Welcome back, Middies!
While the 2020-2021 school year may look and feel a little different, there is no hiding my excitement as we finally open our doors to start this year on a positive note! Regardless of the educational model our students have selected, I hope all of our kids, staff members and families are looking forward to another successful year at Midview Local Schools.
By now, you should be familiar with our Education Recovery Plan. (However, if you have not had the chance to review it, please do so on the Midview website.) The Board of Education, myself and the administration/faculty created our reopening plan with our students’ and community’s best interests in mind. We reviewed federal, state and local health guidelines, communicated with other districts and listened to community feedback as we developed a plan that best meets the academic, social and emotional learning needs of all of our students.
As always, the health, safety and wellbeing of our students was our top priority in creating our return-to-school plan. As such, we have implanted a number of new safety protocols that all staff and students must follow on a daily basis. Parents/guardians are asked to conduct a health assessment of their student(s) each morning before leaving for school. Any student who is not feeling well or is exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home until the symptoms subside. Facial coverings will be required for all staff members and students while on buses and in our school buildings. Social distancing guidelines will be enforced, and students and staff will be encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands often throughout the day. In addition, all desks will have transparent plastic barriers as an extra layer of protection. These guidelines are meant to keep students safe, happy and healthy while still allowing our professionals to provide the best education possible. It is important to remember that there is no such thing as no risk, but we have done everything possible to mitigate risks. We are in this together as #WeAreMidview, and we will need your cooperation as we navigate this unprecedented school year.
Even with all of these new precautions, I am confident that we will thrive! We did so last year when the pandemic hit, and we will do it again this school year. While we are all anxious to return to “normal,” we must continue to support each other and remain positive through these challenging times.
Let’s make this year something to remember! Not for the differences, but for our successes!
Thank you for your patience, cooperation and understanding as we embark on a new school year. Because the pandemic is unpredictable, we promise to keep open and transparent lines of communication with our families, community, staff and students and would ask for your flexibility as we do so.
Please reach out to your building principal with any questions or concerns that arise - they are here to help! Stay safe, healthy and positive! #WeAreMidview
Dr. Bruce Willingham