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Our Principal

Dr. Roberts, principal

September 2020

Dear Wildcat Family/Community,

First, let me thank you for your support and understanding as we, as a nation and community, respond to the unexpected invasion of COVID-19 this past year. I am very proud of the way the BTWHS students, parents, teachers, educational support staff, and all the employees of Booker T. Washington High School have handled the demands protecting everyone as we continue to educate and feed our students during the most unusual circumstances. While BTWHS is in the business of educating, our first priority is the safety of our students and employees. Be assured, we have worked very diligently on scheduling students in classes.  

This year, parents had three options from which choose for their student to return to school this fall. The three options were:

Traditional 

Return to campus and classrooms with traditional school schedule and in-person instruction. Enhanced health and safety precautions in place.

Remote Learning

Engage in remote learning, with a connection to enrolled school. Daily virtual interactions and lessons with teachers during the regularly scheduled school day. 

Virtual School

Online learning through our Escambia Virtual Academy, offering flexible scheduling supported by Escambia County teachers, as well as opportunities for acceleration and enrichment. A semester or year-long enrollment required for the full-time program.

 

For many families, back to school planning is very different this year than it has been in previous years. As we move forward with the instructional option you have chosen for your student, our intentions are to ensure that your student continues to receive a quality education. Whatever the situation, we want to provide you with valuable resources to help you plan and prepare for the current school year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in an invaluable resource. Click here for information from their site.

 

Currently, BTWHS has 48% of our student population enrolled in Traditional Learning, 48% enrolled in Remote Learning, and 4% enrolled in Virtual School. The date to change from one option to another has passed, and we are now focusing on leveling all classes.

 

I encourage you to frequently visit our web page and follow the local media for up to date and accurate information as it pertains to COVID-19 and the operations of school. There are many false rumors being disseminated which leads to unnecessary confusion. Everyone must understand there is no way for us to please all as we make these decisions. Our priority is to keep everyone safe while not making life more difficult for our parents and students. Each family situation is uniquely different. We fully understand your varied concerns about health and safety, distance learning, the importance of face-to-face instruction, parents needing to work, the economy, and all of the other unexpected consequences of not being in school or being in school in a traditional model.

 

As we moved forward, I want to thank the parents, students, faculty, staff and the local community for your flexibility to positively approach another unprecedented trimester.

Always remember . . . It's GREAT to be a Wildcat!

Dr. Michael J. Roberts, Principal

 

Dr. Roberts, Principal