Dear District 30 Family,
We espouse to be a community that craves learning, fosters resiliency, and cares deeply about every one of our students. The District 30 Family has demonstrated all of these throughout the year 2020, and we enter 2021 with many reasons for optimism!
Civility & Exceptional Community Character
We have faced the challenges of 2020 together and are most grateful for the civility shown by our community as we have navigated this global pandemic together. There were no absolutes nor guarantees to guide our path. We were sustained by sincere gratitude shared for our efforts, and appreciative that the vast majority of disagreements have been handled with civility, care, and humility. Our community’s exceptional character continues to shine as an example to our students.
Lessons of Perseverance
When school buildings closed at the end of March last year, we did not know the magnitude of what was ahead, but we thoughtfully faced the challenges together and moved forward.
Our administrative team and teachers spent the end of last year and all summer defining our trajectory this year. We kept up with the latest research, followed experts’ advice, and committed to educating and remaining connected with all of our students. We took reasonable risks to run in-person learning to the extent possible, permissible, and practical. We were also aware that what is a reasonable risk for some is not acceptable for all. We have maintained our commitment to every child, family, and staff member within our care. Our students will continue to be at the center of every decision we make.
We focus on the academic, social-emotional, and physical growth of our students. They have demonstrated exceptional flexibility and resiliency that we know will be essential for them to navigate this life successfully. Our students continue to be superstars!
In normal times, life throws us curve balls and challenges that exceed our abilities to resolve. The times we have faced together have reinforced the need to reach out courageously for help and support. We are never alone as we face life’s challenges and benefit from the incredible resources within our schools and communities.
Pride in Our Accomplishments
The work we have invested in safely educating our students through this time is the most important of our careers. With all of the uncertainties we faced at the beginning of the school year, our staff was present and fully committed to engaging our students in full-remote, hybrid, or daily in-person instruction. Our parents have partnered with us. We are exceedingly thankful for all that we have accomplished and all we will do to continue moving forward.
Even as we have implemented our phased operations, our team has defined construction/renovations relating to the Elementary Capacity Project at Wescott and Willowbrook Schools. This essential project generates needed elementary capacity that responds to increasing District 30 enrollment and realigns our Kindergarten program with our neighborhood school philosophy. Exterior construction will begin this spring and will be completed by the fall of 2021. Regardless of what we face next fall, we will have more classroom space at our disposal, and if operations are normalized, Wescott and Willowbrook will each be K-5 schools!
Understanding that there will not be a rapid return to normal life, we have reasons for incredible optimism for 2021! Vaccines are slowly being rolled out, area COVID-19 rates demonstrate a downward trend, and we will resume our in-person phased operations after our adaptive pause on Tuesday, January 19.
There will be a time that we will once again gather together in the gyms at Wescott, Willowbrook, and Maple Schools. That will be a glorious day! Whatever we will face throughout 2021, we will continue to do so together.
Dr. Brian K. Wegley