A Letter to Families from SLPS Superintendent, Dr. Kelvin Adams
Dear SLPS Families,
As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, I am incredibly grateful for the support we have received from all of you. I especially appreciate your patience as we have encountered challenges, some expected, and some not. The challenges of the global pandemic have not subsided, and neither has the summer heat. The combination of these things has led to unexpected challenges impacting some of our students and families.
We have been plagued with air conditioning issues leading to sporadic outages in common areas like hallways and some classrooms. While we have been able to keep almost all of our classrooms comfortable, solving these problems has been tougher than usual. Pandemic-related window units. Our crews have been working long hours, doing all they can to keep our students both safe and comfortable.
We are also impacted by the national bus driver shortage. Representatives from our transportation department and First Student our vendor are working creatively to ensure that our more than 16,000 SLPS bus riders get to school and home on time. Unfortunately, until they can secure enough drivers, you will see situations where bus routes have been combined with those of other schools or otherwise altered leading to transportation delays. In addition, we continue to be impacted by construction and traffic patterns along certain routes. Safety is always our main goal so staff will stay with students until their buses arrive. We firmly believe these problems will be resolved within the next several weeks.
If these last eighteen months have taught us anything, it is the need to be resilient. I know that is not always easy when we are talking about children but, I assure you, we all want to same things – a safe and productive school year. The next week or two may bring some warm halls and bus delays, but I assure you, our SLPS team is doing everything possible to minimize the inconvenience for staff, students and families, while constructing permanent solutions to these problems.
Kelvin Adams Superintendent, St. Louis Public Schools