Our world changed overnight in the middle of March and we have all been struggling to make sense out of what is happening within our community and around the world. As educators we started putting a greater emphasis on having students wash their hands for 20 seconds and avoid touching their faces. We quickly shifted to the reality that we had to educate our students without having them at school. We were not alone in this struggle and I fully understand and empathize with families that had their entire life turned upside down.
Governor Newsom made it very clear that for the safety of our citizens, his expectation is to close schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Both Governor Newsom and Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurman, made it clear that Distance Learning is to continue and both urged our schools to accelerate our actions to ensure learning continues for our students. I am extremely proud of our district’s dedication to learning this new approach to teaching and learning.
The Brisbane School District will continue the 3rd trimester educating our students through Distance Learning. Teachers have been incredibly thoughtful when developing new ways to teach our children in order to continue with their year-long plan for curriculum. Distance Learning may come in a variety of formats and will likely evolve over time. One constant is that our teachers will remain focused on our district philosophy and engage with students and families through Google Classroom, Zoom, pre-recorded video lessons, office hours, and more.
Please be mindful that taking care of your child is the most important thing to do right now. Your child’s mental health and social-emotional well-being is of the utmost importance. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as our Distance Learning plan evolves. We recognize that this is a challenging time for all of us, and our biggest hope is that we all stay safe, connected, and hopeful. Please let us know how we can support you and your family during this time.