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Avis Williams. 

The new year is off and running and what an amazing start. Yes, I mean that somewhat sarcastically and have been appalled by the national news. Still I have had more than a few laughs with friends and family regarding social media posts about the new year. One of my favorite memes for the year 2021 shows a picture of twins with one labeled 2020 and the other 2021. Of course, they are identical twins indicating that we are repeating the unprecedented year that we just completed. Say it isn’t so.

I, for one, am excited about the new year and the opportunity for a new start. A new year is always an excellent time for reflection and renewal. Reflecting on what went well last year, Team Selma looks forward to continuing our DOPE Campaign. You may recall that DOPE stands for Doing Our Part Everyday and is all about working together as a community to slow the spread of Covid-19.

During the holidays, our community, state and nation saw an enormous surge of positive coronavirus cases. With that, deaths also increased. According to CNN more than 27,000 deaths were report during the first 10 day of the new year. If this pace continues, January could prove to be more deadly than December. Meanwhile, the U.S. is more than a month into the providing the Covid-19 vaccine which is expected to help us return to some semblance of normalcy by late fall of this year.

The vaccine is sure to have an impact. In the meantime, it is imperative that we continue to do our part everyday to slow the spread of this deadly virus. At this point, we know that this means avoiding large gatherings, wearing a mask or face covering, social distancing, washing hands frequently and proper respiratory hygiene. It also means getting tested.

The Selma community is so fortunate to have a number of convenient opportunities throughout the community to get tested. Team Selma is elated to be one of the partners involved in this effort and we believe that part of being DOPE is being responsible enough to test. Getting tested is easy and not as scary or painful as one might think. If you have been around family and friends who do not reside with you, getting tested is smart choice and can help our community slow the spread.

In the coming weeks, we look forward to staying DOPE and being connected while keeping everyone updated on our progress for returning to face-to-face instruction and allowing spectators at our basketball games. If we all do our part, this will take place sooner rather than later. Spread the word. Pay close attention to the news reporting on the vaccine and testing sites. We are not out of the woods yet even though the holiday surge may be over. It is imperative that we all still do our part everyday. I’m doing my part. Are you?

For more information, please reach out to me at avis.williams@selmacityschools.org.

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