Message from our Superintendent
Posted Wednesday, April 22, 2020
I have stared at a blank screen trying to find the right words since Monday evening.
Monday’s announcement that the Governor was ordering the school building closure to extend through the end of this school year has generated so many emotions for all of us. While I don’t think anyone is surprised, the news was still incredibly disappointing. This isn’t how any of us would want to end the 2019-20 school year. The end of a school year is for celebrating the accomplishments and growth of students over the course of their year and then stepping aside for them to advance to the next step on their educational journey. It’s an important rite of passage for students and their families. It is also important to all of us here at school. Everyone, including our students, families, and staff, are all experiencing a range of emotions like grief and anger about what is lost and some level of anxiety about summer and fall.
If we can help your child work through any of these emotions, please reach out to your teachers, counselor, or principal. If you ever find yourself saying, “I wish someone would…”, then let us know. We know that remote learning is not the same, but our commitment to deliver and connect is greater now than ever.
With the decision about this school year behind us - “Now what?” is the big question. We have far more questions than answers at this time. What I do not question is our ability to make the best of this. In the meantime, you can help us learn and improve by continuing to share feedback either through the building surveys or by reaching out to your child's principal directly.
How and when will we make decisions?
We will now start to shift our problem solving from reacting to the pandemic to a mode of response and recovery in planning ahead for both summer and fall.
Everything we have done related to the state’s response to the pandemic has been in reaction to the continuously changing and highly unusual circumstances. We still have some important “reaction” decisions to work out for the end of the school year. We will communicate plans for those important end-of-year recognitions, a system for gathering any of your student’s belongings still at school, and a plan for returning books and instructional tools for the summer. The biggest celebration, of course, is for our phenomenal graduating Class of 2020.
Response and Recovery
The next big work is to plan ahead for summer and then fall. That work is currently speculative only. We will have to wait for further guidance regarding the Governor’s “stay at home” order, the Ohio Department of Health guidelines, and clarity from the Ohio Department of Education for the implementation of those guidelines for schools. The Governor has indicated that he will be working with the health and safety experts and the Ohio Department of Education to outline the parameters for schools. As all other school districts in Ohio, we will be working on a recovery plan to safely educate students in our buildings once we have permission to do so.
In service to our Tigers,
Dr. Amy Crouse, Superintendent