September Community Spirit Article

Mike Richie, TRSD District Administrator

September Spirit Article

This article was written in mid-August and was not published in the Spirit until Sept. 1.

As we prepare to open the 2020-21 school year, it goes without saying this year will look different. Many safety protocols and procedures will be in place due to COVID-19. Our primary goal is to get to five days a week of face to face instruction for all students. For this to happen, we must follow all guidelines the Tomorrow River School District has in place. We will start the school year with a modified schedule or a virtual school option for all grade levels.

Please refer to the district website at www.amherst.k12.wi.us for more detailed information on our school reopening plan. You may also contact me or the building principals if you have any questions regarding our school reopening plan.

We realize that not everyone will be happy with our school reopening plan; however, it is important that we all work together and value each other’s opinions for the good of the students. We can agree or disagree with all of the media coverage, research, reports, data, testing results, hospitalizations, etc., but I will always come back to the need of focusing on the students of this school district. Students and families are given the option to either receive face to face instruction in the school buildings wearing a face covering or receive instruction through our virtual learning option.  This decision needs to be based on what option works best for the child and each family situation.

As we open the school buildings this fall, visitors will only be allowed in the building by appointment and must wear a face covering. We are doing this to protect our students and staff. A health and safety checklist will be sent home to all families prior to the start of the school year. It will be critical that parents screen children every day prior to sending them to school. Do not send children to school if they are sick or showing any symptoms of COVID-19.

Families must be making plans now as to where your children will go if their classroom/school shuts down or closes. Make sure the school has an updated list of emergency contacts for pick-ups. Also, families need to have coverage lined up for students to stay home if they are sick in any way.

By working together, we will get through this difficult time in education. Remember, no one has gone through this type of situation in the past and we are learning more and more every day. One thing we pride ourselves on is the fact that we have a strong and dedicated staff who will deliver a quality education to all students.