Class Cancellation Update 03.20.20

Class Cancellation Update 03.20.20

Dear Eliot School Community,

This past week has been nothing short of dizzying and we are sure that you, like us, are still trying to process it all. For the Eliot School, our schoolhouse doors are closed and will remain that way for the foreseeable future, as government recommendations mandate. We have made the painful decision to cancel ALL spring classes. Teen Bridge has moved online. We’ll make a decision next month regarding our Summer Program for Children. Currently, our Partnership programs are slated to resume May 4 in Boston Public Schools, but this may change as the situation evolves.

Canceling our spring term is a hard decision for us. We feel a responsibility to each other and the greater community to help ensure good health, and we’re also taking into account our teachers’ needs for stable and predictable schedules. Thank you for your patience. We promise to continue providing regular communications when there are new developments.

Many of you have asked how you can support the Eliot School during this critical time. We look forward to the day when we can all gather again to make and create. In the meantime, here some ways that you can help to support us:

Tuition and contracts make up 70% of our revenue. The loss of a whole term will be devastating for us. We have taken out a bank loan to pay our staff and teachers through April. We will need your help to come through the crisis and open strong at the other end.

If you are able, please donate to help sustain us through this difficult period. We are grateful for you and our community of students, teachers, staff, artisans, neighbors, supporters and friends who are the heart of what we do. Please help us prepare for the day when we will open our doors again.

For those of you enrolled in a canceled class, please consider donating your tuition back to the Eliot School. You may also take a credit toward a future registration. Or you may request a refund. Please be in contact with our Registrar’s office by no later than April 23 and let them know which option you want to choose. All tuition unsettled by this date will be converted to a tax-deductible contribution to the Eliot School.

We are currently trying to organize ways to keep our community connected. If you don’t already, now is the time to follow us on Facebook or Instagram for updates and art resources. Also, we want to hear from you! Tell and show us how you are connecting with art. We want to see what you are doing, what you’re making, what websites you visit and how you’re keeping your creative juices flowing. Use the hashtag #EliotArtTogether when you post or share, and connect with our community through Comments.

We are all in this together. The Eliot School has been around for almost 350 years, teaching and enriching our community. We want to be here for many years to come. We look forward to the time when can make and create together once again.

With gratitude and wishes for good health for you all,

From the entire Eliot School Team