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Covid 19 Update

REGISTRATION UPDATE: We are hoping registration will be on December 15th but are at the mercy of the new website company. We have upgraded our system which will make registration so much easier for our students, teachers and staff. PLEASE NOTE that the old site is still up and classes that are showing are 2021 classes...we ask that you wait until the new site is up to access your account and make sure everything is correct before we start registration. I will be posting updates this week as we get closer to getting the new site up and running. Please view the 2022 classes on our digital catalog posted @ lapidaryschool.org under MORE on the menu bar. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this new site...it will be worth the wait!!! THANK YOU!




We would like to thank Harold Sparks for his continued support to our school, serving on the Board of Directors. We wish him all the best as he retires from his duties as President of the Board...we are truly grateful!

We would also like to congratulate all of the new Board Officers, we appreciate all of your hard work!

John Wild, President
Sarah Lee Boyce, Vice-President
Vickie Prillaman, Treasurer
Judi Wild, Secretary



Our hearts and condolences go out to the family of Scott Carlton Forward, one of our wonderful instructors. Scott was a kind man who loved anything to do with rocks...he enjoyed talking to anyone who would listen. We are praying for peace and healing for Denise Forward and his children during this difficult time. Rest in peace Scott, you touched so many lives and we are grateful. Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at the Sosebee Memorial Chapel in Canton with Rev. Joe Vernon and Rev. Paul Roberts officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday prior to the service from 11:00 a.m. until the funeral hour. Interment will be held on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the Georgia National Cemetery. Cards can be mailed to Denise at 424 Tanglewood Drive, Canton GA 30115. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Thomas M. Brady Post 45, 160 McClure St. Canton, GA 30114 or William Holland Retreat PO Box 980, Young Harris, GA 30582-0980.
2021 CLASS CANCELATION

We would like to express our gratitude to all students and instructors for your patience and understanding during the last year and a half as we navigate through this pandemic. We met with the board over the last few days discussing the 2021 season and how it is affected by the current Pandemic status. We worked through different scenarios trying to find a solution that was financially feasible for us to open while keeping up with Georgia and CDC guidelines to keep our students, teachers and staff safe. We are sad to say, our efforts lead to the decision that it is not going to be possible to open in a traditional way this year. The following are reasons why it would not be viable for us to open:

Limited class sizes reduced tuition income
Increased costs including additional sanitation, food and supplies exceeds reduced tuition income
Multiple meal times required to meet the 3.5 ft social distancing requirements would add additional cost
Cancelation of events such as orientation, auction, tailgating and show-n-tell because of social distancing rules, would reduce the overall William Holland experience


Although we are canceling our campus classes, we are excited to announce we are planning new ways to stay connected safely during this time through the following events


Online classes and workshops
Teacher demos
Weekly online auctions and special selling events
Monthly selling events on campus (cabs/slabs)
Open house events for new students
New user-friendly website with the ability to purchase tools and equipment
Updated classrooms and tool kits for students in 2022
Three additional weeks added to the 2022 season



We are working very hard to keep YOU uppermost in our hearts and minds by creating new avenues for you to enjoy and stay connected. We miss our students and the friendship each of you bring, but we want to keep everyone safe to enjoy another year at William Holland.
We will be in touch soon with more details on deposits/payments from the 2021 season along with some promotional offers for the upcoming 2022 season!


We are so thankful for our William Holland family,


Kristine and Corie
William Holland Staff


2021 Refund Policy

As we have made the decision to cancel classes for the 2021 season, we know many of you have paid in full or paid deposits for your classes. Please read the following policy and let us know if you have any questions. We are so grateful for your understanding and support during this time...please know our goal is to come back stronger than ever in 2022!

In 2021 we are asking that you donate, hold or request a refund of your fees and deposits. Our Pandemic Refund Policy printed in our catalog and website states all requests for refunds must be by email or mail (no phone messages). These requests will be paid by the end of 2021 as funds are available.

We also request that you donate or place your 2021 fees on hold for 2022. If you would like to donate or place your class on hold please contact Corie.

Refund requests: corie@lapidaryschool.org

Or mail to: PO Box 980
Young Harris, GA 30582

In 2020 you were asked if you would like to donate, refund or have fees placed on hold. All refunds were made, donations were moved to the general fund and requests for holds were moved to the hold status. We have moved all 2020 hold to the 2022 season...there is no need to send a request at this time unless you would like to move these funds to a donation. We have kept good records and rest assured your 2020 deposits that were placed on hold will be held over to 2022!

Promotion If you paid for your class in full or have over $400 in deposits or do so by June 30, 2021 and allow us to hold your funds for the 2022 season, we will honor the 2021 pricing, as we will have a small tuition increase in 2022.

We want to thank everyone again for your continued support as we navigate through these unprecedented times. I am sure none of us predicted we would still be in this situation in 2021. We understand that some of you are also having a difficult time so please contact Kristine directly if you need an exception to this policy, we will try to work with everyone as much as possible.

krististine@lapidaryschool.org

William Holland School of Lapidary Arts
08-Oct-2020 William Holland School of Lapidary Arts 2021 Catalog version 2.02 Page 12

RETURN POLICY DURING PANDEMIC
DEPOSITS: While we hope that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to improve, if
we find ourselves unable to open or have a delayed start due to Covid-19, deposits will be handled
as follows:

1) We ask that students defer their deposit to the 2022 season.
2) We ask that students donate their deposit to help fund the school during this emergency
time.
3) We will return deposits with a written request by mail or email by the end of 2021.
Disbursement date of refunds will be at the discretion of management but will be paid by
the end of the year 2021.



I would like to congratulate our two newest Board members...John Wild and Jan Stephens! We are so excited to have you join us at this time as we strive to make William Holland as strong as it can be in 2022!!! Congrats




We would like to thank Barbara Green for all of her service as a William Holland Board member...we appreciate all you have done for the school!


2021 CLASSES..

As we look to evaluate how Covid-19 may impact our 2021 season, we must look at the best information available to us at this moment while also looking back at what we have already learned about this pandemic. When we started registration in October last year the Covid-19 numbers were heading in the right direction and we had every belief that we would be able to start the 2021 season on time. We have a solid plan to keep our students and instructors as safe as possible with updated pandemic safety policies. We are looking at the situation with fresh eyes as we get closer to our opening date and unfortunately with the numbers at record levels and government imposed regulations, we have recognized we will not be permitted to open in April. After much discussion the Board and I have decided that June 13th will be a much better anticipated opening date. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will follow all Federal and Georgia state regulations. We believe delaying the start date is in the best interest and safety of our students, instructors and staff.

We feel strongly about the need to make decisions well in advance for both students and instructors. Given what we know right now about current cases, the more contagious virus strain, the current state of vaccine distribution and the current restrictions in place in Georgia...we cannot, in good conscience, start classes in April. We will be reaching out to students enrolled in April, May and beginning of June to help reschedule their class or determine if they want a refund or hold their deposit until a future date. We are all anxious to resume some normalcy in our lives, returning to our friends and classes at William Holland but we are legally required to follow regulations such as limits on gatherings and social distancing. We appreciate everyone's understanding at this time.


2021 CLASS UPDATE
As we look to evaluate how Covid-19 may impact our 2021 season, we must look at the best information available to us at this moment while also looking back at what we have already learned about this pandemic. When we started registration in October last year the Covid-19 numbers were heading in the right direction and we had every belief that we would be able to start the 2021 season on time. We have a solid plan to keep our students and instructors as safe as possible with updated pandemic safety policies. We are looking at the situation with fresh eyes as we get closer to our opening date and unfortunately with the numbers at record levels and government imposed regulations, we have recognized we will not be permitted to open in April. After much discussion the Board and I have decided that June 13th will be a much better anticipated opening date. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will follow all Federal and Georgia state regulations. We believe delaying the start date is in the best interest and safety of our students, instructors and staff.
We feel strongly about the need to make decisions well in advance for both students and instructors. Given what we know right now about current cases, the more contagious virus strain, the current state of vaccine distribution and the current restrictions in place in Georgia...we cannot, in good conscience, start classes in April. We will be reaching out to students enrolled in April, May and beginning of June to help reschedule their class or determine if they want a refund or hold their deposit until a future date. We are all anxious to resume some normalcy in our lives, returning to our friends and classes at William Holland but we are legally required to follow regulations such as limits on gatherings and social distancing. We appreciate everyone's understanding at this time.


Our thoughts and prayers are with the Laster family...our sweet Wanda passed today and I know she is back in the loving arms of her beloved Toby! Wanda was loved so much by everyone, always a sweet smile and kind words!!! Toby and Wanda were like celebrities around here, whenever they came for a visit you could hear teachers and students whispering...did you see Toby and Wanda, they are in the school today!!!! We are honored to have known you both, the school will never be quite the same without you




2021 REGISTRATION....

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I HAVE A DEPOSIT ON HOLD FROM 2020, HOW DO I USE IT? If you have a deposit on hold you have THREE options...

We can apply your deposit from 2020 to a 2021 class, just request in writing through email or mail.

Place another deposit for 2021 classes and we will use your deposit from 2020 to pay down your balance when you check in for your class. This would be greatly appreciated as our funds are getting low without students here this year.

Purchase a Gift Certificate from us to pay off your class/classes, you will receive $20 off if you pay for the entire class upfront (valid for lodging students only). The card will be good for 3 years (we are offering this option incase the virus is still an issue in 2021). To qualify for the discount you must purchase the gift card for a minimum of $325.

IF I SIGNED UP FOR A CLASS THIS YEAR AND IT WAS CANCELED WILL I AUTOMATICALLY BE PUT IN THAT CLASS FOR 2021?

No...we are sorry but our system will not allow us to do this. Classes for 2020 get removed when the 2021 classes are added. We had over 1400 students signed up this year and it would be too difficult to track everyone by hand with only part time admin working at this time.

DO I GET PRIORITY IF I SIGNED UP FOR A CLASS IN 2020 AND I WANT THE SAME CLASS IN 2021?

Again we apologize, but it would be impossible to do this as our classes have changed dates, some teachers are not teaching next year and class sizes have changed. We recommend signing up online at 10am on the 12th of October if you want a specific class.

IF I MAIL MY APPLICATION IN WILL I GET PRIORITY OR BE ENTERED INTO MY CLASS BEFORE REGISTRATION STARTS?

We will start entering mail-in applications on registration day in the order we receive them. We recommend using online registration if you are trying to get into a class that fills up quickly. We cannot take responsibility for the mail arriving in a timely manner right now.

William Holland School of Lapidary Arts
08-Oct-2020 William Holland School of Lapidary Arts 2021 Catalog version 2.02 Page 12

RETURN POLICY DURING PANDEMIC
DEPOSITS: While we hope that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to improve, if
we find ourselves unable to open or have a delayed start due to Covid-19, deposits will be handled
as follows:

1) We ask that students defer their deposit to the 2022 season.
2) We ask that students donate their deposit to help fund the school during this emergency
time.
3) We will return deposits with a written request by mail or email by the end of 2021.
Disbursement date of refunds will be at the discretion of management but will be paid by
the end of the year 2021.





THE WEBSITE SUPERSEDES THE CATALOG. THIS INCLUDES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS, CLASS DATES, CLASS FEES AND DEPOSIT/FEE RETURN POLICY

2022 FEES:

LODGING $495.00 PER PERSON/PER WEEK
PRIVATE ROOM ADDITIONAL $160.00 PER WEEK
EARLY ARRIVAL ADDITIONAL $20.00 PER PERSON
$100.00 DEPOSIT REQUIRED PER PERSON PER WEEK

CAMPING $300.00 Each PER WEEK (may include 1 GUEST)
EARLY ARRIVAL ADDITIONAL $12.00 PER PERSON
LUNCH ONLY INCLUDED
$100.00 DEPOSIT REQUIRED PER PERSON PER WEEK

COMMUTER $250.00 PER PERSON (LUNCH INCLUDED)
$100.00 DEPOSIT REQUIRED PER PERSON PER WEEK

ALL DEPOSITS REQUIRED WITHIN 10 DAYS AFTER REGISTERING FOR A CLASS
Due to high student enrollment, no refunds for classes canceled less than 3 weeks of start date. Refund payments are made at the discretion of William Holland management.


Class Fees/Lab Fees are SEPARATE from Tuition and they get paid directly to the instructor!


If you are having PROBLEMS with registration or your payment PLEASE call the school, we have office staff waiting to help you 8am to 5pm weekdays!


To mail a check for your deposit please send to the PO Box address below...

Make checks payable to:

William Holland Retreat
PO Box 980
Young Harris, GA 30582


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Price: $170 EACH WAY
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