Message from the Superintendent 2/19/21
Dear Parents, Patrons and Staff,
It appears that we are finally coming out of one of the longest extreme cold weather stretches in Kansas history. It seems somewhat funny when we think 20 degrees feels warm. Unfortunately we have used up almost all of the extra time in the school calendar for this year. The Professional Development day that was canceled this past Monday will have to be made up before April 30th, because the Dyslexia Training is required by State Law and that day is counted as part of the required time for attendance. We are currently surveying teaching staff to determine if they prefer to use a non-teaching day already in the calendar or move a student contact day to May 21st. I will let you know when that decision is made.
Recently we have seen an increase in damage to the computer devices used by our students. We are including a copy of the Acceptable Use Policy signed by parents. Please review the policy and talk with your students about it.
The current COVID count for our district is 21 students and 1 adult quarantined, 1 student tested positive and 3 students tested negative.
COVID 19 has forced all of us out of our comfort zones this past year. Schools have had to cancel or move to alternative delivery models, activities and celebrations have been canceled or forced to alter the way they are conducted, and wearing mask has become the new norm for appropriate dress. We know that health concerns are still an issue and will be for the foreseeable future but the new vaccines that are becoming more available to all adults are beginning to turn the tide of the pandemic. Health experts are now finding that people who have received a full dose of the vaccine are almost totally immune to COVID 19 and even to the new strains that are developing. Hopefully there will soon be vaccine for students. There is light at the end of this dark tunnel and it is definitely time to start thinking about a positive future. To that end………..
We have reinstituted the District Leadership Team that has operated in the past years. Due to COVID and transitions in leadership, the group has not met since 2019. This group consists of teachers and administrations from all buildings. We also plan to incorporate students, representatives from each building site council, and additional community members for future meetings. This team will be working on district goals, climate and culture, accreditation data, district alignment, community engagement and much more. We look forward to highlighting all the great things this district has to offer and problem solve district issues that may arise. We hope this collective effort will support a common vision for the future of Santa Fe Trail and a positive culture moving forward. We will be sharing the work that this team is doing with all stakeholders and look forward to hearing feedback from everyone.
Reminder – Monday February 22nd is a late start day. Busses run at the regular time, school begins at 9:00 AM
Quote for the day: “Your life is the result of the choices you make…. If you don’t like your life it is time to start making better choices.”
Have a Great Weekend!!
Jim Lentz, Superintendent
Santa Fe Trail, USD 434