Next week, we will celebrate the Class of 2020 and the completion of another year of learning for our students, families, and staff. What a year this has been!

From hurricanes in September to the global pandemic in March, we learned how flexible and resilient we are as a learning community. When challenged, we were able to transform our learning environment and leverage technology and community resources to keep our students engaged and achieving. We learned that personal relationships don’t have to be “in-person” to be meaningful and that care and compassion cannot be bound by classroom walls.

Over the last ten weeks, we’ve seen innovative learning and heard stories of students and teachers overcoming challenges to succeed in less than ideal learning circumstances. For that, I am incredibly proud and eternally grateful to everyone who stepped out of their comfort zone and worked together to do what was right for children.

While at-home learning was positive in many ways, we did have a few bumps along the way. Our rapid response when schools closed uncovered critical gaps in access to computers and the internet for some families. Part of our work moving forward is to find resources and funding to help bridge those gaps so that we are better prepared for the Fall.

You can rest assured that your principals and administrators are already hard at work preparing for whatever next school year has in store for us. Your child’s well-being and staff’s safety will be top of mind each step of the way.

We are committed to safe, clean learning environments where students can learn and grow. If we can return to classrooms, we will do so with all the appropriate precautions in place. If we must continue online learning or a combination of online and classroom learning, we will use our experiences this Spring to build upon and improve our practices.

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Now, let’s hit the pause button and take a few days to rest and reflect on all that we have accomplished this year. On behalf of everyone with WJCC Schools, I want to thank you for your partnership. Please continue to take care of yourself and those around you. Use this time to recharge. Please stay engaged and know that we will be ready and eager to welcome our students back in some fashion in September. Until then, have a great summer!