Dear Beloved ESD 159 Community,
Welcome back for the 2020-2021 school year! We are incredibly delighted to have our students and educators back engaging in learning again. We could not be more excited to see your kids’ smiling faces even if it is virtually!
As we are aware, the pandemic is an ever-changing situation. We have successfully met several challenges during this time, however more are likely to come our way. We will continually revisit our plans, including our timeline for returning to in-person learning, as needed. In the meantime, we can all do our part to help our students transition successfully to the remote learning process.
Thank you to all who helped prepare for this new, unprecedented school year. Your commitment to ensuring that ESD 159 remains a celebrated and successful district has been awesome. Our staff is eagerly looking forward to virtually greeting students again. Together, we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children despite our evolving circumstances.
Access to technology is necessary for remote learning. We are committed to providing that access for all our students. If your student is in need of a device, please contact your student’s school and they will help secure one for your student.
If you need a “hotspot” — which serves as a portable access to the internet — you can let your school know, and they will make sure one is available. Our technology team will be available to assist you Monday – Friday 8:00 – 3:00pm. You can also email our Technology Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meal service will resume on Monday, August 24th. Grab and Go meals will be offered at each school throughout the district as well as Drop and Go meals for families in need. Students will receive a lunch and a breakfast each day. Meal service will be every weekday from 10:30am until 1:00pm.
Our team is here to help! On the home page of our district website, you will find our new Parent Guide to Remote Learning as well as our Special Education Guidance for Parents. In addition, this year our updated ESD 159 Parent/Student Handbook will be in an electronic version and will be available on our website by the end of this week. These resources will help you to support your students during this unprecedented school year.
Our goal is to provide support and encouragement as we journey through this virtual world of learning together. Please do not hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can do to help you or your student have the best school year ever.
As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with your student’s school, or visit our website at www.dist159.com. Again, thank you for your ongoing support, patience, flexibility, and grace. We are here to support you and will do all that we can to ensure a good start to the school year.
“A new journey to be started. A new promise to be fulfilled. A new page to be written.” – unknown
Dr. Mable Alfred
Superintendent of Schools