Superintendent's Letter to Parents September 23, 2020

  • Good evening Sarasota County Schools families.

    The beginning of this school year has been very challenging, to say the least. Thank you, families, for being great partners with us as we all work harder than ever to give the very best to our children. Our teachers too, have dedicated their time, hearts, and expertise to implementing instruction in this environment.  They are working nonstop and require additional time to plan with colleagues, create lesson plans, and in some cases receive additional training with technology and concurrent teaching methods.

    After conferring with the School Board, Principals and the SC/TA, we feel that there is a strong need at this time for two additional planning days revising the current calendar; October 12 and November 18 (pending a School Board vote on October 6). These planning days will become non-student attendance days and will not result in an extension of the current school year.

    In addition, on October 12 our custodians will provide deep cleaning and continue to disinfect surfaces and touchpoints on all campuses across the district and bus drivers will continue to disinfect all buses. On November 18 we will begin reapplying OMNISHIELD to all surfaces and touchpoints, this is the long-lasting anti-microbial disinfectant which we will be respraying ahead of the product’s 90-day effectiveness rate.  These efforts by our custodial teams will help ensure that the campuses are as safe as possible for students and staff.

    None of us knows what the future holds when we move into the second half of the school year, but just like now, we will listen and problem-solve together as needed. 

    I appreciate your understanding as we continue to navigate through this unprecedented time.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Brennan Asplen

    Superintendent of Schools