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    Superintendent's Letter to Highlands Families 

    March 19, 2020

    Dear Highlands Families,

    I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the situation we are facing regarding the coronavirus pandemic. First, I hope everyone is adjusting to this “new normal” that we are all forced to accept. I know there is a lot of fear right now due to the unknown, but it is important that everyone remain emotionally and physically healthy during this time.

    If there is one thing I know about this community, it is our resiliency to get through crises. In my short time as the Superintendent of Highlands School District, I have seen this community work together to support one another through some very challenging situations. As we continue to face the coronavirus pandemic, we have to find alternative ways to support one another. I never thought I would say thank God for electronics, but in this case, we are fortunate to have the ability to facetime, text and speak to one another from a distance. I am actually thankful for the gaming systems, so that our children can stay connected with friends while practicing social distancing. I never thought those words would come out of my mouth! The genuine care and concern that I see from everyone in this community is what is needed at this time, so please remain patient and calm with each other.

    Daily structure for our children is critical during this school closure. I encourage parents and guardians to maintain a routine with their children by designing daily schedules that will keep them active and engaged. However, I do recognize this is a difficult task for those parents who are still going to work or are now working from home. Everyone is doing the best they can dealing with a situation that most of us haven’t faced in our lifetime.

    Please remember to visit the district website for updates related to the school closure. One calls will continue to be made as new information is available.

    Finally, and most importantly, take care of yourselves. The health and safety of everyone is much more important than anything else we are dealing with at this time. We have a long road ahead of us, but I know we will get through this if we work together.

    God Bless and Stay Healthy!

    Monique Mawhinney, Ed. D.

    Superintendent