Reminders and Updates
July 26, 2020
I hope this finds you enjoying the summer weather! I have a number of reminders and updates.
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: https://www.
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: https://www.mass.gov/
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.
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.