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A portion of the district's COVID relief funds were dispersed to staff during Staff Appreciation Week

Culver School District staff received a larger than usual gift from their superintendent during Staff Appreciation Week.

On Monday, May 3, all 92 staff members received a card from Superintendent Stefanie Garber that said, "I want to give each of you an extraordinary THANK YOU for standing up the Ready Schools Safe Learners plan this year! You will notice an additional $1,500 RSSL Stand Up Stipend in your May paycheck. I am very grateful for each of you, and we couldn't have made it this year without you!"

The extra cash, sponsored by the Culver School Board, came from the district's Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief dollars. The U.S. Department of Education granted state educational agencies funding to provide emergency relief to address the impact that COVID-19 has had on schools across the nation.

While other school districts celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week the first week of May, Culver celebrates all staff.

Garber said Culver School District staff has done incredible work over the year. She pointed out that the teachers weren't given a canned curriculum to teach from, they hand crafted their own regular curriculum to be converted to a distance learning curriculum.

Up until Jan. 19, when they opened for five full days a week of on-campus instruction for all students, staff was serving students with three methods of instruction daily: live on-campus cohorts, online streaming of live teaching, and packets for those families that chose the packet only option.

Other staff changed roles and helped deliver lunches, deliver packets of work, install new equipment for when they did open, sanitize numerous times a day, meet with students to give support off campus, and more. Students have been coming on campus since Sept. 14, unlike most districts across the state.

"Our staff has kept the mindset of doing whatever it takes, and they have earned every penny of this stipend and then some," Garber shared. "I am blessed to get to work with a staff that puts children at the heart of everything they do, it is pure joy to get to honor them with this unique gift!"

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