Oct 07, 2020 2:07 PM

School board members praise the resilience of staff and students

Posted Oct 07, 2020 2:07 PM

As USD 475 successfully navigates the challenges posted by COVID-19 this year two Board of Education members offered supportive words for the schools.

Kristy Haden
Kristy Haden

Board member Kristy Haden this week thanked everybody in the schools and the consistency in the schools. "My kids don't have any changes that they're seeing day to day, anything that's going on, whether one class is in quarantine, anything like that it's not making any changes. it's just that consistency. I think that's very very important."

Jim Schmidt
Jim Schmidt

Board member Jim Schmidt praised the resilience and flexibility of the students. "Tell them what needs to happen, they make it happen and ultimately it's the adults that tend to struggle with how do we deal with what's maybe not the new normal but it's what life is right now."

Schmidt added it boggles his mind sometimes, referring to students coping. He provided examples. "Hey what do I have to do to take it on the field of play or what do I have to do participate in band or what do I have to do to just be in class in general or ride buses. The kids adjust and on they go."

Schmidt and Haden made their comments during the Board of Education meeting Monday evening. The school year has been under way for several weeks.