Dear Parents and Guardians,
First of all, I hope you are enjoying your summer and have found some ways to have fun! I know that my family and me are making the best of the situation.
Secondly, we miss you! We miss seeing the smiles on your children’s faces. We miss greeting them in the morning and saying goodbye in the afternoon. We especially miss having them in class and seeing the “light bulb” click on when they grasp a new concept or learn a new skill. We miss our Truman community!
Over the last several weeks, I have had many parents, teachers, students and even random strangers who find out what I do for a living, ask me about what school will look like in the fall. As a father of four daughters (2 in elementary, one who was in junior high, and one in high school) and as an educator, I completely understand and share your concern about school and what it will/should look like.
Unfortunately, I don’t have all the answers for you. I can tell you that we are here and ready to provide your child with the best possible education, no matter how that education will be delivered (face-to-face, a combination of both in-class instruction and distance learning, or distance learning only). About a month ago you should have received a message from the district which outlined three likely scenarios. We are planning and preparing for any of these possibilities, however, I can tell you that Granite District is pushing for us to begin the year with a regular return to school. Please note that the safety and learning of all students is the most important aspect of all discussions being held regarding this matter.
As you pay special attention to this message, and from additional information that I have received, I want to make you aware of a couple key points:
- If we have students returning to school, whether in a modified schedule, or all students returning to school, we will have increased health and safety procedures in place to ensure a safe/clean environment. You will receive more information about these procedures in the coming weeks.
- Distance Learning is an option in every scenario. While we hope that all of our students return and regularly attend school (should we have that option), we recognize that, as the parent, you are aware of your child’s individual needs and circumstances. Therefore, you will have the choice to have your child continue distance learning, even if the rest of the school is regularly attending. For the sake of continuity, and because parents can choose to either enter or exit the distance learning option during the school year, the student will still have the teacher and class that they would have been a part of if they were to choose to regularly attend school. This means that, to the extent possible, all students, whether face-to-face or distance learning, will receive the same assessments, assistance, feedback, etc.
Registration will be July 29th (for Kindergarten and new students) and 30th (returning students). We will also have an online registration option available for returning students (more information will be forthcoming).
I cannot say how excited we are to have your child return and to work with you and them again. If you have any questions or concerns or if you are considering the distance learning option, I am available. The main office won’t be open until July 27th, so if you would like to meet before then, please email me and we can schedule an appointment.
Again, we are doing everything we can to ensure the best educational experience possible for your child. So, if possible, please don’t worry about school in the fall and enjoy your summer break!
We are in this together! Sincerely,
Principal, Harry S Truman Elementary