Last Thursday we heard the news that as of today our board was among boards in four more Public Health regions in the province permitted to resume in-person learning. We are so very pleased to welcome back in person our elementary students today and our secondary on Thursday when they begin their fifth octomester of studies. The numbers of confirmed COVID cases in our area continues to improve, a good indication that the public health measures are working. We know that if the numbers are to continue to improve a united effort will be required and a strict adherence to the COVID protocols.
Last Monday evening I shared with the Board of Trustees my intent to retire as of July 31, 2021. As I shared, the decision was a difficult one. My original intent was to retire in another year, but COVID altered those plans and not for the reason many may be thinking. I describe it as having served as Director BC (before COVID) and DC (during COVID) and now passing the baton to my successor to serve AC (after COVID). The continued distribution of vaccines over the coming months offers much hope that 2021 – 2022 will see a return to a more normal school year . . . and how great it would be, that with the arrival of Spring, we begin to see ripples of a ‘new normal’.
For these remaining months I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, the senior team, our central and school leaders, teaching and support staff and the LDCSB community; that through our collective efforts we will be a great position to welcome the coming school year.
One of our Principals, knowing I am a Calvin and Hobbes fan, shared with me one of Hobbes’ wise insights, “If good things lasted forever, would we appreciate how precious they are.” As I reflect on the past 7 and half years, I can only say to the Board of Trustees who selected me as Director: “Thank you for the precious gift. It has been a great run and it is not over yet!”