Welcome to the second half of the school year. I know that you all continue to be extremely busy, but I also know that this “busyness” is leading to increased student learning and attention to the social emotional needs of our students. Thank you! Here are our latest COVID stats:
Total Positive cases since August 25th – 360
Total student positive cases – 257
Total employee positive cases – 104
Total current active cases – 59
Total recovered cases – 302
Positive student cases related to school attendance – 19
Positive employee cases related to school attendance – 10
Total number of employees and students currently quarantined – 245
Total number of students quarantined since August 25th – 1782
Total number of employees quarantined since August 25th – 139
Speaking from a non-political perspective, each of us continues to face the challenge of feeling safe, secure and happy as we confront the issues of our day: many times, to the point of fear and anxiousness. I am heartened by the acts of love and service that I have seen within our school community and our community at-large that help many to cope and overcome. It’s these selfless acts and demonstrated love that comfort and provide a path of light to help us overcome the fear and uncertainty that can exist.
After finishing-up with the Utah School Board Association Conference yesterday, I turned the television on in my hotel room, and the film “Apollo 13” was on. I love this movie, partly because a favorite uncle worked on the development and construction of the Apollo spacecraft. Yes, it is “Hollywood” but there are lessons to be learned. Usually, the “Failure is not an option” line is quoted. However, I discovered a new and what I believe to be more relevant philosophical gem in last night’s viewing. I have included, below, a link to the movie clip. The Jim Lovell character, played by Tom Hanks, is asked by a journalist if, in his career, he had ever been scared. He replied by recounting an experience, while in flight, when his radio communication failed and then the plane’s lighting system failed. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. And then something phenomenal happened: his perspective changed and he found light from another source that allowed him to “make it home”.
Over the last year, we have faced this same type of dilemma: searching for new perspectives, new ways of meeting the needs of our families, our students and our colleagues so that learning continues, care and love continues, and we find “light” in unexpected places. Again, thank you for the part all of you are playing in this community effort.
With much love and appreciation,