Jan. 7, 2021
Ray-Pec Parent Community,

I trust you and your family had a safe and wonderful holiday break. We are very eager to welcome back your children on Monday to what I know will be a great 2021 spring semester! There are many things to look forward to as we begin this semester, and I will have more communication to you on those items over the next several weeks. Let’s just say, I am very excited about what the future holds for our school district.

Thank you upfront for your continued diligence as we begin the second half of this school year. While there is cautious optimism for a vastly improved spring in terms of our virus protocols, we still need everyone’s help. Adherence to best practices in combating the spread of the virus needs to be at the top of our minds. Physical distancing, wearing face coverings, washing hands frequently, staying home if you have symptoms of COVID-19, and following isolation or quarantine directions from the CCHD are commitments we need to continue to make. Very importantly, if your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please keep her or him home from school. I know of several instances from the first semester where parents were proactive in keeping children home from school when exhibiting a symptom consistent with COVID-19. By keeping those students home, far fewer students had to quarantine for potential exposure to positive cases. Exercising good judgement in the home and keeping a child home from school when symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are present is a very effective mitigation strategy. Thank you in advance for this continued effort.

Like the first semester, there is uncertainty about how this semester will unfold. But also like the first semester, we will be ready to adjust when needed to meet any challenge or opportunity. Our guiding principles remain strong. Plan and adjust. Patience and grace. These are the characteristics we embraced in the first semester, and will continue to embrace as we begin the second. 

On behalf of the Ray-Pec Board of Education, thank you for entrusting your children to the Ray-Pec School District.

Mike Slagle

I am passionately driven by the belief that Everyone Is Created To Flourish