Facing COVID 19 is something none of us have ever encountered and how schools respond makes a big difference for our kids and community. YOU are doing GREAT!!!! How great? This week a school district near Chicago called to inquire about our “amazing online learning rollout.” That same day, the Texas Education Agency asked Wylie ISD to showcase our communication plan for online learning as an example for other districts in Texas to follow. Getting Online Learning WAS NOT easy, but our teachers, our kids, our families delivered, the Wylie Way!
It has been said that “character is revealed in the midst of crisis.” It’s my impression that the COVID-19 crisis has unveiled the strength and character of the people in our community that makes this place so special! When times get tough, we pull together to make the best of this situation. You are ROCKSTARS. On behalf of the Wylie ISD Board of Trustees, THANK YOU!
Our Online Learning plan and practically everything else works so well in Wylie ISD because everyone is willing to pitch in to help make it GREAT! This includes our amazing parents. Dr. Jeff Kerr is the Chief Medical Officer for a regional hospital and Wylie ISD parent. He volunteered his time and expertise to offer some great advice about protecting our kids, and each other, from the COVID 19 virus. When you have time, we encourage you to listen and learn from his expertise.
Another reason we are DOING GREAT, we value the emotional well-being of our kids as much as their physical well-being. If someone is dealing with anxiety over COVID-19, we want to help. Wylie ISD partner and child psychologist, Kelly Jameson Ph.D. and Wylie ISD Director of Counseling, Amanda Martin have lots of valuable information to keep everyone socially and emotionally healthy. We encourage you to check out our conversation that provides parents practical advice on how to communicate appropriately about our current situation and equip you with tools to help us support each other. After spending time with Dr. Jameson, I learned to always approach fear with facts. If we can use data to guide our understanding, we will feel less anxious and know how to move forward in a calm and beneficial way.
There are times in our lives when it can be difficult to find the silver lining as chaos knocks on our door. Although we are faced with challenges that may make us feel overwhelmed, it is important for us to be grateful for the many blessings that we have. The recent events have allowed us to be reminded of all the goodness that circulates around us. I do not know what the immediate future holds; but, I do know that we will come out stronger on the other side. I am grateful for you, and I hope you know how much I appreciate the role you play in our district. Thank you for making the best of every situation. On behalf of our kids, thank you for DOING GREAT, the Wylie Way!