Back to Better Reopening Guide

Preparing for Our New School Year

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Dear Baldwin-Whitehall School District Families,

As we prepare to begin classes for the 2020-2021 school year, many aspects of daily life during our nation’s ongoing coronavirus pandemic are still uncertain. But this uncertainty does not mean that our children’s education comes to a complete stop while we wait for the situation to pass. Instead, it means that we must all work together to improve how we teach, learn, compete, and collaborate, both in person and online, all while following mandated health and safety practices.

This renewed focus on continual improvement — especially now that we have all learned from our experiences during the coronavirus-impacted end of the previous school year — is why we say we’re not just getting “back to normal” this year. Instead, we’re getting back to better.
With that goal in mind, our District has prepared this back-to-school guide to help you and your family understand and follow the new policies and procedures that have been designed to keep our students and staff safe throughout the upcoming school year. This plan was developed with input from parents, teachers, students, administrators, school board members, and public health experts. It was voted on and approved by our school board on August 19, 2020, and will officially be in effect immediately thereafter.

This plan’s number one priority is to ensure the continued safety of all students, teachers, and staff as we pursue another year of academic excellence. However, due to the possibility of operational uncertainties during the ongoing pandemic, this plan may be changed or adapted throughout the school year as circumstances evolve. Please make sure to keep up-to-date on all official District communications by visiting, following our emails, and checking for Skylert updates.

I know we are all very aware that this has the potential to be a very unusual school year, and that even the best-designed plans may be forced to change due to circumstances that are unfortunately beyond our control. However, I have tremendous faith in the adaptability, creativity, and resilience of our parents, students, and staff. No matter what new developments occur during this school year, I know that we will face them, adapt to them, and overcome them together.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe, and for striving to do your very best each day.
Dr. Randal A. Lutz
Superintendent of the Baldwin-Whitehall School District

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