Reunion 2020 has been postponed to June 4-6, 2021
In light of the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, and at the recommendation of leading health officials and the Governor’s announcement to close Vermont schools, St. Johnsbury Academy has taken measures to protect our community by moving to remote, online classes beginning on Wednesday, March 18. Though the Governor has closed schools for the weeks ahead, he also suggests that the length of school closure could extend further.
With so much unknown, we have decided to cancel Reunion Weekend this year. The plan is to celebrate all classes ending with a 0 or 5 next year during the regularly scheduled Reunion Weekend, June 4-6, 2021. Yes, classes ending with 1 and 6 will be celebrating with those ending in 0 and 5. Classes will still have their own individual parties, but the joint events will be just as much fun, with more classes celebrating a weekend of memories and friendships together.
For those who have registered, we will be reaching out to you individually to reimburse you for events you might have paid for already. We will begin planning for Reunion 2021 now, as we expect it to be quite a celebration. Remember, even if it won’t be your year, you can join us for any of the joint events.
As for the here and now, we are in unsettling and uncertain times. We will continue to house our boarding students who cannot return home. We will help those who can return home to do so as soon as possible. We will have technical support and/or alternative instructional delivery methods for those students who currently do not have access to the internet. We are supporting local school districts who will be providing meals to those in need. For some students, school is the one place that provides stability and support on all levels of life. We plan to take care of those kids to the best of our ability.
Many have asked how they can help. We have a fund here at SJA that is used to help students during times of need. Currently, this account is used for a number of items such as help with dress code clothing allowances, assistance with lab fees and calculator deposits, and support for health services such as eye-care, dental care, and counseling just to name a few. For some, this closure of school is manageable, but for many students this shift presents an unexpected challenge and hardship.
To help our students succeed in this unprecedented time, please support our Assistance Fund. We have always been a community who rallies in a time of need and I know together we can take care of those who need it the most. Thank you for your consideration.