November 2, 2020
Dear LWSD Staff and Families,
Over the next weeks and months, we will experience the current election cycle as it plays out. Some of what we navigate will be personal, some will be within our community and some will be from across the country. We are on the eve of an election that seems more divisive than any I remember experiencing. I want to acknowledge that the outcome of our election tomorrow will impact each of us differently and I hope that we can maintain our sense of community and support for one another.
We are a uniquely diverse community. Our diversity is one of our greatest assets and therefore it is imperative that we are intentional about creating safe and inclusive schools that celebrate this asset. We know there are groups within our district that do not feel as welcomed, included or safe as we want for each student, family, or staff member. As we move forward, our district is committed to do the requisite work to ensure our schools are welcoming, safe, and inclusive for our students, families and staff.
While the election will set direction for our country, our core mission as a school district will not waiver. We have been challenged as a community about how to address the teaching, learning, and well-being of our children during a global pandemic and amidst a national conversation about race. As a community we have disagreed at times about the best pathway forward but our desire to see our children healthy, connected, and whole has never changed. As a district we are committed to providing a world-class education for each and every student. Each student graduating. Every student future ready. This is our commitment and our ongoing work for every student in our district.
Our implementation of remote learning is significantly improved from last year and yet we know there are students who are not connecting or benefiting to the level we are striving towards. We also know that remote learning is not the ideal learning environment for the majority of students. Our staff is committed to providing high-quality instructional programs to students whether in a remote environment or in-person. We are committed to the continuous improvement of our efforts to provide support for students socially, emotionally, and academically. We have worked with Panorama Education to develop family and staff surveys to seek information about our current implementation of school and work. We have completed our family survey and will finalize the staff surveys later this week.
As you may be aware, our communities have experienced an increase in COVID rates over the last few weeks. Each community has seen increases with some of our cities now seeing rates over the last two weeks at greater than 75 cases per 100,000 residents. We will continue to monitor health and safety conditions while planning for a shift to a model that provides both in-person and remote learning.
I am deeply appreciative to our families and staff for everything that has occurred to support our students during this time. As a district, we look forward to when we can serve each of our students in person.
Dr. Jon Holmen
Survey Window: November 2 – November 8, 2020
To access the survey, click on the following link: surveys.panoramaed.com/lwsd/family2020
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