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Offsite Learning to Continue after May 7th
Casey Klasna
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Offsite Learning to Continue after May 7th

Dear Ennis Families and Community Members,

We hope that each and everyone of you are doing well and staying healthy.  This closure and pandemic has definitely tested each and everyone of us.  I am grateful for the supportive community that we live in and appreciate your patience through all the chaos. 

The current school closure directed by Governor Bullock ends on Thursday, May 7th.  In the Governor’s directive, the decision to reopen schools after May 7th would be decided at each district’s local level.  The Ennis Board of Trustees met in a special meeting on Monday, April 27th to decide the direction of student learning through the end of this school year.  The trustees unanimously  voted to not reopen the school doors and to continue offsite learning.  This decision was not taken lightly and was made on what the district thought was best for our students, staff, families, and community.  Families and staff were surveyed with the majority of the parents surveyed (58%) in favor of the school not reopening, while 42% wanted the school to reopen.  62% of the staff surveyed were in favor of the school not reopening, with 36% comfortable with either, and 2% wanting school to reopen.  

We will continue our offsite learning plan for our students and strongly encourage families to communicate with your child’s teacher if you have questions.  Effective communication has to be in place for our students to find success. Our teachers are being assisted by our paraprofessionals and providing additional assistance for students through online tutoring, phone calls, google meets, etc.  We understand that this offsite plan is new to everyone which has added its fair number of challenges.  Please know we are here to work with you and to assist where needed.

A major talking point has been graduation for our seniors.  It was decided at the April 27th meeting that there will be a modified graduation ceremony on May 24th.  At this time the logistics of exactly how that will look are being discussed and determined.  We understand the frustrations of not knowing the exact plan and we just want you to know that we want to do this right.  With the closure, various guidelines, travel quarantines, etc., this is not easy to figure out.  We are working with and seeking guidance from local health officials to help guide our decision. At the special meeting on the 27th it was narrowed down to utilizing the football field for the ceremony.  Details will be discussed and approved at the May 6th special meeting to be held at 5pm. Please contact the High School office for information on how to attend the meeting. 

In regards to school nutrition, we continue to offer free meals to any child ages 0-18.  We applied for a waiver through the federal government and were approved.  Our school nutrition staff with the help of our classified staff and teachers are getting these meals prepared, packed and delivered to families. Watching our staff in action has been awesome!  For our bus route kids that live in the country, we are delivering these meals to the various stops. We want our families to take advantage of this program  and encourage you to call the elementary or high school office if you are interested.

In closing, we want to thank the Ennis families and community for your support.  For us to keep moving the district in a positive direction, we need to stick together and work as a team no matter how challenging this closure is.  Ennis Schools will  work hard for you!  Thanks again and do not be afraid to contact the school if you have questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions.

Sincerely,

Casey Klasna - Superintendent