Dear Common Ground Families,

What a year of major weather events we have had–first Sandy, now Nemo, both storms of epic proportions. These events have really pushed our cities and our schools to their respective limits.

At Common Ground, we are now in a position of having to recover or make up at least six (6) school days that were lost to weather. We think that it is in our students’ best interests for them to be back in school next week, during the scheduled February Vacation. It is important that they have some sense of uninterrupted, normally paced-instruction as we launch the second semester and head into mastery testing the first week of March. We also know that many of our school families plan vacation over the April break, which we will not interrupt. We realize that the turn-around on notifying families of this schedule change was very tight; please understand that Nemo was a storm of enormous magnitude, with a will of its own! We did the best we could given the constraints posed by the storm.

The bottom line:

  • In accord with New Haven Public Schools, we will not have school on Thursday, February 13 or Friday, February 14th. We need these two additional days to ensure our students can travel safely to school.
  • We will be in school next week from Tuesday, February 19 through Friday, February 22. Monday, February 18, is a federal holiday and school will be closed.
  • In the mean time, students with internet access should be checking Brainhoney for assignments that they can complete while we are off of school.

Please contact me directly if you have any questions about this change in schedule or if there is any reason your child will not be able to attend school. Thanks you very much for your consideration and understanding of this very important matter during these very trying times.

Best,

Liz Cox

Director, Common Ground High School