Next week, we welcome students back for classes. This return of energy to college life, even if largely virtual, is cause for celebration. Please take a moment to appreciate this turn in the academic calendar and the step all students are making in their academic journeys.
My thanks to those districtwide who worked to provide a user-friendly interface for vaccine verification and testing status. This next week is going to be a test for all of us in adapting and applying new processes in the protocol.
All new processes require time for adjustment. Fortunately, for most classes, the first two weeks will be online. This is a good time to learn the new system and find any unexpected hurdles that – despite everyone's best effort – may still exist.
As educators and educational professionals, we witness the journey the human mind takes from the novel to the familiar. We will all be on that journey together. I ask only flexibility and kindness with students and colleagues, alongside patience with ourselves, as we again adapt.
John Weispfenning, Ph.D.
Yesterday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day – designated by the United Nations to be January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum posted a virtual ceremony that features the reflections of survivors and honors the lives of Europe's Jews.
The Coast District joins in this somber remembrance and reflection.