Governor Extends School Closure Through the Remainder of the School Year
April 6, 2020
Dear Team North Beach,
I hope this email finds you and your family safe and enjoying our first (very strange) day of Spring Break!
This afternoon, Governor Inslee and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Reykdal, announced that we will not return to “regular school” during the 19-20 school year.
I know that this news will be received with mixed emotions. One one hand, this is the most proactive position that can be taken to ensure the safety/security of our students, staff, families and community. On the other hand, the amount of grief/loss amongst kids, teachers, administrators, and families regarding the loss of the school year will be significant and affect each person differently.
I’ll be working with other state leaders to ascertain exactly what this means for us in North Beach. Expect further communication later this week/weekend, before we return to “school” on Monday, 4.13, following Spring Vacation.
In grades PreK-6, you can count on continuing with the work that you’ve been doing. Making contact with kids and providing them with standards-aligned opportunities to ensure that they continue to advance and move forward, to the best of our abilities.
In grades 7-12, we need to think through the level of rigor and expectation that we are inviting kids to participate with. As we support our older kids, helping them to continue to earn “credits,” it’s important that those credits can be quantified and correspond with what kids know and are able to do. Stay tuned for discussions when you return and meet with the JH/HS leadership team for further decisions about serving these kids.
The advances and adjustments that we are forced to make during this pandemic can undoubtedly help us to better educate our children in the future.
For each of us, being forced to try and adapt to these new variables is challenging, at best. I’m heartbroken for our Seniors, Class of 2020, who are faced with, at the very least, a different kind of “end of school” celebrations and graduation.
It will be incumbent on each of us to do our very best to support each other and our kids. I’m reminded of a quote by Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Justice to serve on the United States Supreme Court from 1967 until 1991.
The measure of a country’s greatness is its ability to retain compassion in time of crisis.
This certainly is one of the great national times of crisis in my lifetime. I invite each of us to do everything in our power to retain compassion and continue to do our very best to care for each other and especially our scholars.
Andrew E. Kelly-Superintendent
North Beach School District