had the opportunity to practice using digital tools in Google Classroom, Google Sites, and GoFormative prior to our transition, and the classes are running incredibly well,” she said. “I am truly proud of my students and their engagement.”

Please keep in mind the status of the distance learning situation is fluid and the School is monitoring it closely.  Should there be a need to extend campus closure, members of the MBS community will be notified via the Honeywell Instant Alert System, email, and the MBS website.

“Members of the community can assist us by remaining vigilant but sensible in their approach to dealing with this health concern,” said Mr. Caldwell. “Let me emphasize, it is important at this time for our School community to remain the supportive and caring one that it is with kindness and compassion for all.”


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