October 18, 2020 Edition

Message from the Superintendent

Thanks to you, our school system experienced an overall successful transition to hybrid in-person learning this week!

  • While visiting many schools throughout the week, it was so wonderful to see and hear our students actively learning in-person. By all accounts, students did a great job of following and adapting to the new procedures required for safe in-person learning. Thank you to parents for helping to reinforce this both prior to and during the week.

  • I am humbled and deeply honored to lead and work alongside the absolute best teachers, school and division leaders, and support staff. Despite significant and persistent challenges, our people continue to lead, learn, and serve their hearts out for our students and families across the county. From the many on-site visits and collaborative work this week, it was clear that everyone was working hard, effectively, and with a genuine sense of joy in having students in our schools learning. In conversations with several teachers and school principals, most felt really pleased with the overall transition. Bus transportation, food service, maintenance, and health services meeting the continued challenges.

  • Instructional Technology Update: The Instructional Technology department worked through the weekend to ensure that the hotspots were ready for students and families. All pre-ordered hotspots were delivered to schools this week. If families still have a need for a hotspot, please contact your child’s school.

  • Speaking of the Family Connection webinar, our next one will be live-streamed on Thursday, October 22 at 5:00 p.m. at If you are unable to view it live, it will be recorded and posted at the same link for viewing at any time.

  • As a reminder, the COVID-19 Dashboard is updated weekly and you can view it in the Return to Learn section or by clicking this link: SCPS COVID-19 Dashboard.

I am so incredibly proud of our entire staff for the teamwork demonstrated in preparing for and executing our first week of hybrid learning. Please know that we will continue to monitor closely the needs and actively respond to the on-going needs of our staff, students, and families as we move forward.

Let’s have another great in-person and distance learning week!

Dr. S. Scott Baker