Orientation Prepares Students for Official School Opening

After being away from school for nearly six months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, students returned to their respective campuses this week eager to engage with peers and teachers and to begin a new school year - albeit under very unfamiliar circumstances.
This year marks yet another year of record enrollment, with 240 new students joining us at our various locations. Hawken has also increased the number of faculty/staff for this school year to enable adherence to physical distancing requirements and other safety measures.

Faculty and administrators welcomed students back in small groups to become oriented to health and safety protocols as well as new schedules and routines.  A highlight of the week was the faculty drive-by parade to celebrate this year’s seniors, the Class of 2021. Faculty – in true Hawken style - drove slowly past members of the senior class in decorated cars, honking, cheering, and waving to students to commemorate the start of their final year of high school. Following the orientation, one of those Hawken seniors wrote in a note to the teachers, “Today was emotional and tough, but everything that you and the faculty did made it really amazing and I think made all of us feel VERY loved and welcomed.”

School opens officially this Tuesday, September 8 on all campuses, including the newly-opened Mastery School of Hawken in University Circle. In a video sent to current Hawken families, Scott Looney emphasized the excitement members of the school community feel as they anticipate the return to school, saying, “Tuesday is the beginning of the joyfulness everybody needs.” He also assured families that have opted for remote learning that faculty are working hard to ensure that their children will be provided with “all that is essentially Hawken.”

To learn more about Hawken’s safe restart, visit our restart microsite at www.hawken.edu/healthy-hawken-restart.
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