Message from our superintendent Mike Nollan
· Like most other industries, public education was not equipped to transform the traditional learning model into something entirely different overnight, but our schools continue to rise to the challenge: delivering meals, providing child care for essential workers, and preparing continuous learning opportunities for students.
· The state expects all school districts to provide continuous learning opportunities for their students during the school closures. District by district, school by school, and even grade by grade, this will look different. Schools will employ a variety of tools for doing this: Phone calls, paper packets, books, workbooks, videoconferencing, online videos, television, online learning platforms, or a combination.
· This is not spring or summer break. Students will continue their learning, in some form, despite school facilities being closed. Parents and families should be prepared to talk their child through what's expected and provide support along the way.
· This continuous learning will look different than what educators, students, and parents are used to. This is an unprecedented moment in our world’s history, and one of the most important things we can do for each other is grant each other grace. Teachers are doing the best they can to meet each student’s unique needs. School and district leaders are working hard to ensure operations, including the provision of meals and child care, as well as payroll for teachers and other school staff, are continuing.
· Students' lives have been upended by this situation. It's important for parents and family members to talk them through what's going on, address their concerns, and make time to continue the conversation. More tips are available from the state education department.
· These times are tough. State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Reykdal, has a message of support for educators, parents, students, and graduating seniors.
Mike Nollan, Superintendent Kittitas School District