Message from Superintendent of Schools Sandra "Sam" Himmel

Superintendent Sandra "Sam" Himmel

Looking Ahead! 

As we head into the holiday season, I want to start by saying THANK YOU! It has been an extraordinary year as we continue to deal with the Covid-19 Pandemic. Even in difficult times, these days and weeks have flown by! I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we continue this journey through uncharted territory. The support that is given to our schools daily has been wonderful! Citrus County is truly a great place to be!

We will continue to work with students and their families in both our Brick and Mortar schools and on Citrus Virtual.  We are committed to keeping you informed and recognize that during this uncertain time – up to date information is vital which is why we continue to update our COVID-19 dashboard daily to keep families updated on positive cases in our district. You can view by visiting www.citrusschools.org.

It is hard to believe that we are one fourth through the school year already. The first quarter will end on October 23. Report Cards (grades) along with fall assessment data will be available at parent-teacher conferences. It takes a team effort for students to succeed and parents are a big part of that team effort. 

The accomplishments we have made since we started school on August 20th have been tremendous:

  • Our schools are well stocked with masks, sanitizers, and cleaning supplies that are proven to be effective against COVID-19.
  • Our maintenance crews are working tirelessly to keep schools disinfected for students and staff. Our rapid response team cleans and sanitizes classrooms where possible COVID-19 cases are suspected.
  • Our dedicated food service employees are also making sure all students, brick and mortar and Citrus Virtual, are provided FREE well balanced and nutritious meals during school, throughout the week and on weekends.
  • Our technology team continues to work on getting digital devices into the hands of every one of our students and working with the Citrus County Education Foundation to make sure families have wi-fi hotspots ensuring internet access.
  • Our student athletes and their families continue to support and adhere to our mask policy at athletic events so that are students can participate in competition.

Please remember that guidelines from local, state, and federal agencies are continually changing. I want to remind you that we have a tremendous partnership with the Citrus County Health Department.  Their staff will continue calling families of students who encounter a positive COVID case. We ask that you follow their guidelines closely and follow our health and safety protocols found on our district website.

Please know that I deeply appreciate and value the role you play in your child’s education. I strongly encourage you to remain actively engaged in your child’s education as your involvement will undoubtedly increase your child’s academic performance. 

As we navigate these uncertain circumstances, I will ask that you remain flexible and compassionate as this situation is very fluid and likely to change.  However, with your support, I have no doubt that we will meet every challenge that comes our way.  

I want you to know how honored and excited I am to continue to serve each of you as your Superintendent of Schools.  Thank you for allowing me to serve you in this role.

As our weather starts turning to fall, enjoy the change! Try to get out to an activity or two as our students are very involved in many things! As you do that, take the time to notice and thank all the many people who are stepping up to help serve the students of our district. 

Sandra “Sam” Himmel

Superintendent of Schools