Dear Parents, Students, and Staff,
I would like to be the first one to welcome in the New Year, 2021!
I always prefer to look forward and stay positive, so I believe that 2021 will be a wonderful year. I believe it will be better than last year and I believe we have a lot to look forward to. As you know, there is positive public information coming out about the COVID vaccine and the plan to flatten the curve and hopefully make real strides towards “normalcy” in early 2021. Please make no mistake, there is a lot of work left to be done but we know more about COVID now than we ever have. Therefore, we are ready to start the second semester on time and in-person.
A couple of friendly reminders:
- January 6th – Teacher Institute Day
- January 7th – Students return to In-Person Learning
As we begin to prepare to return to school, I would like to remind everyone that one of our biggest challenges last semester was maintaining social distancing. We had significantly more people quarantined last semester due to being in “close contact” with someone that eventually tested positive than for any other reason. Therefore, we are making a concerted effort to remind and re-train everyone at the start of the New Year to remain cognizant of that expectation. For proper social distancing, you must be 6 feet apart and, if you know that you will be around another individual for longer than 15 minutes, then it is imperative that the 6 feet social barrier be maintained. If we can accomplish this goal, that will increase our chances of remaining in-person significantly.
I would like to thank the building principals and the teachers for their ability to work together and face this challenge together. We have all learned a lot since March and we have grown over the course of the first semester too. I know everyone feels better prepared to start the second semester due to our positive experiences and growth. Now, after a rested winter break, we are ready to begin the new challenge ahead of us.
As CUSD #2 educators, we continue to hear our parents and understand how important it is to offer in-person learning to our students. As a parent, my wife and I are looking forward to the start of in-person learning second semester for our own children. At CUSD #2, we remain committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment. If you should have any current questions or concerns about your health or any of your family members’ health, please contact your building principal via email as soon as possible. If we know, we can help.
Thank you and have a Happy New Year!
Superintendent Spencer Byrd
Community Unit School District #2