June 8, 2021
Dear LTS Family,
LTS is concluding a year in which we offered in-person instruction five days per week for all interested students and simultaneous hyflex ABBA distance learning. We write now to advise you of our plans on distance learning at Long Trail School for the 2021-22 school year.
When the State of Vermont ends the current State of Emergency, LTS will no longer offer ABBA Distance Learning. This will be a critical juncture on the path to a new “normal.” If the State has not ended the State of Emergency before the first day of classes in the fall, then LTS would continue ABBA Distance Learning for the first semester. All signs, however, point to the Governor lifting the emergency order in the coming weeks of summer.
ABBA stands for Alternative Best Beginning Anywhere. Because of the time, sweat and tears invested by our faculty, students, and families – thank you! – we fulfilled that commitment. ABBA, however, is not as effective as live instruction, as LTS and similarly situated schools consistently found, in part because collaboration and project-based learning are more difficult. Moreover, it is challenging if not impractical to satisfy our core value of stewardship — caring for our school, our community, and the environment – without being together on campus.
For families interested just in distance learning, we will meet with you and offer our personalized recommendations on alternatives beyond LTS.
Thank you for your continuing trust.
Stay safe, kind, and hopeful,
/s/ Seth Linfield
Head of School