On Monday, August 31, 2020, Frederick County Public Schools began the school year in a completely virtual format—something that had never been done before.
Musical artist Jon Bon Jovi recently wrote a song as a tribute to the essential workers in New York City. Part of the chorus of the song shares, “When you can’t do what you do, you do what you can.” This is an apt description of life during a pandemic.
I thought of those lyrics throughout the first day of the 20-21 school year. Everyone had hoped to have our classrooms filled with excited (and sometimes sleepy) faces to begin another school year in the same way as previous years. However, the impact of the pandemic continued as we adjusted and met those excited faces on a computer screen.
No one knew exactly what to expect as approximately 3,000 teachers and 44,000 students engaged virtually for the first day of school. The first small steps were taken, and a successful launch to the school year happened. There were: many sighs of relief, many smiles, and a few technology glitches.
Most importantly, there were personal connections established and relationships being formed. Whether established face-to-face or virtually, those relationships will be the foundation for a successful school year. Relationships are an area where teachers and students can always do what they do!
I am extremely grateful to our teachers, administrators, staff, students, families, and community members who have supported each other and FCPS in launching this historical school year. Best wishes for a successful year ahead!