Bradley D. Bergstrom

The definition of resilience, according to Merriam Webster, is the ability to become strong, healthy or successful again after something bad happens.

As the 2020-2021 school year comes to a close, I reflect on our resilience. Locally, throughout the state, as well as nationwide, communities and citizens, young and old, have endured safe-at-home orders, distance learning, hybrid learning and other mitigation protocols which changed the way learning, working and socializing took place.

As we look forward and plan for the next school year we are optimistic that the mitigation protocols and availability of COVID-19 vaccines will work in tandem to set area school districts up for a healthy and successful 2021-2022 school year.

It is, however, both relevant and reverent to review where we have been, and to assess the sacrifices we have made and what we have learned.

The pandemic has taken things from us — most notably loved ones and friends. It has impacted the livelihoods of small-business owners, local companies, service workers and families. The pandemic has paused precious time and important celebrations with family and friends. It has affected the social and emotional health of many and has impacted the way education is delivered and received.  

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