Updates For March 13: Online Academic Delivery

Mr. Zimmerman continues to provide updates on our school's current status concerning the COVID-19 virus.
March 13, 2020

Dear Linsly community members,

We opened the 2019-2020 school year with the theme, “Don’t Limit your Challenges; Challenge your Limits.” Little did we know how appropriate this theme would be for our academic year, as Linsly prepares to rise to a new challenge.

Today, Governor Jim Justice ordered all West Virginia schools to cease normal operations until further notice.

The health and safety of the Linsly community has and always will be our highest priority, and it is that commitment that guides us now as we prepare to take significant steps to safeguard all those in our care and to slow the spread of COVID-19 across the nation. We ask for patience and understanding as we make decisions we ultimately believe are in the best interest of our students, faculty, and staff.

As such and at this time, The Linsly School will transition to an "online" academic delivery program until further notice:

  • Beginning Tuesday, March 17, Linsly will begin providing online learning instruction. There will be no classes on Monday, March 16. Monday will be an additional prep day for teachers as they post materials and lessons suitable for online learning. Teachers will utilize online programs already familiar to our students, including Schoology, Google, Khan Academy, and other online learning programs. Students will be expected to complete school work from home during the normal school hours. More details below.
  • On Monday, March 16, day students are encouraged to come to school and obtain all course materials from your locker. The main school building will be open from 7:30 AM - 5 PM. Students will need all textbooks, binders, a computer/iPad/Chromebook, and any and all course materials.
  • All Linsly on-campus events are canceled and campus is closed to day students. Additionally, the seventh grade trip to New York City, the fifth grade trip to Canada, and any other currently planned off-campus trips are canceled. We are working with outside companies to provide refunds for money paid in advance. More information will be forthcoming regarding reimbursement for those who have made an advanced payment.
  • The boarding department will remain open for all boarding students who are unable to travel home or leave campus. We will continue to provide daily support, supervision, interaction, meals, and activities. We will limit large group gatherings, practice social distancing, continue with safe hygiene practices, and monitor everyone's health and wellness.
  • If returning to “normal” schooling becomes possible, we will communicate as soon as possible. It is our sincere hope that we will be able to reopen and resume normal operations later this spring.
  • We will do our very best to keep the community informed of all happenings utilizing email messaging, Facebook posts, and texting through Remind as appropriate.
We know there will be many questions during this time. For all of us, this is new territory, and we will need to work together as we travel down this unexpected, yet necessary path that places the well-being of all those in our Linsly family at the forefront.

I understand the heartbreak this decision is causing many students -- spring athletic seasons, the plays, missing class trips, senior spring, etc., but this is a shared effort, and I thank each of you for the role you are playing to uphold our values and help each other during this challenging time. The Linsly School is a resilient community, and I am confident that we will get through this together and rise to the challenge.

Please see additional and more specific details below.


Justin Zimmerman
Head of School

Effective March 13 - The Linsly School campus will be closed but will continue to offer online academic programs for all currently enrolled students.

Curriculum & Instruction
Major academic and course goals for each class have not changed. However, teachers will be making appropriate curricular modifications to facilitate “online” learning. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, we ask each student to follow our normal rotating class schedule, and to log in to Schoology to begin work in each course. Teachers will have instructions and lessons for students to complete, and students should focus on those classes and assignments as they are provided.

This will take diligence, attention, and focus for everyone - learning online is different. Each teacher is committed to helping our students be successful and will provide as much support as possible. We want to encourage open communication, and please know that teachers will be available to answer email, talk on the phone, or to arrange electronic meetings over the computer.

Linsly believes in the importance of structure for the development of young people. We strongly recommend that students plan to focus on school work from 8:30-3:00 p.m., including time for lunch and short breaks. We also recommend that students follow a consistent schedule and create a place to work that is comfortable but free from everyday distractions. Parents, our youngest students will need help and support, and we will greatly appreciate your partnership. You can help by creating a schedule for your child to complete his/her school work and monitor his/her progress fairly regularly. It will be important for students to check their Linsly email and Schoology for important instructions, beginning Tuesday.

Teachers will be utilizing known programs that they have comfort using and will allow for teaching and learning to continue in a logical and sequenced manner for the students. Teachers will often be working from their home, but will make every effort to promptly reply to emails, questions, and concerns.

What about boarding students? Please tell me more…
Boarding students currently on campus are more than able to remain at school. Our on-campus faculty is remaining in place and will be available to continue to provide all necessary support, supervision, and attention to help our students. If students would like to go home during this period of time, we ask that students and parents follow normal sign-out procedures. However, international students wishing to go home should discuss all options with Mrs. Wallace before arranging travel.

We have rolled out a daily/weekly schedule to help support our boarding students in every capacity. Alladin, our outstanding food service company, will offer three meals a day Monday-Friday, and brunch and dinner on the weekend. Additionally, Mrs. Campsey, our school nurse, will complete daily health and wellness checks, and our on-campus residential life staff will offer small group activities (mostly outdoors and utilizing our campus) on a daily basis.

Will day students have access to campus?
We have been told that social distancing is very important to help prevent further spread of COVID-19, as a result our campus is closed to day students. After day students have picked up their academic materials, they should not return to campus until permission is granted.

For questions: please check our School Contacts listed on our website to be directed to the most appropriate person.