Messages From Superintendent

Messages From Superintendent

Superintendent Monthly Update—March 2021

As I put the information together for this communication, I can’t help but think back to a year ago. Schools across the state were getting ready for Spring Break, with no real idea of what was about to happen. Students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators were about to experience something none of us had ever been through before. A year later, much has changed but our core mission has remained: ensure educational success through high expectations and innovative thinking in a safe learning environment to empower students to reach their full potential as responsible, ethical, and productive citizens in a diverse and changing world.

Spring Break
I want to share the same message I’ve shared with every group of people I’ve spoken with over the last few weeks. Take a break during this upcoming Spring Break! Turn off the devices. Read a book (or two)! Go outside. We all need a pause before we begin the final push towards the end of this school year.

Stay Safe
That being said, as we’re all away from our campuses and buildings, please continue to be responsible when it comes to your health and well-being. I’m encouraged by the increased availability of COVID-19 vaccines in our community. I am thankful for all the pharmacies for opening up their schedules to all our teachers, staff, and employees. However, now is not the time for us to stop being vigilant in how we handle larger groups of people or how we wash our hands on a regular basis. Please continue to follow the CDC guidelines, which continue to be updated as they learn more about COVID-19 and the vaccination efforts.

For Our Employees
Our employees who are 50 years of age or older have received information about an upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday, March 13. We received a notification of this late in the week and I want to thank David Bossardet and those across the district who worked quickly to ensure this event was set up for the greatest success. We continue to work with our local health department to provide additional vaccination opportunities for those who would like it and that information will be shared when we get it.

For Our Students and Parents
A reminder that we are approaching the state testing season. Flagler Schools will administer all state-based assessments as required by Federal and Florida statutes. All districts have been informed these assessments must be completed on campus. We are working diligently to make the test administrations as safe as possible by adhering to CDC, state, and county health guidelines. Additional information on these testing opportunities will come from our school-based administrators in the upcoming weeks.

Also, we are finalizing our summer programs. There will be programs designed to give extra supports to those students who may need them as they prepare for the 2021-22 school year, as well as enrichment programs for students over the summer months. We’ll have those details soon.

Thank you all for the hard work and dedication you all have shown this school year.

Working together,

Cathy Mittelstadt
Superintendent, Flagler Schools

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