Subject: 2020 Summer Camps at Northside Cancelled

Dear Summer Camp Participants,

Our leadership team has been working diligently with Northside families over the past two and a half months to ensure the successful completion of the current school year. During this time we have also begun creating the detailed operating plans required for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Our top priority is, and will always be, the safety of our students and faculty. We are becoming more optimistic each passing day, that a fully operating program will be possible this fall. Our team must intensify their planning efforts through the next months, to ensure that both our campuses are ready for the challenges of the coming school year. Significant time and focus will be needed for coordination with the Department of Health, the Board of Education, the Fire Department of New York, and other government agencies, and for planning to meet the still developing guidelines for school operations.

We have thus made the difficult decision to cancel our summer programs for the 2020 summer. This decision was not taken lightly given the preparations that have already been completed. However, we believe it is the best action now to allow us to open our campuses properly in the fall. We absolutely love our summer camps and are extremely proud of them, but at this time we must focus solely on opening our buildings for their main purpose – to provide a high-quality private-school education in a safe environment. Although some businesses are beginning to open throughout New York City, the risks of spreading the COVID-19 virus are still significant and we would never want to put our students or their families in danger.

Williamsburg Northside School is extremely grateful for your patience over these last nine weeks, and the cooperation and assistance we have received from families with respect to the significant changes in all our daily routines. Please be certain that we are making our best efforts to restore our program and bring our community back to a place of normalcy. Our administration also thanks our summer camp directors and recognizes the hard work they contributed in anticipation of opening a summer program.

We look forward to seeing you all again in the fall for the start of our new school year.

Sincerely,

Christopher Mathisen
Director of Operations