Archer to remain closed for remainder of school year


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The front of Archer on March 13, 2020, the last day of on-campus school activity. On March 8, 2021, in-person learning will officially begin again as the sixth graders arrive to attend class on the Archer campus for the first time.

By Anna Brodsky, Editor-in-Chief

The Archer campus will be closed for the remainder of the school year, according to a video message by Head of School Elizabeth English sent out Thursday afternoon.

English’s announcement follows the LA County extension of the shelter-in-place order to May 15, which was announced last week.

“It really is not prudent for us to return to campus before the end of the school year,” she said in the video. “We know what a profound disappointment this is for all of you, especially our seniors.”

The seniors were on Class Dean Jennifer Dohr’s mind when she heard the news. She expressed the hope that the members of the Class of 2020 would support one another.

“I think the seniors have been craving certainty and answers,” she said. “As hard as the news is to hear that we’re not returning to campus, the seniors can begin to process that in a shared way and begin imagining what the rest of the semester will feel and look like for them.”

For the rest of the year, community members will continue to learn virtually using tools like PowerSchool and Zoom. The Oracle will continue to report on this developing story.