Dear Brayton parents,
As September 1 st approaches, I wanted to reach out to you to let you know how things are proceeding during this unique time.
As you know, we will be implementing a hybrid schedule for all students – some will be physically attending school in the morning while others will join us remotely from home. In the afternoon, all students will have remote instruction. About 83% of our students will be attending in-person, and the staff and I have been working to find appropriate arrangements for all classrooms to ensure proper social distancing. We are confident that we are doing everything possible to make sure that all students and staff are safe and hopefully remain healthy. Please be sure to read our Brayton School Re-Opening Plan, along with the Summit Schools ReOpening Plan , for specific details on many of our procedures and expectations.
Unexpectedly, our population has increased a bit over the summer. We now have about 325 students, adding 16 new students in grades 2 – 5. There will be sixteen classes, three at every grade level except 5 th , which will have four. Several staffing changes have occurred since we left school in March. Mrs. Meghan Nelson will no longer be with us, and Mr. Drew Solowy will be leaving and moving out of state. Mrs. Diana Johnson will be on a 12-week leave. In addition, we will be hiring a new nurse when Ms. Elizabeth Sharp leaves us in September. Finally, Mrs. Joyce Fineman, our library assistant, has moved out of state. A committee of teachers and I are now in the final stages of interviewing and hiring replacements for these positions. I will let you know who our new staff members are as soon as they are hired.
Since our student information system changed over the summer from PowerSchool to Genesis, it is important that you pay attention to information sent to you from the district via email and Honeywell Instant Alert regarding registration and re-registration. All of this continues to be completed online. One important form to complete is the Student Dismissal Form , which must be finalized prior to the start of school. No student can be dismissed from school unless he or she has a completed form indicating the method of dismissal and to whom he or she can be dismissed.
Unfortunately, all of the wonderful activities we typically plan for the beginning of the year have to be tabled to avoid large gatherings. We will, however, try to be creative in finding ways to help our students, staff and parents connect and communicate. The PTO presidents and I have been in communication and will continue to look for ways to bring exciting and enjoyable activities to Brayton for our students and staff.
I hope that you have had some time to enjoy the summer months. I know that everyone has been dealing at the very least with uncertainty and some with much more serious issues. I am optimistic that things will get better. I think that once we are able to be back together, we will find strength and confidence in each other. Please be sure to take these remaining days to help prepare your child for the “different” school year that lies ahead. Having them practice wearing a mask for an extended time would really help! We are all facing the same challenges, but we will face them together and remain “BRAYTON STRONG!” We look forward to seeing you again!