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Message from the Superintendent: We did it!

Posted Date: 05/26/2020

Dear Andover Families,

Wow. Just more than two months ago, all of our worlds were rocked with news that we would not be returning to school as normal this year. Since then, we have seen teachers work harder than ever to reach all of their students through continuous learning, students learn new tools and adapt to a different learning environment, and families juggle their life’s obligations with a new role of being a learning coach. So much has changed in our lives in such little time.

This has not been easy. Some days have been better than others. But I could not be prouder to be part of a district where people rolled up their sleeves and did what they had to do to make a less-than-ideal situation work the best it could. Thank you for that.

We have begun planning for what the 2020-21 school year might mean for education. While we hope that our classrooms could return to the way they were previous to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are faced with the possibility that things will be different in the fall. We are planning for a variety of scenarios ranging from a return to normal to resuming continuous learning as we have been doing for two months. It’s certainly possible that we will have a hybrid of in-person learning with certain safeguards, combined with distance learning. We simply don’t know, and will not know until later this summer. We will share updates as they become available.

The same Andover Continuous Learning Task Force that created our playbooks for the past two months met again last week to analyze survey data and work to determine what considerations we will need to make in various scenarios. I am confident there is no better team in the state to help us navigate these tumultuous times.

Thank you for your continued grace, flexibility and willingness to try new things. Our educators, students and families have shown us, once again, that Andover is a special place to learn and work. Congratulations on completing this school year, and I hope you have a great summer!


Brett White