For those of you who do not know me, my name is Brian Ayers, and I am your new Superintendent. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the students, staff, parents and the greater Manhattan community. The work has begun as I am out and about meeting with various stakeholders of the Manhattan School District, listening and learning with the intention of laying a foundation for deeper community engagement. Please let me know if you would like to visit. My door is always open and/or I am open to visiting off site at one of our local businesses.
The question that is on everyone’s mind is the plan for reopening in the fall. At this time, Manhattan Public Schools (MPS) is planning to return to in-person instruction in the fall. That being said, the leadership team at MPS is developing contingencies to allow for a number of instructional models to ensure we are able to meet the needs of all students. Please look for an electronic survey in the coming week regarding your expectations for a return to learning in the fall. Your input is critical to our planning. The leadership team will be considering Governor Bullock's Plan and the Office of Public Instruction's Plan for reopening schools. The District will also be taking guidance from the Montana High School Association (MHSA) regarding fall activities and athletics. Manhattan Public Schools instructional plan will be in alignment with the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Considerations for Schools to ensure the safety and well-being of students, staff, parents, and community partners.
Open House for Manhattan Public Schools is scheduled for August 25, 2020 from 3-5pm. We will follow up with more guidance and direction for what this event will look like as we get closer. Continue to safely enjoy your summer activities and stay tuned for more information.
Brian K. Ayers
Manhattan Public Schools