Letter From Superintendent Connolly (April 21, 2020)

April 21, 2020

Dear Weston School Community,

As many of you know, Governor Baker announced today that school buildings will remain closed and remote learning will continue through the school year.  Later this week, the Commissioner of Education, Jeff Riley, will be putting out revised guidelines for remote learning from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Although Weston School from Home has served many of our learners well, there is always room for improvement.  This will be our goal once we get the new guidelines from the state.

We know that students, families, faculty and staff will have differing feelings about this decision by Governor Baker to close schools.  Some will be angry, sad, and anxious while others may feel a sense of relief. Such a school closure has never occurred in our lifetime. We will continue to prioritize caring for and making connections with students while advancing learning in appropriate and safe ways.  Please remember this school closure is impacting all students across the Commonwealth. We know that there will be academic gaps and that all returning students will need different entry levels and support. Closing these gaps and supporting all students are at the forefront of our minds as we plan for a return to school in September.

We would like to remind families that might be in need of food during this time, please fill out this confidential form so we can provide you with some relief.  If you have already filled out this form, we have your information and you should have heard from us. In addition, counselors at Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline (800) 645-8333 are available to connect our community to food resources as well as provide you with information about elder meals programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Hotline will continue to operate Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm, and Saturday, 10am-2pm, and can provide information in 160 languages through the Language Line.

Know that we are thinking about all of the significant transitional ceremonies that will need to be altered, especially for our graduating seniors.  It is our intention to recognize students for their hard work and celebrate their time in Weston in memorable, albeit different ways. We will be in touch soon with updates.  Thank you, take care, stay safe, and be well.

 

Best,

Dr. Midge Connolly

Dr. Marguerite (Midge) Connolly

Superintendent, Weston Public Schools