The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic may have temporarily shut down Lucerne Valley Unified District schools, but the closure hasn’t dampened the spirit of its staff, which has stood tall and continued putting the needs of students at the top of its priorities.
“This year we have not been in ‘regular’ school through these unprecedented times,” Superintendent Peter Livingston said in a letter to the staff this past week. “I believe it has taken a toll on everyone in our organization. I know that our students mean as much to us as we do to them.”
School board member Jim Harvey thanked the staff for maintaining constant contact with students through video and the phone.
“A lot of districts froze,” Harvey said. “They didn’t react the way you guys did.You rose to the challenge. You aced the test. You really came through for our kids. I’m just so blown away by all of you and what you did for our students.”
As a result of the LVUSD staff’s hard work and dedication, the school district is recognizing its staff by declaring May 2020 as “Employee Appreciation Month.” The district’s Governing Board made it official by taking action on a resolution on May 14.
In the resolution it states, “….in celebration of our teachers, including on California Day of the Teacher (Tuesday, May 5), our classified employees, including during the Week of Classified Employees (May 17–23), and all our administrative staff, the Governing Board of the Lucerne Valley Unified School District proudly declares the whole month of May 2020 as Employee Appreciation Month.”
Mr. Livingston added that the staff will be recognized at the district’s Back to School Breakfast on August 4.