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Note from Superintendent Swanson: Feb. 3, 2021
Dear Westminster Community,
Well, 2021 is off to a good start here in Westminster Public Schools with word that educators will begin receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations next week. If all goes according to plan, everyone who qualifies for the shot, and wants it, should have their first of two by the end of February.
Last week Governor Polis and State health officials rightly concluded that it made sense to prioritize educators as the vaccine is rolled out to the community at large. Even before the announcement, we have been working with many hospitals and medical providers to facilitate the process and help our staff get their shots as quickly as possible.
I’m also pleased to tell you that transmission rates for COVID-19 in our “footprint” are finally trending down. Still, it is important to remember that even with the vaccine and improving numbers, we need to be vigilant in protecting the health and safety of our entire community.
As 2020 has taught us, we are all in this together.
As I shared in my State of the District report (that you can read or view in this edition of What’s Up WPS), one of our priorities is to find ways to help our students make up lost learning from 2020. Yes, students made academic progress, but many did not show the kind of growth we would expect in a normal year.
We are now asking parents and teachers what they think of a proposal to extend the school year by 12 days and have students in the classroom until June 11th. You can read more about the proposal here. At this point, no decisions have been made, but we think it is important to have input from those who would be most affected. I will keep you updated.
While preparing my report for the community, I looked back at our accomplishments in 2020 and quickly realized that a lot of amazing work was done in our district. However, understandably, much was lost in the headlines surrounding COVID-19. We completed many important tasks that have created a strong foundation for a bright future.
Chief among these tasks: renovation and construction projects that are outlined in this edition of What’s Up WPS. As I told the Board of Education, “I can’t wait to open the doors so you, our community, can get inside our schools and see how we invested your tax dollars.”
I think you will like what you see.
Dr. Pamela Swanson
Superintendent of Schools