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Note from Superintendent Swanson: Feb. 18, 2021

Dear Westminster Community,

I wanted to get back to everyone in the community as quickly as possible with information about our exciting proposal to offer 12 additional days of classroom instruction to students to try and make up for lost learning opportunities because of COVID-19. The plan calls for the school year to be extended to Friday, June 11, while still providing a day off to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday.

We had a record number of responses from our parents and guardians in a recent survey and, by an almost two-to-one margin, they said they would take advantage of the plan if it was offered. Many agreed, that in spite of everyone’s best efforts, their children’s learning suffered during the pandemic. 

As I read through the responses from our community, it was gratifying to hear from so many people who offered thoughtful comments and suggestions. It was also rewarding to hear from parents and guardians who took a moment to share their appreciation of our teachers and staff.

One message read:

“I am so impressed with and grateful for the entire group of Westy educational professionals and the support staff who have worked so hard to make these difficult circumstances as bearable as possible. Along with remembering all the inconvenience, I hope everyone will try to remember the sacrifices and patience that were demonstrated. It's easy to be successful when times are good--it's the tough times that show what you're made of and you folks are inspiring.”

Over the next several weeks, principals and teachers at every school will be talking among themselves and with our families to figure out the best way to deliver meaningful instruction to our children.

As the district shared in a letter to the community, this extended learning program is not aimed at any one group of students. The beauty of our Competency Based System is that every student can take full advantage of this time. A student who is behind can catch up, while a high achieving student can continue to push themselves to the next level.

This is what we mean when we say Westminster Public Schools is a district Where Education is Personal.

Kindest regards, 

Dr. Pamela Swanson

Superintendent of Schools