Dear Parent or Guardian:
I hope this letter finds you and your family in good health during these unprecedented times. I assure you that Regional School District #16 has taken every precaution to ensure the safety of your children and our staff as we reopen schools. The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty and concern for all of us in many different ways. I am confident it has affected each of us differently but equally as challenging. I want to say “Thank You” to our staff, students, and families for your patience and support during these trying times.
Region 16, as you know, will open in a hybrid model and will follow the CDC guidelines and the CSDE recommendations to start the 2020 school year. We have learned a great deal about remote instruction and professional learning has incurred with staff on virtual platforms to ensure the highest level of teaching and learning for this upcoming school year. As I am confident you are aware of at this time, we have created a comprehensive plan to return to in-person teaching and learning in September.
The community support, the Board of Education’s vision, parents/guardians, and the dedication from both certified and non-certified staff has created a culture that has raised the expectations and standards of excellence for all members of the Region 16 educational community. I am looking forward to this school year and all the challenges and rewards it will hold for our school community. I am especially looking forward to working collaboratively with you towards achieving our collective goal of providing the best possible education for our students.
We in Region 16 recognize that effective communication is the centerpiece for creating a strong partnership with parents; this parent/student handbook contains important information and expectations regarding your child’s educational experience in Region 16. It is a comprehensive snapshot of information that covers a wide variety of topics. I encourage you and your child to review the contents of the handbook together so you are aware of our expectations related to student behavior and discipline and to be aware of the many aspects of student life. I would also encourage you to utilize Schoology and continuously check emails for Swift K-12 notices for any alerts and updates.
The Board of Education’s policies and administrative regulations are intended to guide the operation of the school district. Please note that the term “parent” may refer to parent, legal guardian or other person who has the legal right to assume responsibility for a student enrolled in our school system. New and revised policies are uploaded to the district website when approved by the Board.
Unfortunately this year brings new challenges to BOE policies and school practices. I am referring you to the Region website: https://www.region16ct.org ; please review the R16 reopening plan. This plan has been BOE approved. There are some unique requirements this year such as requiring students to wear masks on buses and in school. We are also practicing social distancing and when students are virtual, attendance and participation is required.
Our Board of Education, faculty and staff are committed to providing the best possible education for your child(ren) and continually seek strategies and resources that will enhance instruction and increase student achievement. A strong family-school partnership must be in place in order to create a quality teaching and learning environment.
I encourage you to support and attend school events and activities, whether virtual or eventually in-person, especially those intended to complement instruction. I look forward to the opportunity to work collaboratively with parents, students, staff and the Board of Education. Together we can assure that 2020-2021 will be a positive and productive school year. For further information about Region 16 schools and programs, please visit our website at www.region16ct.org or contact the District Office.
"The pen is mightier than the sword" Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Michael P. Yamin
Superintendent of Schools
Work: (203) 758-6671
Fax: (203) 758-5797