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Reopening Parent Information Guide 2020-21

Dear Families,

We’re almost ready to go! As the clock winds down on this most “interesting” summer of 2020, the buildings are buzzing with activity as final preparations are being made to welcome students back to school, either in person or remotely. I want to thank you for your patience, understanding, willingness to provide feedback, willingness to accept feedback, and overall commitment to your children and our work together on their behalf.

Needless to say, this year will be a very different one. However, the constant, unchanged, immutable variable is our commitment to your children and our deep understanding of the trust you have placed in us. The “how” we do our work may be constantly changing, but not the why and not the who for.

As an organization, we will continue to adapt based on changing guidance and the advice of experts in the field. We’ll analyze requirements and the capacity we have to support decisions while always placing the needs of children at the heart of the matter. We will be kind. We will be positive. We will be flexible. We will ask for feedback and we will adjust as we go. Thanks in advance for doing the same and for your patience as the staff works so hard to reinvent the “how” while being committed to the “why’s” in front of them each day.

Click here to view our Reopening Parent Information Guide, containing important information regarding health protocols as provided by the Monroe County Department of Public Health, information regarding the required daily attestation of your child’s health through an app, technology resources for families, a description of the remote learning program, and information regarding the school lunch program. More detailed information regarding systems at each building are being provided by your principals. We realize that this is a significant amount of information to consume and we appreciate your careful review.

We’re hoping that these materials and emails from the schools are providing you with answers to all of your questions, but realize that after reading through them you may still need a question answered. Please consider joining a new Thought Exchange to offer a thought, suggestion or to ask a question. Beginning Tuesday, questions entered in the exchange will be answered right in the exchange, so check back often. I will also be hosting a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. to review the exchange, answer your questions and engage in discussion. You can join in the discussion here: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/863881234 .

Best wishes for continued good health and a successful, resilient year at school.

Kevin

…every child, every day, every way

Kevin McGowan, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools