Dear Ennis Mustang Families!
I hope that this letter finds you well and that you are adjusting to all these crazy changes. We know that this closure threw a curve ball at you and that you have had to totally change your lives, jobs, and much more. We truly appreciate and respect what you are doing for your children. Your support for Ennis Schools has been greatly appreciated as well as your patience!
Please know that we miss your children very much and would do anything to get them back in the classroom! A school with no kids is very lonesome and we hope that we can be back sooner than later. In the meantime, we hope that you are being and staying healthy.
In regards to closure, it is ordered by the Governor through April 10th. Will we be back by the 10th? I anticipate the closure will more than likely be extended. If the closure is extended, we are prepared as a school to continue our offsite plan and prepared to do everything we can for kids. If the closure is not extended then the administration and Board of Trustees will discuss a plan moving forward. At this time, there are so many unknowns. Will we be back in school this year? Will there be spring sports? How is graduation going to work? We wish we had all the answers, but unfortunately we do not. The administration has been working around the clock during this closure to be as informed and prepared as possible. It seems like there is something new daily to learn and understand. However, we take these challenges head on and do the absolute best that we can.
We submitted our offsite learning plan to the Governor’s office on March 27th and it was approved. Having an approved plan by the Board of Trustees and the Governor was a requirement to continue to receive our funding to operate our school. We are very thankful and relieved that the funding will continue to flow during this uncertain and chaotic time.
Since the closure, the administration has been working closely with the staff to assist and support them in providing the best offsite learning that they can. Our knowledge and application of technology in the past few weeks has grown considerably! Our staff has been incredible in their efforts and are working tirelessly for you and your children. Offsite learning will pose its challenges, as I am sure it already has. Please know this is new to us as well and that we will work hard for you. The key is to keep communication lines open with your child’s teacher(s).
We continue to run our breakfast and lunch program at the school. Please communicate with Sally and D’Awn if you are interested in meals for your children and they will get you signed up! We are very happy to feed kids and to make those connections even if it is through the window at the school. We are offering curbside pickup at the elementary office and will even deliver to bus route families outside the city limits. Our lunch staff have been doing a great job communicating with the families and have even done fun activities online for the kids to give them something to look forward to.
We are all in this together and we are all Ennis Mustangs! We know how to rise above and we know what it takes to get through these hard times. To rise above, we need everyone to work together and to support each other!
In closing, we hope that you have a great weekend and get some much needed rest. Please know that you and your families will continue to be in our thoughts. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions.
Casey Klasna - Superintendent