Superintendent’s Message: school year starts strong

Lisa Sayles-Adams bio picture

It’s hard to believe October is underway, and that we have a month of school already behind us.  In an uncertain and changing environment, that’s an accomplishment to be celebrated.  I’d like to thank our incredible staff and our fantastic students and families for all you have done to get us off to a strong start. 

I want to especially acknowledge our staff, who have put in long hours to support our community of learners.  We are doing something together that has never been done before.  The commitment of our teachers, paraprofessionals, and other staff to providing a high quality education in challenging times is remarkable.  I am proud of the job they are doing. 

I’m also proud of the job our students are doing. I have been in every building in the district since school started, and I cannot say enough about how hard they are working.  They are staying masked, they are distancing where they can (that looks different at the elementary and secondary levels), and they are working hard to keep themselves and their classmates healthy and safe.  Thank you, parents, for supporting your students and the district in continuing to reinforce the precautions we must take to keep everyone in school.

At the start of the year we committed to communicating monthly about district learning models and the impact of the virus on our schools.  Carver County has been consistently within the 10-20 cases per 10,000 range, which keeps our district in an in-person elementary and hybrid secondary model.  We are seeing those county numbers rise, so we again ask our community to do everything you can to mask up, practice physical distancing, wash your hands, and take steps to reduce the spread of the virus.  We all want our kids to stay in school, and these steps are essential to keep us there.

Since the start of school, we have had 13 confirmed positive cases in the district.  I want to remind families to continue to monitor students at home for any signs of illness, and keep them home when they are not feeling well, display any symptoms, or you are waiting for test results. Your school nurse is a helpful resource if you have questions. 

You can keep track of both the MDH, Carver County, and district numbers on our data dashboard. This is updated every Thursday, to reflect the most recently reported numbers from the state. 

As we move into the fall, your vigilance and partnership in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus is crucial.  We now have all of our students back in the building for some level of in-person learning.  That’s where we all want our students to be, so I thank you in advance for your support.  Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay up to date at http://www.district112.org/district-information/returntolearn2020/. 

Stronger together,
Lisa Sayles-Adams
Superintendent
Eastern Carver County Schools