Community Update (4.08.2020)

Community Update (4.08.2020)
Posted on 04/08/2020
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Dear RSD6 Community,

This Friday marks four weeks of our current closure for COVID-19.  It has been a challenging time, but we continue to move forward with our important work.  Over the last two weeks we have seen an average of 99% of our students login for Facilitated Distance Learning.  This response goes beyond any initial expectations and speaks to the commitment of our students, staff, parents, and community.  

At the same time, during this period, we have received news of a local resident passing and know of families who have lost loved ones to the virus.  These are difficult and challenging times and my prayers go out daily to the families directly impacted by the pandemic.  

It is understandable that our minds are on many things.  While there is uncertainty, it is important to share several updates as we become fully immersed in our new day-to-day environment. 

Length of Closure

The current State of Connecticut Executive Order has schools closed through April 20th.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has social distancing guidelines lasting until at least May 1st.  We are expecting an update on the length of the school closure soon.  Once that is provided, it will be shared with our community. 

Spring Sports

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) is following CDC guidelines and spring sports are suspended indefinitely.  Everyone remains hopeful for a positive update, but we will need to wait for more guidance. 

School Events

These events (inclusive of prom, field trips, promotion ceremonies, and graduation) will be updated once the length of the closure becomes clearer.  We continue to plan contingencies in absence of definitive answers.

How are we doing?

During the coming days, please take a moment to complete an important survey on Facilitated Distance Learning: 

For Student Survey click HERE.  

For Parent Survey click HERE

The surveys will remain open through Monday, April 13th and will help the administrative team make enhancements to the program. 

Spring Break Work?

Over the last two weeks I have received various feedback on spring break that is on the calendar for next week.

This break is important for the mental well being of our students, our parents, and staff.  We have asked a great deal of everyone in the last month and must reflect on where we are, what has been accomplished, and what will come next.  We will also need this time to make some needed adjustments and planning.

The two administrative teams, across both districts, have worked very hard to ensure students have education work during the break so that they stay mentally engaged in a routine and can be found on the following link.   

Spring Break - Education Work 

Additionally, students can also participate in After School Enrichment during spring break that can be found at the links below.  

Coding – Grades 2-6
Warren School (Friday 2:00-3:00pm)
James Morris School (Monday 2:00-3:00pm)
Goshen Center School (Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm)

Web Development - Grades 7-8 (Thursday 3:00-4:00pm)
Mobile App Development - Grades 9-12
  (Tuesday 3:00-4:00pm)

In closing, I extend a thank you for the ongoing support of our students and staff during this challenging situation.  I also thank the many that have volunteered to help across our communities.  I know it is hard at times but stay positive as we are truly getting through a never-seen before scenario. 

In the coming days families across our communities will celebrate Passover and Easter.  My best to every family who will celebrate a holiday and may we all find a future that returns us to a sense of normalcy. 

Stay healthy.  Stay strong.  Live forward. 

Chris

 

 

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