Happy Holidays 2020

Happy Holidays 2020
Posted on 12/21/2020
Dear DCSD Families,

I want to wish you and your family a very happy and relaxing holiday season and Winter Break. This has certainly been an unprecedented and challenging year, but seeing the dedication our parents and staff have to our students has made it very worthwhile. I truly hope you can take some time to connect with one another over the break.

The Douglas County School District is about people and every one of our families makes our school district an incredibly special place. We are here for you - our students and parents. I thank you for partnering with us as you have taken on more this semester to help support learning! I’m not sure there are words strong enough to express my appreciation for your inner strength, your resilience and your continuous positivity, especially during these times of constant unpredictability and change. We all play an important part in making each day better and brighter for our students and our school district.

As I reflect on this past year and everything that we have endured, I am deeply moved by the sacrifices each of our families has made. Since March, you’ve learned to adapt to a whole new way of life. You’ve balanced work and home life in a way we never could have imagined before, all while still doing everything possible to better the lives of our children. Your commitment and love for this community has never wavered. I am incredibly honored to be a part of our amazing DCSD extended family.

This holiday season, I want to pass along my gratitude to our families who have supported our students as we redefined the way we educate students. I know first-hand how you have taken on additional roles at home, while also caring for our students and other family members, and doing the best we can during some of the most difficult times. None of us would be successful without the love and support of friends and family. It truly does take a village.

Looking ahead to 2021, I trust we will continue the amazing work taking place in DCSD, but also remember to be kind and show grace to others and to ourselves. I encourage you to think of ways to care for one another -- and how we can work together to make 2021 even better for our students and community. Our plan to return is fluid and we will evaluate and adjust as we have readiness in the system with our operational resources. We need help with specific positions and ask our community members who are able to help fill our employment needs - such as substitute teachers, educational assistants and bus drivers - to consider doing so, as this will help get our students back in school and stay in person.

Thank you for your patience and partnership as we have shaped and made adjustments to our learning models this year. I’ve shared in the plethora of emotions from anger, to fear, to humility, to determination and hope for the future. But together we have persevered for our children, and that’s what this is all about -- our students. I couldn’t imagine being on this journey with anyone other than the amazing and dedicated students and families in the Douglas County School District. I’m so fortunate to be part of our community.

I wish each of you a wonderful Holiday Season! Let’s make 2021 an amazing year!

Sincerely,

Corey Wise
Interim Superintendent
Douglas County School District
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