August 31, 2020
Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends:
I wanted to take a moment to write to you “face to face” so to speak to let you know how all of us in Region14 are keeping the safety of your children at the forefront as they return to school. This is, and will remain, our number one priority.
A few months ago, due to sloppy habits in a nursing home, I lost my dad due to Covid19. Subsequently, the state implemented procedures to prevent others from catching this virus, but unfortunately it was too late to save my dad. This experience is my driving force.When we decided to reopen, I called the administrative team together and from that moment on we have been diligently looking at every possible aspect of how to best utilize the scientific data made available to us and good old fashioned soap, water, bleach and scrubbing to ensure that our buildings are “clean, clean, clean!” Because of my own tragedy, keeping your children safe is very personal to me. I went through each of the district’s school buildings to make certain that they would pass the white glove test and we did not stop there.
We worked in conjunction with both Health districts, our school physician, our Covid19 liaison, who has attended every informational meeting on this virus, and our maintenance staff, to design and address every possible procedure to protect your children, our students, and their teacher’s safety. You may hear that “Dr. O was really picky or like a grandmother” and that may be true, but when you love children and realize the depths we need to go to protect whole families, I will leave no stone unturned. I take the welfare of these communities very seriously and if I find that danger lurks, we will act accordingly. We are prepared. Going forward, we will reopen schools slowly, carefully, and as safely as possible.
If you are worried, concerned or just have a suggestion, call me. My personal cell is 860-318-6566.
With every best wish for health and happiness,
Joseph A. Olzacki, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools