April 9, 2020
As we end this fourth week of school closure, I wish to share with you how much we miss our students and care about you, our families. We hope you are all in good health physically and emotionally.
Many changes have occurred in our lives as we all experience the COVID-19 Pandemic. Children are remaining at home and schools are making an honest effort to continue providing educational services utilizing technology at home. This non-traditional learning model is not without its challenges. I certainly need to thank you and applaud you for stepping up to the plate helping your children access their lessons online, complete their work, reteach misunderstandings, return their work, answer phone calls from school employees and attend virtual meetings. I realize that our desire to provide support can create an overload of information and as we navigate our way through this new experience. We are learning and improving as we go hoping through our efforts our students will maintain their academic skills. We will be sending out a survey to gather information that will help us evaluate and reassess our plan. Together we are trying to provide the structure and normalcy our children need and seek in this very uncertain time. I have no doubt this crisis will change how we all live and interact in the future.
I want to thank some important volunteers who have made it possible to distribute lunches to our students when school is closed. Felix Fusco and Roger Tachoir, CCSD Board Directors, have organized several volunteers to help them transport and distribute meals to three off-site locations six days a week. A huge thank you to Tracy Kelup, Jared Costa, Pastor Michael Airgood, Pastor Floyd, Polly Dale, Tina Ford, Carl Schmidt, Britnee Weatherspoon, Sally Kunkel, Deb Maurizio, and John Wilkinson. A shout out to our wonderful security guards, and Louanne Schmitt our cafeteria supervisor and her crew who prepare almost 200 hot meals daily. I am pleased to inform you that Eat’n Park and the United Way are providing a cold lunch on weekends for our community. On Friday, April 10th and Monday, April 13th, lunches will be available in the high school gym and at off-site locations from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. There is a limited amount so first come first serve.
The Easter holiday weekend is here with no school on Friday or Monday. School is important, yet right now I wish to reassure you that the quality time you spend with your child is invaluable. During this “stay at home” mandate there are many opportunities for you and your child to engage in everyday happenings and natural learning experiences around the house. Taking a walk, watching a funny show, being in the kitchen together are all great opportunities for communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. This is a time that the CCSD Portrait of a Graduate stands out as a method for connecting everyday experiences to the strong qualities we want to foster in our students. Thank you for your continued support. I wish you all a happy holiday weekend.
Thinking of you,
Ginny L. Hunt, Ed.D.