November 25, 2020
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, COVID numbers are rising dramatically and forecasters are predicting a growing number of cases in December. Governor Baker strongly advises Massachusetts residents not to travel to most other states for the holidays or for leisure/vacation. We thank you in advance for taking additional safety precautions over the long weekend — not traveling, masking up, washing hands, keeping distance, and staying within your “bubble.” If, during the holiday weekend, you believe that your child was exposed to COVID, please do not send them to school until your child has a negative test result.
If students and families have followed the Governor’s guidelines and find themselves at risk for contracting COVID through no fault of their own, we will accommodate students who need to self-quarantine. Accommodations for quarantining students look different depending on a number of factors, including grade level, school, subject area, and the number of other students who are also quarantining. The following are the most common accommodations that we afford students who must stay home:
- The opportunity to stream into live, in-person instruction, particularly when teachers are delivering direct instruction
- Regular check-in times or office hours with a staff member for support with assignments
- Reasonable extensions of deadlines for students to complete work
Of course, students at home can fully participate in live remote classroom sessions (when/if they are available) and asynchronous learning activities.
These accommodations aren’t designed to replace a student’s experience in a typical school day; rather, they are provided so that students can keep pace with the instruction and not fall too far behind.
It is due to the everyday diligence of students and families that we have not yet had to close school due to a local outbreak. We sincerely thank you for your continued following of safety guidelines and sacrifices as we navigate through the holiday season.
Wishing you a most Happy Thanksgiving,
Dr. Midge Connolly, Superintendent
Dr. Kimo Carter, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning