GCSD Update: Memorial Day, last day of school and 2020-21 budget update

A message from Superintendent Marie Wiles:

Dear GCSD Families,

It is hard to believe that we are approaching the end of the 2019-2020 school year. It has been a year like no other! We have missed seeing your children over these last ten weeks. Please accept my gratitude and appreciation for your help in keeping your children healthy, safe and engaged in learning.

I also want to recognize our school community for the way it has come together for the greater good. There have been so many examples of how members of our community have gone above and beyond to support one another. To date, over 75,000 meals have been delivered to children in our district, and that number continues to grow. There have been several student-driven projects to recognize and support our community. One, in particular, LettersForBetter, has received over 750 encouraging messages to distribute to essential workers.

As we approach the end of the school year, I want to provide you with a few updates.

Memorial Day Weekend

Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day. This is a federal holiday and I encourage all of our families to reflect on its significance and enjoy some quality time together. There will be no remote instruction on this day. The Friday before Memorial Day, May 22 will be a regular day of remote instruction — it will not be a contingent holiday as originally planned before school buildings were closed.

Last Day of School

The last day of school for instruction for all students will be Wednesday, June 17, 2020. There are many plans in the works to mark the end of the school year. Given the ongoing directives against mass gatherings and the need for social distancing, we are all still working through what these events might look like. You will receive more information about end of year plans from your building principal as soon as they are finalized.

Final Grades Update

I know that many of you have questions about the revised grading processes we have used since our school buildings closed and what final grades will look like for this school year. Information about the calculation of final grades will be available later this week. Look for another communication from the district and please visit our website.

2020-21 School Budget Development

Tonight, the Board of Education is expected to adopt a proposed budget for the 2020-21 school year. Tune in at 7:00 p.m. to watch a live stream of the meeting on YouTube. Get more information about tonight’s meeting here. As a reminder, residents will cast their vote on the proposed budget, and elect Board members on June 9 by absentee ballot only. More information posted on our website.

Thank you again for your ongoing support. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with your questions and/or concerns.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marie Wiles
Superintendent 

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