Wilton schools have finished six weeks of online learning and, assuming schools remain closed, that means we are about half-way through the online learning for this school year. Online learning was implemented under a crisis situation with little warning and not much advance training and in spite of these challenges it has been successful. At the heart of the success are the efforts of the staff, students, and families. We have always known our faculty is outstanding, now we know they can pull off miracles. Our normally talented, enthusiastic, and engaged students are now also demonstrating great resilience and resourcefulness. Involved and supportive families are now living a daily home-school partnership.
A parent recently commented that we should look for what has gone well and the lessons we can learn from this crisis. There have been many successes. The Board recognizes the school leadership and staff for responding not only quickly but also thoughtfully and systematically. The implementation of online tools was done in phases after teacher training for each one. The school team has communicated well including regular family updates from Superintendent Smith, newsletters from principals, and video, email, and phone messages from faculty. The administration and faculty have reached out through parent forums resulting in great exchanges.