Friday 17 April 2020
Dear Summerfuel families,
With the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, these are extraordinary and unprecedented times for us all. It’s likely that everyone reading this will have already been affected in some way and I sincerely hope that you, your families and loved ones are keeping safe and well.
Amidst so much uncertainty we are in daily contact with our partners to determine which programs can run in a safe and meaningful way. The safety of our students and staff is the overriding concern and a great deal depends upon government guidelines as well as college boards of trustees as they determine the best course of action for their particular institution. In short, our determination to run programs must be balanced by overall health and safety concerns as well as travel restrictions. Sadly, its likely that it will be necessary to cancel some or all of our on-campus programs this year.
The benefits of a Summerfuel summer and the freedom and independence that comes from living together away from home cannot be replicated. However, we strongly believe that there is compelling content we can offer in a virtual environment. We are all getting used to building a virtual community through technology and we are enthusiastic that online academic and social activities will keep Summerfuel students in contact in the coming weeks and summer.
We have an outstanding faculty who are busy adapting existing courses as well as adding new materials. We are working hard to bring you some of this exciting content virtually so that you can still benefit from a Summerfuel summer even if it means doing so from home.
We will share a lot more information in the coming days. As we go forward, we’ll be sure to keep you updated during this challenging period. While this is a ‘once in a generation’ challenge, we will stand strong and come out the other side.