Superintendent’s Update to Families – August 21, 2020

 

 

 

August 21, 2020

Dear Ridgefield Families,

I am reaching out to you this Friday afternoon with a tremendous amount of excitement! The 2020-2021 school year is nearly upon us. I know I am not alone in this excitement. The Ridgefield School District staff is anxious and excited to get started on what is sure to be a memorable year. Many challenges await us in the coming days, weeks, and months. What gives me strength is the passion and resilience I have observed time and again since the beginning of the pandemic from students, staff, and the greater Ridgefield Community. This passion and resiliency bind us towards a common goal, enabling us to achieve more together than we can alone.

Earlier this month I shared with you Ridgefield Remote, the District’s plan for remote instruction when we begin school in September. Ridgefield Remote is a more robust, predictable, and user-friendly distance-learning model which will allow rigorous learning to occur in the distance environment.

While we are beginning the year fully-remote, we remain committed to a return to in-person learning as conditions warrant. We are developing a graduated return to in-person learning. This starts while in remote learning, by bringing in small groups of students whose services cannot be effectively delivered in a remote environment. As we meet regional safety benchmarks, we will expand our in-person services, eventually reaching our hybrid learning model, and ultimately a full return to in-person learning. For more information on the regional School Opening Decision Framework, I encourage you to take a moment to read the latest recommendations for schools from Clark County Public Health and the corresponding news release from ESD 112.

I encourage you to explore the various resources we have compiled to aid you and your child(ren) in Ridgefield Remote. We recently updated our FAQ page, which seeks to answer the most frequently asked questions.

The District has put forth significant effort and capital to implement local and state safety guidelines. As I write this letter, ABM custodial staff are placing signage through our buildings reminding staff (and eventually students) about expectations, hall directions, handwashing requirements, face mask coverings, etc. Click here to view our page outlining the safety protocols staff, students, and visitors need to follow on our campuses

Thank you for your continued support. Stay well and remain #RidgefieldResilient.

Sincerely,

Dr. Nathan McCann, Superintendent

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