SPS Staff and Families,
Thank you to teachers, staff, families and students who have worked hard in the first six weeks to re-enter our school buildings with a clear focus on the health and safety of our students and one another. The willingness of our school communities to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene, as well as to wear face coverings properly, is commendable.
Our staff members continue to provide quality instruction and social emotional support to all students, regardless of whether they are participating in the Hybrid model or our Distance Teaching and Learning Academy. As we consider regular guidance from the Stamford Department of Health, as well as the infection rates reported weekly by the Department of Public Health, it is clear that remaining in the Hybrid model is the most appropriate for our district at this time.
We are committed, as a district, to increase student and staff engagement on our at-home learning days. We plan to achieve this goal by increasing the use of live-streaming, interactive programs, small-group and individualized virtual instruction, and the use of pre-recorded lessons. Not only will this provide a better learning opportunity for our students, but it will also help the district prepare for an unexpected change of schedule. As you know, some of our surrounding districts have had to close a building temporarily due to a COVID-19 outbreak. We too, should be prepared, at a moment’s notice, to temporarily switch to remote instruction in a specific building, or across the district, for a day or longer, as the situation may warrant. An added benefit to this type of preparedness is the state’s recent decision to allow districts to utilize at-home learning, in lieu of taking an inclement weather day, when weather would otherwise make it unsafe to open school buildings.
In the end, our ultimate objective is for our school communities to work together to develop schedules and clear guidelines that consider the age, grade and content areas for at-home learning days. I know that if we work together, provide regular professional development, training, flexibility, and support to families, teachers, staff, community partners, and administrators, we will continually improve upon the learning experience for both our Hybrid model and Distance Teaching and Learning Academy students in Stamford.
Thank you, in advance, for your partnership and continued patience, while we embark on this next phase of our journey. I believe, when we look back at this health crisis and all we were able to accomplish in our district in spite of the many challenges, we will all be proud.
Stay safe and healthy!
Dr. Tamu Lucero
Superintendent of Schools