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STATEMENT FROM DR CURCI

The Apollo-Ridge School District wants to thank you for all of your patience, cooperation, and support during this difficult time. We have had to make some very difficult decisions in the past several weeks - decisions that we know have an impact on our students, our staff, and our families.
 
Please know that these decisions are made ALWAYS with the best intent of our school community in mind. These decisions can be polarizing at times, and there are many strong opinions on both sides of the spectrum. It has been often said in education circles that this is a no-win situation, as no matter what we do there are no clear right or wrong answers. In the end, however, the ultimate success of any decision will be based on the positivity, devotion, and effort that is put forth to make the best of a difficult situation.
 
All of us are in a situation we would not choose to be in, but there is a choice in how we respond to it. The Apollo-Ridge community has preached Viking Pride for a number of years. It is times like these where, now more than ever, we must rally together make this work - whether in remote, hybrid, or in-person instruction. We are in a fluid situation where all of these situations could occur, but also change with quick or little notice.
 
Not everyone will agree with decisions being made, and that is okay. There are very few times in life that everyone will agree - especially on matters this important! At the end of the day, if we will truly be successful, we need to rally to together to support our kids, support our staff, and support our community in the most positive, most determined manner possible. We will get through this difficult time, and we will get through it together!

Below are a few updates based on questions we have received on things we have been working on:
  • As a reminder, the first day of school for students has been changed to September 8, 2020. We are starting the year in all remote instruction, with all students learning virtually until further notice. We will continue monitoring conditions to determine when we may return to any portion of in-person instruction, but we will be remote until at least September 28 or the last week of September. Again, the period of time is until further notice, but want to provide the courtesy of a minimum point in time to help families plan.

    Please note, the clear preference is to have in-person instruction for everyone. We believe that is best for our kids, and urgently want that to happen. It is painful to delay their return, but we have to use best judgement to delay doing so until more clear guidance is established. While it may be difficult to believe, the current approach gives us the best opportunity to provide consistency in education for students and families - even though it may not be what we want or prefer.
  • It was shared that the supply chain has prevented us from receiving all of the laptop computers that we ordered last spring for our students. If you have a personal device that you are able to use for instruction home, and are willing to use it for your child until all of the last computers arrive, please see the form to volunteer on the district website.

  • We are continuing to research new ways to bring internet accessibility to areas that may not have it. When a list of locations where hot spot service may be provided, we will be sure to let you know as soon as possible.

  • Plans for breakfast and lunch availability are also being made. Schedules and how to obtain meals will be forthcoming.

  • The August 24, 2020 Board Meeting has been cancelled and rescheduled for Monday, August 31 via Zoom. 
We will work hard to communicate as much as possible with information as it becomes available. We want to provide the best education and support possible, and I am very thankful for our staff and how they are responding to meet the needs of our kids.

Thank to all those in the community who have been so supportive and understanding. We appreciate everything our community does for our schools, and we are thankful for the opportunity to serve you.

Dr. Matt Curci, Superintendent 
Apollo-Ridge School District 

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