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Note from Superintendent Swanson: Sept. 9, 2020

Dear Westminster Community,

During normal times, the Labor Day holiday is often viewed as a nice pause in early school activities to evaluate how things are going and make adjustments.

Of course, these are not normal times.The Denver Post article on COVID-19 and schools

As the Denver Post reported on August 31st, “So far, So good” for school districts that opened with in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The story included an interview with a parent at John E. Flynn A Marzano Academy who said that good communication helped her children adjust to wearing masks while in school.

We are doing our best to keep you up to date on what is happening in Westminster Public Schools, without overwhelming you with information. It is a balancing act that we are constantly evaluating and fine-tuning.

If students or staff members test positive for COVID-19, we will notify all families who might be impacted, but it is important to remember that, by law, we must maintain the confidentiality of anyone who tests positive.

We have always assumed that students and staff would come in contact with the virus at some point during the school year and that is why we have done our best to keep students in smaller groups (cohorts) so that a minimal number of people will be impacted. We are also prepared to move to remote learning at the classroom, school and district level.

It is also critically important that we all remain vigilant and follow the guidance given to us from health experts. Last week, I sent a note to the community reminding everyone to remain cautious over the Labor Day weekend so we would not have an increase in cases like was seen over the Fourth of July holiday. I hope that people listened.

I look forward to the day that I can write to you about a topic other than the Coronavirus. As you will read in this edition of What’s Up WPS, our students and staff are finding ways to move forward in spite of difficult circumstances.

I am impressed, but not surprised.

Kindest regards,

Dr. Pamela Swanson

Superintendent of Schools