• We have never experienced anything like the coronavirus pandemic during our lifetime. Needless to say, it has drastically changed the way we view and conduct school. We are in “unchartered territory,” and we often feel like we have more questions than answers.

    In developing our operational guidance for the 2020-2021 academic year, we desire to have a plan that is in the best interest of our schools. We want to provide a safe school environment for students and employees, and we want to ensure quality instruction for students whether it is conducted in person or online.

    As we discuss and prepare for the beginning of school, it is important to keep in mind that we may need to alter our plan based on the current status of the coronavirus. Our plan is not “set in stone” — it can’t be. If we have learned one thing since the coronavirus began sweeping across our country five months ago, it is that the virus can change the way we conduct school almost immediately.

    The first day of school is Monday, August 17, and between now and then, our schools will work diligently to prepare to welcome students and begin a brand new year for teaching and learning.

    While our operational guidance provides an overview for the district of how schools will operate, students, parents, and employees will be receiving information that is specific to their school. Please know that our schools are committed to working with you to ensure a smooth start to the 2020-2021 academic year.