The single-page letter, meant initially just for the school community, begins by acknowledging how many parents have created a jam-packed schedule filled with "hours of learning, science experiments and book reports."
Instead, the principal recommends that these well-intended "minute-by-minute" schedules should be forgotten, in favour of a focus on compassion and mental health.
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"Our kids are just as scared as we are right now," the principal writes.
"Our kids can not only hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before."
The letter describes how many kids initially thought that lockdown would be some sort of extended summer holiday, but quickly realised that being stuck at home, unable to see their friends, was not what they imagined.
Because of this, the principal says, many parents are witnessing an increase in behavioural issues with their kids.
"Whether it is anxiety or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally – it will happen," the principal writes.
"You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums and oppositional behaviour in the following weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances."
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Instead of worrying so much about academic progress in these tough times, the principal suggests that parents "tear up their perfect schedules" and prioritise a sense of fun and normality.