North Elementary Families,
I hope this letter finds you well, healthy, happy, and practicing social distancing. School closures have been extended to April 17 by Governor Gordon, and our district's goal to "flatten the curve" continues.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Balow has made it clear, "Each Wyoming school district must have an Adapted Learning Plan approved by the Wyoming Department of Education prior to April 6 to continue to receive state funding.” UCSD#1's plan will be reviewed by all staff (again) in draft form on Monday, March 30, presented to the Board on Tuesday, March 31, and rolled out to all staff in final form on Wednesday, April 1. You can imagine the number of issues left to resolve, the number of questions left to be answered, and the work left to do is monumental (unprecedented)!
Teachers have been collaborating as grade level teams, via Zoom, daily. They have been working around the clock as they prepare to educate your children from an online platform. Once the UCSD#1 Board of Trustees has approved our Adapted Learning Plan the administration will roll it out to staff for the third time. We will then be able to communicate more effectively with you, our wonderful parents and students. Stand by as we continue putting pieces together to launch our online education plan. We are excited, enthusiastic, and optimistic to educate your children in a different capacity.
Each elementary school will operate in a very similar fashion. The content being delivered in every classroom will still follow our identified priority standards, pacing guides, and agreed upon curriculum. However, each teacher and grade level might have a little different “spin” as to how they will deliver the content to your children. Believe it or not, this will be a lot of fun!
At times like these, I hope we choose to remember that our happiness ought not be dictated by what happens to us. Rather, our happiness is determined by how we choose to act and respond to difficult and even unprecedented situations. Rest assured the teachers, special education staff, paraprofessionals, teacher aides, custodians, cooks, bus drivers and administration loves and cares about each and every one of you. If I left any other district employee out, well, I bet they love you too :). We care deeply for your well being. We are here to help. Let us help. Let us pull together during this trying time.
Take care of yourselves! Stay tuned for more detailed information regarding our Adapted Learning Plan after it is discussed and approved by the School Board Tuesday of next week.
Principal Diane Gardner