I write to you this evening with a certainty that with spring coming tomorrow, we will continue to thrive as a district and community. All around us acts of generosity, kindness, and inspiration capture our hearts and minds. As we continue to come together, we gather strength from one another and our collective positive energy. We will -- here in Our House -- stay in the light and continue to work together as we forge strong bonds of community that will sustain us through this current health challenge. We are Northshore…
As I have listened to the California Governor’s declaration this evening and the order he issued for residents to stay at home, while also closely following our current news and data locally, I have concluded that it is time for us to close all schools that are not otherwise being used for meal prep and childcare. This closure will take effect tomorrow evening at 5:00 pm. This means that only those areas of schools identified for childcare and meal prep will be open to us. If you have items that you will need for future online learning plans, or personal items that you would like to have at home with you in the coming weeks, please plan to retrieve them during the day tomorrow. As we have tried to do throughout this crisis, this decision puts the safety of our staff front and center. It also enables us to keep our facilities clean for meal prep and child care, and helps us better care for our many support staff who are working hard to provide for our community.
In the midst of these challenges, I want to share a timely poem…
And the People Stayed Home
And the people stayed home.
And read books, and listened, and
rested, and exercised, and made art,
and played games, and learned
new ways of being, and were still.
And listened more deeply.
Some meditated, some prayed,
Some met their shadows.
And the people began
to think differently.
And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living
in ignorant, dangerous, mindless,
and heartless ways,
the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed.,
and the people joined together again,
they grieved their losses, and made
new choices, and dreamed new
images, and created new ways to live
and heal the earth fully,
as they had been healed.
I wish each of you all the best as we traverse this dynamic new terrain, and encourage you to follow the requests of our health department and state leaders to stay home: social distancing is so important at this time. I also want to remind each of you that while we need to physically stay apart, we must and shall stay connected in many virtual and new ways. The strength of our community lies in our relationships and connections; we will see one another through this…
Take good care, and looking forward to seeing you soon,
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.