August 18, 2021
Dear Ennis Mustang Families and Ennis Community,
Greetings! We are geared up and ready for a new school year and cannot wait to see the students! We hope that you have enjoyed your summer and can fit in some additional family time before school starts on August 25th.
I can honestly say that the school has not taken a rest this summer in preparation of the 2021-2022 school year. The start of this school year is different from where we were a year ago and feel we are headed in the right direction. There is a lot of work ahead of all of us to ensure that we are keeping our school doors open for our kids. It is a priority that we adhere to our day to day protocols and procedures detailed out in the school reopen plan, which you can find on the school website along with several other important resources. Please be advised that the plan is a working document and could possibly change throughout the school year. We strongly suggest that you become familiar with that document and to contact the school with questions. The reopen plan has not changed too much from last year, but I want to point out a few of the big changes. One significant change is that facial coverings are recommended, but optional inside the school buildings per policy 1905. We want to be clear that if a student, staff, or visitor makes the personal choice to wear or not wear a facial covering, that it will be respected and honored. In the event that anyone is being treated differently because of their personal choice, we will handle those instances in accordance with board policy.
In regards to home sporting events, fan attendance at this time is not limited like it was last year. However, there are procedures and protocols that must be followed at our school and need everyone’s help to keep fans at our games and to keep our kids competing. Last year we did not offer a K-5 after school program (Colt Club), which currently we are working on procedures and plans to start that program once again. More detailed information will be sent later this fall. Lastly, we are on track for a full ECE (Ennis Continuing Education/AdultEducation) program this fall. To learn more about what this program has to offer, visit the “Continuing Education” tab on the school website.
I have fielded questions about Covd-19 immunizations and the district's requirements. Per HB 702, the school district will not inquire on vaccination status of staff, students, or visitors. It is stated in school board policy 3413 that the district does not require immunization against Covid-19. We suggest that families consult with their healthcare providers when making decisions regarding Covid-19 immunizations.
We are pleased to announce that we will offer free breakfast and lunch once again to give families financial relief. This waiver is through the USDA and will remain through this school year. Please note that students will still need to pay for seconds. We hope that families take advantage of this opportunity.
School staffing has been a challenge this summer, but most of our positions have been filled at this time. We were short bus drivers, but are on track to have all those positions filled and all routes covered. Regarding custodial, we need one more full time custodian to be adequately staffed. Just recently we have advertised for a K-3 music/Title 1 paraprofessional position and are currently in the process of interviewing and filling that position. We encourage folks to visit our school website to learn more about our available positions.
As far as student enrollment is concerned, we are growing. We anticipate 20-25 new students at this time, which that number could increase before school starts next week. With our growing community and projected student numbers, we encourage folks to visit the school website to learn more about the facility expansion project.
I want to close by saying thank you for your efforts in making our school a success and thank you for letting us teach your kids! We all have been faced with several hurdles over the course of the past 18 months that have tested us all differently. At the end of the day, I know that we all want what is best for our school and most importantly, our kids. Last year was not easy, but it was successful and we persevered. It is very important that we start this year all on the same page and have a positive outlook on the year ahead of us. We need to stay united as a school and community, so please let’s all work hard to make that happen! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the school.