Welcome Back to the 2020-21 school year! I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe in these challenging times. I understand that during the summer break the anticipation of many unknowns that accompany this particular reopening of school may have weighed on our minds. It is very easy to feel unsettled especially when things seem to have been changing so drastically and so quickly, and not knowing the direct impact those changes may have can seem a bit overwhelming.
Please keep in mind that as we open the doors of our remodeled Virtual Schoolhouse we are confident that our students will be starting with a strong remote instructional model this September. Our Board, administration, and teachers are working diligently to set our students up for success from day one. As presented in the district reopening plan, we will be reassessing the status of indicators associated with health and wellness standards, certain metrics associated with technology, student achievement, teacher efficacy, as well as the overall state of health, in order to determine a feasible date to transition to our phase 2 hybrid model. This reassessment will occur at the beginning of October.
With that said, our staff recognizes that the theme for this school year is: From your greatest challenge comes your greatest opportunity. The continued challenge of the pandemic will extend the opportunity for us to grow in ways that would otherwise have not been presented to us. One way is to explore ways to connect with people virtually. Now more than ever, it is important to make an effort to find commonalities and gain an understanding of each other in order to relate to each other in a positive respectful way.
We want to thank you for your patience as we continue to work through this process. Our main goal is to provide learning options that meet the needs of all students in a safe learning environment. Please understand changes could still happen throughout the year, we may have to move between plans and/or make changes based on new guidance received from state and other officials. We will communicate changes, as they occur, in the most expedient means possible using our website, Facebook, and emergency messages.
COVID-19 is still in our community. Please continue to follow CDC recommendations to social distance, wear a mask, wash your hands, clean surfaces often, and stay home when you are ill. Everyone needs to do their part in keeping each other healthy and safe! We want to thank you for your continued support.
Dr. Stephanie Brown