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Principal's Message


July 31, 2020


Welcome back Generals!

Through these everchanging and challenging times, we hope all of our students, parents, community and Shafter family are doing well and in good health. We’ll get through this TOGETHER!


Huge congratulations to the class of 2020. We were so excited to welcome back our graduates and guests to provide the class of 2020 with an in-person graduation. We are proud of their accomplishments, endurance, and patience as the 2019-20 school year concluded and our hearts go out to all of our graduates as they endured unforeseen challenges and missed many of the traditional activities and events during the school closure.


We continue to monitor information and receive updates from our Governor’s Office, Health Department, local Kern County offices as well as monitor trends happening in education throughout the County. The daunting challenge through these times is the balance and priority of the health and safety of all our students and providing the best educational experience and path to success as possible. Beginning the 2020-21 school year, we will be in a full “distance learning” model at this point until the end of 1st quarter. As things change, we will continue to examine if we are able to return to in-person and/or hybrid instructional model, or if we need to extend the distance learning further into the semester.


Shafter High and all schools within the Kern High School District will be using the Canvas learning management platform. Several support documents, informational handouts, electronic and digital resources, all-calls, social media reminders and updates, and communication will be available and disseminated throughout the month of August. This information is also available via the Shafter High website under the tab of “Distance Learning Resources.” Our teachers and support staff have worked countless hours throughout the summer in preparation for the distance learning modules and creating supplemental intervention materials and support.


In addition to the academic support and instructional resources available to our students, our Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program, Shafter PRIDE, Interventionist, Social Worker, At Risk and Intervention Counselor, and several additional student support services are always available and poised to help all of our Generals navigate through a variety of personal, social and emotional challenges.


I believe we all look forward to returning to our traditional model of curriculum, education, activities and athletics. Together we will navigate through these times collectively and collaboratively as a Shafter family. We can do this, we will work together, and in time we will return to a sense of normalcy.


Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help. We always want the very best for our Generals, and, as always, ONCE A GENERAL … ALWAYS A GENERAL.


Take care,


Russell Shipley