Hello Rocklin Unified families and staff,
With the 2019-2020 school year ending unlike any previous school year in our history, as Superintendent of the Rocklin Unified School District, I want to take this opportunity to first thank all of you-- students, families, and staff-- for your commitment to our schools and the work being done to build a better future for our nation, state, and the Rocklin community through our impact on current and future generations of students. It is because of our collective hard work and dedication that we have made strong strides throughout the year to increase achievement and wellness for our students. While COVID -19 has impacted us, we have truly embraced the challenge and demonstrated innovation and care that was needed to continue to support the future of our young people.
This pandemic temporarily changed the way we think, interact, educate, and the way we live our day to day lives. Our top priority is to open our schools in August fully with all students on campus and to provide an outstanding education for our students in the tradition of excellence that has always made RUSD a destination district. However, due to the unprecedented nature and constantly evolving situation, this summer we will share contingency plans for reopening schools based on feedback we received from you in our recent survey as well as from current planning considerations from the California Department of Education and public health guidelines once we receive them. The Board of Trustees will make a final decision on school reopening later this summer.
I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention recent national events. The tragic death of George Floyd and the protests that have occurred have impacts on our youth here in our Rocklin schools. As our nation grapples with these issues, we must recognize that schools and school districts are reflections of our communities and must also grapple with these issues. Please take a look at our recently published equity portal
to view the important work of our district that was shared at our May 20 Board Meeting. These efforts are only one small step towards addressing institutional and enduring barriers to the achievement and wellness of all RUSD students. We are proud to support every student, family member, and staff member who is part of our RUSD family. We will not tolerate hate, racism, or discrimination within the Rocklin Unified School District.
Finally, this week marks what would have been graduation ceremonies to celebrate the Class of 2020, but we look forward to honoring them at the end of July in a modified graduation ceremony. I am thankful for how they have set an example for all of us in their resilience and hope as they embark upon a future full of promise and opportunity.
Wishing you and your family good health, as well as an enjoyable summer. We look forward to seeing you in August to begin the 2020-21 school year and will keep you updated this summer.
Rocklin Unified School District