COVID-19, An Update from IND's Head of School

March 25, 2019

Dear IND Community,
It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly two weeks since our girls, faculty and staff have been inside our historic building. While we may not be on Aisquith Street right now, we are still one community, and united together during these unprecedented times. I am writing to update you on our current status in reference to COVID-19. I have been meeting regularly with leaders from the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS), the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the State Board of Education and IND’s administration.

In conjunction with today’s announcement by the State of Maryland, IND has decided to extend its online distance learning through Friday, Apr. 24. IND’s spring break scheduled for April 9-19 will NOT be affected and there will be NO remote learning during that time. Online classes will resume April 20 with in person classes set to begin on April 27. Should there be a shift in the COVID-19 pandemic, IND will reassess the return to school date and communicate any adjustments. Please be on the lookout for the IND Insider this Friday for more information about scheduled events.

We continue to encourage everyone to practice social distancing and proper hygiene as the CDC maintains these are key factors in reducing the spread of this virus.

I want to take a moment to thank our girls, our dedicated faculty and staff and everyone in the IND community for being there for each other. I am so proud of our girls and how they have adapted to remote learning and risen to the challenge during these unprecedented times. IND set the bar high and while other schools were catching up, our girls were busy in class. When we look back at the challenges we have faced, we will be better and stronger. As Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger said, “All the works of God proceed slowly and in pain but, their roots are the sturdier and their flowering the lovelier.”

IND is truly like a second home for so many and I for one cannot wait to get back and see you in person. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out. In the meantime, be safe and take care.

Blessings,
Christine E. Szala
Head of School
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