Message from the Superintendent 3/23/20

Message from the Superintendent 3/23/20
Posted on 03/24/2020
Staff Hope

March 23, 2020

Dear Pioneer Families,

I hope this weekly communique finds you well, I guess as well as can be expected.  Last week as Pioneer Superintendent felt as if it was one-month long.  There was a tremendous amount of information thrusted at us about COVID-19, state and school responses, and trying to plan accordingly.  I truly appreciate your patience as we have waded through these waters of uncertainty.  I know how frustrations and stress can easily permeate our calm demeanor; it has occurred often for me these past days.  Thoughts of “What’s next?” leads to many more questions and wonderings than we currently have answers.  Pioneer District Leadership Team has been working hard in creating systems of support for our families and for student learning.  I would like to share with you our direction as we plan for moving forward.

  • We are having teachers reach out to all Pioneer students/families this week
  • We are asking teachers to create packets of learning information that can go home in lieu of needing technology
  • We are mobilizing our technology resources to distribute Chromebooks to homes in need
  • We will set a plan for distribution of technology to our families in need
  • We are planning for weekly educational support services for our families and Pioneer Staff
  • We are continuing to provide breakfast and lunches each day (Monday – Friday)
  • We are organizing additional educational resources for distribution
  • We are setting Special Education and English Learning plans for continuation of services

We are doing our best in trying to identify and meet the needs of our community.  Knowing the multiple dynamics of community outreach, we continue to ask for grace as we develop systems for support.  I don’t like our students out of school any more than our families and teachers.  This puts added burden on all of us; our teachers and para’s with classroom instruction, our parents with child care, keeping kids engaged, and our legal expectations and requirements that all schools must adhere to.  Conducting school in the manner we are now expected is nothing that was planned, but it is our new reality.  With this growing COVID-19 crisis, we are all learning how to improve our skill sets in meeting the needs of our youth.  We are in this together.

As we progress down this path, we know this is not optimal for student learning and success.  In consideration of our current reality, we are trying to make the best of our situation.  Our hope is that student engagement work will be meaningful, reinforcing, and achievable, and when we return to school, that our loss was/is minimal and we can finish the year strong.  Until then, we will continue to do the best we can while we move forward.  Thank you for trusting us.  We have your child’s best interest in mind and heart.  My best to you.


John Gummel, Superintendent

Pioneer School District