Foxcroft Academy Letter, April 2, 2020


Foxcroft Academy Letter, April 2, 2020


Letter informing parents and guardians about the extended closure of Foxcroft Academy due to Governor Mills' executive order issued on March 31. Head of School Arnold Shorey writes that the FA community should prepare for online learning to continue for the rest of the school year.








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April 2, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

With a new executive order delivered by Governor Mills on Tuesday afternoon, I would like toprovide you an update of what Foxcroft Academy is doing. For the past two and a half weeks, Foxcroft Academy has been operating on an “essential staff status” as we support student online learning as well as caring for the health and safety of 41 boarding students. Here are some reminders and information that will be in place until May 1st in accordance with theexecutive order.
  • The Governor stated that schools will stay closed at least until May 1st. In all likelihood, everyone should be prepared for online learning continuing for the rest of the year.
  • Foxcroft Academy is closed to the public which means students should not pick up ordrop off material. Through Rowell’s and Weymouth’s bus services, materials willcontinue to be picked up or delivered. Please continue to email Ms. Smith and Ms.Weatherbee to make arrangements. The lunch/breakfast pickup will continue between10 am and 12 noon, Monday, Wednesday, Friday at all of the same locations including Foxcroft Academy (10-11 am). Lunch and breakfast pick up will not take place during April break, April 20th - April 24th.
  • Unfortunately, and in compliance with the executive order, the Burns-Johnson Tennis Complex will be closed to not promote large groups and to continue social distancing.The track is closed between 2 pm and 7 pm for boarding students and dorm families touse. If you do use the track during the other hours please practice social distancing. Foxcroft Academy is proud to share its facility with the public, but during this crisis, our focus needs to promote best practices that prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Within the next few weeks, there will be official announcements concerning Spring sports and we are predicting that they will be canceled.
It is heartbreaking that these steps need to be taken and it is obvious that we all need to participate in similar actions to do our part to fight COVID-19. Teachers are reporting good participation and effort by the students in their online learning. Please keep in mind that all of our support services are in place and ready to assist students and families in any way that we can. We certainly want students to be actively engaged, but more importantly, we want your family to be well and safe. It is going to take all us working together and making sacrifices to overcome this pandemic.

All my best,

Arnold Shorey



Shorey, Arnold, “Foxcroft Academy Letter, April 2, 2020,” Heart of Maine Community Stories, accessed February 28, 2024,

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