From the Desk of Dr. Aten
Dear Patrons of Bayfield School District,
Welcome to 2021. I look forward to a new year filled with hope. I was listening to a speech by the Pueblo Community College President, Dr. Patricia Erjavec, and she exclaimed, "While many things are canceled...Hope is not canceled!" I agree with her. I have great hope and positive expectations for 2021.
The past months have certainly been very challenging for our community as we all work together to navigate the realities of a global pandemic and now work to open our schools and our economy. This school year is different, but much remains the same…students are learning and teachers are teaching. More importantly, our students are growing and achieving and engaging in inspiring learning. Our staff and families have collaborated to keep our children in school with in-person learning. The value of the student-teacher relationship has immeasurable short-term and long-term benefits to the learning and the achievement of each student. We also know families utilized our online educational partner, CDLS, and those students are growing and achieving, as well.
We continue to adjust our COVID response to meet the changes needs and latest guidance. The latest guidance has shortened isolations periods and tighter definitions on what is a close contact. All of these changes allow us to remain with in-person learning for more days and weeks. As you continue to have questions, and we update our plan, please see this link for more information open our plans and documents to address COVID.
Above all, the need to remain flexible and nimble are key factors as we move forward. While there are many things that are in our complete control, some things are changing quickly, and we are all doing our very best to ensure a safe and inspiring learning experience.
As a staff, we have certainly learned from our online experiences. Our teachers and school leaders have worked hard to refine the remote learning portion of our school week in secondary schools to ensure our students will continue a rich academic environment that enhances the in-person learning each week. When elementary classrooms have had to isolate, parents have reported the online efforts have been top-notch, and very different from Spring 2020. As always, teachers are the best people I know at finding inspiring responses to any challenge. For families utilizing CDLS for online-only, please know you are still and important member of our Wolverine Family, and we will continue to reach out to you to track progress and to ensure all educational assessments are completed.
The safety and health of our students and staff is the most important part of our plan. Specific measures have been implemented in each of our schools to ensure that students and staff are able to go about their school day in a manner that will maximize safety. These adjustments include facial coverings, cleaning regiments, and classroom cohorts as just a few examples of strategies to keep our schools open and students learning.
We know that none of this has been easy for our students, families, and staff. One thing that this pandemic has reinforced is just how important our schools and the structure of a school day are for our families and our community. We will continue to do every single thing that we can to ensure we continue our vision of Each Student, Each Day, Wolverine Way.
Our staff and Board of Education adopted a strategic values plan, with 4 key areas of focus.
The four areas include:
- Our Students: Academic Achievement and Personalized Learning
- Our Community: Family and Community Relationships
- Our People: Workplace Staff Culture and Environment
- Our Well-Being: Social-Emotional Support
Under these 4 areas, the district is working on 13 action plans to move the work of the district forward in multiple pathways from high school capstones for all students to ensuring safe, clean and efficiency practices in our buildings and operations.
In addition to the four areas, we are also excited to build-out K-12 graduate outcomes for all students in Bayfield Schools. We refer to these outcomes as our "Wolverine Way." The next stage of the Wolverine Way, is defining the graduation outcomes, as we will work with teachers across the district, to describe our practices and related teachings that support these outcomes. We will also use data gained from the community survey and community feedback session to ensure we are including the bold ideas and the strongly-held priorities from our community stakeholders.
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With sincere appreciation,
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