July 30, 2020
Dear Pomeroy School District Families and Community Members-
I hope you have had a wonderful summer and have been able to enjoy some time with your family. Pomeroy School District administration, school board, and staff have been working to develop a reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year. I understand the difficult decisions families have to make in regard to education and the concerns of COVID-19. Please know that I empathize with you and support whatever decisions families make for the education of their children.
The health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority, in addition to providing quality education. My hope is that families can trust in us to keep everyone safe, support us in the protocols that are mandated to be back in school, and believe in our ability to provide a sound education. I also know that some families are concerned with the consistency in the type of education we can deliver. Our plan is to open up our buildings and be back teaching and learning in our classrooms starting on August 31st. We know that plans can change very quickly, as we cannot control what decisions are made at the state level. I want families to know that if we are required to close, we will be able to implement remote learning immediately so your children can continue to learn. Our staff has been working to educate themselves on how to make remote learning as effective as possible. We know that nothing can replace the learning that takes place in a classroom, but we are prepared to implement distance learning if needed. Last spring we all experienced challenges, frustrations, and successes during the closure. The great thing about those experiences is that we learned from them, we reflected on them and we are developing plans to make changes so all aspects of remote learning are successful for students, staff, and families.
Students need to be back in their classrooms learning, laughing, and interacting with their peers. Our teachers want to be back in their classrooms teaching, laughing, and interacting with their students. We have done an excellent job as a community keeping each other safe during these very challenging times. I believe we can continue to do this in the fall and have our students back on campus. I am not ignorant to the fact that there are more risks involved bringing students back, but I strongly feel that our students need to come back for not only their academic needs but also for their social and emotional health.
I have included the Pomeroy School District’s reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year. This plan will continue to be modified, updated, and changed if new guidance or requirements are made. I will continue to communicate and update families and the community as we work through this process. Thank you for your support, positive thoughts, and encouragement as I continue to work through these plans. I look forward to continuing to educate the students of Pomeroy and working with such great families.
Rachel Gwinn, Superintendent