To Prepare and Protect
Dr. Bill Summerhill, Head of School
To be a parent is to be given a most precious gift—the life of another person to care for and to love. For more than 18 years we bear the responsibility for seeing that our sons and daughters develop into healthy, happy and self-sufficient adults. It is quite an adventure in which we may feel the strain and fatigue of each of those 6500+ days in they live under our roof. And yet, when they reach the end of their high school journey, graduate and go off to college and career, it seems as if it all happened in just the blink of an eye.
Both parents and teachers shoulder two very important responsibilities in raising children. We must prepare them to be able to seize the opportunities that life may open for them. And we must protect them from the dangers that life will inevitably bring their way. At Ascension, being the place where educators function in local parentis, we take both of these responsibilities very seriously.
You know what we do and how hard we work at Ascension to prepare your children for college and life. In that effort we also prioritize how we may best protect our students from the dangers and traps that all of us face as we grow up. Like parents we try to be proactive in heading off and preventing those things that may get our kids into trouble. Because our 6:1 student to teacher ratio is so ideal we can address many issues before they happen, much as parents may do at home. Large schools where students out-number adults by 15 to 1 really struggle with this.
Over the past several months we have all been made aware of the coronavirus emanating from China. While it has not touched us so far, the likelihood that it might has gotten all of our attention. To address these health threats, Mr. Hooks, our Director of Maintenance, is purchasing a Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayer System for our school. This will give us a proactive way to safeguard our school by sanitizing and disinfecting our entire facility: bathrooms, hallways, classrooms, offices, lockers, gym and café using state-of-the art technology proven to kill 99.9% of those bacterial and viral organisms that could pose a danger to all of us. Our maintenance staff will soon begin treating our entire building and continue to do so on a schedule that should keep us clean and safe.
Protection and preparation: it’s what parents and educators are all about as they care for and about their children. Thank you for entrusting and supporting us in the work we do to both prepare and protect these very special young people of Ascension Academy.