As we close the books on 2020 I am sure we want to say good riddance. But there are a few things that were bright spots or learnings that are worth mentioning.
- Scientists have prevailed and come through with a vaccine at record speed. While this school year will most likely end with us still in masks, it does look like next year we will be back to “normal-ish.”
- We say kids are resilient all the time, but they have really proved it. They are here, they mask, wash their hands and engage in learning.
- We talk alot about “connection” here at Saklan, this year we found out just how critical it is to learning.
- While the country has not acted as one to stay safe, our school community has done a great job following safety protocols. Parents have cancelled travel plans, kept kids with sniffles at home, and quarantined when necessary.
- I was ready for a few positive results when we did the school wide testing- and we were all negative.
- I was sure that when we started in person learning in September, we would have to quarantine classes on a regular basis. We have only had one instance where a class has needed to quarantine for the two weeks. Amazing.
- Masking and hygiene works well for keeping COVID-19 at bay, but it works well for other ailments too. We have seen very little flu or other issues here at school these past couple of months. Rarely are we making a call to have a parent pick a child up.
- Teachers have been exceptionally creative in keeping students engaged and learning here on campus, while simultaneously working with students at home.
- Our AGF participation has been strong, I can only imagine that has something to do with the fact that families are pleased with our efforts.
Yesterday, as parents were picking up their children for the last time of 2020, there was a sense of accomplishment and hopefulness in the air. I know this year has really been a drag- but there is so much to still be thankful for. 2020 has taught us some valuable lessons.
Nevertheless – goodbye and good riddance 2020.