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August 2020 - Volume 10, Issue 1
 
Message from the Superintendent
 
August is upon us and we are getting closer to the start of the 2020-2021 school year! Our District School Board voted on July 28 to delay the student start day to August 31. Click here to view the revised 2020-2021 Academic Calendar.
 
Collier County Public Schools continues to take an adaptive and responsive approach to reopening for the new school year. Thank you to all parents who completed the survey to select the instructional model option for their child(ren). Our Moving Forward webpage provides the latest information regarding our reopening plan. In addition, our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page is updated regularly and provides a comprehensive collection of questions and answers in various topic categories. You can access the FAQ page at collierschools.com/reopening/faq.
 
We are excited to implement our Collier Connect one-to-one device initiative for the 2020-2021 school year. CCPS will provide a device to each student in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Students in grades 1 through 12 will receive a laptop, while pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will receive an iPad. School principals will be sending communication regarding device pick-up dates prior to school starting.
 
Have a great last few weeks of summer and we look forward to seeing our students for the new school year!
 
~ Dr. Kamela Patton
 
 
 
AUGUST
IMPORTANT DATES
August 11
Regular School Board Meeting at 4:00pm
August 13
New Teacher Start Date
August 17
Teacher Start Date
August 31
First Day of School for Students
 
District Calendar
 
 
 
MOVING FORWARD
REOPENING 2020-2021
 
For the latest information regarding our CCPS Family Moving Forward reopening plan and frequently asked questions, click on the button below or visit collierschools.com/reopening.
 
Click here for Moving Forward Plan and FAQs
 
 
 
 
COMMUNITY PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
 
 
The Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) was founded as the Naples Equestrian Challenge over a decade ago to improve the lives of children and adults with physical, social, and mental health needs through therapeutic riding and other equine-related programs. Each year, NTRC delivers safe and effective equine-assisted therapeutic programs for nearly 800 individuals with special needs. The use of working horses can have a major physical and emotional impact on people. Horses do not judge, offering people the safe environment needed to overcome fear, anxiety, and self-doubt. Horses are honest and mirror exactly what human body language is telling them. If you are impatient, the horse becomes impatient. It is this connection that provides us lessons about ourselves, teaching us self-awareness, healthy boundaries, leadership, patience, and trust. These skills help cultivate the adaptability and resiliency needed to cope with the magnified stressors caused by the pandemic. Like every other business/organization, NTRC has been impacted by COVID-19, but they are still providing programs. They have week-long summer camps, equine-facilitated psychotherapy, and therapeutic riding all outdoors with social distancing.
 
Learn more at naplestherapeuticridingcenter.org
 
 
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Collier County Public Schools
p: (239) 377-0001
 
School Board
Mrs. Stephanie Lucarelli, Chair • Mr. Erick Carter, Vice Chair
Mrs. Jen Mitchell, Member • Mr. Roy M. Terry, Member • Dr. Jory Westberry, Member
 
Superintendent
Dr. Kamela Patton
 
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