May 6, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

May 6, 2020 - COVID-19 Update
Posted on 05/06/2020

May 6, 2020 (Video & Robocall Message)

Good evening,

 

This is your Superintendent of Schools, Lou Taylor.  

 

It’s unfortunate that today our state Superintendent of Schools and our Governor announced that school would be closed for the remainder of the academic year. I am so disappointed because I wanted to see all of you back, but in light of what's happening with the pandemic, we must think of safety first, and the health and welfare of each of you is the most important part of our lives. 

 

I'm going to miss every single one of you. There is nothing more fun than coming to school with your friends, seeing your teachers, and enjoying all the things at school has to offer. Whether it be through the learning process, through the arts, through extracurricular activities, all of it makes each of us complete in our school life. I can remember as a former student, I enjoyed walking the halls of my school; I enjoyed talking to my friends; and I enjoyed those hugs and those smiles from every one of my teachers each and every day. 

 

Now that school has been closed for the remainder of the academic year, let me remind each of you that we will continue with our continuity of learning. We will also continue to make sure that we have remote counseling and mental health services for those in need, and we will also make sure that our feeding sites throughout our county are open and available to those who need them. 

 

I also want to take just a minute to address our seniors. I am as a disappointed about this ending of our school year as you are. I vividly remember the night I graduated from high school, but I want to assure you that we are going to do everything we can to make sure that we hold a celebration for you. Our graduation committee, which includes your principal, is planning a virtual celebration that will take place before the end of the school year. I assure you that we will hold in person graduation ceremonies as soon as time safely permits. 

 

So tonight, I close by saying this: you are important to us; you are special people; we love and appreciate each and every one of you. As Superintendent of Schools, I'm in this business because of the 6,900 students that walk through the 14 doors of our school buildings. Each and every day, I'm going to miss your faces; I'm going to miss seeing you smile; I'm also going to miss seeing you cry at times, because that can be an important part of growing and learning. But I assure you as we move forward, we will be better people for it, and we will be prepared for the opening of school next year.

 

Please take care of yourself. Please stay healthy. Please keep smiling, and know that we will all be together again soon. Goodnight, and God bless you.


Sincerely,
Lou Taylor
Superintendent of Schools