Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Message

Tracey Miller Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I truly hope that you have found ways to build memories and enjoy the summer months during this uncertain time in which we live.

Last March when New Richmond and other public schools across the country were forced to leave our schools and operate remotely, we had no idea we would not return to our school buildings for regular instruction for the 2019-2020 school year. Fast forward a few months to August and here we are preparing for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Planning for the opening of the new school year has been an ongoing task throughout the summer months.  The issuance of new guidelines has been a challenge, but we have committed people here in our school community who are resolved to creating the best situation we can for our students, staff, and community. 

At the end of July, we shared our Responsible Restart Plan. If you haven’t seen it, the document is available on our website’s COVID-19 page. Within the plan, you will find the basic details for health and safety measures that will be implemented this school year that closely adhere to the five guidelines issued by the Ohio Department of Health and the Governor’s Office. For those who don’t feel comfortable sending their children to school, we will also offer a total remote learning option. The application to request this can also be found on the COVID-19 page. The deadline for doing so is Wednesday, August 5th at 4:00 pm. 

The only constant we foresee for the 2020-2021 school year is change. We will need to be flexible and ready to pivot seamlessly between in-person and remote learning as the situation dictates.

I have a series of meetings this week with local and state officials from the education and health professions. At the end of this week, I would like to provide everyone with the most current information I have. I will have a FaceBook live session on Friday at approximately 10:00 a.m. 

The 2020-2021 school year will be unlike any other I’ve ever experienced. I am looking forward to supporting our amazing staff and our students as, together, we navigate the challenges that undoubtedly lie ahead. Please regularly check our website and social media outlets for updates as well as monitor your email for updates and changes. We will work hard to keep you informed as the landscape changes.


Sincerely,
Tracey Miller
Superintendent
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