Good morning friends!
Well… not that anyone is counting, but as of today we have 29 days of school left to strongly finish out this uniquely different and, yes, challenging school year. As has been said by many over the last eight months or so, it’s been a blessing for our students, families and communities to be able to be in school full-time as well as having all our schools remain open. As we have returned from spring break, I’ve been reminded of just how much goes on, internally, to keep our district running smoothly: everything from ensuring we all get paid accurately and on time, that the bills get paid and necessary items are ordered efficiently; that the phones get answered professionally and patrons and personnel are greeted kindly; that food services are managed so our students (and some of us) have nutritious meals to eat; that our insurance and benefits are managed and issues addressed in a timely manner so that we can take care of our families’ health; that hiring processes are run smoothly and efficiently; that budgets are monitored to keep the district in good-standing and compliant with rules, regulations and laws; that critical minutes and schedules are accurately kept and managed, and… much, much more: all within a culture of courage and kindness. A sincere and heart-felt “thank you” to our great district office staff for ALL you do! You are a joy to work with and your support is much-appreciated.
Here are our current COVID stats:
Total Positive cases since August 25th – 629
Total student positive cases – 475
Total employee positive cases –154
Total current active cases – 12
Total recovered cases – 633
Positive student cases related to school attendance – 36
Positive employee cases related to school attendance – 12
Total number of employees and students currently quarantined – 38
Total number of students quarantined since August 25th – 2,704
Total number of employees quarantined since August 25th – 212
Finally, I know that the aforementioned culture of courage and kindness exists in every school and facility within the Iron County School District and much of our community. At times, this courage and kindness can be overshadowed by negative attitudes born of stress, confusion, intolerance and pain: all part of the human condition. It is my sincere hope that the positive will become so loud that the negative will become impossible to hear, and ultimately, kindness, courage and light will empower us all to unite and find joy in our journey. Thanks to all who are engaging in this very important effort. It is noticed! I have included, below, a clip from “Cinderella” that I believe communicates this message well. Have a wonderful weekend!
Most sincerely and with much love,