We have made it to the last week of the 2019/2020 school year, in what could likely be considered the most challenging year of schooling that many of us - students, parents, and educators - have ever experienced.
This year felt so different - notably being in a school with no students for a significant time after spring break. With each passing week, we noticed the events on our calendar that we often look forward to, having to be cancelled or done very differently. For our students and staff, being present in school and going about our daily routines is what we were always accustomed to. Through this experience, we have learned not to take such routines for granted.
Since the onset of the COVID pandemic, many have experienced a great deal of anxiety around the health and well-being of family and friends, locally and globally. In addition, many of us have been consumed thinking about the inequities in our society - not just the socio-economic realities endured during COVID, but also a heightened awareness around issues related to power and privilege, such as systemic racism. As educators, we look forward to working with our students as we navigate a “new normal”, to highlight the positive change that we can collectively strive for. It is important that we continue to emphasize compassion, empathy, and equity as we move forward.
It was great to see more students in recent weeks, as we are hopeful that this experience will provide a springboard for September in terms of starting the school year on a positive note. In many ways, we have a new school awaiting us in the fall with construction going into high gear and the main block of the school being renovated. While there is still uncertainty about how September will specifically look, we have learned a great deal over the past three months to ensure that we continue to communicate and find ways to best support all of our students in their educational journey.
We wish you all the best for an enjoyable, safe summer. Stay safe, and we look forward to connecting with our returning students and families in the fall.