Since being appointed to the School Board in 2019, I have had the opportunity to join in the innovative work that our School District is doing to boost our high graduation rates, expand technology access, and build a wide variety of supportive services ensuring that all of our students have an equal opportunity to succeed.
However, this past year has also brought tremendous challenges. As our society struggled under the COVID-19 pandemic, we worked to adapt quickly and shift district resources to support remote learning. Within a few short months we were able to purchase and distribute 28,551 laptop computers to every one of our 28,551 students. We also developed new partnerships to provide essential free or reduced-fee internet access to our Tacoma Public School families who needed it. Now that we’re in the final stretch, we have refined our re-opening plan and are ready to safely bring students back to school for in-person learning, five days per week, in September 2021.
Looking toward the future, we must continue to focus on the social-emotional learning needs of our students. The pandemic limitations have created an emotional burden for everyone, and we are committed to meeting students where they are as we re-define and re-establish the normal routine and curriculum of our schools.
Through all of this, I remain inspired by the ambition, resilience, and character of our students, the patience and support of our families, and the dedication of our staff.
I am looking forward to building a better future for all our students, and I ask for your vote to help me continue this work.