Can you believe it!?! We are at the end of WEEK 4! There are no words to describe how proud I am of this team and our combined effort to make this year amazing and productive for students. We have not let our new "normal" define who we are as Sandites and our students are the winners! Thank you!
The first big announcement this week is the change in Leadership at two of our elementary sites. Ms. Karen Biggs has taken over as the Principal of Pratt Elementary and Ms. Terri Lee is now serving as the Interim Principal at Limestone Technology Academy. This was a change that occurred at the beginning of this week and another example of how quickly we are prepared to "Turn on a Dime!" These two amazing women have the best attitudes and a driving determination to make sure students have what they need! Thank you to both of you for your dedication to the important work at hand!
Weekly updates on current COVID-19 numbers are available on the Sandite website. We are collecting data weekly on the number of current positive cases and the number of current quarantines/isolations as a district. As we continue to navigate through this unprecedented time, we are getting better at making decisions critical for the health of our students/staff and for student learning. BIG shout out to our admin team for diligently working through each and every scenario carefully following our district guidelines. We will be able to use this data to adjust our practices as needed to ensure our decisions are following the CDC and local health department guidance while still balancing both safety/health and learning. Our goal is to create as little disruption to the learning process as possible through this journey. We will continue to adjust our decisions as we learn more. Thank you for your grace and patience through this period as this is definitely not an easy task. We are currently updating our District Decision Guidelines regarding classroom, site, and school closure and our data collection is proving to be helpful. We also understand quarantine procedures can be difficult for our staff. At this point we must stick to our guidance procedures outlined in our Strategies for Startup document located on our website. We will try to work on an individual basis with employees who may be affected by any of these procedures; however, it is important that leave policies are consistently applied across all departments and work groups. Thank you to Ms. Kristin Arnold who has been working through many questions.