We hope you are all healthy, well stocked with paper products, and not feeling too much anxiety as we navigate the coronavirus crisis. The changes brought about by COVID-19 are impacting every aspect of our lives and work. The situation at the UF Literacy Institute (UFLI) has been evolving rapidly, and we have been reluctant to share information before it has been confirmed. We are now certain about some developments.
The university recently announced that instruction at UF, and the programs associated with it, will look very different in the coming months; our Summer Adventures in Literacy (SAIL) program has been affected, as well. After seven years of offering our intensive summer reading program, we are heartbroken to tell you that we will not be able to hold SAIL this year as originally planned.
One positive outcome of this situation is that it has forced us all to recalibrate the way we do things, and from that has come innovation. The UF Literacy Institute is exploring creative ways to connect students with reading interventions virtually, and we will keep you posted about opportunities we may be able to offer in the future. In the meantime, please visit our Parent Resource Hub at www.education.ufl.edu/ufli/parent-resources for a curated collection of information for parents and activities for students of all ages.
Of course this is not goodbye, just see you later. We know that we will all get through this unprecedented time, and we look forward to offering SAIL again next summer.