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Dear L&G Community,

It is with great sadness that I report to you that tonight, Gov. Scott announced that "in person" school will not happen for the remainder of this school year. It is OK for you to be upset, sad, or frustrated. It is OK for you to feel confused and concerned. It is OK for you to be mad. I can tell everyone, on behalf of your faculty and staff, that we are too. We have already missed seeing your faces every day and frankly can't conceive of not seeing them for the next several months. I personally am very frustrated with the way this news was released by the Governor's Office, without even a hint for schools to be prepared for the enormity of the impact. What I can tell you, though, is that school is not a building. Leland & Gray is not a closed school building on the corner of Rt 30 and Rt 35. Leland & Gray is a community - one that is very much open and alive in the hearts and minds of Rebel Nation! You will be OK, because we will make sure that you are. You will persevere because we will all carry on together. You will overcome this, because as a community working together, we are stronger than we are as individuals.

There are many questions yet to be answered. What I can tell you at this point, is that the Governor is having a press conference tomorrow morning, and the Agency of Education is supposed to release more guidance for us to consider as we move forward. I will share more information as it becomes available. I can tell you one thing - your teachers and support staff are here for you. This team of adults is amazing - they quickly made the adaptations necessary in a couple of short days to continue teaching online, and in the days and weeks ahead, I suspect more changes to come, and this group of professionals will (again) rise to the challenge. That's what Rebels do.

So I implore of you - parents, students, faculty, staff and community members - remember what it means to be a part of this incredible family that we call Leland & Gray. To me, it means that we will get through this together. To me, it means that we will be there for you. To me, it means that school is not a building - it's a community of learners, teachers, and families.

Very sincerely,

Bob Thibault

Your principal