The first day of school will be a very different experience. It won’t be the first day we’ve come to expect; it won’t be a typical first day.
First of all, thank you to our teachers. Your unwavering skill and dedication have our district prepare for eLearning this week and, hopefully, hybrid very soon. Teachers are essential workers, and you have responded to this challenge.
Our support staff and administrators have been working endless hours preparing for multiple instructional modes. The team has rebuilt schedules, and class lists shifted 3,000+ students into an online academy and managed daily changes in conditions. Our bus drivers will assist with classroom preparations for hybrid; our food service team is ready for delivery this week and boxed meals in hybrid. It’s a new day in how we provide support and services.
Finally, to our parents and community, thank you. Our schools are the cornerstone of our Hilliard Community. Covid-19 has disrupted all our lives; the impact from a school perspective is significant. We appreciate your patience with ever-changing plans and short notification periods. We share in your frustration and understand your desire for consistency.
I wish I could promise consistency in our school schedule, but that’s not possible. Our motivation is to get students in school, with their teachers, as soon as safely possible. Our commitment is to be open with our communications and transparent in our decision-making process. We will change when state orders and public health officials dictate; we remain student-focused and intentional in our decisions.
This isn’t the first day we hoped for, but it is our first day. As a teacher shared last week, “We’ve got this.” Let’s not lament what’s lost but celebrate what we have.
Teachers and students will connect beginning tomorrow. We start a journey together – a journey that will have ups and downs. Our Power of the Team, our values, will keep us on course. Together, we’ve got this!