Superintendent Update – April 24

on April 24, 2020

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Dear Monroe-Woodbury families,

As we near the end of Week 6 of school closures, I miss the regular routine of school district life more each day. I miss seeing our students and hearing the sounds of their voices echoing in the hallway and on the playgrounds. I miss visiting with teachers and watching them bring lessons to life in the classrooms. I miss sitting on the floor with our kindergarten students as they share stories about their day. This departure from our norm is a constant reminder that our students and staff are the heart of this district and all that we do.

As we continue to plan for a possible reopening of schools on May 18, per the governor’s most recent Executive Order, we must also prepare for the eventuality that there may be a further extension or, sadly, that we may not return to our buildings this school year. There are still so many unknowns. However, I want our community to know the safety of our students and staff will continue to be my first priority as we make decisions to move forward.

I know this closure has affected everyone, especially our Seniors, who have worked hard to reach this milestone. High school administration has been working with the Senior Class Officers to develop alternative celebrations in case schools are closed for the remainder of the year. Mr. Kaste will be sharing additional information with our students shortly.

While we wait for a final determination to be made by the state, our teachers and instructional staff will continue to work hard providing instruction remotely; our food services team will continue to provide meals for our district families in need; and our community will continue to be strong for one another. Thank you for your commitment to helping our students adjust to this new way of learning.

Building principals will be in touch to share updates related to specific schools. I know this situation is difficult for many of our families and want to remind you that we are here to support you. Please reach out to your building principal or your child’s teacher with questions or if you are in need of assistance. I will be in touch as more information becomes available. As always, my thoughts are with our M-W families at this time.

Warm regards,

Elsie Rodriguez
Superintendent of Schools