Eric J. Becoats, Ed.D.
Dear William Penn Families:
I hope this letter finds you and your families well. Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year – a school year that certainly will be unique as we open our virtual doors on September 14, 2020. Our team of administrators, educators and staff is ready to serve and support you.
Every student in our district will be equipped with a Chromebook to begin the online learning on day one. School hours for students will be 9:00am to 2:00pm. Our educators will be interacting with every student through synchronous (led by a teacher) and asynchronous (independent) instruction, and support.
An Online Learning Resource Guide and Online Learning Expectations have been developed to support our online model of instruction. These documents, and other useful information to assist our families, can be found on the Family Resource Center page on our website – WilliamPennSD.org/family-resource-center.
We will place an emphasis on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) this school year to help students process the feelings and emotions they may have about the COVID-19 Pandemic, racial and social injustice, and other challenges. Each month, our educators will focus on an SEL theme with our students. There was also an opportunity for our students in grades 7-12 to participate in a virtual Empowerment Experience to discuss and process their feelings related to race relations and social injustice.
To ensure students have breakfast and lunch for five days of the week, students will be able to pick up meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. Meals can be obtained from any school location.
Visit our website, WilliamPennSD.org, often to stay informed about new developments and to access important information. In addition, please ensure your child’s school has your current contact information (home phone, cell phone, and email address) so we will be able to communicate with you by phone, text, and email.
I’m looking forward to a successful year ahead. Take care, remain safe, please wear your mask and practice social distancing.