As we close out the year 2020, we do so with an immense sense of pride for the New Canaan Public Schools. Thank you to our school administrators, teachers, and staff for your unwavering dedication to our students this year. Your courage, compassion, and wholehearted commitment have lifted up our students and our entire community during this time. Our students have benefited greatly from consistent in-person and remote learning, robust health and safety mitigation strategies, and a collective spirit that we will persevere and achieve great things through working together.
Dr. Luizzi, together with his team of exceptional administrators, building principals, and department leaders, continue to lead fearlessly with a focus on delivering educational excellence to our students under extraordinarily challenging circumstances.
Together with our administration, our unions have demonstrated the power of partnership and communication, and a commitment to continuous education for our students in a time of great need. This partnership should serve as a model for our state and our nation.
Our teachers, counselors, and aides have gone above and beyond to educate and support our students across in-person, hybrid and remote formats, and have gracefully juggled, adapted, and transformed continuously this year. There aren’t enough ways to say thank you for being there for our kids.
Our school nurses have worked tirelessly to keep our schools and communities safe through 24×7 contact tracing and quarantine tracking, all while continuing to support the mental and physical health of our students.
Our athletic coaches and performing arts directors have delivered modified co-curricular programs in new and creative ways to provide students with a sense of normalcy and a venue for continuing to enjoy and pursue their passions.
Our district technology services team phenomenally prepared and distributed a technology device to every single student and teacher in our district while providing remote support and ensuring the stability and security of our ever important wifi and networks.
Our facilities, maintenance, and custodial crews hand-crafted a myriad of solutions to bring our students together safely and have adapted to rigorous new daily protocols for cleaning, ventilation, and building maintenance.
Our front and back-office staff, campus monitors, food service teams, and bus drivers have adapted to new operational procedures, working with our students and behind the scenes to keep the school days running smoothly and safely.
Our First Selectman, Board of Selectmen, Health Department, Board of Finance, and Town Council have been true partners and have invested significant time, energy, and funding to help keep our schools open this year.
Finally, our amazing students, whose patience and perseverance throughout this pandemic fill us with inspiration and hope for the future. In the face of heartbreaking disappointments and missed celebrations, they have demonstrated incredible resilience and social-emotional agility. Together with their families, they have remained flexible, supportive, and responsive to ever-changing schedules and state mandates.
With profound gratitude and appreciation, we pause to celebrate these efforts and individuals.
As we look towards 2021 and the remainder of this school year, we do so with great anticipation for a brighter future ahead. People, relationships, and collaboration are the life force in our schools. Our unity has been our strength, and it will carry us forward. Through that lens, we have achieved, and will continue to achieve wonderful things.
We wish everyone safe and happy holidays and a very happy new year.
New Canaan Board of Education
Katrina Parkhill, Chair
Brendan Hayes, Vice Chair
Julie Mackle Reeves, Secretary