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COVID 19 Update
Classes Cancelled for 2020 School Season
See below for more information

Covid 19 Update

For those of you who knew Bill Heath, Vivian asked me to share information regarding his service which was delayed due to COVID-19.

2pm Saturday June 27th

Christ The King Church

145 N. Main Street Hiawassee, GA 30546


....As our country is in great controversy over whether to open back up to normal activities, the school must consider what is right for our community. In Georgia we have opened some businesses with strict social distancing requirements and the 65+ age group, along with those with a compromised immune system are still on a stay at home order until further notice. The board and I have discussed every situation that happens in a normal week here at William Holland and have all come to the same conclusion that we cannot keep our students, instructors and staff safe in our environment during this health crisis. It is with great sadness that I must notify everyone that we will NOT be opening for the 2020 school season. The health and wellness of all our students and instructors is and will always remain our first priority.

Here are some of the factors that helped us make this difficult decision

Average age of our students and instructors over 65
Instructors not able to get supplies needed for their classes, or costs are just too high during this time
Buildings do not allow for the required 6 feet social distancing
Cafeteria will not accommodate social distancing even with splitting into two shifts
Classrooms are meant to have a close intimate feeling, we share equipment, tools as well as huddle for student demos
Sanitation supplies are in short demandI have been trying since early March to get hand sanitizer stations installed through out the school with no luck, still on waiting list from suppliers. Toilet paper, paper towels and masks are still in short supply.


Students who are enrolled in classes will be emailed with two options for their deposits. Due to the large number of student enrollment we are not able to return deposits at this time. If you would like your deposit or fees paid in full returned please email your request and we will work with you on an individual basis. Thank you for understanding and working with us during this difficult time!

DONATE DEPOSIT
HOLD FOR 2021 SCHOOL SEASON

Please use email as your way of communication if possible as we currently have a small staff working from home. Email info@lapidaryschool.org
We will be using this time wisely to develop our new website and build our social marketing campaign. Katie and I will be bringing some weekly fun to our FB page including a live auction starting the week of May 18th so keep your eye out for more details. We will also be focused on our 2021 season getting the catalog out early and an earlier registration date. Mike C is working hard updating classrooms and the grounds as much as possible during this time. Corie is handling all of our registration matters.

We are so grateful for all of students and instructors who have been so generous and patient with us during this time. We are truly a wonderful community of friends and family!

Kristine
William Holland Director



...Our condolences to the family of Kathy Kinev, our Gem Identification Instructor who lost her mom today to a long battle with cancer. Please join us in sending healing thought and prayers their way.



...Our deepest condolences to the family of Bill Heath who passed away on April 7th from extended health issues. Join us in sending healing wishes and prayers to his two sons, daughter and beautiful wife Vivian. As many of you know Vivian has been part of the William Holland family from almost the beginning serving as an Instructor and Board Member for many years. Bill joined us on Tuesday nights for dinner as his wife always volunteered her time for the weekly auction...he was such a kind soul and we will miss his presence here at the school. They were such a beautiful couple, always celebrating with us for their anniversary by supplying cake to all the students and staff.



2020 CLASS ENROLLMENT HAS STARTED...

...We would like to give a big welcome to Katie and Corie Pressley...they joined our team this week, Corie is our new Registrar and Katie is our Marketing Specialist. Both ladies graduated from Young Harris College with marketing degrees, they are super sweet and full of energy! They are excited for school to start and get to know everyone...this is going to be a GREAT year!

NEW TUITION FOR OUR JR ROCKHOUNDS...now just $200 - lodging or commuting. (2 students per adult, ages 8 to 17)


PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE ONLINE WEBSITE SUPERSEDES THE CATALOG AS WE CAN MAKE NECESSARY CHANGES THROUGH OUT THE YEAR

ALL PAYPAL CHARGES WILL UPDATE WITHIN 7 DAYS...IT IS NOT AUTOMATIC!


...Our deepest condolences to the Sparks family for the loss of their brother Richard Sparks. Please join us in sending healing thoughts and prayers to the entire family especially his wife Nicky as they face this unexpected loss.


...After over 30 years we would like to congratulate Suzanne Wagner, CEO of William Holland Retreat, Inc., on her retirement. We would like to thank her for keeping this wonderful school viable and prosperous as well as keeping the family legacy alive for all to enjoy. We hope to see her visiting us regularly.

...We would also like to congratulate and welcome our new Director, Kristine Robertson. She has been a familiar face around William Holland for the last 10 years as a student and serving as the Director of the Southeastern Federation Week at William Holland for the last 3 years. Kristine has an extensive background in Marketing and Management and we are excited to have her join the William Holland team...let's give her a big welcome!



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


LODGING $425.00 PER PERSON/PER WEEK
PRIVATE ROOM ADDITIONAL $160.00 PER WEEK
EARLY ARRIVAL ADDITIONAL $18.00 PER PERSON
$100.00 DEPOSIT REQUIRED PER PERSON PER WEEK

CAMPING $375.00 PER WEEK (1 STUDENT AND 1 GUEST)
$575.00 PER WEEK (2 STUDENTS)
EARLY ARRIVAL ADDITIONAL $12.00 PER PERSON
LUNCH ONLY INCLUDED
$50.00 DEPOSIT REQUIRED PER PERSON PER WEEK

COMMUTER $250.00 PER PERSON (LUNCH INCLUDED)
$50.00 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 30 days 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

Schedule Updates:
Schedule and class descriptions are listed online.

Shuttle Service is Available for following airports:
Asheville, Atlanta, Chattanooga
Price: $170 EACH WAY
Please Contact Abe: 706-994-4010


You can still view the 2020 catalog to plan for 2021!!
Click here to download!

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