Dear Butler Area School District Community:
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I find myself giving thanks for all of you -- the people who make our school district and our community a place of excellence, success and hope.
This year has been unlike any other. Yet, despite the many challenges, all of you continue to show up to support our schools and our community.
My preference is to have our students physically in school where they can learn and grow with their teachers and peers. It’s not ideal to implement remote distance learning for all students. Quite frankly, it’s incredibly difficult for many. I want you to know that we understand the struggle and we are committed to doing everything we can to support you and your children while we are operating remotely.
I want to extend my sincere gratitude to our families who are helping facilitate remote instruction at home. I believe we have come a long way since the spring, but recognize a lot of remote education falls on the shoulders of our families. I encourage you to stay in touch with your child’s teacher. Communication is so important. If you need help or if you are struggling, please let us know. We will do what we can to support you. Thank you for all you are doing.
I also want to thank our faculty and staff. The reason we were able to open our doors this fall and welcome students back for more than 9 weeks is because of the efforts of our faculty and staff. Not only did they physically show up for our students, they provided unique and innovative education in school while also supporting our cyber learning students at home. And, if that wasn’t enough, they all worked together to ensure our schools were operating as safely as possible. Now, our faculty and staff members are working hard to help your children stay engaged while they are learning at home. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to each of them.
Our food service department continues to prepare more than 10,000 meals each week for children. That’s breakfast and lunch five days a week for free. If your family would like food service during our remote learning period, you may use this link to sign up, if you have not already. https://forms.gle/XqU3ktDzPFrYe6ob8
It’s also important that I recognize how our community has come together to support our students, families and schools. Our Butler County Commissioners are absolutely amazing. They meet with the county superintendents to keep us informed of what is happening in the county and also determine how they can support our efforts. It’s a true partnership and I’m thankful to have their support.
In addition, the Butler Health System has been an incredible source of information and support. I’m certainly not a medical professional, yet I’m faced with very difficult decisions that potentially impact the health and well-being of thousands. Having the guidance and support of our local medical professionals is invaluable. Thank you to everyone who has taken my calls, answered my emails and generally offered their knowledge, help and support to our school district.
The Butler Choirs virtually came together to sing our Alma Mater. https://youtu.be/yvJDocBpqbQ. I hope you enjoy their virtual performance. I can’t think of a better way to begin our Thanksgiving holiday than by giving thanks for our school community.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Brian J. White, Jr., Ed.D.
Butler Area School District