Posted March 26, 2020
Dear Students, Parents/Guardians, and Community Members,
Unless school closures are extended longer, EASTERN will reopen to students on April 14, 2020. On Monday, March 30th, we will launch our Continuity of Education plan.
Continuity of Education is the overall term for any educational practices that occur in the event of a prolonged school closure. We at EASTERN believe it is important for our students to have the opportunity to maintain and develop skills during this time. This is particularly challenging for our teachers because the key feature of our programs is the opportunity to engage in authentic, hands-on learning in our career fields. While a large part of our program instruction is hands-on, we have always stressed the importance of the theoretical knowledge that underpins our technical tasks. We have also always focused on developing leadership and employability skills. Our teachers have been working collaboratively over the past week to develop a Continuity of Education plan to continue to engage our students in new learning.
All learning provided by our teachers will align to industry standards and the program’s approved task list. We are committed to helping our students reach their career goals. We are fortunate that many of our industry certifications can be obtained online and offered during this time. We are also fortunate the State Board of Cosmetology is now allowing our students to earn up to 250 hours via online instruction. Our Continuity of Education Plan will go into effect Monday, March 30, 2020 and will remain in effect for the duration of the school closure. Our school may be closed, but we are going to continue to provide instruction to our students.
We understand that these are unprecedented times for all of us. We ask that our students take advantage of this opportunity and to communicate with their teachers or our student success coordinators so that we may assist in removing any barriers to learning. Last week we asked all students to access their EASTERN email account so we could ascertain if any students would be unable to access online learning. For those students who reported access issues or who did not reply, we are mailing home learning materials provided by their teachers. These items were sent to the post office yesterday afternoon.
The Continuity of Education Plan will help to clarify expectations and provide additional information.
We wish everyone good health. We will continue to send updates to families through our e-messenger system and website updates.
Cathleen E. Plesnarski, Ed.D.
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology