By CATHERINE M. CARBONE
Dear Bristol Public Schools Family,
One year ago today, we made the decision to close all of our schools and programs for eleven days, uncertain of what the future held for us. It is not an anniversary to celebrate, but it is a time for reflection.
As I look back over the past twelve months, I am constantly reminded of how valuable each of you - our scholars, families, board members, administrators, teachers, staff, and community partners - is to our district team. I am most grateful for all of you for making these challenging times as successful and supportive as possible for our scholars. Without each of your commitments, our mission to Teach and Learn With Passion and Purpose would not be possible.
To our scholars ... Thank you for your daily enthusiasm, resiliency, and willingness to learn and grow. Even in the face of adversity, you have remained determined and focused, and have inspired all of us to be better.
To our families ... Thank you for your daily encouragement, flexibility, and patience. I know that we can count on you as we continue to navigate the ever-changing landscape of public education today.
To our board members, administrators, teachers, and staff ... Thank you for your daily creativity, dedication, and selflessness. You make positive impacts in the lives of our scholars and families every day.
By the end of today, roughly 1,000 BPS employees will have received their first covid-19 vaccinations as a result of the partnership between the Bristol-Burlington Health District (BBHD) and the Bristol Board of Education. We are grateful for our continued partnerships with BBHD and Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu and appreciate the vital roles that our school nurses fulfill administering vaccinations to hundreds of our BPS citizens. Brighter days are ahead.
This past year has been very difficult for each of us, both personally and professionally. I recognize now more than ever the importance that in-person learning has on our scholars academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. It is critical that our scholars learn in-person alongside their peers and teachers. Disruptions of in-person learning caused by quarantines and temporary school closures have been undoubtedly stressful. And most importantly, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge those of us who have been devastatingly impacted by the virus. I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to anyone who lost a loved one.
I will never be able to say it enough, but thank you, all of you, for making these unprecedented times as best as possible for our scholars. Together, I know that we will continue to overcome obstacles and be a stronger district for it.
As always, we are BPS! We will move forward together and as a result, be better together!
Catherine M. Carbone, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools