July 1, 2020
Dear Bettendorf Students, Parents, Staff, & Community:
I am so delighted and honored to join the Bettendorf Community School District and community! Having grown up in the Quad-Cities, I was aware of the strength of Bettendorf schools and the pride of the community. The pride and passion for BCSD schools and the community were evident throughout the interview process as I met with the Board of Education, students, staff, parents, and community members.
I am truly looking forward to working and collaborating with all of you to continue the tradition of excellence in education for our students. By collectively working toward improving our great framework, I believe we can enhance the foundation of education for all our students, as well as become an even better employer and community partner.
As you are aware, the 2020-2021 school year will look different this fall due to COVID-19. The district administration and staff are working tirelessly to finalize our “Return to Learn” options for the upcoming school year. These options include an On-Site Learning Model, a Continuous Learning Model, and a Hybrid Learning Model. On June 25, 2020, the Iowa Department of Education released their Guidance for Reopening Schools. We will be working with the Scott County Health Department, our local Area Education Agency, as well as staff, parents, and students, to develop a plan on how best to approach the 2020-2021 school year.
As we work to develop and finalize our plan, it is critical that we gather input from you. During the week of July 6th, a survey will be sent out to all of our BCSD families. It will be imperative that you set aside a few minutes to complete this survey. Your input and perspectives will better enable the District to finalize our “Return to Learn” plan. Our goal is to have our “Return to Learn Plan” to staff, students, and parents by the end of July. I am committed to continuing our BCSD tradition of “Educational Excellence”, and to ensure all BCSD students receive a high-quality education in a safe and supportive environment.
We will continue to work through these unprecedented times together. I welcome each of you to reach out to me and share what you are most proud of in our District as well as your concerns.
Dr. Michelle Morse
Bettendorf Community School District