A Message from Dr. April Grace, March 31, 2020
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Shawnee Community,
Wow, so much has changed in such a short amount of time. In looking back over the past two weeks, what I know for sure is we have the most amazing people in this community and on our staff. What I love is how I have watched these challenging times bring each person in our community together (while socially distancing) in the most amazing way.
We served about 19,400 meals to our students in the first week of meal deliveries. This feat would not have been possible without our child nutrition, transportation, and academic services staff who stepped up to organize, prepare, and deliver our meals. I have been overwhelmed by the support of our staff who are volunteering to do whatever is necessary. Our community partners have been supporting with meal packaging, supplies, and making sure we are able to meet our students’ needs. The love, compassion, and concern I have seen displayed for our students and their families has been breathtaking. I am so grateful because it truly does take all of us in this fight.
One thing you can do to help our schools right now is complete the 2020 Census. The information from the Census is used to decide how much funding our school receives for important services like Child Nutrition meals for the next 10 years. Go to 2020census.gov to complete yours today.
As you know, our State Department of Education has closed all school buildings for the rest of this school year. Shawnee Public Schools is now working on a distance learning plan for our students. So many families have reached out to me with concerns they won’t be able to help their children learn at home. Rest assured our academic services staff, administrators, and teachers have been working many hours to create a distance learning plan that meets the unique needs of all our students. Once we receive the green light for our plan from the State Department, we will share details about what distance learning will look like in Shawnee.
We look forward to our continued partnership with each of you during this time. All in all, I simply have no words to adequately express how incredibly blessed I feel to serve our Shawnee students and community. We will know with all certainty that the strength of the wolf really is in the PACK!
April J. Grace, Ed. D Superintendent