Principal's Message

Dear CRES families,

This is a year unlike any other. Safely opening a school during this pandemic created many challenges for us to overcome, and with those challenges came opportunities for the school and community to unite around a common goal for the greater good. Providing safe, in-person learning opportunities for students supports their social, emotional and academic growth. So we made some very intentional decisions in an effort to optimize student learning and create a safe environment for all stakeholders in our school. 

First, we are committed to health and safety for all in our building. Our multi-layered approach to minimize the impact of COVID-19 depends on buy-in from all stakeholders. Our daily health screening ensures that individuals who are sick stay at home. The distancing, masking, ventilation and sanitizing protocols we have in place further reduce the risk of viral transmission. Thank you for doing your part in not only following these expectations but for speaking up to remind others to do the same.

While we do not allow non-essential visitors into our school, including family members, we encourage families to get involved in other ways. For example, some parents and guardians volunteer to read to classrooms via Zoom while others have helped assemble furniture for the school. For those who want to see what the interior of our school looks like, I encourage you to view our reopening video or visit grade-level websites to view video tours of classrooms.

Second, we provide the choice of remote or in-person learning for Grades 1-4 as feasible. Making a decision around health and safety is intensely personal and we believe that families should make that choice around how to attend school this year. With those options available, we intentionally choose to have teachers devoted solely to either in-person or remote instruction. We believe a singular focus for teachers allows them to best meet the needs of their students whether they are planning lessons, developing positive relationships or providing instruction.

Finally, we expanded the digital tools available to staff and students while also encouraging more time outdoors during the school day. We learned a lot about what worked, and what didn’t, during our school-wide remote learning last spring. With those lessons in mind we narrowed our focus and limited the digital platforms available to staff and families. Our in-person classrooms are ready to transition to remote learning, if necessary, with staff and students both prepared to leverage our digital tools on short notice. 

We are also systematically increasing the number of options available for outdoor instruction. We added wooden benches, adirondack chairs and opened up a number of spaces in the woods by the stream that runs along our property line. Rain gear is also available to students so being outdoors isn’t limited to dry days. At a minimum, time spent outdoors is a welcome contrast to being distanced and sitting at desks indoors.

Success this year depends, in large part, on everyone stepping up and doing their part for the greater good. Thank you for your ongoing support - together we can make this a great year.


Kindly,

Chris


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