December 18, 2020
This is a moment of significance. We have made it to the end of a very challenging year. I first heard of COVID-19 last January. Little did I understand then what it would mean to us, though it quickly became apparent. A pandemic affects everything.
As we head into winter break and I think back over the past year, I am so thankful we have been able to keep the learning going. From the beginning, the one thing that stayed in my mind was that our children would not get this time back. Whether you have a kindergartner, a senior, or a child in any grade in between, a lost year of school is an experience that can’t be replicated.
I could not be more grateful to our teachers and staff for the hard work and commitment they have shown throughout these long months. They have given our students such a gift. They have given them their year. Please join me in thanking them.
I am also grateful for the vaccines that will soon be here. We are already coordinating with the Douglas County Health Department for when our staff will be able to receive the vaccine. But we know we are not through this yet. The virus will still be with us when we return in January. As we have throughout, we will continue to be vigilant about our safety protocols and transparent with our positive case information. We now know what it takes to operate schools in a pandemic, and we are hopeful we will be able to move forward in the spring semester just as we have throughout the fall.
Please remember Monday, January 4th is a teacher work day. Our teachers will use the day to plan, so they are able to continue teaching both in-person and remote students at the same time. We look forward to welcoming your students back on Tuesday, January 5th.
I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you for being a great partner with us this past year.
Jim Sutfin, Ed.D.