This time last year, none of us had any clue what 2020 had in store. With the emergence of Covid-19, everything that we used to take for granted is now foreign. Even commercials featuring group gatherings or family get-togethers look strange considering today’s landscape. Amidst all of this change and new routines, the return to school was truly a breath of fresh air.
Although school looks a little different this year – my middle schooler is still lamenting her lack of a locker – the school year has started pretty well, and kids, by and large, are thriving despite the changes.
September saw a focus on assessment and recovery learning. After more than three months of abbreviated learning at home in the Spring, it was essential for our teachers, administrators and Board Team to identify learning gaps and help our students have the supports they need to be successful learners this year.
My driving force as a Trustee has always been to ensure all students receive an excellent education in a safe and welcoming school environment. Covid-19 doesn’t change this one bit.
As the third month of learning is underway, routines are well-established, and quality education is being delivered in school and online – even with the Restricted Orange changes.
It is our genuine hope that we can continue to keep students safely in our schools as much as possible this year, but no matter what this year brings or where learning happens, student learning and wellness will always be prioritized.
Things may look a little different this year, but the passion and dedication of our division team of teachers, support staff, administrators, custodians and clinicians remain constant. I am so thankful for our amazing team of employees who continue to find creative ways to meet the diverse needs of our students – no matter the format.
Stay well, and may our community and School Division re-emerge post-Covid-19, more resilient, creative and connected than before.
Trustee Nicole Bowering, on behalf of the SJASD Board of Trustees.