April 6, 2020
To Families, Students, and Staff,
I hope this message finds you healthy and safe. Just as you and your family are adjusting to a new way of teaching and learning, I have new and important information to share with you.
Today, Governor Jay Inslee officially closed all schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year (click here to read more). This is a tough day for everyone who is connected to education in Washington. Schools are a place not only for learning, but they are a place where people connect with one another, form strong relationships, celebrate successes, build resiliency and ultimately shape the foundation for our future. As an educator, one of the greatest joys in my work is the opportunity to interact with our students. That ability to see their smiles, laugh at a good joke, engage in a “Ah-ha” (learning) moment, and be there to guide and support them is truly a gift.
However, it has been said that challenges only become obstacles when we allow them the power to do so. In the past few days, I have seen education in a new light. The ability for us to step out of the traditional model of learning and guide students to explore their interests and passions will be a powerful experience for us all. We now have a unique opportunity to reimagine education. My hope is to continue to fulfill the promises of our educational system, even from a distance. Although we don’t expect to replace the personal connections and experiences that take place in our traditional classrooms, we can and will do our best at making the remainder of this year meaningful.
I know that many of you are experiencing a tremendous sense of loss right now. I feel it too and empathize with you. For our students, I implore you to rise to this challenge, finds ways to take advantage of being in the driver’s seat of your learning, your passions, and your interests. You are setting a new course in the history of our educational system. I have faith in your abilities and we will be there to support you along the way as partners in this journey.
As a district, we are committed to doing whatever we can to be a resource to our community, our families, our staff and most importantly our students. In the days ahead, as we receive more guidance from the State, we will be adapting our plans and communicating with everyone about the remainder of the school year. I know there are many questions surrounding graduation, grading, student services, and year end celebrations. I may not have all the answers today; however, I do know that we have the right people and the unconditional support of our community to rise to this challenge. I thank you, sincerely, for your patience and your grace. We will get through this...together. Together, we got this! We are #CERSDstrong!
With sincere appreciation,