May 21: Family Communication for the End of Year

Dear CASD Families,

We hope that you are doing well as we draw the 2019-2020 school year to a close. This is not the end of the year that we expected, and the situation continues to evolve in terms of what we are - and are not - permitted to do within our school buildings. Currently, state regulations and our legal guidance indicate that we must be extremely cautious and selective about when and how to enter school buildings. This continues to be the case even as we shift from the red phase to the yellow phase. 
We hope that this email answers some questions about end-of-year procedures.

Final Week of School / Activities
The last week of school is Tuesday, May 27th to Thursday, May 29th. Teachers will continue to communicate with your students next week. However, tasks and activities will be significantly modified and abbreviated. We hope that these experiences provide the opportunity to bring closure to this school year for both our students and teachers.

Returning Student Devices / Distributing Student Belongings

At this time, we are not permitted to collect devices from students aside from graduating seniors. Similarly, we do not yet have clearance to return students’ belongings. We would ask that families keep school devices in a safe, secure location until the District is able to retrieve the devices. The District will make alternate arrangements with families who are leaving the area to collect devices, return belongings, and provide records and personal items. 

Report Cards
All students will receive a digital report card per the original calendar. For the final marking period in which we were engaged in remote learning, students will be rated on their level of engagement (highly engaged, moderately engaged, or disengaged). Students will not be assigned a grade, nor will these ratings count toward GPA.

Family Survey
The District is preparing a brief survey to gather input from our families. Your feedback is important to us as we assess the last seven weeks of remote learning and plan for an uncertain 2020-2021 school year. Please consider providing your feedback when the survey is released within the next few weeks.

We recognize that there is much business left unfinished even as we conclude the school year. Please know that the safety of our students, families, and staff continues to be our top priority. We will inform you as soon as we are able to collect devices and distribute student items. 

Thank you for all of your support with your children during these seven weeks of remote learning.  We know that it has not been easy for you.  On behalf of the teachers, staff, and administrators, we thank you!

In the meantime, we wish you and your students an enjoyable and fulfilling end to the school year. I am extremely proud of our students, staff, families and the entire community for coming together and demonstrating such adaptability, patience, and understanding as we navigated – and continue to navigate – this unprecedented situation.

Stay safe and be well,

Go Herd!
Christina M. Spielbauer