Dear Parents,

Thank you for a wonderful week! Seeing your children on campus and feeling the campus come alive with their enthusiasm and energy has brought a lot of joy to each of us here at SAS.  To have kids in school, safe and learning, is a remarkable gift at this time in our world. 

We have implemented many health and safety precautions and changed a number of operating processes to ensure we could safely welcome students to campus this week. We are reviewing the effectiveness of these precautions on a near-daily basis and know that we will continue to learn and adjust as we go forward. I am very grateful to the work of our school leaders, faculty, and our incredible staff to make this week possible. 

I want to thank you as parents for the integral role you played in the success of this week. You have adjusted, rearranged, and done it with patience and a community-first spirit. Thank you!

As your children wrap up this first week, I encourage you to take a moment to ask them about how they contributed to the SAS community this week. The strength of our community comes from each of us contributing in our own unique ways and I know our students contributed in many ways this week.

While we are pleased with the overall success of the first week, we are also mindful of areas for improvement.

First is our arrival and dismissal process. We know there was some confusion about the car pick-up information. We saw improvement in the process after a couple of days and believe we will see further progress next week.  We are also very mindful of the traffic jams outside of school on arrival and examining all options to see if there are ways to reduce them.  

Second, we know there has been some frustration with the uniform purchasing process. This is the first year we have done everything online and there have been some growing pains along the way. We are allocating more resources to support this work and believe that the process will smooth out in the next week. We appreciate your patience and support.

We know there is a long road ahead as we remain diligent in our effort to keep our community healthy and safe -- and to be a place where students and educators experience joy every day in their learning journeys.  I am grateful for our first week back, and I am confident we will be able to do this together. 

Have an enjoyable long weekend as we celebrate National Day!

 

Best,

Tom Boasberg
Superintendent