Good day, students!
We live in some pretty crazy times. While the country tries to figure out the best way to reopen schools safely, one of the main reasons cited for reopening is to keep students from falling "further behind." I want to address this, and I want you to understand something.
You are not behind. You are not somehow doomed for the future because school closures and the pandemic happened this year. Yes, this is massively inconvenient, and some opportunities have changed shape or disappeared (to be replaced later by new ones), but you aren't starting the year behind, no matter what anyone else tells you. You have enough to worry about right now without fearing that you're already at a deficit.
The whole country had to pump the brakes this year. Every school experienced some sort of change and interruption in instruction. While on paper and in testing it may feel like school has moved on and advanced without you, it hasn't. Your teachers will meet you where you are, and we will work together. Not to "catch up" to where you need to be, or to try to cram more than a year of learning into a year, but to help you keep growing.
We as a society have had to realize that we cannot just pretend this doesn't exist and has no effects; whatever your opinions are on the virus or politics or anything else, it has been disruptive to lives, homes, industries, and economies. To pretend that students (or anyone else for that matter) should be at the same point they would have been without the virus is ludicrous.
You are okay exactly where you are, and you will grow this year just as you need to. Keep working with us, we will keep working with you, and you'll be right where you should be. All you need to worry about is making sure you more forward.
Whatever happens this year, let's try to make it a good one.