Weekly Message from Dr. Tamu Lucero, Superintendent SPS -- Mensaje de la Superintendente Lucero

Tamu Lucero
Families and Staff,
 
It is hard to believe that we are already in the middle of February.  As we know, February is the official time of year to celebrate Black History month.
 
The Boys and Girls Club of Stamford Yerwood Center recently hosted a celebration of Dr. Joyce Yerwood, who served as the first African-American physician in Fairfield, Connecticut. Dr. Yerwood devoted over 50 years providing quality medical care to families.  Please take some time with your family to learn more about this local African-American leader here.
 
We realize that incorporating the impact of different cultures on our history is important throughout the year. To that end, in December Connecticut became the first state in the nation to require all local school districts to offer courses on African-American, Black, Puerto Rican, and Latino studies as electives. NBC-NY recently covered our longstanding commitment to this work.
 
In Stamford, this week our Teaching and Learning Department released the 2021-2022 Program of Studies, which includes a variety of new courses including, but not limited to, UConn/Early College Experience (ECE) Popular Music and Diversity in American Society, African-American/Latino Puerto Rican Studies, Introduction to American Sign Language and American Sign Language II. We are excited to be able to offer these diverse and enriching experiences for our staff and students.
 
Spring Break Reminder
As families and staff begin to contemplate traveling during the upcoming spring recess in April, consider the modified travel advisory released on January 21, 2021.  Please keep in mind that any and all decisions you make during this time could have an impact on the health and safety of the SPS school community.
 
CORE Committee Discussions
While Connecticut residents 65 years of age or older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, we continue to look forward to the time when all of our teachers and staff are eligible.  Our CORE Committee has already begun discussions about what impact this will have on educational options in Stamford.  Please continue to join our biweekly CORE committee meeting as we begin to have this discussion and for the most up-to-date information. The agendas with links to the meetings can be found on the Reopening Core Committee page of the website.
 
Budget
This week the Stamford Board of Education took the first step in approving our 2021-2022 operating budget, as presented. We will provide you with the details of the upcoming meetings of the Boards of Representatives and Finance, who are next to review our proposed budget and vote, so you may provide input and show your support.
 
Stay Safe and Healthy!
 
Dr. Tamu Lucero
Superintendent of Schools