Dear Staff, Parents and Caregivers:
First, let me thank all of you during these trying times. I understand the anxiety that has been generated over this COVID-19 crisis; especially for the most vulnerable in our population. I know there has been ongoing concern about school closure and we now have a firm word from our Governor. He wants all schools to be closed to students by Wednesday. So, our plan is as-follows:
Tomorrow will be the last day of school for our students until at least April 6th. I expect it could go much longer, but that is the decision for right now. We will use tomorrow to say a proper good-bye to our students and we will hand out the last of the Chromebooks and any other learning materials to our students. Remember, many of our younger children (Grades 1-4 in most schools) have never taken the Chromebooks home, but they will on Monday (except Pre-K/K). The teachers work with those Chromebooks on a daily basis. You will be surprised at how well your children can access them. We will provide some extra handouts and work packets in case you have no internet access. We understand that limitation. Teachers and some support staff will keep in touch with families while we make this transition to remote/online learning.
We realize that some parents are concerned about sending their children to school. I understand that concern. I just want you to know that we continue to Deep Clean the buildings and make every effort to abide by all sanitary conditions as recommended by the Department of Health. I would strongly encourage you to send your children tomorrow for all the reasons stated above. For those who don't come in we will try to find an alternative way to get the resources to you. Again, not to apply pressure, but I also think it will be good for students to have an official closure. We know that this is at least two weeks long, but who knows. We will respect your decision.
Teachers will continue to report to their buildings beyond Monday. We will be doing some additional planning and organizing. At some point, for the safety of our staff we will close our buildings for a period of time. We will keep staff and community aware when that happens.
Please feel free to reach out to me or any staff member during this period of time. We will miss your children and we really do want to stay in touch. If you are not sending your child tomorrow, you should call the school as you would with any absence.
We are proud to work with your children in such supportive communities. We wish you well and stay safe.
Dr. David Baker
Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union