"Public schools nationwide are facing their biggest challenge yet: Balancing the competing needs involved in educating our children. Schools have always been a safe haven for all students, a shelter for our most disadvantaged students, a place for nurture, love and learning. As school starts this year—virtually and in person--we cannot predict what the future will hold. But we are committed to learning and growing. Educators, parents, and communities are rising to many challenges.
We will continue to ensure that every child—regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, income, family background, or ability—is cared for as if he or she were our own.
Our goals and our commitment to students are the same: As public school leaders, we are working for the best interest of all of our students. We will keep them safe, learning, and growing, one student at a time..." (Accessed Online: https://learningfirst.org/publ...; February 22, 2021).
Public Schools Week is a designated week for administrators, teachers, specialists, teacher educators, parents and school committee members to host events (virtually or in-person) for their communities and reach out to lawmakers, businesses, and other community members to discuss the importance of public education. Public Schools Week brings together school committee members, educators, parents and many others across the country to show the strength—and potential—of our nation’s public schools and our students’ futures. We celebrate public schools year round with #PublicSchoolProud to show some of the exemplary work of our educators, particularly in these extraordinary times and circumstances.
In the coming days and weeks ahead, we will continue to focus on getting students and staff to school safely in a variety of learning models (remote, hybrid, and in-person), and want to say thank you for your continued support and partnership of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District. Please join me in celebrating Public Schools Week 2021: February 22-26, 2021. For more information or to learn more, go to www.PublicSchoolProud.org #ChooseSEBRSD #Progress #Unity #Knowledge
Paul S. Haughey, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District