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Note from Superintendent Swanson: Aug. 26, 2020

Dear Westminster Community,

Grace.

Patience.superintendent pam swanson with grandkids

Flexibility.

Those are three words for us to live by as we manage the return of our students to the classroom this fall.

Last Thursday, I experienced the complexities of this process as both a “Nana” and a superintendent.

Two of my grandchildren are attending Westminster Academy for International Studies, and it was so nice to see them greeted by their teachers and walk into their classroom knowing they were in good, safe hands.

As superintendent, I know that for many families and employees there is still that sense of uncertainty. I think it is important to acknowledge that upfront. As one doctor recently described it: “Unfortunately, this is going to be the rhythm of our work.”

As we get back to the business of educating our children, I hope everyone is aware that we have dramatically increased our safety procedures while also offering a choice for families who are not comfortable with in-person learning.  

As you have no doubt heard, on Friday, August 21, our testing partner, COVIDcheck Colorado, notified us that a teacher at Josephine Hodgkins Leadership Academy tested positive for COVID-19. The news was not unexpected or cause for alarm. In fact, our screening process worked as planned. Because we identified the teacher quickly, we were able to minimize exposure to a confined group of students and coworkers who were with the teacher on opening day only.

You can read the letter that we sent to the community here.

As we all know, there have been no easy answers as we battle COVID-19, while at the same time educating our children. When there are no easy answers, it requires all of us to understand that we are all in this together and we must all exercise grace, patience and flexibility.

Kindest Regards,

Dr. Pamela Swanson

Superintendent of Schools