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September 3, 2021

Dear Monroe-Woodbury families,

Our M-W school community did an excellent job welcoming our students back for the 2021-2022 school year. Even the heavy rain on the first day of school could not put a damper on the positivity flowing through the hallways. There is simply no replacement for the personal connections that occur on a daily basis in our buildings. This has never been more apparent than right now.

I visited all seven buildings this week. Take a moment to visit the district website for photos from the first day of school. Everyone is doing their part by adhering to the mask mandate, social distancing guidelines and health protocols in our buildings. These cumulative efforts will help ensure that students will remain in school full-time, five days a week. The district remains committed to and focused on providing our school community with the best school year possible, on a regular schedule with in-person learning for all. We must continue to work together to make this happen.

On the first day of school each year, we typically experience transportation delays as students, parents/guardians and bus drivers adjust to their new schedules. This year these typical delays were compounded by hurricane-like weather. We have learned that many families were waiting for an extended period of time at bus stops. We apologize for any anxiety this caused and assure you that our transportation team is first and foremost committed to keeping your children safe. We are grateful to our families for your patience and partnership.

Enjoy the extended holiday weekend. We look forward to welcoming students back on Thursday, September 9. The 2021-2022 school year promises to be a memorable, inspiring experience for all.

Warm regards,

Elsie Rodriguez Superintendent of Schools