GCSD Update: Close of the 2019-20 School Year

A message from Superintendent Marie Wiles:

Dear GCSD Families,

As the 2019-2020 school year draws to a close, I think we can all agree that it has been a year like none other in our lifetimes. Thank you for partnering in the educational experience of your children, even through a pandemic, economic turmoil and social unrest. As was recently pointed out to me, when the history of this time is written, we will have the distinction of being primary sources in the telling of the story. In spite of it all, I hope you and your children are healthy and safe and ready for a well-deserved summer recess.

I know many of you might be wondering what school will look like in the fall. We have been busy planning just that. A task force and several functional area advisory committees have been created to plan for the safe return of students, faculty and staff. Those committees include: facilities, instruction, health/safety, social-emotional learning, human resources and extra-curricular/athletics and they include faculty and staff, parents, and community representatives. Their work will include studying the many facets of our operations in light of possible scenarios: our full return to in-person school, a full continuation of remote learning, or some combination of the two. I will continue to update you throughout the summer as our plans take shape.

Finally, I want to thank you for your overwhelming support in the approval of our 2020-2021 school budget, which passed with a 66 percent approval margin. Our community participated in record numbers in this year’s mail-in vote and election and we are grateful for a positive outcome!

So as this memorable school year comes to its end, please accept my thanks for your continued support and my well wishes for a safe, healthy, and restorative summer.

Best,
Dr. Marie Wiles
Superintendent

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