May 13, 2020
Dear ISD 601 Families:
Thank you. Thank you for working with your schools as we navigated distance learning. Thank you for supporting your students through these unusual and stressful times. Thank you for reaching out when there were problems with distance learning, or when your child needed more to do. Thank you for sharing information with us. Thank you for your support of school staff as they implemented a style of learning that we didn’t sign up for. People who work in schools do so because they care about children. To not be able to have the in person contact with their students has been very difficult for our staff.
We have all learned a lot through this process. We’ve been able to identify some areas that we need to strengthen in our overall instructional practices and in the equipment we provide to our students. District staff have been reflecting on what went well with distance learning, what elements of distance learning can be folded into regular classroom instruction, and what should be changed. We invite you, our families, to provide us feedback as well. There are links on our website for a survey for families and for students. Please take a few minutes to fill them out.
We are hoping to have a normal start to our 2020-21 school year -- with students and staff physically present in our buildings. We also realize that the presence of COVID19 in our community and state may force us to provide instruction in a different way. Over the summer, administration will be researching the various options. We will work with our staff, our families and students to develop alternatives that will allow us to provide instruction while still following whatever directives we are given by the state. When you fill out the survey, if you would be willing to serve on a committee to help guide this, please provide contact information.
So while we don’t know exactly what the fall looks like, we WILL be prepared to meet any eventuality. One of our elementary teachers shared that during a virtual meeting, one of her students talked about how hard the day’s math assignment was. Another student chimed in, “Remember, we can do hard things.” That’s an important belief for all of us.
Sue R. Chase, Superintendent
Dan Boushee, Elementary Principal
Dominic Krump, High School Principal
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