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Superintendent's March Message


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Superintendent’s March Message
March 22, 2021

Last week marked one year since the beginning of remote learning. I remain so incredibly proud of the resilience demonstrated throughout the MRHS school community during this challenging time. Little did we know that our schools would remain closed for the remainder of the school year, nor could we have predicted that the school year ahead would be filled with virtual learning, hybrid instruction, and shortened school days as we attempted to navigate our way through the waves of the virus.


MRHS remains hopeful for the gradual return of more students to our building, an increase in days of instruction, and an increase in hours of instruction. That, of course, will depend on the data and guidance from the Department of Health and the Department of Education.


But at this time I want to thank all of you – students, parents, guardians, teachers, staff, and administrators – for your patience, cooperation, and support. Over the past year we have had to make many difficult decisions with the health and safety of our students and staff as our top priority. However, they have been easier to make, knowing that the Manchester Regional High School Community comes together when times are tough.


I want to thank all of our students, parents and guardians who have felt the impact of the pandemic more than anyone. Your education was interrupted and altered, but through it all you have shown resilience, flexibility and maturity that is nothing short of amazing! Although you have experienced a great challenge, you have met it head on and will be stronger for it. You have made us all proud; you are truly this community’s greatest asset.


I want to thank the teachers, staff and administrators of MRHS. You are the backbone of the district. You’ve shown tremendous skill and courage while learning new ways of teaching and leading through the pandemic and overcoming the initial fears of returning to our school campus. Despite the challenges of remote and hybrid instruction, you continue to work, learn, and hone your craft. When we finally return to a normal classroom you’ll be better at your craft than ever before. Many of you have done this while balancing the needs of the students and the needs of your own families at home. There is not enough applause to appropriately acknowledge your accomplishments.


Over the next few months we hope to gradually return to some normalcy but let us never forget the work and sacrifice we experienced and how we faced the greatest challenge in our lifetime together. While there remain “miles to go” before we leave the context of COVID-19, we are looking to the future with hope for continued progress, and joy in recognizing how far we have come.

Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow