Superintendent’s Message

You may have noticed that I end most of my writing and presentations with these six words: Take care. Be safe. Stay well. Every time I write them or say them, my sentiment is sincere. I really want my readers and listeners to be careful, to be safe and to be well.

At the beginning of each year, safety protocols are reviewed. Please take them seriously and understand that safety is not an event, it is a daily effort. Slowing down, asking for help, being aware and using safety equipment are absolutely essential.

In the past, I have talked about having a protective mindset. Schools have been practicing lockdowns and evacuations these first few weeks of school and will continue to do so throughout the year. As you practice, work to develop your protective mindset. Think of the “what ifs” and make contingent plans in your head as you practice. I hope that you never have to use those plans, but in today’s world there is no guarantee.

Lastly, paying attention to your health and wellness will make the rest of your life be the best of your life. GFPS supports you by providing a robust employee wellness program. “Walking 4 Wellness,” the current activity program, is easy for all fitness levels. Check it out here: http://www.gfps.k12.mt.us/content/employee-wellness. I hope you are participating in this fun challenge and I hope you practice wellness techniques all the time. Techniques like handwashing, sneezing in your sleeve, getting enough rest, etc. can go a long way to making my sentiment come true.

In order to survive our crazy busy schedules and lives, we must be sure to take the time and make the space for care, safety and wellness. It’s worth the effort.

Take care. Be safe. Stay well.