Living in Uncertain Times
COVID-19 has impacted our district, our community, our students, and our staff in ways that we still don't comprehend. Collectively, we've had to 're-invent' ourselves, whether in our instructional delivery or the way we celebrate as a school. No one could have ever imagined what was coming our way back in December of 2019 or even in February of 2020. Our staff had to rediscover how to meet the needs of their students, office personnel had to readjust to a building void of movement, food service had to move from preparing hot meals to packing bags and delivering them, buses totally stopped, sporting activities came to an abrupt stop, and celebrating accomplishments and milestones had no resemblance to past years. More than any other time in recent history, education experts were forced to think outside the box and entertain the unimaginable.
In a twinkle of an eye, the school year came to an end and much like Humpty Dumpty, we were committed to putting ourselves back together again. We've heard repeatedly about the 'new normal', but what does that mean exactly? There are no longer discussions around masks or no masks due to two successive emergency orders by the Governor. We're already a month into our return to school and our commitment remains solid in that we will do our very best in light of CDC and local county health guidelines and recommendations to provide for a safe learning environment. For example, we are dedicated to social distancing, frequent hand-washing, masking when safe, and monitoring our staff and students' day-to-day health. We continue to encourage our students and staff not to come to school if they are experiencing 'any' of the symptoms associated with COVID-19. It is better for everyone if not feeling well to stay home until feeling better or to seek medical advice if not recovering in a normal fashion. It is NOT our mission to assume that everyone who is feeling ill is a carrier of COVID-19, but rather it is our desire to practice safety first for all involved; it is the cold and flu season after all.
We will get through this tough time in history and our collective consciousness will be stronger as a result. I anxiously look forward to the day when staff and students walk through our halls without masks and comforting one another when appropriate with a touch, a handshake, or a gentle tap on the shoulder. However, in the interim, we will continue to be diligent to the recommended practices by the CDC and our local county health partners to keep everyone safe.
In closing, pay close attention to district releases and communications to stay in the 'know'. In order to more fully understand the plans in place for this fall's reopening, visit the <Reopening Plans> tab on the landing page of the district website at www.abbotsford.k12.wi.us.
Have a safe and enjoyable Fall season everyone!