SPF District Update
November 24, 2020
A Message from the Superintendent
Dear SPF Community,
There has been a lot of discussion in our community regarding the decision-making process related to the November 15th announcement to shift back to full remote instruction. I prepared a 6-minute video to provide clarification, share facts and dispel any further rumors.
In support of our effort to communicate more frequently, this email serves as the first of many more district communications you will receive. The content contained in future communications will evolve based on our mutual needs to send and receive information. Your feedback is important to me. If there is content you’d like to see, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions.
Please stay safe and healthy over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Dr. Joan Mast
VIDEO: SPF District Update - November 24, 2020
Commitment to Wellness
The social and emotional health of our students and staff has been a high priority throughout the pandemic. While our work in responding to the social and emotional needs of our staff and students took root well before anyone ever thought of the challenges presented by a global pandemic, our efforts in this area continue to pivot in ways that parallel the phases of our restart plan while also being responsive to the fatigue we are all feeling.
Our approach this year has been to create “connection before content” and as we have returned to an all-remote situation this week. We are in the process of renewing and enhancing the strategies we have implemented to demonstrate this in our work. Our teachers are working relentlessly to create just and supportive classrooms that acknowledge and are responsive to the current health crisis.
While we are remote, we are highlighting three critical areas that are especially relevant for student wellness.
- Knowing and valuing our student
- Building responsive learning environments
- Engaging students in learning
We are also committed to supporting our staff. We did this with professional development in September and are continuing to do this as recently as last Thursday when we launched a series of virtual sessions on mindfulness for our staff.