- Sarasota Middle
December 18 – A Message from Dr. Brennan Asplen
December 18, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members:
First and foremost, thank you for your steadfast support of our schools during this incredibly unique and challenging school year. Teachers and staff members remain committed to serving the best interests of all our students, but we could not accomplish this vitally important work alone. It truly takes the support and encouragement from our whole community to ensure all facets of our educational mission are accomplished. On behalf of the School Board members and all SCS employees, please accept our heartfelt appreciation.
As you may know, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) recently issued Emergency Order No. 2020-EO-07 - Spring 2021 Improvements to all school districts. The FLDOE developed this guidance in partnership with the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS), and based its expectations and assurances on data, feedback, and best practices collected from school districts statewide. Rest assured that our district team judiciously reviewed the Executive Order and worked diligently on the required plan. Our plan was submitted on-time and we anticipate hearing back from the state about next steps once their evaluation of district plans has concluded.
In short, the second semester in our traditional public schools will be very similar to the first half of the school year. The Executive Order enables districts and families to work together collaboratively to make decisions in the best interest of individual students.
Per the Executive Order, families will be able to continue in the learning option they have already selected for their child – either face-to-face learning or remote learning. However, if a child has shown a decline in performance and supporting evidence indicates the need to change the student’s instructional modality by transitioning back into the physical classroom, the school will strongly encourage this course of action.
Remember, the second semester begins January 25th. Since some schools may have slightly different plans than others in the district due to unique needs, such as larger numbers of students in a certain modality of instruction, please contact your school directly if you have any questions.
Although this school year has begun in a way none of us would prefer, we must hold fast to the hope that it will end on a brighter note. We will not lose focus on our goal to provide our students with the best possible education found in a nurturing, safe environment. Please take time over the upcoming Winter Break to rest, recharge, and reflect on the great possibilities that await us as a new year begins. I am humbled to serve as your Superintendent and I have every confidence that we will all finish the school year strongly and successfully, leading the state by our example.
Wishing you & your family a happy and safe holiday season!
Dr. Brennan Asplen
Superintendent of Schools