June 24, 2021
Dear Batavia Blue Devils Community,
To say the least, this past year has been one of the most difficult and challenging years in education. The COVID-19 health crisis has placed a tremendous strain on every aspect of our lives. The disruption and impact on our students, district families and staff were most notably felt. With all that being said, I am proud of our collective accomplishments as a district and greater community. Together, we created learning environments that were safe and maximized student learning.
In fact, we were able to bring our kids back in September in a hybrid learning model while transitioning in April to five-days a week of in-person learning. No small achievement considering many other districts our size stayed hybrid and or fully virtual for the entire year. We know the shutdown this past year negatively impacted the financial status of many of our families and community members and I am proud to say that in response our district provided over 400,000 meals to our community.
None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the unwavering support of our entire district community and for this I am truly grateful.
Today brings the end of the State of Emergency relative to COVID-19 and most of the COVID restrictions outside of schools have been lifted. As has been the case for this school year, we will continue to monitor and comply with any required NYS guidance relative to schools. To date, we have yet to receive any official guidance regarding what schools will be required to do when we start back for the 2021-22 school year. Given this, it is our full intention to return to school five days a week for in-person learning barring any requirements by the CDC, NYS Department of Health or the NYS Education Department that would prevent us from doing so.
The Board of Education, district staff and I are committed to providing our students all the benefits and experiences that come with a fully in-person learning environment for the upcoming 2021-22 school year and will continue to work through any potential challenges that may arise as we move forward.
In closing, I want to thank our students, parents and staff for all of your perseverance and resilience this past year. You were Batavia Strong! I know it wasn’t easy and that no one asked for many of the regulations and rules that were imposed on us, but we all made it through safely and that is what ultimately matters. May you all have a restful and rejuvenating summer!
Anibal Soler, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools