My Dear Friends,
My heart is full as I contemplate reaching the final days of this school year, as well as my time in this wonderful district. I have witnessed countless acts of courage and kindness, not just since COVID hit, but during my 21 years of service: courage that has overcome feelings of fear, anxiety, insecurity, and, at times, exhaustion in order to valiantly serve students and each other. You need to know that ALL of you are heroes, and I am so very grateful for the examples you’ve set for me and for each other. Thank you!!! Finally, a sincere THANK YOU to the continuing efforts of our nurses to keep this data updated each week. Here are this week’s COVID stats:
Total Positive cases since August 25th – 677
Total student positive cases – 501
Total employee positive cases –176
Total current active cases – 7
Total recovered cases – 670
Positive student cases related to school attendance – 36
Positive employee cases related to school attendance – 12
Total number of employees and students currently quarantined – 21
Total number of students quarantined since August 25th – 2,774
Total number of employees quarantined since August 25th – 229
We’re on the “home stretch” of this incredibly “interesting” year. We have accomplished much within some remarkable circumstances, and all should be proud of the work done for kids, educators and staff. I have learned much, and felt of your love and support as we’ve traveled this journey together. At times, we’ve all dealt with those who would question our decisions and motives as we’ve worked together to serve kids, which has proven challenging to the maintenance of a positive and productive attitude.
In his book, “Man’s Search for Meaning” Victor Frankl states: “Everything can be taken from a [person] but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” This freedom has kept us sane and productive, and, again, I am grateful to each of you for your examples of positivity, kindness and care.
Going back to the “home stretch” concept, below is a video montage from the film Secretariat. My dad who passed almost 20 years ago, loved horses and the horse racing culture, so, I love this film. The montage is set to the song “Here I Am”, and within the lyrics are the following words:
“It’s a new start… it’s a new day, it’s a new plan.”
I am cheering for each of you as you look to a new start, a new day and a new plan for the coming year.
With much love, hope, and gratitude!