- Sarasota County Schools
February 25 – An Important Message from Dr. Brennan Asplen
February 25, 2021 - 5:30 PM
Good evening school district families,
It is hard to believe that we are already well into the third quarter. The camaraderie that has been fostered among our school communities during this unique school year has been truly inspiring. Our teachers have been working hard to continue to deliver high-quality instruction through varied platforms, tailoring their instruction per modality and striving to meet the needs of each student on an individual level. Food service workers have been diligently preparing meals for both in-person and remote learners at their school; bus drivers have been carefully transporting their students to and from campus every day; and custodial teams throughout the district have been thoroughly cleaning our campuses to ensure students and employees can learn & work as safely as possible. Our students have demonstrated their resilience time and again as they continue to learn and grow despite how different this school year has been.
In order to keep our school district moving forward productively, we feel it is necessary to add a planning day to this school year’s calendar to allow our teachers and staff members to plan lessons, conference with parents, complete clerical tasks, and deep clean schools, among other necessary duties. After conferring with the School Board, principals, and the SC/TA, Thursday, April 8 would be the best day for additional planning time, pending School Board approval on March 23.
As there is a professional day already scheduled for Friday, April 9, it seems logical for teachers to utilize a planning day and a professional day back-to-back. Additionally, this will allow our custodial teams to conduct a deep cleaning of all our campuses and high-volume areas & touchpoints within classrooms and offices. Given that this new planning time precedes an existing professional day, we are hopeful this will have minimal impact on family plans and the advanced notice of this change will help families adjust accordingly. The April 8 planning day would become a non-student attendance day and would not result in an extension of the current school year.
I am extremely proud of the extraordinary effort that has been put forth by our teachers and staff members in support of our students, our families in support of their schools, and our community in support of our school district family. Thank you all for your continued focus, patience, compassion, and collaboration as we navigate the remainder of this school year together.
Brennan W. Asplen III, Ed.D.