To begin, I would like to thank our community for their continued support of our school district. This was never more apparent than last May just after our graduation ceremony. Because of the uniqueness of the graduation ceremony, it was planned to have a graduation caravan. Our seniors and their families left the high school in their vehicles and toured through our communities. People lined the roads and had signs helping to celebrate our seniors. I think that will be a moment that many of them will not forget. Thank you.
We are now entering the 2020-2021 school year. It is an honor to write this opening letter to our community on behalf of our staff, students, and Board of Education. I am honored and humbled to have the position that I have in our school district. I pray for the needed skills to guide our school district on a daily basis.
The 2019-2020 school year ended in a very different manner and most likely the 2020-2021 school year will start in a very different manner than any other school year I have been associated with. First, let me thank all of the parents/guardians who partnered with us during the COVID school closure. Within 24 hours we moved a brick and mortar school setting into crisis remote learning. Internally, we have come to call that time crisis remote learning because that was what it was, crisis learning. But our staff, students, and community did a great job partnering together to get through that time. Again, thank you for the feedback you have provided regarding that time and also the reopening of school in the Fall of 2020. That feedback has helped us emerge better from that experience. If we do have to enter remote learning this year, we will be better prepared and be able to provide a more effective learning environment for our students.
Over the summer we have had a little bit of work happening on our campus….As many of you know we embarked on a large scale renovation project at our high school. Our goal was to renovate our facility so that it can last for another 50 years. I do not know if we can truly get 50 years out of our renovated space but I expect it will be able to be enjoyed by our community for decades to come.
As I write this, we are still uncertain on what the school year may look like. Will students be on campus, how much, what precautions do we choose to take, etc? Whatever may come of this year, please be patient with us and know we care about your child(ren). Without our students we are nothing. Know that we may have to toggle between different school settings, maybe we will have some on campus learning and then have to go into a more of a blended setting or maybe back to remote learning. With the evolution of COVID, we just can’t predict what will happen. Also know that, statistically, students or staff will get COVID during the school year. We have to live with the virus. If/when that happens, we will use our protocols, established in consultation with the Henry County Health Department, to mitigate any possible further infection. This situation will look different in different scenarios. Again, please be patient and have some empathy. We love your children.
I am excited for the upcoming school year. But to be completely honest, I am more nervous than I have ever been. I would not want to be in any place but at Patrick Henry at this very time. We will persevere because we are willing to go above and beyond and take care of each other, our family.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns. My email address is [email protected] or I can be reached by following the prompts at 419-274-3015.