Superintendent’s COVID-19 Task Force Phase 4 Fall 2020

May 21, 2020

Dear Families:

At the Joint School Committee meeting this week, it was decided that we would form a Superintendent’s COVID-19 Task Force focused on planning for the fall of 2020.  This group will include a wide range of stakeholders including School Committee, teachers, administrators, nurses, counselors, parents, students, and the Board of Health.   Contingency planning is critical given a range of possible scenarios and the prospect of ongoing changes.

We have already identified some of the topics to be processed and know this list will grow.  They are:

  • Curriculum Planning
  • Blended Learning: Allows for Robust In-School and Remote Learning Fluidly
  • Milestone and Special Events
  • Calendar and Schedules
  • Social Distance and Safety Practices
  • Facilities and Cleaning
  • Food Service
  • Transportation
  • Health Services
  • Decision Making Protocols
  • Community Partnerships (i.e Concord Recreation, Concord Children’s Center)
  • Communication

This will convene for the first time on Wednesday, May 27 at 9 a.m.   Regular updates and an ongoing flow of information and feedback will occur as topics are discussed before decisions are made.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has a similar group in place and is also expected to provide guidance to all of the school districts in Massachusetts.

The goal of this process is to collectively plan, create a common vision, and establish direction and expectations so that no matter what the fall brings, we are all working together.  Your support is greatly appreciated now and as we begin to consider what comes next.