Superintendent's Message

My Choice. Mayfield!

Together, We Celebrate Each Other 

Dear Residents,

Our Mayfield City Schools made a historic transition from teaching and learning inside our schools and classrooms to teaching and guiding students through  remote, online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   
From March 30 through May 2020 our staff, families and students have worked diligently to make this time meaningful and productive. I thank each and every one of you for your patience and determination.     
The close of the 2019-20 school year marked a lot of firsts for all of us. Mayfield, along with many school districts in our state and nation, was challenged to get creative with how we honored our graduating seniors, as well as our younger students making transitions either to a new grade or new school.      
I am especially proud of our Class of 2020 graduates. The district administration, board members, parents, principals, teachers, staff and parents created a special and intimate commencement for our senior class.        
A compilation video of the 120th Mayfield High School graduation class was released on June 6th. It is an amazing and heart felt tribute to an extraordinary group of young women and men.   Our Mayfield community continued to show how we are Mayfield Strong with an outpouring of support during the June 7 Graduation Caravan to honor our Class of 2020. Of course, these are not the ways we would have preferred to honor our graduates, but I know each of them had to feel encouraged over the past weeks with all of the support, signs and cheers for their accomplishments.    
We also highlighted the Class of 2020 on our Facebook page. Through several posts, we listed a photo of our outgoing seniors which included details about their upcoming plans and highlights about their experience at MHS.      
Congratulations to our seniors as they embark on their next stage in life. I continue to be impressed and amazed about how you handled a very difficult time. Your experience offers a unique perspective as you enter the next stage of your journey. I am confident you will be prepared with all that  you have gained as a Mayfield Wildcat.      
In addition, our middle school students were celebrated with a Mayfield Middle School Wave Parade and our elementary students took part in an Elementary Honk and Wave, that saw our district’s school bus drivers drive by students’ homes at the time of their afternoon drop off to blow their horns and wave at the students and their families.      
In the wake of COVID-19 and the stay at home directive set forth by Governor Mike DeWine, the entire state was thrust into a virtual reality. We at Mayfield spent the final two-plus months teaching and learning from home. Children were suddenly expected to navigate virtual school in a home environment and parents and teachers were also thrust into different roles as they helped support students in a variety of ways.      
I am extremely proud of the numerous ways our teachers mobilized and took control of this situation, shifting from a traditional learning style to remote learning within a matter of days. They are to be commended for the efforts they made, with many of them being home with their own families in this unique circumstance. Our teachers continued to teach their students, even as the world changed around them.      
My appreciation also extends to our students for doing their best to make the most of this situation, as well as the parents - who were juggling their own stress, but found the time to make sure their children were connecting with their teachers.      
This was not how we wanted to finish up the 2019-20 school year. We would have much rather been going through the traditional rites of passage that Spring brings to everyone from seniors all the way down to preschoolers.      
Still, there were many positives as our schools and members of the community came together in support of one another. Our schools and communities continue to place the needs of students first, including working to ensure that their social/emotional well-being is addressed.       
We understand that while the school year has ended, families in our community still have needs. There are many resources available online for your health, safety and mental wellness.     
Mayfield Schools has a hub of resources related to the coronavirus pandemic and information to assist families. These resources can be found on our website at www.mayfieldschools.org/CoronaVirusInformation.aspx.
The district is now in the process of planning for next school year. 
Facing a future with multiple elements of uncertainty is difficult. See Fall 2020: Three Scenarios, page right.  We cannot tell you exactly what the 2020-2021 school year will look like.  
 I can assure you that we are working  to find the best methods of educating our students in a variety of scenarios. 
We will continue to communicate our plans as we have more information.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any question or concerns. Thank you for your support of our schools and communities.

Sincerely, 

Keith Kelly, Superintendent
 

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