Covid-19 has impacted all of differently. We have seen the loss of loved ones to some individuals barely having any symptoms. Some parents who have lost their jobs or had hours cut due to businesses being shut down. Some parents have been working from home because their business required them to do so. Students have had to adjust to a different school schedule that is more abbreviated. Teachers have had to also adjust and reevaluate what specific skills or content really needs to be taught. We have some students learning from home but the overwhelming majority have chosen in person learning. This has brought another layer of challenge for teachers as they navigate between in-person learning and remote teaching. Extracurricular activities which often drive the atmosphere of the school have been almost non-existent. So many students benefit from these sports teams and organizations and are an integral part of providing an education for the whole child.
On top of all of this we have seen so much social unrest in our country these past few months. I will not make a political statement other than faith, family and friends are the most important aspects of our lives. We as educators have a duty to provide an education for our students which provides them the ability to look at and understand the world in which they live; to critically think and problem solve as they are faced with so many narratives these days. It is not our job to persuade or indoctrinate children. It is my hope we give our students what they need to be productive and prosperous citizens.
My initial thoughts when I began writing this was one of being hopeful. I am hopeful we will continue with in-person learning through the continued health protocols of mask wearing, handwashing, and social distancing. I further hope with the help of the vaccine release we will see an even better protection against the virus. This I hope all leads to opening up not only our schools more, but our economy so our families are able to better provide for themselves. The movement to a more open school will also allow for students to reengage in extracurricular activities which has been shown to improve attitude and performance.
Thank you to our students, staff, families and community for your continued support. We are starting this second semester off hopeful...but are goal is to not only remain hopeful, but thankful for what we have been able to achieve with all the challenges we have faced. #UnityPride #CommUnity