I need for families to understand that we are in a “fluid” state in the education world. Things seem to change by the day. In my last meeting with the commissioner it was stated that we do not yet have the answers for what school might look like in the fall. We have discussed many scenarios. There are a number of possibilities to consider within any situation at our schools: What will social distancing requirements look like at that time? How would those requirements affect our classrooms? How would that look in lunchrooms and libraries? In gymnasiums and on playgrounds? What activities could take place and which ones would have to wait? How would social distancing look on school buses? All of these are simply under discussion, with no definitive conclusions as of yet.
Also, we have been asked by the commissioner to create three different school calendars for 2020-2021. One calendar would be an early start, one a traditional start, and one a late start. I understand that this may interrupt some future planning for you, but this is how we must proceed. We need a plan, but the difficult thing is that we do not know right now what to plan for. I believe as the summer progresses, options for when school will begin in the fall will be a top discussion item with the commissioner and governor. I will study all options and carefully review all information I receive to make a decision that is in the best interest of our students, staff, and community. Also the district is currently working on a plan of action regarding learning gaps that may have occurred naturally through non-traditional learning. When we do return, those will be dealt with.
Please note that we will continue our meal distribution program through the end of June. Please take advantage of this as it is our way to take care of our students and maybe make it a little easier for our parents and guardians. Please watch our website and social media for more details on that.
I will update you as I have more information. Please check our district Facebook page frequently. Again, thank you for being a partner in your child’s education as we go on this journey together.