Below is an email I sent out to all staff pertaining to the upcoming winter recess:
Greetings! I hope this email finds you happy and healthy during the holiday season. As we all know, this time of year can get busy. We also all know that the countdown has begun for next week; we all will have a well-deserved recess from the daily grind of school… and a break from a classroom of students! To ensure that all of us (students, staff, administrators) do in fact receive a break, I am directing that there be no homework or professional work to be completed or required by our students, teachers, and administrators over the winter break.
Sadly, most of us either know someone or personally can testify to the correlation of an increase in workload with high stress and anxiety. It is time to recognize that our students are asked to do more work than ever, just as teachers and administrators are asked to do more. It does not matter to me whether expectations are self-imposed, generated by peers, parents, staff, state, or federal rules. Students, teachers, support staff, and administrators all need a break.
If any projects are due, please push them from January 4th until the 6th. As always, if you have any questions, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason M. Eitner
Superintendent of Schools