Dear IUSD Community,
As the final days of the 2020-21 school year come to a close and we prepare to celebrate our 2021 IUSD graduates and promoting sixth and eighth grade students, on behalf of the IUSD Board of Education and District leadership, I would like to honor and recognize our wonderful IUSD community. Thank you for your resiliency, innovation, adaptability and perseverance during this unprecedented time. Although filled with challenges and at times imperfect, this school year has also been a source of pride.
Your Partnership Made This Year Possible
Working in partnership with our teachers, staff, students and families, IUSD was one of the first school districts in California to reopen for in-person instruction last September and to remain open. To meet our community’s diverse needs and with stakeholder input, we offered a traditional K-6 academic model, along with TK-12 hybrid and online options, while preventing or limiting the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. This is no small achievement, especially given that many school districts in the state and nation only opened for in-person instruction within the last two months.
This year would not have been possible without you and your support. I have long said that the success of our school district is based on the “US” in IUSD. It is a blend of talented teachers and support staff, active parents, engaged students, dedicated leadership and passionate community members. For nearly 50 years, this collective “US” has collaborated to provide IUSD students with the highest quality educational experience we can envision. Never, in our school district’s history, has this partnership been so vital as this past year. Thank you for standing with us to continue the important work of educating and serving our students.
Planning for the 2021-22 School Year
While we are winding down this school year, we are also already planning for the 2021-22 school year and eagerly waiting for the new California Department of Public Health guidelines for K-12 schools. We anticipate that in-person instruction will be as close as possible to a traditional school year and please know that we will follow all health and safety guidelines. Additionally, for families who prefer online learning, we will continue to offer the TK-12 IUSD Virtual Academy option. We will continue to provide you with updates as we have them.
Thank You and Have a Joyful Summer
Thank you again for your unparalleled partnership and support during this year. We could not have made it through without you. On behalf of the IUSD Board of Education and our district, it has been an honor to serve our students. We hope you and your family have a joyful and safe summer, and we look forward to seeing our students on campus!
Terry L. Walker
Superintendent of Schools
Irvine Unified School District