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From the Hilltop 10-2-20
From the Hilltop 10-2-20
Fred Lamkey
Friday, October 02, 2020

Good Day Toppers, Bruins and Honeybears,

It has now been one month since the Hilltop Return the School Plan was enacted and Mt. Pulaski Schools are doing very well!  The district has reported our first case of a student testing positive for COVID-19, but the good news is that our protocols have kept others safe and do not require any other students or staff members to enter quarantine.  The district will continue to follow measures established in the Hilltop Return to School Plan to maintain a safe and productive learning environment.

As we approach the halfway point of the 1st quarter, we begin to reimagine what school may look like as we progress through the year.  On Wednesday, October 7th, the District Leadership Team (DLT), consisting of Board members, teachers and administrators, will convene to start discussing phase 2 of the Hilltop Return to School Plan. 

At this meeting, participants will consider our progress in curriculum and instruction, student and staff success mastering remote learning, potential for lengthening the in-person learning day, providing lunch at school and an overall review of the Hilltop Return to School Plan.

This process will allow our school district to build upon our current successes and provide more opportunity for student learning and achievement.  There is no time measure for when phase 2 may be implemented, but it will be the goal of the District Leadership Team in conjunction with the Building Leadership Teams to have a plan for presentation at the November Regular School Board Meeting.

Building Leadership Teams are also polling staff and students to determine what is working best and what we can adjust in our current practices.  All of this information will inform the DLT’s work in evaluating the Hilltop Return to School Plan and designing phase 2 of implementation.  We will continue to keep all stakeholders informed of our progress.

Thank you for your support, trust and efforts to keep our students, staff and community safe.  Together we are making a difference!

Wash-up, Mask-up and Keep the Distance!

Fred Lamkey, Mount Pulaski Superintendent