Dear CMP Families,
Today the Governor announced that schools would remain closed until the end of the school year. I've recorded a video about what it means for CMP. If you can't view the video I've pasted the text of the video below.
Good Evening CMP Community,
Today the Governor announced that California schools would remain closed until the end of the school year. Late yesterday we received a letter from State Superintendent Thurmond with the same message. In the letter the State Superintendent writes:
"[I]t currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year. This is in no way to suggest that school is over for the year, but rather we should put all efforts into strengthening our delivery of education through distance learning."
CMP has been preparing for this possibility for two weeks now. We are very well positioned, thanks to our amazing team, to serve students remotely for the remainder of the school year.
The CMP school sites have built strong distance learning plans that continue to be reviewed and refined as we learn more about distance learning and what works best for students and families. Distance learning is brand new to everyone. We'll all learn from this process, we will make adjustments, and we will share best practices we are learning from across all of our schools. We are collecting input every day and using that input to improve our approach. Thanks to CMP's collaborative spirit and embrace of continuous improvement we are far ahead of other school districts.
In fact, yesterday the California Charter School Association and the Small School District Association both shared CMPs Distance Learning website as a best practice with their networks. We've even be asked to host a webinar to share with school districts across all of California the great work we've done thus far on our distance learning program. If you have not yet been to your school's website please check it out and send us feedback. Here are the links again:
Superintendent Thurmond closed his letter by stating:
"[A]s it relates to educating California students we must rise to meet that challenge, we are stronger together, and if we work together we can do more together for all of our students."
I couldn't agree more. From our students to our teachers to our parents to our office staff all of CMP has, and will continue to, rise to the challenge. We're an organization that truly believes we are stronger together.
I have two young boys. The oldest will be a kindergartner at CMP next year. Like many of you, my wife and I are juggling teaching two kids at home and working from home. It's no easy task.
We are committed though to try our best to meet you where you are and to continue to put meaningful school work in the hands of our students that will help them progress academically. We're also committed to keeping our students engaged so that they continue to feel connected to their teacher and classmates throughout this extended closure. Our teachers love their students. They want to hear from you about how together we can keep your children involved and engaged. Please reach out and let us know how we can support you.
Our physical schools may be closed but the learning continues!
Thanks for all you do for CMP.