Good Morning Friends!
We are almost there! Thank you ALL for your support, cooperation and understanding as we have worked to comply with the many changes and directives since March 2020. Your positive, student- personnel-centered actions have made all the difference. As a reminder, in keeping with following these directives, ICSD will recommend, but no longer require masks in our school facilities or on school/facility grounds beginning Monday, May 17th. I hope you are able to get some rest, and a bit of peace this weekend. Here are our COVID stats for this week:
Total Positive cases since August 25th – 670
Total student positive cases – 501
Total employee positive cases –169
Total current active cases – 6
Total recovered cases – 664
Positive student cases related to school attendance – 36
Positive employee cases related to school attendance – 12
Total number of employees and students currently quarantined – 19
Total number of students quarantined since August 25th – 2,757
Total number of employees quarantined since August 25th – 216
On Sunday, I was finally able to finish a book that we’ve been studying and discussing this year with our school administrators, “The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict.” Some of you may have read the book and thoughtfully experienced a change of heart, as I did, in how I see people who are seemingly mean-spirited, unreasonable and, yes, hurtful at times.
The book’s content has been thought-provoking and its precepts often difficult to consider applying, given the challenges of the last year and a half. Understanding the human condition and our place as colleagues, as neighbors, as community members, as parents, as partners in education… as peacemakers during chaotic times, I believe, has tested our strength and resolve. The final words of the book, in a simple and straight-forward way, can give direction as we all move forward: no matter our plans, and it is my sincere desire that each of us do so in peace.
“Look at each other, …Everyone… is a person. As are your children…and your enemies, real and imagined.
“May you have the honesty and courage to do what our homes, our workplaces, and our communities most need: to see all as people – even, and perhaps especially, when others are giving you reason not to.”
This video provides sweet wisdom and inspiration from children regarding love, peace, hope and kindness…
With much love and gratitude,