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May 1, 2020

Jeffrey M. Howard
Emergency Remote Learning Week SIX - Hope Is Not Cancelled 

Today is May 1 and we are moving headlong into planning for the 2020-2021 school year. As I mentioned last week, I am not sure what the school will look like, how we will begin or, in fact, exactly when, but I wanted to share with you some things on which you can count:
  • Plans for the Class of 2020 continue to develop. We remain very hopeful for these celebrations.
  • In the coming weeks, we will release information and a detailed protocol for students who must return to campus to pick up any personal items they left in March to do so. This will not occur until state and local government allow this kind of gathering and our procedures will reflect best thoughts and practice. Please watch for further information.
  • We will be surveying the full community - faculty, staff, parents and students - concerning experiences with distance learning and will incorporate feedback into our planning going forward.  
  • We are working very hard and very diligently on a series of plans for the fall. As I noted last week, we do not know what our context will be when we return. My sincere hope is that we are back as planned and in person in August of 2020. However, we will be ready for as much as we can possibly anticipate. We will be ready if we return and have to go back out to distance learning. We will be ready with potential plans for social distancing. We will be ready to keep your students safe. We will be ready. And those plans are forthcoming. 
And, on distance learning, if we are forced back into this posture, it will not be an emergency. We will develop our plans based on what we have done and what we have learned this trimester to continue to provide our community the rigorous educational, terrific extracurricular, superior athletic and critical formative programs they have come to expect from Mullen High School.

No matter our posture - in person or at distance - Mullen High School is a special place. Our community is a special community. And we are grateful that each of you is a part of this community. We will continue to work to deserve your trust, your faith and your fidelity. 

Giving Tuesday
Next Tuesday, May 5 is Giving Tuesday.We are so pleased to participate in this nationwide day of giving, even in these challenging days.  #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity will, this year, be a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Mullen High School will use any monies we are able to generate to help alleviate the increased financial burden many of our families are experiencing. We know this is a hard time for many of us, but some of us are able to help and to reach out. We ask that you consider doing so this Giving Tuesday. Please watch our website and social media for information on how you can help!

Timely Updates
For the most timely updates of what is going on this trimester, please visit the SPRING 2020 page on the website. 

It Is Still Spring at Mullen High School 
Finally, this week our teachers and staff have been engaging with students who are not performing as well as they would like, engaging as regularly as they should or are in danger of having to repeat classes. We have been talking about how energy is waning a bit. We have discussed issues of academic integrity. 

Just like we would be doing if we were all together in person. 

That’s been an important thing for me to remember and to remind us of. Some challenges feel harder in this environment - and they are - but some of our challenges are simply relatively typical end of the year challenges. There is comfort in that!

Have terrific weekends!