Navigating uncharted territory together during this global health crisis

A message from the superintendent  

Dear PSD families,  

This surely doesn’t feel like a normal spring break for you and your family. As our global community faces a health crisis, most of us are dealing with a great deal of uncertainty. Many businesses are temporarily shutting their doors, office workers are telecommuting from home, and Gov. Jared Polis on March 18 ordered the closure of Colorado schools through April 17. Many of you may be worried about your loved ones and, especially, the older adults in your lives. 

As we navigate this uncharted territory together, I want to offer my deepest gratitude to you, the PSD community. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we figure out how to do the best we can for our students during these unprecedented times.  

When I look back on the past few weeks, I am struck once again by what an incredible community we have. I heard from so many of you who want to help make sure all students have what they needed during the closure. I have seen tremendous acts of kindness from people wanting to help their neighbors during this time.  

Everyone is stepping up to do their part. 

Last week, our IT department worked long days to make sure all middle and high school students have access to district laptops. Our dedicated custodial staff will be deep cleaning schools, and other essential staff are working to ensure that buildings and equipment are taken care of during the closure. Our Child Nutrition team is preparing to come in to offer kids healthy breakfasts and lunches. More on that here. Teachers are reworking lesson plans to adapt to these unusual circumstances. Parents and guardians are setting up workspaces for their kids to use until schools reopen.  

If I could ask one thing, it would be for us all to be patient and have grace with one another. There are many problems we’ve yet to solve and many questions yet to be answered. But if any community can weather this together, it’s ours because it’s filled with smart, compassionate and collaborative people. 
I am so grateful for all of you. We are in this together. 

Sandra Smyser, Ph.D.