UPDATED July 23, 2020 - See attachments.
Parents and Students, as you have likely experienced, this public health crisis has required a great deal of planning, new procedures, structure, and training.
We have worked hard all summer to build a plan that is designed to facilitate a great learning environment for students, reduce the risk of infection and the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible. However, we must acknowledge that the unknown course of this pandemic may require us to change or update our plans. I have, along with our team of education leaders, done our very best to plan for multiple circumstances.
The plan includes changes to things we are not used to, such as staggered start times in the morning, less mobility in the school building during the day, a remote learning plan for students who wish to remain out of the school building, and more.
The plan also includes efforts to preserve things we believe are important for learning and our community, such as being in school 5 days a week, busing for students who live one or more miles away from a school building and in person instruction that will help our community’s students achieve their best. It also includes requirements from the Governor and the Summit County Health Department - as well as some common sense.
But a thoughtful plan is only a small part of having a successful 2020-2021 school year.
We need to work together! We need parents to help students, students to help themselves, and our teachers and administrators to embrace new technology, responsibilities, and leadership roles.
You know I like slogans, and here is our slogan for this school year: “We Love Our Students!”
We are putting many measures in place to ensure the safety and continued high quality learning for every student in every classroom across the district.
We have new activities and a new slogan this year, but our focus is still the same - to provide a great education for each student in our community! How we are going to do that this year will be different. But with your help, we can and will maintain our focus on providing an outstanding education while following these important guidelines for as long as is necessary.
We can do this! Welcome back safely… and remember we are Barberton strong!