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Superintendent welcomes students back

August 07, 2020 - 00:00
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    Dr. Virgil Cole Superintendent Morgan County Schools

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! It is with immense respect, humility and a passion for education that I look forward to serving the students, staff and community of Morgan County as Superintendent. The success of any school system starts with having a strong collective vision, and Morgan County Charter School System has a great vision, which is to “be an exemplary learning community whose graduates are prepared for college, career and life.” This is a tremendous charge and it will take all of us: teachers, leaders and community members working together as a team to promote high expectations and to deliver a quality education for all students. During these unprecedented and challenging times, this is going to be more important than ever.

Against the backdrop of the worst pandemic in over a century, we are also wrestling with whether or not our country can live up to one of the fundamental ideals expressed in the U.S. Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal.” While this can all seem so very overwhelming, I sincerely believe it is often darkest before the dawn - even now we’re presented with a unique opportunity to make a lasting and great change for the better.

I know our community and system takes pride in our charge of being “One Morgan,” and we must truly make this a living and breathing testament of our work together for the benefit of all students.

Further, as we look to returning to school, our typical excitement of this time of year is tempered with understandable anxiety and concern. While we receive and are heeding the latest guidance from the local, state and national level related to opening schools, we acknowledge that this situation is fluid in relation to the potential unknowns and risks related to it. However, I have also been strongly moved by our students who are living in conditions which have left them unsupervised, in isolation, or in potentially abusive situations who have no one to turn to or help them. This highlights the critical and paramount role that education plays in the lives of young people, their families and our community.

Therefore, as we move toward a safe, cautious, and thoughtful re-opening, we are trying to carefully balance our efforts to be responsible as well as safe. This will take all of us working together. It will take parents taking their children’s temperatures and not sending them to school if they have any symptoms whatsoever, it will take students wearing their masks when they cannot social distance and are asked to, and it will take patience on everyone’s part as we navigate these unchartered waters. Please know that we are doing everything in our power to assure the safety of our students, families, teachers, administration and community. I take this responsibility extremely seriously as it affects each one of us and our own families.

With the strong support of our parents and business partners, we are confident that the Morgan County Charter School System will continue to meet the community's high standards, and we welcome you to join us in advancing a school system that reflects the values and history of excellence in academics, arts and athletics.