CHEYENNE — In a video message to Wyoming students, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow told students they may finish the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year at home.
The YouTube video was posted on the Wyoming Department of Education’s Facebook page on Monday, April 6.
“With school closures in Wyoming extended, it’s possible that you may not return to a school building this year,” Balow said.
She told the students that due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, each of their schools have rewritten how the rest of the year’s education will look.
“This is a new journey. Embrace the challenges and the successes,” Balow said. “We have the best educators and we have the best students.”
Even though all 48 school districts have come up with an Adapted Learning Plan, the teachers still have to carry it out. Each district was required to submit a unique plan that lays out the strategies each district is implementing to continue to educate students while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s not business as usual for your teachers. Recognize that they are human and they are trying something new and they miss you,” Balow said. “You’re living in a unique moment. One that is full of uncertainty and really big decisions.”
“My assignment for each of you is to open yourself to new life lessons that may very well help define your generation,” Balow said. “These lessons are about kindness, generosity, hope and compassion.”
She encouraged the students to express themselves through art, music, movement, writing, and through good deeds for others.
“Be patients and give your best effort. It won’t feel like regular school,” Balow said. “And I suspect some of you may settle in and enjoy your new normal.”
To listen to Jillian Balow’s complete message click below.