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Message from the Head of School

August 3, 2020

Dear Kinkaid Community,

As a fellow parent, nothing is more valuable to me than my children - their safety and education remains my first concern.  The commitment to provide the very best for our children to develop their talents and fulfill their best potential, after all, is why we chose Kinkaid.  Despite wide-ranging opinions and understandable emotions surrounding the start of school, all Kinkaid parents are united in their strong desire that we return to campus as soon as it is safely determined to do so.  Our advisory Campus Reopening Task Force, with its diverse and impressive expertise, continues daily consideration of the immeasurable complexities of safely returning to campus.  I write to share that our Task Force reaffirms the School’s July 23 decision to begin the school year on August 19 with distance learning.  It is our fervent hope that we will be in this mode of learning only for a short period of time, and that we can soon move to on-campus learning. 

Today we present to you details of our Distance Learning Plan.  There has been significant enhancement to our distance learning since last spring.  After you have carefully read through our plan, please direct your questions to the appropriate division or department head.

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Key Points for Distance Learning

  • The first day of school will be Wednesday, August 19.
  • There has been significant enhancement to our distance learning since last spring.  After you have carefully read through our plan, please direct your questions to the appropriate division or department head.
  • Each division head will communicate specific pick up dates and times for supplies, for an overview please click here.
  • Please also make sure to update your student’s Vital Health Record in the Magnus Health PortalStudents without updated Vital Health Record by August 11 will not be permitted to attend school, virtually or in person.
  • While discussion and planning is dynamic, we will closely monitor the following metrics:
    • The continued downward trend in the following four key metrics for the greater Houston area per the Texas Medical Center website:
      • A decrease in the average number of positive cases per day
      • A decrease in the average percentage of positive tests per day
      • A decrease in the average number of hospitalizations per day
      • ICU bed capacity under Phase 1
    • Consideration of public health guidance and recommendations/orders from our local and state government
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations
    • Principles of public health strategies, epidemiology and infectious disease practice will serve as the basis for our plan to return to campus. Our medical advisors remain thoughtful in their ideas and considerate of both our community and the community at large. 

Key Points for Returning to In-Person/Hybrid Learning

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August 6

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July 23

July 17

July 1

Have a question?

Please submit your question regarding Kinkaid's re-opening campus here. Additional FAQs will be released in the coming weeks.