As a parent, I want to extend my sincerest appreciation to the faculty and staff of Presidio School. My "bonus boys" (my husband's children) are enrolled in a school in Gilbert, AZ and we (along with the boys' mom) are in the process of discussing the best course of action for our bonus boys’ education now that their school has tentatively decided to open for in-person learning as of September 8, 2020. We have been provided with 2 options - in-person learning or virtual learning through Florida Virtual, a self-paced, online learning platform that appears to be similar to Primavera. Neither option is preferable, in my opinion, because we are either sacrificing their health or their education. Long story short, I am incredibly proud of the distance learning program Presidio has developed and implemented. While it might have been a rocky start, Presidio has developed learning opportunities that will suit all types of learners (on-site support services, hybrid, and distance learning). We have not strayed from our initial plans for reopening; only modified them based on information from the state and local public health agencies, ADE, and the Governor’s office. I realize that combining on-site support services and distance learning has its challenges, but I have spent time in the classrooms and have witnessed both teachers and students grasping technological concepts more quickly, more easily navigating the Canvas LMS, and coming together to work through the challenges that accompany distance learning, social distancing, and pandemic-related challenges. I have found that the #PresidioFamily is handling those challenges with grace, patience, and grit; some even a sense of humor. So, as a parent, Presidio leader, and Presidio learner, thank you. Thank you for perseverance in the face of adversity. Thank you for your struggle. Thank you for learning and growing through this process and thank you for being part of the #PresidioFamily!
Jessica Montierth Puls, Principal