March 20, 2020: Our Gratitude

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Congratulations! We have made it through one full week of remote learning. Again we extend our deep gratitude for you taking on the dual roles of both parent and facilitator as you guide virtual learning with your children.  

Some important changes are included below.

Our Schools

All buildings will be closed as we follow recommended guidelines. Limited staff will be onsite at the high school; however, If you need to get in touch with us we are still fully available. The best way to do this is to email us.  Please see the district contact list.

Remote Learning / Testing

We are not sure how long we will be operating through remote learning.  We have many questions as I am sure you do regarding AP Tests, SAT centers, our required statewide testing, and sustainable instruction in general. Along with you, we are closely monitoring the guidelines from the Department of Education as well as the CDC.  We will continue to provide updates to the school community as we move forward.


Social Distancing

Once again we would like to remind you of the importance of social distancing.  We understand how tempting it is to allow our children to play together and socialize when school is not in session.  We encourage you, however, to err on the side of caution at this time and until such time as this health crisis passes.


Silver Linings

Today we celebrate the first day of spring which we know provides hope for growth and change in our natural world.  I am sure you are noticing more green emerge on trees and flowers slowly beginning to bloom. We know that it took time for this cyclical transformation to happen and become visible.  If this new normal teaches us anything, it may be that we will learn to slow down and take time to reconnect with nature, ourselves, and our families. In fact, we have received a few emails from our RHS seniors who say that they are finding flow during this remote learning process. As they are given permission to engage in deep thinking and challenging moral debates, students appreciate the luxury of time to wonder, reflect, and participate in healthy discourse. 

Despite some of the tension and frustration with the many unknowns, I hope you take this time to slow down, savor the quiet moments, and connect with family.

Sincerely,

Kathie Foster, Superintendent


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