Community Message May 2021

Community Message May 2021
Posted on 05/03/2021
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A Message from Weld RE-4 Superintendent Dan Seegmiller

 

A little over a year ago, our district moved to remote learning. In the fall,all of our students returned to some version of an in-person schedule. Elementary students attended in-person classes every day, and middle and high school students attended two days in-person and three days off-campus. However, since March, every Weld RE-4 student has been on a daily, in-person schedule. Not every school district can say this. In fact, it’s likely you know a child in a different district—here in Colorado or another state—who just recently returned to in-person learning for the first time in a year. This points to the many challenges COVID-19 presented to schools across our nation.

 

At the start of the pandemic, my son asked, “Dad, what did you do last time there was a pandemic?” I explained this wasn’t something that had happened before in my lifetime or even his great grandparent’s lifetime. Without personal experience to rely on, in Weld RE-4, we came together and paved our own way.

 

Having our students back in school safely, in person as much as possible, was not just something I personally felt strongly about. It was also a strong desire shared by our students and families, a priority of our school principals, teachers, and staff, and a decision supported by our school board. With the exception of a few weeks between the winter holidays for middle and high school students, we were able to maintain in-person learning throughout the year, which was possible because of everyone’s dedication to the health and safety of our school communities. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone for showing up and making this possible!

This week is teacher appreciation week and I want to acknowledge how important our staff’s support has been to our ability to maintain in-person learning this year. They have adjusted and adapted to empower student success. A good example of this is featured in a Greeley Tribune article highlighting Tony Hilim, an industrial tech teacher at Windsor High School. It is about his experience adapting to teaching during COVID-19 and the future of career and technical education in our district.

 

I know the community shares my gratitude for all of our Weld RE-4 educators and staff for everything they have done this year. Our staff hear your words of appreciation, and it makes all the difference!

 

Photo credit: Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer, Greeley Tribune