May Greetings (Important RSD6 News)

May Greetings (Important RSD6 News)
Posted on 05/01/2020
May

Dear Region 6 Community,

May Greetings.  I am glad that it is a new month.

April was a very trying time for everyone and I remain optimistic that in this new month, we can restore hope for the future.

As we look forward, several important updates follow:

District Closure and End of Year Events (Update)

As of this email, there has not been an update on the current state ordered closure of school facilities that runs until at least May 20th.   While it is unlikely that school facilities will re-open this spring, we must wait until final information is provided from the State of Connecticut.  According to Governor Lamont, that news is expected in the coming week.

What I do know is that building principals, based on amazing feedback from students, parents, and staff, are planning numerous contingencies for end of the year events (inclusive of promotion ceremonies, awards night, and graduation).  We all want to celebrate our students and their accomplishments.  We also must abide by social distancing regulations when finalizing those celebrations.  This has been a challenging process for everyone, and clarity should be forthcoming.

Reopening Operations (Future Work)

I have heard from many with a similar question about what school will look like when we are able to reopen the buildings?

As a background there was a detailed article from National Public Radio (NPR) that can be found here: 9 Ways Schools Will Look Different When (And If) They Reopen.

There was also an excellent blog post from the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) that can be found here: What's Next for Public Education.

As a district, we continue planning for reopening under different circumstances.  The district is working on several operational concepts that can address evolving guidelines on social distancing.  In our collective work we look at the following:

1)    Safety of students and staff.

2)    School transportation and number of students on a bus.

3)    Classroom programming and seating that conforms to social distancing requirements.

4)    Potential modification of schedules (including passing time in hallways).

5)    Food service that may need to be delivered to classrooms instead of cafeteria.

6)    Future education that may include a hybrid of regular education and facilitated distance learning

Please know that this planning will develop and more communication will be forthcoming, as reopening becomes a reality.

Post Reopening Planning

Once we are able to reopen school facilities, there is a personal concern (as a parent and educator) over lost student time in traditional education.  I have informed the Board of Education that addressing this concern must be the primary focus for post-reopening and the coming year (2020-2021).  We will explore all potential remediation and enrichment opportunities for our students so that we can ensure that lost time is recovered.  I welcome any thoughts on this topic from the community via email at cleone@rsd6.org.

Reminder – Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

A reminder, that each Wednesday at 3:00 p.m., I hold an open conversation with the community.  You can join this conversation via this link:  Community Conversation

Sharing the good…

In closing, I wanted to take a moment and reiterate a personal mission to share the good found in our community.

We are making great progress in a goal to secure 1,000 thank you cards for healthcare professionals across our towns. You can find more information here: Card & Scholarship Update.

Additionally, this week, Cabot foods made a generous donation to local food pantries.  Thank you to the volunteers from 4-H of Litchfield County for unloading the tractor-trailer sized donation.  Our community is beyond strong and makes the ultimate difference. 

Keep celebrating the good.

Stay healthy.  Stay strong.  Live forward.

Chris

 

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