12-11-2020 — An important message from Dr. Little

Dear Lexington District One Family:

This has been a tough week. It is tough when we lose someone close to us. I ask that you keep those at Carolina Springs Elementary School and all those who knew Mrs. Blakely in your thoughts and prayers.

At the same time that our hearts are heavy, we are also anxious about what the future holds for the pandemic. We are concerned about our safety, the safety of our families and the safety of our students. Add to that worry the strain of the holiday season and it is little wonder that we are stressed and looking forward to a much needed break.

Like you, I am stressed and anxious. It is important for you to know that every decision we have made and will continue to make will be focused on the safety of each person in our buildings. I am confident in the dedicated efforts of our custodial and maintenance staff who clean and sanitize our buildings each day to ensure we have safe classrooms and workplaces. I am confident in our school leadership who work tirelessly to meet the needs of students and staff, and I am confident that the work you do is having a tremendous impact.

Our goal from the start was to make decisions that were purposeful, strategic and intentional. We have focused on taking deliberate steps and doing safety checks each step of the way. Nothing is going to change that. We will not shortcut safety to add instructional days to the calendar.

My promise to you is that we will continue to work each day for you and your children. If you have concerns or questions about your safety, please do not hesitate to reach out to your principal and share them. If you are struggling and need someone to talk to, please reach out to your benefits administrator who maintains confidentiality. You can also take advantage of the district’s new Employee Assistance Program, which includes access to grief counseling services. You can find that information on our website. Click on “I AM,” “AN EMPLOYEE,” “Employee Assistance,” and then “Click here for free employee assistance.”

You are doing amazing work as you face these challenges. While it may seem impossible, we can do anything if we do it together. An African proverb reminds us that if you want to travel fast, go alone. If you want to go far, travel together. I am thankful that we are on this journey together.

Dr. Greg Little