On my drive home from work late last night, I decided to meandar slowly through the city streets to take in some holiday lights. With each passing home, artfully adorned with holiday cheer and snow covered lights, I was reminded about the power of hope. I think all of us have stepped up our holiday cheer this year; we have put up more decorations and lights much earlier than any other year in the hopes of a brighter 2021.
While 2020 has certainly thrown us some difficult challenges, it has also brought us closer as a community, provided us the gift of time to reflect upon our family and community values, and come together in support of one another.
While this year has been anything but normal, we have seen incredible examples of good will throughout our streets, in our homes, and here in our schools.
I know many of you are tired; we have been confronted with both a public health and an economic crisis, like we have never seen before and for an incredible amount of time. I know how exhausted this has left us, but we can’t give up now. Our efforts are paying off.
With consistent mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing, we have the collective power to safely work to increase the amount of time our students are back on campus while we continue to heal as a community and celebrate the milestones we have been desperately missing.
These coming weeks will be crucial. Now’s the time for us to double down on our commitment to lower the spread of COVID-19 in our community and to keep our loved ones, neighbors, students and staff all safe as we head into a new year. Let’s make it our resolution to spread kindness, not COVID-19, in 2021. #SpreadKindnessKittitas
Let’s come together, one more time this year, as a community, to:
- MASK UP LIKE NEVER BEFORE when you are around anyone not in your immediate household.
- TAKE A PASS FOR NOW on holiday gatherings with family and friends outside of your inner household circle.
- STAY HOME, except for when there is absolutely no other option. That means ordering take-out, virtual gatherings, and limiting contact with any individuals not in your households.
- QUARANTINE for 7 days and get tested if you have been in contact with someone who has had COVID symptoms.
Additionally, for our Cle Elum-Roslyn School District students and staff, we will be offering a free and voluntary drive-up COVID-19 testing day on January 3, 2021. This will help add one more necessary and preventative layer to ensure a healthy and safe return to school for our students and staff. This event will be held in the bus lane at the elementary school on Sunday, January 3, 2021 between the hours of 11:00-1:00 pm (or until we run out of test kits).
If we each do our part, we can reduce the spread of the virus over this holiday break and ensure a safe return to in-person learning for our students and educators on January 4, 2021.
Thank you for the gift of joy and power of hope that you have so graciously gifted us with.
I wish all of you peace, health, and love this holiday season.