Dear CUSD2 Parents, Students, and Staff,

I wanted to wish all of our parents, students, and staff a Happy Holiday this week. In times like these, it is sometimes difficult to celebrate or to find things to be grateful for but I know I am personally grateful for the love and support of my family. I am also grateful for the work of our teachers, who have adapted to incredibly difficult circumstances, our parents who altered their work schedules, our custodial staff for keeping buildings clean and sanitized, cafeteria workers for preparing meals and principals for their leadership. I am most empathetic and grateful for our students who have demonstrated tremendous patience and understanding as they navigate new learning models through this pandemic.

At the end of the day, each of us is trying to do the best we can under incredibly difficult circumstances. It has not always gone smoothly, but I believe we have learned a lot since the first day of school that will make us more prepared and stronger for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year and beyond.

As you know, recently, it was decided that Remote Learning would be extended. Our new goal is to return to in-person learning on Monday, December 7, which still remains our goal today. We are focusing on offering two weeks of in-person instruction from December 7 to the beginning of winter break. Two weeks may not sound like a lot, but it will allow us to finish the semester in-person, work with those students directly who seem to be struggling the most with Remote Learning, and finalize a long and ever-changing first semester. If possible, those two weeks could be extremely valuable to us and the education process. I will send out additional information early next week as we continue to monitor the COVID numbers and our ability to return on December 7.

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Anyone who does not feel well should contact his or her health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately.

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families. Please have a restful and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Spencer Byrd