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School Reopening Plan Update November 2, 2020

November 2, 2020
 
Dear Verona Parents, Guardians & Staff:
 
I am happy to report to you that we are proceeding with the gradual reopening of our schools. As with any transitional period, there are inevitable bumps in the road, but I am pleased that such challenges continue to be resolved as they arise. To date, we have shown what can be accomplished when following public health safety guidance. We are pleased to report that our youngest learners in grades Pre-K to 8 have returned to their classrooms and our high school students are returning to school starting on November 9th. 
 
Our process with regard to the school reopening plan began in June and included our teachers, staff, administrators, and parents. Since then, additional stakeholders have expressed an interest in assessing and evaluating the District’s reopening plan. At the October 13th Board of Education meeting, the District reported that we are in the process of convening additional committees at every level of our schools, facilitated by the administration, to examine the existing school schedule and discuss recommendations to evolve the current plan. The District recently solicited parent and teacher volunteers. At each level (elementary, middle, and high), stakeholders are going to be selected to evaluate and make recommendations to the reopening plan.
 
The Verona Public School District recently collected survey feedback from our parents and staff regarding the current school reopening plan. These survey results (see below) were presented at the October 27th Verona Board of Education meeting. You can also view the full slide presentation here. These and future survey results will be considered by the reopening committees. More details regarding the progress of these committees will be forthcoming.
 
While all planning calls for perspicacity, the challenges we face today require an incredible amount of effort and attention to detail, for there are numerous variables and constraints to consider with every decision. There are many voices contributing opinions, and those opinions are highly varied and valued. Ultimately, the District will consider everything from federal, state, and local guidelines, to the opinions of our residents and the conditions within our community. We can be successful as a community if we work together. 
 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to coordinate a safe return to school for our students and staff.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Rui Dionisio
Superintendent of Schools
 
 
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