Column: Communicating the plan

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BY AVIS WILLIAMS 

Last week, the Selma City Schools Board of Education voted to adopt Return to Excellence: Team Selma’s Plan for Reopening Schools. Additionally, they approved a new start date and school calendar for the upcoming school year. Most important, the recommendation to begin school through remote and virtual learning for all scholars was approved. 

This is a monumental step forward for our district. Our next step is to ensure that we are communicating effectively with our families, teachers, staff and the community. 

For families, next week we will begin a series of virtual town hall style meetings to address various topics of concern. In planning these, we will have meetings for parents and guardians as well as with our scholars. We will also produce and update our frequently asked questions (FAQ) document and continue to use our social media outlets to share pertinent information.  

Teachers and staff can expect to continue to get the weekly Monday Joy email updates. Further, we will host another Chat and Chew prior to the start of school. Thanks to all those who participated in last week’s chat. We had nearly 200 members of Team Selma in our virtual meeting and it was amazing. From that, we will produce a detailed FAQ document 

Later this week, we will begin organizing community partners to help us support our families with remote and virtual learning. This will definitely include our church partnerships and the Selma chapter of the Retired Teachers Association. Please consider how you can help our working and single parents during the day. This could mean setting up virtual learning labs, providing virtual tutoring or school supplies. Selma is a beautiful, supportive community and I am confident that together we can get through this pandemic safer and smarter than when this began. 

Along with the above communication methods, we will likely do additional surveys as needed, send out robo calls and use television and radio outlets to share news.   

Through it all, we ask that you remain patient and supportive. Know that we will make mistakes. There is no perfect way to move forward educating our nearly 3000 scholars during a world-wide pandemic. 

Know that our intentions are to be fair, transparent and above all to continue to prioritize the safety and health of our families and staff. We cannot do it alone.   

We need your support, prayers and optimism. In the words of the Honorable John Lewis, “Be hopeful. Be optimistic. Never lose that sense of hope.” Team Selma is committed to ensuring that our scholars will have an amazing year of learning, academic engagement and fun. Thanks in advance for your support and be sure to check out our completed plan on our website and social media outlets. 

For more information, email me at avis.williams@selmacityschools.org