School Closure Extension

Dear Briarcrest Parents,
 
According to media reports, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris plans to issue executive orders requiring all residents to stay at home effective 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 24.  Harris was quoted as saying “The end date for those orders will not be specified.”  The Shelby County orders will be reviewed every seven days.  City of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has issued similar orders, also effective at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, that will be in effect for at least two weeks through April 7, but may be extended.

We have made the decision to extend the closure of our campus through at least April 7, subject to the extension of these orders and the status of the virus in the community.  The earliest we would return to school is Wednesday, April 8.  We are continuously monitoring and evaluating the situation, and we will update you when we have additional information or make any further decisions.

We are very proud of our faculty and IT staff for the marvelous job they are doing, as well as our students.  The online and distance learning that is taking place is exceptional.  We have received countless expressions of appreciation from Briarcrest families. We are grateful for the positive and cooperative spirit that our community has shown through this unprecedented time.

Our Little Saints through fourth grade students will continue using online learning with teacher-created videos and a multitude of other resources. Beginning next Monday, March 30 we will follow this schedule for online/distance learning for 5th-12th grade. 

Monday 
Tuesday 
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday 
 
7:15-8:00
HS “0” Period 
 
7:15-8:00
HS “0” Period
 
8:00-8:50 
1st Period 
8:00-8:50 
4th Period 
8:00-8:50 
1st Period 
8:00-8:50 
4th Period 
Study/HW/
Assessments
9:00-9:50 
2nd Period 
9:00-9:50 
5th Period 
9:00-9:50 
2nd Period 
9:00-9:50 
5th Period 
Study/HW/
Assessments
10:00-10:50 
3rd Period 
10:00-10:50 
6th Period 
10:00-10:50 
3rd Period 
10:00-10:50 
6th Period 
Study/HW/
Assessments 
11:11:50 
Study/HW/
Assessments 
11:11:50 
7th Period 
11:11:50 
Study/HW/
Assessments
11:11:50 
7th Period 
Study/HW/
Assessments
HS/MS Chapel 
1:00 LIVE 
5th Grade 
Chapel Link Available 
 
 
 
2:00-3:00 
Study/HW/
Assessments
 
Teacher Office Hours 
1:00-3:00 
Study/HW/
Assessments
 
Teacher Office Hours
 
1:00-3:00 
Study/HW/
Assessments 
 
Teacher Office Hours
1:00-3:00 
Study/HW/
Assessments
 
Teacher Office Hours
Study/HW/
Assessments
*Teachers will have 2 Office Hours on Friday that will be on their webpages.
 
We are sensitive to the strain that this campus closure is putting on many of our families.  We look forward to reaching the end of this experience and getting back to our normal routine.  We miss seeing you and your students in person.  For the Briarcrest family, we hope you find that absence does make the heart grow fonder.
Please know that we are here to help you in any way we can through this time.  We are praying for all our families and that you will stay well.

Let me close with Philippians 4:6-7; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
 
Yours in Christ,
 
Mark Merrill
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