July 31, 2020 - I hope you are enjoying summer break and finding some time to relax. As we approach the start of the school year, I know there continues to be a great deal of uncertainty not only around safely reopening our schools, but many other aspects of our daily lives.
In my time as superintendent, I hope you have come to know that I have your best interest in mind, and when making big decisions that will have a big impact on District students, staff, or families, I tend to take more time in that process. That is especially true when the health and safety of students and staff are at stake. I also hope you have come to know; just how much I appreciate your patience and the confidence you have afforded me in that regard.
The plan Dr. Whye and I shared on July 16th and the work since then has been challenging. It seems just as things appear to be moving in one direction, they can turn on a dime. However, this message is not meant to explain what I think we all realize is happening, but rather to update you as best I can at this time.
Since we released our Phased Reopening Plan, most people, staff and parents, that is, are interested in what Distance Learning 2.0 will look like and what it means for them. Dr. Whye and a team of teacher representatives met yesterday to further define the evolution of Distance Learning, and more importantly, how it will differ from the spring. Mrs. Fourhman has created a designated page on our website with a wealth of information, which contains critical information for everyone in planning for the school year. You can easily access this page from the header of the District website.
After reviewing this information, I am requesting your help in planning for our reopening. On the website you will find a link to a Return to School Survey.
Please use this survey to share your intention for the start of the school year, whether that be to utilize Distance Learning 2.0, CAOLA, or another option. The survey will also give those interested in continuing Distance Learning beyond Phase 1 the opportunity to share that with us. I kindly ask for your participation in this survey by Sunday, August 9.
As I, and the administrative team, work toward the goal of reopening schools as quickly and as safely as possible and continue to refine the District’s plans for Phases 2 and 3, we will be providing more frequent updates to you, the Board, and our school community.
Thank you for your time today, and be well.
Todd B. Stoltz, Ed.D.