Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is with great excitement that the Wharton Public School District welcomes students back to school, in-person, for the first time in six months.
Education during this global pandemic has been a challenging endeavor and is only possible with the entire greater Wharton school community working together. Student families and school staff will be required to creatively navigate through a “new normal” of hybrid schedules, social distancing and new protocols.
Our learning community will need to focus on both, the academic progress and achievement of each student as well as their Social Emotional Learning. In this extraordinary time, it is ever more important to teach “the whole child”.
The goals for our district set forth in our Strategic Planning process include improvements in student achievement, focusing on social emotional learning and continuing to enhance our facilities.
The 2020 summer was spend preparing our schools to be able to safely open and to provide the safest learning environment possible for students and staff. A special thanks goes to the many that worked on the “Reopening Plan”. These included, staff, administration, parents, students, the Department of Health, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Wharton Police Department.
As, I have stated before not everyone will be happy with any reopening plan implemented. While this plan may be easily accommodated by some families, others it may create great hardship. However, no one should be truly “happy” until we can reopen our doors to full “in-person” instruction and move beyond this global pandemic.
Please feel free to reach out to your individual school’s office or to me for any assistance you may need. Also, for daily updates and announcements, follow us on Twitter @WPBS_NJ.
Christopher J. Herdman