Superintendent Updates

Aaron Johnson with students

COVID-19 2021-22 Reopening Information

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August 2021: Welcome back to a fresh new school year and with it a new sense of hope and optimism for our future. This summer, our leadership team read a great article by teacher/educator and author, Zaretta Hammond, urging society to reframe the past year as something other than a deficit or loss. Instead, consider the knowledge our children gained from the experience. Didn’t we all learn something? Learning happens regardless of setting – school, community or home – and the past 18 months offered unique lessons for everyone. We all grew in different ways.

Our job now is to accelerate their growth and apply our improved understanding of social-emotional learning, culturally responsive education and application of technology and restorative practices. As the saying goes, “The past is where we learn the lesson, the future is where we apply the lesson.”

Although the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, we have a vastly improved understanding of mitigating transmission and have adjusted accordingly.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends masking as the most effective way to keep people safe. Although many are vaccinated, universal asking will be required indoors regardless of the transmission zone. Masking is hopefully a short-term inconvenience to safely reopen our schools fully. After the first quarter, we will reassess this and, based on the current transmission rate, make any appropriate changes aligned to the latest CDC recommendations. A full description of our reopening plans is available on our website. We rejoice in our gains in the past year and celebrate welcoming all students back to full, in-person instruction five days a week.

In partnership,

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Aaron R. Johnson, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools

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