First and foremost, please allow me to express my sincere gratitude for everyone’s patience and resiliency this past school year. As a result of everyone’s dedication and hard work our school system demonstrated a commitment to student learning I believe was unparalleled. Students who were committed to their schoolwork had every opportunity and the necessary supports for success. With each school year, there are measurable academic outcomes that provide a window into how our school system performed. Several of end of year indicators substantiate that amidst extraordinary challenges many of our students made academic gains. Understanding, the expectation nationally and across our state was that students would experience significant learning loss due to the pandemic. We recognize that some of our students did struggle academically as well as social emotionally. In response, we have put in place additional resources to support these students.
For example, we will be implementing a “Community in Schools” model in all of our schools. This program is student centered but involves the entire family. Research is very clear, every child who ends up “doing well” has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult. The goal of this program is to surround our students in need with a caring community of support and provide access to critical resources. Each of our schools have a Community in Schools Liaison who will work directly with students and families. I can confidently report the team we have assembled to lead this work are caring compassionate people who are excited and enthusiastic to find solutions to challenges faced by our students. Very early on, they will be working to develop community partners in the effort to support our students and families.