Below is a transcription of Julie Salit's message to the Tabor Community
Hello Tabor Community,
I am Julie Salit, Interim Head of School. It’s been quite some time since I addressed you all in this way, and with all that has transpired over the past several months, well, it just felt good and right to speak with you today.
First and foremost, I hope you and your families are well. To those who have been directly touched by COVID through the loss of a loved one, I send my condolences. To those who have been on the frontlines in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and urgent care facilities, I say thank you. And to those who are educators among us, I wish you a very successful year with your students and colleagues, whether that is remotely or in person.
Tabor reopened its doors to our students on August 28th and we have been going strong ever since! Our students, faculty and staff are thrilled to be back together sharing classrooms, breaking bread in our Dining Hall, living and learning together in our dormitories, and enjoying one another’s company on the stage, on the athletic surfaces, and in the studio. All with our masks on and physically distanced. Notice I said physically distanced and not socially distanced. This virus may force us to remain 6 feet apart, but we certainly are socially together.
If you have not yet visited our Reopening Plan page on the website, please take a moment to do so. You’ll note that we’ve added a COVID Test Tracker there, since we are testing all community members on a regular basis of about every 2-3 weeks. I am pleased to report that our second round of testing resulted in zero positive COVID cases.
I am so proud of our students, families, faculty and staff for their commitment to our school, especially during these trying times. The faculty has learned new methods of teaching in a hybrid mode. Some of our remote learners across our globe have had to alter their days to fit their classes into their evenings. We’re playing sports with masks covering our noses and mouths. And, instead of a live stage production, we’re making films. It may seem to an outsider that nothing is the same here at Tabor. But I would disagree. The Tabor experience may look different, but the relationships that we all share are the same. The smiles behind the mask, the gestures of holding a door, the aha moments students share with their teachers in the classrooms, the goals scored in practices, the sails unfurled aboard Tabor Boy—it’s all happening here on campus. That’s the Tabor experience, and I assure you we continue to live it today! I look forward to the day you all—parents, alumni, and friends can come back home and see it in action!
Beyond this pandemic, our country continues to face some challenging times. As we approach the Presidential election, we at Tabor have been focusing on building relationships, being mindful of differences, not allowing ourselves to single story anyone, and to learn and practice true empathy. We understand our students and adults have a wide range of opinions and worldwide views, and developing ways to engage in courageous conversations through civil discourse is our focus. We support, respect and welcome all opinions, all identities and all differences, and educating our students to be in conversation with one another, even when we disagree, is one of life’s most important lessons. We hope you will join us as we continue to build our community of acceptance, tolerance, respect and support of every single member of our school.
In closing, I want to express my gratitude to you for your continued support, generosity and dedication to our great school. Although our enrollment is strong, we reached our goal for the Fund for Tabor this past June, and we’ve had a successful start to the school year, we also know that we will continue to need you moving forward. I hope that you will remain connected to Tabor, to visit our website often, to read the stories of our students—past and present—and to share your own with us and with each other. We are Tabor, and it remains true today that Once a Seawolf, always a Seawolf.
Take good care of yourself and each other, stay healthy and safe, and have a great week!