EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR
On behalf of the Stevensville School Board of Trustees and the entire school staff, I welcome all families and the entire community to the opening of the 2021-22 school year. The past year has presented challenges to the entire community as we have worked to address the challenges associated with COVID-19 and the major construction projects at the elementary and high school buildings. Our general contractor, Quality Construction is working hard to ensure that school buildings are operational when students arrive September 13, 2021. Construction is slated to continue through December of 2021 with a final turn over of all areas scheduled for January 15, 2022.
The temporary high school office and entrance will remain at the north end of the high school building. The K-3 building will continue to use the existing office and main entrance on the north end of the building. At this point, we believe all K-3 classrooms will be functional for the start of classes. In the high school, the Career and Technical Education Center, Science, and west wing of the high school should be operational. However, we will continue to teach multiple high school courses in the middle school building as we continue remodel work in the east wing and commons area of the high school.
Parking will continue to be an issue while the subcontractor completes the hardscape areas. Elementary and Middle School parking will be in the leased lot at the corner of Park and 5th streets and street-side. High school parking on the east side of the school will be paved and ready for parking. Students, staff, and visitors will be able to park in the new lot and walk on an established path to the north entrance of the building.
The major topic of concern is the plan to return students to on-site instruction. COVID-19 is on the mind of everyone as we plan for a new school year. I acknowledge the widely ranging opinions associated with COVID-19. The lack of consensus regarding COVID-19 presents a difficult landscape to navigate as we return to another school year. The Board of Trustees has adopted the Plan for Safe Return to School and Continuity of Instruction which is posted on the Stevensville District website. This plan will be reviewed at every Board meeting until such a time that it is no longer needed. In addition, the Stevensville District continuously monitors information from the state and Ravalli County Health Department to inform ongoing daily safety decisions. At present, the Stevensville School District will return to in-person instruction with masks remaining a family decision. As stated in the plan, “the superintendent will also monitor health alerts and make day-to-day mask determinations regarding requirements for personal protective equipment.” If you would like information regarding Covid-19, quarantines and isolation please call the Ravalli County Health Department or visit their website.
While the intent of the Stevensville Schools is to return to full instruction, the District also acknowledges that ongoing medical needs may present the need for distance learning accommodations on a limited basis. Please see your building principal if this need arises. In the event of COVID-19 infections, students will have full access via Google Classroom. In the unlikely event of a mandated closure, the Stevensville Schools staff has proven that they can adapt and transition quickly to other modes of instruction. We remain confident that we will provide the best possible education in any circumstance.
Again, I welcome everyone to the beginning of what we anticipate will be an exciting school year as we see the significant changes to our schools. We appreciate your support and trust in the Stevensville Public Schools and look forward to providing the best possible educational opportunities available for the students in the Stevensville community. Please register for our Infinite Campus messages by contacting your building secretary and visit our website and school Facebook pages for ongoing changes and adjustments as we begin the year. I have no doubt that we will need to remain flexible as we work through construction and COVID-19 issues.
Robert Moore Ed. D.