I hope this message finds you well. While the weather is changing to warmer temperatures, it still feels off. We would typically hear the sounds of kids laughing and playing outside on a regular basis, yet it is quiet. However, there is still laughter going on inside houses, and thank you to staff, parents, and students for that.
When the governor originally announced that we were closing for three weeks (and one of those being our Spring Break), we initially laid out a “Sprinter’s” plan. We jumped headfirst into this phenomenon, and everyone has done a fantastic job. I truly believe we are ahead of the curve right now because of the work that everyone has done. However, with the announcement we will be out for the entire month of April with a strong potential for longer, we must revisit that approach. We need to switch from “Sprinter” to “Distance”. We have said that we will continually re-evaluate our approach, and we know we need to make a change.
To that end, starting next Monday for teachers, Monday will be a “No New Instruction Day”. Instead, it will consist of virtual office hours, virtual collaboration for teachers, professional development, and lesson planning. The hope is that by the end of the day Monday or early on Tuesday, each teacher can publish a rough agenda of their plans for the week. I think this will also help ease the anxiety for parents and students as we move forward. For next week, since we don’t have school on Friday, that means new instruction will only occur on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The intent is that we are going to slow down and work to create quality and consistency. I am committed to doing this model for the next two weeks, and then we can reassess and go from there.
Thank you to everyone who has taken a difficult situation and tried to make the best of it.
Proud to be your Superintendent,