While you were away, STEM was busy preparing for the return of staff and students. I would like to extend a big Thank You for the teamwork of our staff that spanned so many departments, in order to make this happen.
Here are some of the highlights:
- The business office generated over 160 staff names, emails and roles for the upload to Centura Health when essential personnel, including school staff, was moved to Phase 1B for eligibility for the COVID vaccines.
- STEM was fortunate to be put into the system prior to the Governor’s updated instructions, thereby allowing our staff to still get their vaccines if they so choose.
- Those who have taken advantage of the opportunity will also receive the second dose in February.
- Hundreds of tasks were completed by our facilities team to deep clean, repair, and prepare for the return to in-person learning.
- Upgrades to rooftop HVAC units and the replacement of a boiler that failed.
- Acquired and distributed additional PPE and items ordered via Staff CARES Act Wish List
- Recruitment of strategic Class B members to the STEM Board.
- Nate Angell was voted on by the STEM Board during the monthly Board Meeting on January 5.
- Candidate interviews for key roles outlined in our Transition Plan.
- Addition of a new Strategic Plan facilitator and refocus of the Strategic Plan Committees to prepare for the upcoming Town Hall (January 14)
- So much more that keeps STEM running behind the scenes by a dedicated and collaborative team.
The good news is that students are back in classes and the joy in the school is palpable. Students understand that it is a privilege to be at school when so many students have been unable to be at school across the country.
We are so grateful for our amazing staff and educators and we will continue to collaborate as we did in the Fall, on ways to make STEM even better. Safety procedures that were in place in the Fall, as well as updated procedures that were outlined in the Return-to-School Plan, will continue to be followed in order to keep all students and staff members as safe as possible.
P.J. Eucker PhD