May 28, 2020
Greeting Ennis Families and Community,
With tomorrow (May 29th) being the last day of the school year, we cannot thank you enough for the support, encouragement, understanding and patience. We truly have a great community that values and supports our school. We hope that each and everyone of you have the best summer possible.
I want to thank our staff at Ennis Schools for the amazing job these past two months. Our staff had to suddenly learn a new way of performing their jobs, which was not an easy task. Through the challenges our staff delivered quality services to our students and families. This closure was complex (and continues to be) and threw several curve balls forcing us to change the way we operate and do business. Through trial and error, we took this on, went to the drawing board and executed a solid plan. Our staff did not give up and produced great results.
Thank you to the Ennis School Board. Our trustees volunteer their time to serve on the board and to guide the district. Amongst the changes in their own lives due to the closure, they always made time to attend the numerous board meetings. These meetings were not easy and big decisions were made. The Ennis School District is fortunate to have such an involved and caring board.
The Ennis Booster Club did an amazing job celebrating learning and recognizing our staff and students. The Booster Club through their creativity, passion and support, helped everyone through these past two months. Their involvement and efforts are just another example of how great this community is.
Our students were provided meals throughout the entire closure giving families some much needed assistance. Our school nutrition staff did an incredible job and cannot thank them enough. The volume of food that was ordered, prepared, and delivered was unbelievable. We were pleased to provide meals during the closure. Please be aware that we will not be preparing meals or the summer months.
Lastly, thank you to our students. We have 380 students that changed how they learned material, how they socialized, and much more. Our kids were forced to learn at home through offsite instruction overnight and families were forced to restructure. We understand that this was less than ideal that caused many challenges. We appreciate their hard work in completing their classes online and meeting virtually with their teachers and peers. We miss our students dearly and we hope to see them in the fall.
As we are getting ready to transition into the summer months, we are challenged with and asked about how school will look in the fall. At this time we are not exactly sure how that is going to look, but will be dedicating time this summer and working hard to develop detailed plans to consider. Determining the exact plan at this point is complex to say the least as there are many moving parts. Ultimately we want to put this closure behind us and be back to school in person. If we are back in person it will be with proper procedures in place. If we are not back to school in person, we will need to consider a blended model of offsite and onsite instruction as well as a plan for just off site instruction. I am going to be optimistic and hope for the school to be open in the fall and full of staff and students. We will monitor the pandemic very closely, work with the various school organizations and keep updated on the information provided to us. It will also depend on how we are doing statewide and as a county. We will keep you informed throughout the summer on plan details. Please continue to visit the school website for information.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact me at the school. Have a wonderful summer and be safe. Go Mustangs!
Casey Klasna - Superintendent