The following is an email that was sent out to #LEADLIKEAGIRL registrants, speakers, sponsors and members of the Stuart community:
Dear #LEADLIKEAGIRL Community,
It is with an abundance of precaution in response to the COVID-19 virus, that I write to share with you that Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart will NOT be hosting its fourth annual #LEADLIKEAGIRL Conference, scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2020.
Over the last few weeks, Stuart has been paying close attention to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 virus. As a community, we are ever mindful of the health, safety and well-being of our community. Whether it be for a day or a full K-12 learning experience, our number one priority is, and always will be, the well being of those entrusted to our care. While much remains unknown about the COVID-19 virus, given the uncertainty of its impact, it is vital that Stuart take precautionary measures against the further spread of COVID-19.
I understand, and do not take lightly, how much you and your daughters look forward to #LEADLIKEAGIRL. It is central to Stuart's mission and public purpose, and we are immensely proud of our role in providing girls and young women with the opportunity to become "risk-takers and change-makers." While we recognize the disappointment that the conference's cancelation may cause, we strongly believe that cancelation of a conference that hosts over 1,200 attendees is not only prudent but an important decision for the health and safety of the broader community.
I would like to thank our faculty, staff, speakers and generous sponsors who have invested in #LEADLIKEAGIRL and the experience of your daughters. This conference would not be possible without their vision, commitment and generosity, and we are so grateful for their partnership in providing girls opportunities to #LEADLIKEAGIRL.
Plans for future leadership programming through the National Center for Girls' Leadership at Stuart will be forthcoming. Please continue to visit www.stuartschool.org for additional information on programs.
Patty L. Fagin, PhD
Head of School