Superintendent COVID 19 Update Ltr.docx
In a typical year, our schools would be looking at Spring Break in the rearview mirror and now heading toward all the final lessons, testing and then the celebrations that traditionally mark the busy end of the school year. As we all know, 2020 is anything but typical.
First, I’d like to say to the students of Clark County Schools, we love and truly miss each of you and so look forward to the days when we are back together. To our seniors, I know this is an especially difficult and frustrating time for you. There is nothing I or anyone can say to make up for the times you are missing in what is supposed to be one of the best years of your lives. I do know that you, as a group, are resilient and innovative. You are better able to work between physical and digital spaces than most of the adults in your lives. Use those skills to continue to better yourselves in a positive way. Please know that in its unique way, the Class of 2020 will always be remembered distinctively for the obstacles it has endured and overcome. Also, know that as this situation changes, we will continue to consider
the safest and best possible ways to offer some of the activities you rightfully deserve and expect as your senior year draws to an end.
Secondly, I would like to celebrate and thank all of our educators striving to thoroughly serve all students in every possible way. When I say educators, I do mean everyone working in our school system including administrators, teachers, cooks, bus drivers, custodians, and maintenance personnel. All of our Clark County Public Schools’ employees work together as a team with the clear mission that Every Student Matters!
Even though it appears that our current crisis is far from over, your efforts in the last few weeks demonstrate that creativity and resilience are at work in all of our schools. I have always appreciated the dedication and expertise of our staff. Now, I am even more impressed with your resourcefulness and persistence to reach out to our students and families in these times of huge
challenges. Even in times of risk to yourselves, you still work toward student improvement all while ensuring student health and safety. I believe that because of these stressful and difficult times, the work you all do in your schools may have never been more important than now. Because of our current situation, we are all developing new skills that will have a positive impact on future teaching and learning.
Parents, first let me say that I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we have been adjusting, like you, to the drastic changes in life these last few weeks. As you know, distance learning for the Clark County Schools is in full motion. While it is our responsibility to continue to educate our students, we also want to take into consideration the variety of difficulties that families and employees are enduring during this time. We are not seeing your kids on a daily basis at this time, you are. If your child or you are feeling stressed over the amount of work or even a particular assignment, please stop, step back and take a deep breath.
While our teachers are doing their best to get work assignments to students that can be completed in their circumstances, we realize students and families are feeling anxieties from multiple fronts. We don’t want to contribute to those anxieties. If at any time, you or your child are experiencing difficulties, please contact their teacher, counselor or building administrator and we will get through it together.
Lastly, I would like to publicly acknowledge a huge debt of gratitude for all our essential workers, especially the doctors, nurses, hospital employees, first responders, and law enforcement for all they are doing to keep us safe and healthy.