Barker Central School DistrictBarker, NY 14012
Dear Barker Learning Community,
I think it is safe to say that our upcoming 109th school year of the Barker Central School District is going to be one that we will never forget.
The current pandemic has created significant changes in the structure of how we need to provide schooling to our community as we come back on September 8th. New challenges will continue to arise daily that we will have to overcome as we continue to offer the best possible education we can to our students. It may seem overwhelming, but I know that we will get through this together and come out stronger when all is said and done.
We know the hybrid schedule we are beginning the year with is not ideal nor perfect for all of our families. Further, as noted in our community forums, we hope that this structure will be a short-term solution that will lead us to our end goal of having all of our students attending school in person on campus as soon as possible. However, no matter what happens as we progress toward a full return, our goal above all things will be to continually ensure that all of our students, faculty, and community remain safe. This means we will need to proceed cautiously with any shift toward a full return.
As noted above and in our previous communications to the community, we fully expect the landscape of education to change with little to no notice, and how we provide services may need to be adjusted to circumstances that may be out of our control. As such, this year more than ever, it is imperative that families continue to read all of the communications sent out by the district both in hard print and on the district website, as well as listening to all mass communication phone calls that may be sent home. These updates and messages will be sent home periodically as needed to keep the Barker Learning Community informed of possible changes and or other important information. We will do everything in our power to provide communication in different forms to keep the entire community as up-to-date as possible throughout the school year. Make sure to check the District website regularly at www.barkercsd.net for updates.
For me the upcoming school year is one of, if not the most, exciting start of a school year I have ever anticipated. It will have been almost a full six months since the last students came into our building for a full day of school when they return on September 8th. I know that our staff and students are excited about returning to school. I also know that many parents and guardians are also excited to get kids out of the house and into the school building, even if it is only a couple days a week.
I can’t wait to see the energy, the smiles, and the excitement that comes along with a new school year, let alone what is expected after 6 months. Keeping our foundational values at the forefront of all we do, I know together we can make this one of the one of the most successful years we have ever had as a school district, and I am so ready for the 20-21 journey to begin.
I hope you all stay safe and healthy and I can’t wait to see all of you soon.
Mr. Jacob Reimer