October 11, 2020 Edition

Message from the Superintendent

For close to 13,000 students, this coming week will be the first in-person learning they have received in a long time. As we execute this transition on Monday, I want to share just a few highlights and reminders:

  • During the past week, each school actively prepared for the hybrid transition finalizing building/classroom preparations in alignment with the current mitigation strategies outlined in our plan.

  • Our entire division team, working together with each school principal, conducted inspections and tracked delivery and support of essential resources/materials for the in-person reopening. Our maintenance and custodial teams have worked diligently to ensure each building has necessary supplies and is also ready to support safe, engaging instruction.

  • Our teachers and support staff have never worked harder! In addition to closing out the first quarter of the school year, they made preparations for the new instructional model.

  • Considering phase three restrictions and capacity challenges associated with providing bus services, our transportation team has done a great job! As a reminder, there may be delays during the first week as we ensure students are on the correct bus and the possibility of having to conduct double routes. We appreciate your patience during the first few weeks. In addition, there is heavy rain expected Sunday into Monday. So, we will be watching the weather carefully. Bus Routes are accessible on ParentVUE and StudentVUE. The Transportation Hotline (540-582-5125 option 5) will also be available from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

  • Instructional Technology has reported that 898 hotspots have been activated! Two of the 900 devices arrived unable to be properly activated. The inoperable devices have been reported and replacements will be sent. The instructional technology team will be handing out the hotspots next week based on the requests received from schools.

  • This week, I had an opportunity to meet virtually with several of our school parent volunteer PTO/PTA leaders. I sincerely thank each of them and you for the many substantial ways you are helping and supporting our schools.

  • 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.

As a school system, we are very excited about having many of our students back in school next week! Though we have worked hard to ensure a smooth transition for them, we also want each of our virtual students to continue thriving. We love all of our students and are so glad to be able to have the opportunity to meet their important needs!

Thank you for your continued patience, feedback, and support!

Dr. S. Scott Baker