Dear families, this is your Superintendent Spencer Holtom with a check-in for all of our families of Oroville City Elementary School District.
We hope this message finds you all healthy and happy. My message is not only from your superintendent but also from a husband and father of six children, five of whom are now doing online or distance learning ranging from TK to college. My own family has experienced our own day to day ups and downs. No matter your circumstances all of us are experiencing different issues and different highs and lows when it comes to educating and supporting our children at home. For me personally, some days are great and my children are so compliant while other days are chaotic and feel more like a fight.
Completing work on a daily basis is vital for continuous improvement. We know distance learning cannot replace being in the classroom, but teachers are working hard to provide the best distance learning possible in this difficult time. With this being said, we’re asking you, just do the best you can. We want this to be a time that your children can remember fondly and not a time filled with anxiety and fear. We do fear a couple of months of angst, anxiety, and fighting with your children may have much longer consequences.
We are asking you to strive for two specific goals.
One, everyday spend sufficient time working on and completing assignments including reading at least 30 minutes or more a day.
Two, make it a goal of your family to make this a time of being together, of sharing, of laughter, of game playing while doing the best you can to balance everything we are all dealing with.
For some kids, this model is easy and even enjoyable for them and for others they would rather go to the dentist. Some of my own children are doing fine in this model while others are struggling. I think it’s safe to say that all students are missing their friends and extracurricular activities. We also realize that some families may be struggling financially and worry about employment, health or other important needs. We understand that those may be more important at this time and we can appreciate that.
Our goal as a district is to support you the best we can and not make this time even more stressful for you. Know that we care and love your children and want to do the best we can to provide them the best education at this unprecedented time. If you have questions or concerns about your children please reach out to your individual school site principal or teacher.
We appreciate you and all that you’re doing to support our amazing Oroville children have a great night and we hope to see you soon.
Superintendent Spencer Holtom