Raymond School District has completed the first month of school in a safe and healthy way. Through heavy planning and preparation the district maintained a hybrid state during this remarkably unique and challenging time. Most commendable are the students of Raymond, who have resiliently adjusted to various changes in their school environment and expectations.
This success is also attributed in part to the planning and preparation this summer to implement hybrid models across all three buildings. Building administrators worked tirelessly to prepare their buildings for a safe return while maneuvering schedules and student cohorts to meet the needs of our families. Teachers participated in committees throughout the summer to prepare, they reimagined their classrooms and lesson plans, and made introductory videos so students could see their faces and new classroom setups prior to the first day of school.
The district supported this work through its first ever completely virtual professional development conference. Understanding the challenges faced this school year, there was increased training on technology as well as detecting and responding to mental health needs of students. In accordance with our reopening plan, staff received training on how to best support students in adopting the new behaviors of mask wearing and social distancing. Staff also learned about community resources and partnerships to enhance well being for their students, themselves and their colleagues.
Raymond’s success also relates to the diligence in the screening process each morning, cohorting of students and many other steps taken in the building and by students and their families each day. School nurses work closely to assess any health concerns with staff and students identified through screening and absence management. Staff and students collectively promote the ongoing health and safety through doing their part.
Raymond has observed even its youngest students do their part by wearing their masks. While this is an unprecedented and unpredictable time, the district is deeply appreciative of the collective efforts of staff, students, and the community, and hopes that these efforts allow for continued in person learning.