Dear Community Members:
Happy Easter Sunday! It has been a wonderful weekend, and I hope you had the chance to recharge over break. I have a couple of notes for you as we get ready for the final nine weeks of the school year.
BACK IN SESSION!
Just a reminder that starting on Monday April 5th, all students are back in session five days a week for the remainder of the year. We are excited to have them back, and while it still will feel a little different than pre-COVID times, it is an important step in the process of getting back to more normal times.
THE STRETCH RUN!
Spring always seems to move quickly. We will still have spring achievement testing later this month and into May which means changing schedules for students and staff as we complete state testing. While there have been some changes, the results of this year’s assessments will help us see where students are in comparison to previous years. We will be able to plan for addressing gaps in student learning, so it does not further impact opportunities in the future.
We also have some of our usual spring activities that will have to look a little different. There are end of year activities that will be altered to accommodate new guidelines, but we will do all we can to create the best experiences possible for our students. We are constantly meeting and looking at ways to preserve, if possible, some of those important activities, especially for students who lost out last year or have one more shot to experience them this year.
Throughout this school year, we have been very appreciative of our parents who have worked with us and been supportive when we have had to make tough decisions about activities. We remain committed to fighting for opportunities for students as best we can. Our stance on creating the best experience for kids is as strong today as it has ever been. There are more hurdles on the horizon and more flexibility will be required, but I do think we are getting closer to more normal days.
VACCINES FOR STUDENTS AGES 16-18
As we know, the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for kids ages 16-18. It will come as no surprise to anyone that the Health Department is hoping to facilitate providing vaccines for students who are willing to receive it. I am expecting a survey from the Health Department in the coming days that we will send out to gauge the interest of parents and students in receiving the vaccine. There will be some who want to see their children vaccinated and others who will not. The only way to find out what the demand will look like is to simply ask.
Based on the feedback, we may host vaccine clinics here on campus for students, and potentially families. This will be determined by interest and availability of the vaccine. Please know that these will be optional for students. I would consult your family physician about the vaccine and whether or not you should consider moving ahead.
Late last week, Pfizer announced very preliminary results of their vaccine for children as young as 12. While there is no approval of the vaccine for children as young as 12, it is likely that some or all of the vaccines will be available for students ages 12-18 by the time we head back to school next August. Many, many decisions will have to be made by families and their primary care doctors before that time. It is never too soon to start those discussions.
THE IMPORTANCE OF POSITIVE ENERGY THIS SPRING
It has been over a year since we have really felt the impacts of COVID on our daily lives. There is little doubt that, while Spring Break gave all of us a chance to exhale, there will be tough, challenging days from now until the end of the school year. Every day, we will choose whether or not we will bring positive energy to school. That goes for students and staff. As we prepare for our days, our self-talk will send us out the door with one frame of mind or another. You can help immensely by reminding your kids to be positive in their approach to school. You can lend energy to your child’s teachers or staff with a positive note or email. If we all work together to make this an awesome spring, there is little doubt that great outcomes will be the product.
I wish you all the best and let’s start this final nine weeks on a high note!
Have a great week!
Brent Welker, Superintendent
Eastwood Local Schools
120 E. College St.
PO Box 837
Pemberville, Ohio 43450
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