I have been attending many of the public meetings regarding school closure and reconfigurations, both as a teacher and a parent.
I sympathize with the families whose schools will be closing and admire their courage to rally. However, we do need to keep in mind the big picture.
Keeping schools half-full affects all students across the district. As a teacher, I’m exhausted by the cutbacks. As a parent, I’m worried about limited programs and opportunities for my daughter’s school career.
Something had to change. Change is hard. But change can also be good. Kids are more resilient than we give them credit for. This reconfiguration affects my child as well and she will need to adjust. Please keep in mind that your kids hear everything you say and they mirror their parents. Let’s move forward positively and with open minds. In September, we will all be in schools happily learning and growing.