As we finish our third week of the new academic year, I continue to be impressed by all of the work that is taking place across the division. Our employees, our students, and our families have worked together to contribute to the overall success of our school opening. Thank you, parents, students, and staff, for your grace and your patience as we all work together to maximize the potential of all of our division’s learners.
With many successes that we have achieved to date, we continually seek opportunities to improve the instructional experience of our students and their families. We strive to work in partnership with our students and families to learn more about where we can make revisions, modifications, and improvements. Our school division is committed to our ongoing work to support our students and our families. Please do not hesitate to call your child’s teacher, principal, or me if you need assistance. We are here to help!
This week, the Goochland County School Board affirmed its commitment to providing our students, staff, families, and visitors a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment. At their meeting on Tuesday, they unanimously approved a revision to our Standards of Student Conduct (JFC-R) that aligns directly with their resolution adopted at their meeting on June 9, 2020, their three equity goals, their Equity Policy, and our division’s Engage 2026 Strategic Plan. Specific revisions were made to sections related to disruptive conduct and student dress. The School Board, I as your Superintendent, and the entire school division remain committed to providing an equitable and inclusive work and learning environment that embraces diversity, condemns racism, and is free of harassment and discrimination for everyone.
When the School Board approved our current opening plan on August 11, they committed to continually monitor internal and external data as a part of the ongoing evaluation of our instructional program with the goal to expand in-person experiences for students as conditions would allow. This discussion took place on Tuesday evening when I presented the Board with updated COVID-19 case counts and staffing data. I also shared an initial draft of potential guidelines and a tentative timeline for continued reopening that the Board may consider in the future. The Board and I have already received feedback on these draft guidelines. As we continue to partner with our families and our community to support our students, we welcome these conversations and feedback over the course of the next several weeks. Adjustments and improvements may be made to the draft in the coming weeks. Final approval is slated for the Board’s next public meeting on October 13.
Lastly, today marks the 19th anniversary of the tragic events that continue to have a long lasting impact on our nation. Please join me in recognizing the sacrifices of our first responders and the victims of the dreadful September 11th attacks on our nation. Let us always remember the heroic actions of our fellow Americans and never forget those who were forever impacted by the events of the day.
I wish you nothing but the best as you begin your weekend. Stay healthy and well!
Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent