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4-14-2020
Kevin Grover
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Greetings ISD 361 Students, Parents, and Staff,

 We venture into week 3 of distance learning and I can’t say thank you enough to all of you for the part you have played into this endeavor.  It impresses me to say the least to see some of the items that teachers have created to educate students from a distance.  I also am in awe how students and parents have met the challenges and are doing remarkably well with navigating the technology based venture.  Packets for the lower grades are coming and going and I thank everyone that has made a point of helping the district out by delivering their work on Wednesdays and picking up a new packet.  This helps us immensely to not have to deliver a huge number of packets.  Food service and childcare are going well and if you have any questions on these, please contact us.  I ask that parents work with your students to keep them doing the required work so that they do not fall behind.  Elementary packets usually have some required materials and additional supplemental work.  Do not get overwhelmed and do the best that you can.  It doesn’t all have to get done.  Reminder that teachers are working each day and are available to help your child via phone, email, zoom, etc.  Use them as a resource. 

           Questions continue to come up and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.  The most common question that I have been getting is what our plan for graduation is.  At this time the board has not changed graduation.  We are waiting to see what options seem feasible as we approach the end of April to the beginning of May.  Our first desire is to have some form of face to face graduation if that is at all possible.  We realize that we probably can’t have 1000 people in the gym, but we are looking at alternatives to make this happen based on what we are allowed to do according to regulations that come out following our current stay at home order.  We have discussed moving it until later in the summer if that would allow for an in person event to happen, we have looked at virtual options, parades, and the list goes on.  We understand that not knowing is frustrating, but we ask for your patience as we wait and see what options we have. 

           Preschool payments for quarter 4 will be adjusted.  Parents will not be charged for time when their child was not at school.  We will do final billings once we figure out if students will be returning to the building this school year.  Same goes with activity fees, we will adjust based on what the end result are.            

Library books can be returned to either school during the Wednesday pickup windows.  We would appreciate getting any library books back as soon as possible so we can keep the system updated.  If anyone needs a book, please work with either office and we can get a book that your child needs.  This is mainly if a book is needed for their school work.              

ISD 361 has joined the “Be the Light Campaign” to support the senior class and spring sport athletes, coaches, and families by turning on the Stadium lights on Monday nights from 8:20 for 20 minutes.  We ask that people do not congregate but if you are passing give a honk in support.          

Thank you again students, parents, and staff for being in this together and working to find solutions to problems that arise.  If we can be of assistance, please call 283-2571.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sincerely,

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Kevin Grover