Dear Parents and Friends,
Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year!
I’m so happy to be sharing these words with you...it’s finally time for our students to come back to campus!
The 20-21 year tested us all. Distance Learning was a challenge that required all of our collective efforts, and let’s face it, it wasn’t easy. We stuck together, communicated frequently, and supported each other through hard times.
Our Viking scholars worked very hard to make sure their learning didn’t suffer. Our teachers tested new methods of instructional delivery that they never had been exposed to before. Parents balanced the challenge of working from home, and supporting their child at the same time with their learning.
At the time of this writing, COVID is not fully in our rear view mirror. It will still be the mission of AUSD and Emery Park School to keep everyone safe. With that in mind, the biggest challenge we are facing is students will be required to wear a mask while receiving instruction inside our buildings. While students are outside, wearing a mask will be optional.
The key to our full return to campus will be to practice what got us through Distance Learning. We must remain patient.
Patience will be crucial with our students, with staff, and most importantly, for ourselves. It’s now been over 500 days since our campus has operated at full capacity. It will take time to get into the groove of regular, in person learning again.
I know we can do it. Emery Park successfully facilitated seven weeks of In Person Learning during the months of April and May where students were given some phenomenal enrichment activities which included robotics, art, and yoga. Also, we had a very successful summer school session where we served over 100 students in person. It was so nice seeing students receive in person instruction on campus again!
It’s hard to believe, but this will be my sixth year as your principal. I remain committed as ever to making sure your child has a great experience with us. My ongoing pledge to you is that I will remain accessible, visible, and enthusiastic in support of all things Emery Park! I’m looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Jeremy M. Infranca
Principal, Emery Park School