08.09.22 Superintendent Updates

Parents,

Welcome back to school!

The hay is in the barn and we are ready for the 2022-23 school year!

Over the last week, I have had the opportunity to go in and out of our schools while our teachers have been preparing and the enthusiasm is off the charts. Last Friday, we had a system-wide institute and the energy in that room was contagious.

I want to brag for a moment about the thousand-plus teachers who came during the summer for our professional development conference, GRITC. Our teachers engage in small group development throughout the summer in several different core subject areas, but many chose to go the extra mile making this year’s technology conference one of the biggest to date. That's not something every school system can brag about. The commitment from our teachers makes me very Baldwin proud!

Being back to normal for a new school year without restrictions is a great feeling, but part of that requires us to undo some of the things created during COVID. For the last two years, the USDA has provided a free lunch program to all students throughout Baldwin County. That program ended this summer and starting tomorrow, students will be required to pay for their meals on campus unless they are enrolled in our free and reduced lunch program. You can find information about this program as well as an online application by visiting our website at https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application

There will be no masks required for the return to school and I do not envision us returning to masks in any mandated format at all. That being said, individuals are always welcome to wear a mask in our school setting and we strongly encourage those who may have sickness at home or who are recovering to follow their doctor's instructions and accepted recovery practices.

Student absences related to COVID will be handled in a similar fashion to last year. We will continue to allow an unlimited number of excused COVID absences for those students who test positive as long as the parent provides a doctor's note or positive COVID test. Please check with your local school administrators for additional information. 

Traffic will be trying tomorrow as buses and carlines return to our streets. Please pack a little patience and if you can, leave a little early. Most importantly, keep your eyes open for school crossings, crossing guards, school buses and little ones who may not be following directions.

A big welcome to all our kindergarten parents who will be joining us in car line and school pickup for the first time ever. This is a memory making moment. Breathe deep and enjoy this new chapter.

To the parents of our seniors in the graduating Class of '23 - congratulations. You've made it 11/12ths of the way and it is my expectation this will be a fantastic year for you and your child!

We have so much going on in our school system. I hope you keep current with all the updates on social media as to what's happening throughout our district. We received some great news regarding test scores from the state and our improvement continues as we climb back from the challenges COVID brought us. Our reading camps this summer, as well as our ACT preparation camps, were fully booked and the reports back were incredibly positive from both parents and instructors.

Tomorrow students will experience for the first time Stonebridge Elementary, a brand-new elementary school located in the triangle between Spanish Fort and Loxley. We will also welcome our incoming freshman class at Daphne High School to the first ever Daphne Freshman Academy.

This month we will be making a huge announcement for the Baldwin County Public School System. We will be breaking ground on a state of the art, one of a kind career tech high school for Alabama. Baldwin Prep will be located on Highway 59, a few miles north of I-10. This unique school will be teaching industry sponsored job development, career tech curriculum with college-level and dual enrollment opportunities, as well as internships and apprenticeships, with the area’s leading employers. I am very excited about what we will be offering through this new facility, and I can't wait for you to learn more. Over the coming weeks, we will share information about this new school opening to our high school students in just a couple of years. 

I could go on and on about the things happening within our system, but I know you've already received so many emails about what's to come this week as we roll into the new school year, I'm going to keep this one short.

As I enter my 47th year in public education, I want you to know I sincerely appreciate the support you give to our county school system. We are blessed beyond words with what we can provide. On behalf of myself and my 4,000 colleagues throughout Baldwin County, thank you so very much for trusting us with your children and we hope you and yours have an excellent 2022-23 school year! 

Eddie Tyler,
Superintendent
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