A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dear Board Members,
This week, which marks the third week of the 3rd Quarter, has certainly been eventful. Yesterday, we announced our plan for beginning a safe, phased approach to offering our families an in-person instructional option, beginning with Kindergarten on March 9th. We recognize the COVID-19 pandemic is a global health crisis. Therefore, we are continuing to follow the guidance of public health experts as well as monitor data from the CDC and PHMDC as we take a measured approach towards safely reopening schools. Moving forward after yesterday’s announcement will require continued rigorous preparation of our facilities as well as intentionally addressing the social-emotional needs of our students, staff and families.
During Monday’s Operations Work Group (OWG) meeting, board members had vigorous dialogue with district leadership and other staff around topics such as summer school planning, budget development and referendum facilities planning feedback. Each of these topics is critical to supporting the social-emotional health of our students, staff and families, as well as the academic growth of our students. We must remain committed to our core values if we are to intentionally implement innovative and equitable policies and practices to address these and other critical issues.
As we continue on our journey towards equity and excellence, we must continue to listen to the voices of our students, staff and families. On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to engage 7th grade students from Sherman Middle School, and their thought-provoking questions illustrated the unlimited potential of our community. Tonight, we will host a Facebook Livestream session where families and staff can find out additional information about our plans for a safe, phased reopening of schools.
Thanks for your continued support and partnership. We look forward to providing you with more updates on our district’s progress next week.
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.