To the Summit School Community,
It has been an extraordinary few weeks as our world, and our local community, face historic challenges with the growing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Amid the stress and uncertainty, it’s never been more critical to stay connected with one another, even as we practice social distancing to reduce transmission and keep each other healthy and safe.
That’s why we’re writing to let you know that the Summit Educational Foundation (SEF) is working quickly to develop a plan to address the immediate and long-term needs during this challenging time. We’ve highlighted a few key activities and updates below.
- SEF proudly funded the Chromebook initiative for Summit’s 3rd and 4th grade students last year. We’re pleased that the Summit Public Schools have made these devices available to our 3rd and 4th grade students during this period of remote learning.
- We are actively assessing the needs of our schools. While very few things are certain these days, we know that remote learning will be our reality for the foreseeable future. To minimize disruption in our students’ learning, we are proactively exploring what is needed most, such as technology, supplies, or training. Therefore, we have reached out to our school administrators to identify areas of need and to assist in any manner possible.
- SEF Spring Grants Review in Progress. Our recent call for grant applications closed on March 15, 2020 and are under review. We will announce the approved grants at the Board of Education meeting on May 7, 2020.
- We are preparing for the future by taking steps to ensure SEF’s long-term sustainability. As we recently announced, SEF’s annual Spring for Excellence 2020 event was postponed. In its place, we’re planning a virtual auction. More details will follow - we’re hopeful that the Summit community will continue to support our schools during this difficult situation.
Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for Summit’s teachers and schools as we work to provide the best possible educational experience for our children. Please continue to stay safe and healthy. We’ll be in touch again soon.
Sue Thatch, Co-President
Maggie Bauman, Co-President