What a rugged year! And yet, there are so many reasons to give thanks. First and foremost, no one in my extended community of family and friends is ill. Best of all, Franklin Academy successfully executed its safety plan throughout the fall trimester, keeping contagion at bay. I am thankful for the leadership of trustees and administrative colleagues, the dedication of teachers and staff, and parents and students’ cooperation. The happy result was a full term of on-campus living and learning.

As we look ahead to the winter trimester, our COVID-19 Safety Committee will reconvene during the upcoming December intersession to review our current safety procedures. This group will evaluate existing protocols and evaluate efficacy as infection rages across the country. I am sure that we will consider additional initiatives to apply the lessons learned and anticipate new challenges.

When making plans for your student’s return to campus in January, especially if travel requires flying into Bradley International Airport, please know that we will return to our September Opening Plan that requires parents to make arrangements for transportation from the airport to campus. Of course, I am watching daily the pandemic numbers, and I will keep everyone updated on the latest developments in Connecticut and preparations at Franklin Academy. Meanwhile, enjoy the holiday with your immediate family. This slowly moving moment in time is a rare gift. To savor Franklin in the Fall, click here.

PS: I want to thank trustees, colleagues, parents, and alumni who have contributed to our annual appeal. Your financial support will help fund our on-going pandemic safety plan.