Update from the superintendent

Dear Staff, Students, and Families,

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we work out the many details of our draft plan for remote learning first semester. I know this is a difficult time for all of us, and that we are all coping with a lot of uncertainty. As a district, we don’t have all the answers yet, but I promise to continue providing updates as we move through this process.

The start date for school has changed
In order to ensure that we are able to make our final preparations for instruction this fall, we are adding two teacher and staff planning days to the beginning of the year, on Friday, Aug. 14, and Monday, Aug. 17. For students this means the following date changes:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 18 will be our Huskie Kickoff for freshmen (details to come)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19 will be the first day of classes for all students

Frequently asked questions
Administrators’ inboxes have been flooded with questions and concerns about the fall. While we don’t have the capacity to answer them all individually right now, we are working on an FAQ that will be posted on our website. We’ll notify you once that is online.

In the meantime, I do want to let you know that we have clearly heard your concerns about the daily and weekly schedules, as well as the minimum requirements for whole-class instruction via Google Meet or Zoom. We are making adjustments to the schedule that we will bring to the Board on Aug. 5 (see below).

Revised plan to be presented on Aug. 5
At the meeting on July 9, Board members had a variety of questions and suggestions regarding the draft plan. We will be returning to the Board on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 7:30 p.m. with revisions to the plan. We also will be requesting Board approval of a resolution of support, with direction to implement the plan. This will be a virtual public meeting that all are welcome to attend. As always, the packet for the meeting will be posted on our website (click here) at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Virtual town hall on Aug. 10
On Monday, Aug. 10, from 6-8 p.m., administrators will host a virtual town hall to answer questions about the plan for first semester. You will have an opportunity to send in questions ahead of time via a dedicated form; we also plan to reserve a portion of the meeting for answering any follow-up questions that arise and are submitted during the meeting. Please stay tuned for additional information. 

Again, thank you for your partnership as we work to safely deliver the best education possible to our students. Take care and be well.

Sincerely,

Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams
Superintendent