Principal - Letter to Community
Hello Barker CSD families. It is safe to say that this has been a unique, unpredictable and often difficult school year. We thank all of our students and families for your continued support, flexibility and dedication to the District as we continue to navigate through an ever-changing academic year.
As a reminder to all families, if your child is sick, please do not send him or her to school. While the District so far has done a good job of controlling the spread of the Covid-19 virus on the campus, it is not worth the risk of exposure or quarantine. The instructional model allows students to synch into their academic courses if they have to temporarily remain home.
If there is a situation in which the District has to go fully remote, the plan will vary depending on the grade level. Instruction for all ages will still take place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday:
* PreK will have a set virtual meeting scheduled designed by the instructor.
* Grades K-4 will synch in to their classroom teacher’s instruction for a morning meeting, literacy and math blocks, and an end of day meeting.
* Grades 5-6 will synch in for their core academic courses with their three teachers.
* Grades 7-12 will follow their daily schedule and synch in for their academic courses (English, Math, Social Studies, Science & Spanish).
* Special areas will have course specific schedules that work around these academic areas. This could include meeting times on Wednesdays and independent/asynchronous learning.
Please keep in mind that this plan could change due to a variety of factors, including guidance from the State. The school’s intention is to stay open for in-person hybrid instruction for as long as we are able.
We also understand that there are points in a family’s school year when they may make the decision to transfer their child from the hybrid model to the fully remote model. While this transition is seamless, the move from fully-remote back into the hybrid model is not. The ease of the transition depends on the number of students in rooms and courses; we can only physically fit so many people into a room based on the guidance from the State.
The school is also aware of how an after-hours academic workload can affect a student’s and family’s home life during this time; this was previously touched on in the “Close the Chromebooks” letter regarding the pause over Thanksgiving. This is especially true at the high school level. Please trust that we are continuing this discussion within our leadership groups. We want to make sure students are still learning the necessary skills and content but doing so in a way that respects the unique aspects of this year.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate Mrs. Melissa Bundrock on her new role as Assistant Principal at Starpoint Middle School. She has served as the Instructional Support Specialist for this year and last, and a classroom teacher prior; overall, she has served the Barker students for 14 years. We wish her luck as she moves into the next phase of her career.
Lastly, we can’t stress the importance of communication enough. If you have a question, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher(s), guidance counselor, Mrs. Thibault, Mrs. Bundrock, or myself. Communication is always important, but especially so in this disjointed year.
Thank you for all of your help. We wish you all a healthy holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
District Principal, Grades PreK-12