A thank you during stage 4 reopening and an important announcement

Dr. Haas talks about reopening schools in stage 4 and also makes an important announcement about a special upcoming ACPS-wide zoom conversation.

I thank all of you for the amazing work you are doing right now. By this time next week, we will have more than 8,000 of our students coming into our schools either four days per week or every other day. That is about 65% of our student population. I am very appreciative of all of our educators, support staff, and administrators, whether you are focused on supporting our students and employees at school or off-site, or both! I have heard great reports from central staff who are visiting schools to provide an extra hand as needed. I had a chance to visit Greer and Mountain View on Wednesday, and while there was plenty of school opening excitement, teachers and support staff quickly got down to the business of high-quality teaching and learning. Thank you!

Save the date and time! Attention all school division employees: Please make plans to join me for a Zoom conversation at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, March 26. All employees are invited and expected to attend this one-hour professional development session with Glenn Singleton, the author of the very important book, Courageous Conversations About Race, a book that many of you have read, studied and discussed with one another. We have made plans to temporarily expand our license with Zoom to allow up to 3,000 participants to attend this brief meeting.

This will be the first time in the 21st century that all ACPS employees will be gathered together in one space to hear a common message. I am looking forward to speaking with all of you live on the 26th, and I am super excited to be working with Bernard Hairston to provide this opportunity for you to share time with Glenn Singleton. I know we will all learn a lot and take away new—even challenging—ideas for actions we can take to advance our equity mission:

The shared mission of ACPS is high-quality teaching and learning for all. We will end the predictive value of race, class, gender, and special capacities on student success by working together with families and communities to ensure each individual student's success.