Superintendent Message, Fall 2020
Dear Auburn School District Families:
Dear ASD Families:
Welcome to the 20-21 school year! I hope your family is healthy during this unusual time. As you know, we are starting the school year with a Distance Learning program. We wish we could welcome all of our students and staff back for a regular school year, but we will make the very best of the situation.
Our distance learning will be very different this fall. In the spring, we were thrust into distance learning and it showed. Though it worked well for some, for others it did not. This fall, teachers and students are connecting daily. Over 1,200 ASD teachers completed Distance Learning Playbook training to best support our students, every student has access to technology, grading and attendance practices return to normal, and we are continuing to define ways to best connect with our community.
I am optimistic we will be able to return to school in-person at some point this school year when the health department advises. Until that time, we will continue to overcome the challenges of our current situation. I am encouraged by the creative thinking and community partnerships that have been developed to best serve our families. We partnered with local childcare providers to offer additional programs, created an Elementary PM Program to better serve our community, and work closely with the Auburn Public Schools Foundation to support our families. I encourage students, parents, staff and the community to continue to think creatively about how we can all support each other.
Staying connected is critical during this time. The ASD has a variety of communication tools to keep families and students connected to school. Please make sure your email address and phone numbers are updated in our system, visit our webpage and social media sites, sign up for Remind if you have the opportunity, login to Skyward to check academic progress. To even better connect families, we have a Family Resource Line staffed by bilingual staff, 253 887-2155.
We are committed to providing a supportive, engaging and challenging Distance Learning program until we can return students to school. Our community is resilient and we will continue to work together for the success of our students.
Dr. Alan Spicciati
Superintendent's Student Advisory Council