Statement from ABSS Superintendent Dr. Bruce Benson

Alamance-Burlington School System Superintendent Dr. Bruce Benson sends a message of optimism to ABSS students as the school district begins its final nine weeks amidst the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. Students remain engaged with their studies through distance learning, and can continue to eat meals at 22 designated sites throughout Alamance County for breakfast and lunch pickup. 

Good evening, this is Bruce Benson, Superintendent for Alamance-Burlington Schools, with an important message for our school families.

First, I would like to say thank you to our students and parents for adapting with us during this unprecedented challenge.  It is hard to believe we are moving into our fourth week of learning at home and our final 9 weeks of the school year.  You have trusted us and supported our efforts to launch at-home learning to provide our students with the best education possible during the mandatory school shutdown. I know it has not been easy, but your support has made all of the difference. We are seeing and hearing such positive stories from teachers, parents and students who continue to gain confidence and work creatively to adapt to this new style of learning.  Together, we have learned and grown a lot, but we have more work ahead.

As our final 9 weeks of the school year begin, I want to assure you that our focus will remain on providing the best educational experience and support possible for our students. We are committed to providing quality instruction that our students deserve and need in order to stay on track for mastering each grade level lesson to be ready for next school year.  It’s our job and our passion, whether our students are learning in our classrooms or learning at home. We still have a lot of learning left before the school year ends. 

For our high school seniors, as you enter the final 9 weeks of your K-12 career, we plan to finish the school year strong together so that when you leave us, you will be well equipped for the plans you’ve made for after graduation. We want to ensure that you graduate from ABSS fully prepared for college, for the military or for your chosen career.  We have just 9 more weeks together. We are committed to staying the course to ensure we continue to offer you quality teaching and learning until we present your diploma. We ask for your commitment to staying focused on giving your teachers your best effort through the end of the school year.

ABSS will observe spring break as planned beginning Friday, April 10 through Friday, April 17. We hope you will enjoy this time with your family and break from classes. Our wonderful Child Nutrition staff will provide grab and go meals at our 22 school sites and our dedicated bus drivers will deliver meals on bus routes on Tuesday through Friday, April 14 through April 17. They will not provide meals on Friday, April 10 or on Monday, April 13.

To our teachers and other education professionals, I say thank you for your willingness to be creative in delivering meaningful lessons and for your commitment to stay connected with your students. Our schools are doing an amazing job in offering support to their families. I believe this experience is making us more connected and stronger than ever. Please know that we are in this together and I appreciate your support. Thank you.