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August 27, 2021
Dear Lamoille North Families and Staff:
I extend a very warm welcome to all of you as we officially begin the 2021-2022 school year! It has been many months since I last saw most of you and I have missed seeing your smiling faces in the corridors of the schools and having lively conversations in the classrooms and beyond. I am looking forward to a year of joy, health and safety, communication, deep learning, and collaboration. We have many things to celebrate! Our new teachers and staff have completed their orientation to our schools and our full faculty and staff have prepared their classroom spaces for our students. We cannot express how excited we are to see all of our students on Monday, August 30th!
This excitement is important this year, even more than other years, as we see a resurgence in COVID-19 prevalence that we hoped, and even assumed, would not happen. Even under those circumstances, we are doing everything we can to create a school experience that feels more “normal” than last year. With fewer mitigation measures in place than last year, we expect that the daily flow of school will feel much like it did pre-COVID.
We will do whatever we need to support each other to identify what works, and improve what doesn’t. We have all had to learn, to some extent, how to deal with uncertainty. However, given that we have built strong relationships, and have an outstanding staff and school community, we will work together through whatever comes our way.
Our focus this year is aligned with our reopening plans for the year, to include academic rigor, social and emotional wellbeing, and increased student engagement. We have built into the year more opportunities for collaboration at the school and community level. Along that line, we held our first public forum to hear about topics important to our communities and are planning several more this school year.
I would also like to reiterate that general remote learning is not an option available to us at this time. Building principals will create procedures for situations that could occur if an entire classroom is out for a period of time that could involve remote instruction for that stretch of time only. We are expected to provide in-person instruction as our general and primary instructional model. For our families that are concerned about sending students back to in-person school, it is likely that decisions will need to be made at home about homeschooling as an option.
I think the world of all of you and consider myself so fortunate to be a member of this school community. I am so happy to begin this school year with all of you. Let’s make it a great one!
My very best to you,
Catherine Gallagher, M.Ed.
Superintendent of Schools
Lamoille North Supervisory Union