Once again it is my privilege to welcome you to a new school year which holds the promise of yet another extraordinary year of opportunities and possibilities for all our students. We were all uplifted by our success in 2020- 2021 as we were able to offer in-person instruction and we look forward to an even more complete return to normalcy for the 2021- 2022 school year. However, the success to the upcoming year is largely dependent on our commitment to community-wide vaccination. As never before, education hinges on parents and the community; we literally can’t stay open without COVID-19 immunity.
We know that our parents can help us achieve this as Butte is one of the leaders in state-wide immunity percentages but there is still more that we need to do in order to reach that recommended 85%. Everybody wants to see our kids safe, especially as we start back to school so please remember, vaccination is our front-line defense against COVID-19.
With the emphasis on student health and safety, we plan to return to our normal, five-day, full-time schedule. We remain committed to all health and safety protocols established during the pandemic, and as in 2020-2021, we have a tiered intervention plan for continuing education in the event of an outbreak. But for right now, we are committed to that return to normalcy and that is cause for celebration. We will continue to keep you updated on any changes that may occur prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Details regarding health and safety procedures and protocols can be found on our website at www.bsd1.org
We also have much to celebrate in regards to our building upgrades. We have enhanced our building safety design in all elementary schools, and we continue to progress towards the completion of our remodeling project at East Middle School. Again, parents and community took the lead here in approving the mill levies that financed these improvements. I am so appreciative of all your support!!!
With your help and support, we hope to make 2021-2022 our best year ever!!!. We are going to stay open, we are going to remain healthy, and we are, as always, going to provide our kids with a quality, rigorous, and student-centered educational experience!!!
Thank for getting vaccinated and keeping you, your families, our children and the entire Butte community healthy and safe!! Together we are Butte School District Proud