I would like to take opportunity to welcome all students back for the 2020-2021 School Year. This school year will certainly be a challenge for all of us as we try to get back to normalcy following our long break! Our teachers and staff have been working tirelessly since August 10th, to prepare for the unique challenges that we will all face together this school year. Both community and employees have been both kind and positive as we are all preparing to return to school. As a parent, you have chosen either face-to-face instruction or a virtual learning options and I support each of you in your decision. The Department of Education has approved our Virtual Innovative Learning Plan and we are working with parents and staff to begin this option for Washington County.
As we begin school this week, I am strongly encouraging employees to wear masks. Masks are being provided at each school site. In addition, parents, I am strongly encouraging students to wear masks. This is not mandatory or a requirement. Just a reminder to all: if you are feeling sick, please stay home. Be mindful to help your children follow rules of hand washing and social distancing, as much as possible.
At the elementary schools, we are asking parents to remain in their cars as they drop children off. We will have staff in place to assist your children in locating their classroom. Thank you for working with us.
If you need any assistance, please feel free, at any time to reach out to the administration at your local schools. Whether you have chosen virtual innovative learning or face-to-face instruction, our school administration, guidance counselors, mental health counselors, and district staff remain steadfast in availability to provide you with assistance. We will work with each family regarding attendance during these difficult days dealing with COVID while returning to school.
Washington County will continue to stay informed from the Department of Education and both State and local Health Departments on up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. As students return to school, as much as possible, we are practicing social distancing through arrangement of desks and staggering lunches. The District continues to participate in the Community Eligible Provision, in which all students will receive a free nutritional breakfast and lunch.
As we move forward, Washington County wants to continue our goal to provide excellent instruction to every child. We are prepared to meet the challenges of this school year for your children.
Therefore, on behalf of the Washington County School District, School Board Members, the leadership and administrative team, professional staff and support staff, I welcome you to join us in preparing your child for their future. Again, please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance to you at any time. I have an open door policy and always invite your comments.
The mission of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents is to assist and support superintendents in providing leadership to ensure that every student in Florida acquires the skills, knowledge and attitude to be contributing members of our democratic society through leadership development programs focused on student achievement, building relationships with business and governmental leaders, and communication and networking services.