Reminders and Updates

July 26, 2020

Dear Families:

I hope this finds you enjoying the summer weather!  I have a number of reminders and updates. 

Reopening Plan

Tomorrow at 5 pm, the plan to reopen school will be discussed at the Joint School Committee meeting.  The agenda is found here as well as the zoom information: The draft of the plan will also be available tomorrow and shared directly with you by email.  

School Calendar 2020-2021

The Joint School Committees will also hear possible recommendations to revise the school calendar with a suggestion to open school later than originally planned to allow for more time with staff prior to the return of students.  This is the first discussion with more to follow.  I thought it important to let you know of the likely later start date.  

Massachusetts Travel Order

As I’m sure you heard, Governor Baker issued a travel order on Friday found here:  Any travel prior to the start of school will pertain to these restrictions and have impact on school entrance so we are mentioning it as a reminder in regard to your late summer plans.

Social Distancing and Masks

Reopening school takes a community effort at maintaining the positive direction of the virus levels.  Social distancing and masks are a critical part of that effort.  Recently, we are seeing a trend in young people being diagnosed.  Please remind your students that they also play an important role in helping us all get back into the school buildings.  

Anti-Racist Work

Through a letter-writing effort, a group of METCO alumni has been in touch with us about their demands for improved anti-racist efforts across the schools.  The districts are deeply committed to this work and are holding ongoing activities and developing action steps.  We look forward to a productive discussion with the METCO alumni as to their experiences and desire for change.  

Finally, I offer gratitude for all of the involvement and engagement in the work that has been occurring throughout the summer.  As a result, tomorrow we will share a plan that was built inclusively and collaboratively with stakeholders from all perspectives.  There are no perfect answers.  Together, we will work through the challenges, make individual accommodations, and serve the children of the community.