By Scott Roper
Holly Area Schools superintendent
As we continue to navigate these unprecedented and challenging times, I’m proud to say I continue to see new examples of Broncho Pride throughout our community.
Most recently, we’ve seen it in our first-of-its-kind graduation parade, as well as our continued efforts to feed our community, and our teachers going above and beyond to serve students and families. As we finalize plans for next school year, I have no doubt that sense of community, inclusion and respect will continue.
In the meantime, I’m very excited to share the two latest updates for the Holly Area Schools 2020-2021 “Return to Learn” plan.
First, we are proud to announce our 1:1 technology program, which will provide every student with their own digital device to support learning, regardless what next school year looks like. Our 1:1 program will play a central role in our continued commitment to providing all Bronchos with cutting-edge technology to help prepare them for the jobs of the future. I will continue to provide more updates to our families throughout the summer.
Second, as we await funding and other critical decisions from policymakers, we are preparing all Holly teachers and support staff to continue providing students with a top-notch education that lays the foundation for success.
Our teachers and administrators are enrolled in professional learning around the topic of Blended Learning instruction, where our educators will be prepared for whatever degree remote learning will play this fall and beyond. The program includes four graduate courses to improve areas of teaching and learning so the most up-to-date instructional learning tools are used to meet the unique needs of every student.
Through this training, we will be prepared for both face-to-face instruction and an all-virtual approach. Our teachers and staff also will be prepared to adopt a hybrid model, which would include a combination of in-school and remote learning.
The health and safety of our students, teachers, staff and families will remain our number one priority, regardless of our approach to the new school year. Our planning is guided by the best medical research under anticipated safety requirements and recommendations.
Our planning also is guided by the individual needs of our students and families. This approach recognizes our youngest students are at a critical time in their education, including the development of foundational reading, math and other core skills.
I look forward to providing an additional update on our plans for next school year in late July.
Finally, I want to personally thank our entire Broncho community for remaining flexible throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as we continue proactive measures to help keep our entire community healthy and safe.
A successful reopening of our schools will require continued support and coordination with our entire community, and, working together, we will make it happen.