I am writing to share information about important events and milestones over the next two months. Tonight the Millard Board of Education held a virtual Board meeting online. The Board has been extremely supportive and understanding of the complexities we face, and I am grateful for their leadership.
We recognize that finishing our school year remotely is hard on everybody, especially our Seniors. Many of the traditional celebrations have been canceled. We are so proud of our Seniors and all they have accomplished. I am pleased to share with you the following information for our Seniors.
- Virtual Graduation: Each high school is planning a virtual graduation on Saturday, May 23rd. Principals will be in touch with Seniors soon with more information.
- Summer Graduation: In hopes that we may still have a traditional graduation, we have reserved Baxter Arena for Thursday, July 30th and Friday, July 31th. More information about this graduation event will be shared with you at a later date.
- Last Day of School for Seniors: The last day of school for our Seniors will be May 12th.
- MillardGrad2020: Help us celebrate our graduates! Post a picture of your graduate on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with #MillardGrad2020.
Finishing the school year remotely creates some logistical challenges that we will need to work through. One of the biggest items we need to address is the collection of digital devices, textbooks, musical instruments, etc. In order for us to do that, we are making a modification to the end of the school year.
- Last Day of School for Pre-K through 11th Grade: The last day of school for our Pre-K through 11th grade students will be May 14th. Students will have until Monday, May 18th to turn in any assignments.
- End of School Item Check In: Principals are currently working on plans for returning technology, textbooks, musical instruments and other school items. Once we have determined a plan that ensures safety, we will share that information with you.
We fully recognize the ongoing strain the pandemic has on all of us. Resources are available. For those in need of food, Millard Public Schools Food Service is providing grab-and-go breakfast and lunch free of charge at eleven schools. Click here for times and locations. If your family is struggling with school, please reach out to your teachers. If students are struggling with mental health issues, our counselors want to connect with them. Please call the school. If you need additional resources, please look through our Resources page on our district Covid-19 website. Click here to reach it. We are continually updating this site as information becomes available.
I wish you safety and health. School continues remotely. We are here, and we want to help, both with your child’s education and your family’s well-being.
Jim Sutfin, Ed.D.