CONCORD — New Hampshire School Administrators Association (NHSAA) Executive Director Carl Ladd and the NHSAA wish to recognize the successful start to the school year at districts throughout the state.
Districts statewide have commenced the 2020-2021 school year over the past several weeks, beginning in late August. Return to school plans amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have included a mix of fully remote, in-person and hybrid plans.
Districts are closely following guidance issued by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services this summer to support the reopening of schools. Primarily, that guidance has encouraged districts to make decisions reflecting the needs of their specific communities, which vary widely. State guidance also urged districts to prioritize clear communications plans and guidelines, implement a screening procedure for COVID-19 symptoms for students and encourage social distancing in school, among other measures. Whether to require mask wearing or not was left up to district discretion as well.
“Administrators statewide put an enormous amount of effort into their preparations for the 2020-2021 school year to ensure their students and staff would have safe, healthy learning environments and the opportunity to continue to access rich, engaging educational opportunities,” Ladd said. “Reopening plans across the state vary, and those plans were meticulously crafted to match the needs of each and every community. This was no easy task. Students rely on their schools for not only education but for meals and various supports. We’re tremendously proud of the work done to reopen schools when students need them most.”
NHSAA is a nonprofit organization serving approximately 275 members and is dedicated to providing the best possible public education for the children of New Hampshire. Membership of NHSAA includes superintendents of schools, assistant superintendents, school business officials, special education directors, curriculum coordinators and other system administrators.
NHSAA provides its membership with professional development training and conference opportunities as well as myriad resources to support their role as educators, and also honors educational professionals statewide with annual awards including Superintendent of the Year, the Outstanding Service Award and Champions for Children.
To learn more, visit NHSAA’s website by clicking here.