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Message from Superintendent Washburn

Message from Superintendent

September 18, 2020

DSISD Parents,

As we wrap up the first week of students learning both in-person and remotely, I’d like to share a few updates. We’ve had many successes and some challenges too, but we’ve faced it together and tried to learn from all of it. Thank you, teachers for your creativity, resilience and can-do attitudes. Thank you, campus administrators for your steady leadership and calming presence. Thank you, parents for your support and understanding during this unusual time. And, most importantly, thank you, students for taking new approaches to learning in stride.

While many things look different for both our remote and in-person learners, our vision remains the same: to inspire and equip students to be lifelong learners and positive contributors to the world. While everyone may not physically be in the same location, we remain unified in spirit and purpose, and we will continue to be flexible in our learning models.

Throughout this semester, you may see teachers and students move in and out of remote instruction and learning as needed. There are many reasons this may occur, including personal health, family needs, or close contact/quarantine protocols. It is for these exact types of conditions and reasons we have implemented a hybrid learning model so that staff and students can flow into and out of remote learning and the education process is uninterrupted.

We’ve been listening to feedback from many parents and teachers and are continuing to tweak our instructional plans and safety protocols as appropriate to meet the needs of our students and staff. We want to thank all members of the Task Force who helped us by developing recommendations for consideration and approval by our administrative team and the school board regarding various aspects of our return-to-school plan. While our protocols are now in place, the Task Force will transition to periodic meetings for updates and discussion.

We know school doesn’t feel the same for students, staff and parents, and we look forward to the day when we all can be together as we were a year ago at this time. Thank you for your flexibility as we navigate our current safety protocols and remain committed to providing an outstanding learning experience for all.

Todd Washburn