Superintendent's CornerDelesicia Martin, Ed.D.Greetings and welcome to the Superintendent’s Corner! In this special "corner" of our district website, I like to post regular blogs about all the great things happening in our school district. Through these posts, I hope you will identify ways you can join us in celebrating the success of our students and understand how you can be more involved in helping our students excel. I also encourage you to communicate with us via Twitter, Facebook, the Schoolway mobile app, and School messengerI invite you to check this corner regularly to see good news headlines and photos of positive events that highlight our efforts to provide an engaging and empowering environment that ensures excellence for our students!My best,Delesicia Martin
Friday, July 10, 2020: Reopening 2020
Dear Parents, Students, Teachers, Staff, and Community Members,
After many conversations and much thoughtful deliberation, we have developed our reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year. I want to thank each of you for sharing your ideas and concerns, and for your patience with us as we determined the safest and most effective way for us to reopen our schools. This plan is based on the current guidance from state and national public health experts, and as we learn more about how COVID-19 affects our community, our plans may change. It's really important for us all to be flexible as we navigate this uncharted territory and seek to establish a "new normal" that works for all of our students, families, faculty, and staff.
We are tentatively planning to start classes on Monday, August 10, and the reopening plan includes details about the two options parents can choose for their children: in-person and distance learning. We understand families will have many questions about sending their children to school. We have included responses to many of the questions we have received so far, but there are many things we still don't know.
We are preparing to provide the safest possible in-person learning environment for parents who choose that option. We are limiting the number of students on buses, taking daily temperature checks for everyone who enters a school building, requiring students and teachers to wear masks (with limited medical exceptions), conducting enhanced daily cleaning of our school buildings, and more. For parents who are not yet comfortable sending their children back to school, we are developed plans for virtual learning, and we will make sure every student has a device to support their learning from home.
The truth is we need everyone's help to protect the health of our students and our community. This virus is extremely contagious, and although it does not seem to affect children as much as adults, we must keep the health and safety of our teachers and staff in mind. We have to work together to slow the spread of the virus and limit the potential risks inside our classrooms. This means making decisions that prioritize health every day, including keeping children at home if they show any symptoms of illness.
Every community we serve is strong and resilient. We will get through this for the sake of our children and our future. I appreciate the support you have shown during these difficult times. It means so much to all of us who are working hard every day to provide an excellent education for our students.