Family Weekend is a much-anticipated event for Blair Academy students and parents every fall. The coronavirus pandemic has necessitated that the School move the program online this year, but, nonetheless, the event offers parents myriad opportunities to connect with their children’s teachers and get a close-up view of life on Blair’s hilltop campus.
The virtual Family Weekend experience begins on October 24 at 8:30 a.m. EST. Throughout the day, parents may tune into online sessions covering everything from college counseling to student life to academics and more. The various webinars will feature panel discussions with teachers and administrators, and participants will be welcome to ask questions.
Although actual classroom visits are not possible this year, parents can still get a glimpse of their children’s academic classes through faculty-produced videos. Teachers have created brief recordings to introduce their courses and describe the fall experience in their classrooms. Parents will receive a “virtual schedule” to view the videos on October 24.
Finally, Blair is offering parents the opportunity to meet their children’s teachers and connect face-to-face via individual video conferences on October 27, 28 and 30. These five-minute conferences are similar to the traditional Family Weekend meet-and-greet, and teachers are looking forward to sharing a brief word about each of their students, whom they have gotten to know over the fall semester. Blair’s academic office will email parents about signing up for the video conferences on October 21.
“Life on campus looks different this year as we observe health-and-safety protocols, but so many of the traditions that make for an extraordinary Blair experience remain as strong as ever,” said Head of School Chris Fortunato. “The entire faculty is looking forward to sharing the details of campus life with our parents during our virtual Family Weekend experience.”