Wiseburn families, staff, and friends,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!
I hope each of you had a restful and rejuvenating summer, and that you are looking forward to the beginning of a new school year as I am.
Here at Wiseburn, we’ve been making preparations for our third school year impacted by COVID-19. This year, we will have two instructional models. We’re prepared to welcome back around 98 percent of our student body to our school sites for in-person instruction, and to begin our Independent Study Program for those families who chose remote instruction.
For our physical return to school, we will employ proven COVID-19 mitigation strategies on our campuses, some of which are also required by state and local directives, such as the continued use of masks in our school sites regardless of vaccination status.
As you’ll read in our updated Health and Safety Protocols page, the most effective tactics for COVID-19 safety include masks, ventilation, vaccines, COVID-19 testing, and limiting indoor crowding where possible. At Wiseburn, we will use each of these strategies in combination to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our students, staff, families, and community as safe as possible while still providing an exceptional educational experience. Learn more about these and additional protocols via our updated page, and please be sure to look through the page’s FAQ section to find answers to questions submitted by our families over the summer.
To continue delivering the educational experience our families expect in the year ahead, I’m pleased to announce that Wiseburn has also hired 24 new team members, and supported role changes for seven of our dedicated staff members. I invite you to learn more about our newest team members and about what those who are changing positions will be doing in the year ahead in our article here.
Lastly, this year, we will collectively embark on a community-oriented process to reexamine the names of our school sites to ensure the namesakes accurately represent our inclusive and welcoming district, in line with our district pillars. Learn more about the process and be a part of it by signing up for our email group here.
In all we do this year, we will continue to prioritize safety and leverage science, data, and public health directives to inform our decision-making to serve every student and staff member. Our plans will continue to be flexible and may be adjusted as conditions allow and state and local directives evolve. We appreciate your continued support, understanding, and patience.
Let’s make this a great year, Wiseburn!
Blake Silvers, Ed.D.