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318 —— September 3, 2020 news letter journal Education Photos by Alexis Barker/NLJ Carter Doell and his mom make their way up the walk on the first day of school, Aug. 26, at Newcastle Elementary School; substitute teacher Mary Ragland Introduces herself to one of the klndergarteners; a group of youngsters and thelr parents make their way into the building; and camden §hrader shyler 99 she walks away from mom, Nlcole Blssey. To our partners, Weston County School District # 1 is pleased to report that the 2020-21 school year is officially underway and I would like to personally thank all of the students, staff members and citizens of this community who came together last week to help us overcome the challenges presented by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic so we could get our kids back in school. Your patience and flexibility is crucial to our continued success, and I recognize the vital importance of keeping all lines of communication open as we move forward. That’s why I want to take a moment to inform all of our stakeholders that we are pleased with the way our children and'staff members handled the first days back in school, especially since we did have to make some adjustments on the fly. We fully anticipate that we will have to do more of that as new challenges present themselves, so we are grateful that all of our partners demonstrated a willingness to act in cooperation with our guidelines, adapt to necessary changes and support students and staff members as we learned how best to deal with some of the situations we faced in our return to school. To our parents and other child care-givers, we want to thank you for the patience you’ve shown in picking up and dropping off children each day despite some of the crowding and confusion we experienced in those first days. We feel we’ve created a system that will greatly streamline the process, and we appreciate parents waiting until the time assigned under our new NES Dismissal Plan to come and pick their child at the end of the day. By pulling up to the curb to pick up your children without getting out of your car, you are ensuring that we will keep our children safe, and get you all on your way home in a reasonable amount of time. Once we all become accustomed to the new plan, we believe our child pick- up routine will be safer and more efficient than it was prior to COVID-19. We would also like to thank those of you who attended or participated in sporting events in Newcastle last weekend. We are pleased to report that, due to the effort and support of parents and other fans, we hosted events safely and without any significant issues. Those events did provide new insights, however, and that has allowed us to update our guidelines for allowing spectators at school events and provide greater clarity to fans. We ask that you continue to monitor the school district’s website and social media to keep abreast of future updates. Please remember these events are being held for our students, and we need the ongoing cooperation of all parents and fans in maintaining the social distancing guidelines that have been established to avoid interruption to our seasons. We’re grateful to those who made an effort last weekend to wear masks during entry and exit of events, and in those situations when social distancing could not be maintained. We applaud the example you set for those who attend future Dogie events, and sincerely thank you for benefitting our students by increasing the likelihood that they will be able to complete their seasons. When we drafted the guidelines that are governing our safe return to school and submitted them to the State of Wyoming for approval, we knew we could count on our community to help us keep our focus on our ultimate goal to keep our schools open to the greatest extent possible so we can provide the highest quality of services and support to the greatest number of children possible. You responded by rewarding our faith in the incredible ability of this community to come together and rally in the face of adversity, and it gives me great confidence in the prospects for this school year. I personally thank our students and staff and that includes teachers, administrators, directors l¢\\ and the support personnel that are more important now than ever before for displaying the kind of empathy and understanding it will require for. us to work through difficulties that create occasional misunderstandings or confusion. I am just as grateful to the citizens of this community for maintaining a positive and supportive attitude that sets a tone that allows us to respect each other and work together to do what’ 5 best for our kids. We are counting on all of you to communicate with us as we move forward. If there are any suggestions for how to do things differently, we want to hear them. When it comes to doing the right thing for kids, there is no greater resource than the members of this community and we want you to share your ideas and concerns with us as we navigate through the various obstacles we encounter over the course of the year. Please don’t hesitate to send your comments via email to or contact me at the district’s administration office at 746- 4451. I really do appreciate all of you, and what you are doing for our children. 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