March 25th PM Update

Live from the Den at 9 am

Join us for our Thursday live show at at 9 am or archived at the same address, and on this website, after the show has concluded. We anticipate Mayor Berkowitz will be a guest on our show and we’d love to see as many teachers, students, and parents join us as possible. We will monitor and answer the most pressing questions and concerns shared at

Technology Needs:

Based on the guidance of State health officials, the district is currently developing a plan to provide technology to students that follows best practices to limit the spread of COVID-19. Currently, devices will be provided to those who need them to access distance learning on Monday, March 30th in time for our academic restart on Tuesday, March 31st.

Anticipating Instruction Next Week:

Beginning March 31st, students will formally begin instruction again. We would like everyone to know there will a large degree of flexibility as students access CANVAS for the first time, learn how best to interact on ZOOM, and visit with their teachers to plan how best to move forward and maximize their learning opportunities.

Building Access:

We realize students may have instruments and textbooks in our building. After we are able to meet the technology needs of our student to access their online courses, we will move to planning for getting students these items. Stay tuned for details on this plan next week. As always, access will largely depend on the advice of healthcare professionals and follow best practice is limiting the spread of COVID-19.

A Quick Word on Individual Leadership and its Impact:

This morning at our staff meeting we talked about how our staff’s collective actions are synonymous with our school’s culture. The same is true at all levels, including families, classrooms, workplaces, and even at the largest community level.

As a way to bring this idea in to focus, I shared the following quote from former Disney CEO Robert Iger’s book, The Ride of a Lifetime,

As a leader, your values–your sense of integrity and decency and honesty, the way you comport yourself in the world–are a stand in for the values of the company.

(Iger, p. 231).

We are living in a time when we all need to be leaders. Our collective actions as a South community will determine how well we navigate the uncertainties that lie ahead. As a school, we will do all we can to take care of ourselves and be tolerant so that we can take care of our students and give them the best chance to flourish under adverse circumstances. I invite all who are reading this to help us fulfill this goal.

7 thoughts on “March 25th PM Update

  1. I want to extend my gratitude to you and the rest of the staff at South for all of your efforts in guiding us all through this difficult time. I’m praying that God will strengthen and protect everyone.

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  2. Will students also be allowed to get their instruments that were left at school? My daughter has a guitar at school which she would like to play.

    Thanks for all you are doing. These are trying times. I am praying for protection for all of us.


    • Buildings across the district have been locked down to employees at this point and technology pick up, which was previously scheduled to be done in person at the building is being adapted to a drive through or delivery model based on the recommendation of state level health officials. Once we figure out how to get kids connected to their online learning platforms, the next step will be to figure out how to get instruments and textbooks to students who need them. It’s on the priority list. I’ll keep everyone informed of that plan as it is developed at the district level.


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