Transportation Registration 2020-2021 is NOW OPEN!

Important Information: Please read carefully before registering.

* ​No​ student will be allowed to ride the bus without registering.

Revised Transportation Policy

*​ All students grades K-12​, riding the bus are required to wear masks at all times and will be required to sit in an assigned seat. Failure to adhere to these policies will result in the termination of transportation services.

* Per the ​Danvers Public Schools revised policy​ (see link below) students Gr. K-12 will be prioritized for those who live more than 2 miles from the schools. Students Gr. K-12 living under 2 miles will be placed on a lottery-based waitlist.

Bus Registration Link

* ​August 17, 2020 through August 21, 2020​ online bus registration will take place. 

* ​August 24, 2020 through August 28, 2020​ Distance verification and numbers of registration will be analyzed and a waitlist will be created based on the lottery system.

* ​Monday, August 31, 2020 ​riders will be informed via email if they have a slot on the bus. Payments​ will need to be made and received ​no later​ than September 4, 2020 by 4:00pm once informed of your slot.

Transportation Routes

* ​Monday, September 10, 2020​ routes will be published on the website and lists will be provided to drivers who will develop seating assignments for all grade levels.

* ​Kindergarten students​ will not be dropped off if there is not an adult waiting for them at the bus stop. Kindergarten students ​do not ​get dropped off in front of their houses.

Online Bus Registration – Grades K-12

Bus registration for the 2020/2021 school year is now ​open online​. Students who are eligible for the bus are students in grade K-12 that live ​2 miles or over​. All students grade K-12 who are eligible for transportation ​must register ​for the bus. No payment will be required at the time of registration. Payment will be collected ​after​ you are notified by email that you have a slot on the bus. Space availability is on a first come, first served basis. In order to register, you will need your child’s student ID number (LASID #), DHS and HRMS students can find that on the PowerSchool portal or on their report card. Elementary students can find the student ID number (LASID #) on the child(s) report card. New incoming kindergarten students can find this number in their welcome letter received in July.

Students in grades K-12 living ​under​ the 2 mile radius may also register for the bus, but are selected through a lottery system based on space availability wait list. Payment will be collected after​ you are notified by email that you have a slot on the bus.

Should you have any questions, please email: trips@danvers.org

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Update 8/14: Danvers Family Reopening Survey and FAQs

Hello Danvers Community,

 

The Danvers Public Schools plan is to open for the 2020-2021 school year in a hybrid model.  Our reopening plan was shared at the August 6th School Committee meeting and can be found here.  We appreciate the feedback from our families and staff.  This week, we have been able to put together a full remote learning alternative taught by Danvers teachers with Danvers curriculum. (This is a revision from the original reopening plan.)

 

In order to help us plan for this hybrid model, we ask that you fill out a survey for each child attending the Danvers Public Schools. 

 

 

This survey requires you to commit to the learning model for your child to participate in for the coming school year (Danvers Hybrid Learning Model or the Danvers Full Remote Learning Alternative). This information will assist us in scheduling cohorts, transportation, after school care, etc.  For families who do not complete this survey by Wednesday, August 19th, your child will be automatically assigned to the Danvers Return To School model – the hybrid model.  

 

We have received many emails from parents and staff with questions that have helped us update our new Reopening FAQ’s. Please review this document before filling out the survey so you are able to make the best decision for your child’s placement.

 

In regards to transportation, please note, families will receive transportation registration information in an email next week. 

 

Thank you,

 

Lisa Dana, Mary Wermers, Keith Taverna

 

Questions? Ask us!

Quick Family Survey 8/10/20

“As a follow-up to Thursday’s School Committee meeting, the district is sending out a quick survey to help us with our Return to School planning.  As required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the district will be offering multiple models of education this fall. As the School Committee voted last week, the district will be returning in a hybrid model with a fully remote learning alternative option available to families. 
 
After the DESE presentations of their full remote learning alternative models and Thursday’s School Committee meeting, the district is exploring the feasibility of a full remote learning alternative model offered by the Danvers Public Schools taught by Danvers teachers and using Danvers Public Schools curriculum.   We’ve put together a Quick Survey to start our feasibility study. Please check your email for the link. If you did not receive the email, please contact us at info@danvers.org
 
Later this week, we will be sending an additional survey to begin to collect specific family information around your intended model to return to school in the Fall. This information will allow us to schedule cohorts, transportation, after school care, etc.”

Danvers Public Schools Reopening Plan Update 8/5

Good Afternoon Danvers Community,

We are writing with an update on our planning process for the start of the next school year.  Below, we are sharing our Return to School Plan as the first step in communicating this plan.

Please click here to join us for our next School Committee meeting on Thursday, August 6, 2020, at 7:00PM. Our administration will present details of our DPS Reopening Plan that includes three learning models – hybrid, remote and in-person. Then, our School Committee members will vote on which learning model to implement this Fall. Other agenda items include policy updates for transportation, the DPS Mask protocol, and reviewing our revised 2020-2021 academic calendar.  Please note that, if you are unable to watch the School Committee meeting on Thursday, DCAT will record the meeting and post it on their website.  

Please take time before the meeting to read our DPS Return To School Plan and our FAQ sheet

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to submit them to info@danvers.org by 3:00 PM tomorrow (Thursday). After the meeting, we will update the FAQ sheet and post it to our website. Thank you to those who have shared their questions regarding the reopening already!

Thank you,

Lisa Dana Keith Taverna Mary Wermers

School Committee Meeting Agenda: August 6, 2020

CLICK HERE to Watch the School Committee Meeting Live

 

If you have questions or comments, please email info@danvers.org

 

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Danvers Public Schools July 31 Reopening Models

The following document outlines the three potential learning models that Danvers Public Schools is presenting to DESE on July 31.

To watch the Danvers Public Schools School Committee presentation, please click here.

 

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School Committee Meeting Presentation: July 30, 2020

To watch the video recording of the July 30th school committee meeting, please click here.

For more details on the Danvers Public Schools July 31 reopening models for DESE, please click here.

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Initial State Reopening Guidance

Dear DPS Community,

Today, Governor Baker’s office and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released their initial guidance about reopening schools this fall.  We appreciate the level of thought that went into the development of this guidance, and especially its goal of the safe return of as many students as possible to in-person school settings in order to best meet students’ academic, social, and emotional needs.

Over the coming days, we will be reviewing the guidance to begin to understand how it impacts the Danvers Public Schools.  We have formed a Reopening of Schools Committee and Curriculum and Social-Emotional Learning Subcommittee to develop the necessary plans for a safe reopening of school in September.  The committees met last week and will meet next week to digest the details contained in the Commissioner’s guidance.  There will be additional guidance coming from DESE throughout the summer that will strengthen this initial guidance.  Our committees will continue to reflect on the new guidance and make refinements to our existing plans.   For your information, we have summarized  some key components of the initial guidance:

  • Current medical research supports a safe in-person return to school – with preventive measures in place – as infection and transmission rates are lower for children than adults.

  • Preventive measures include masks/face coverings, physical distancing, handwashing, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and staying home from school when sick.

  • Masks/face coverings will be required for all students in Grade 2 and above and for all adults; they are recommended for students in Grade 1 and below.

  • Mask will be required for all district-sponsored transportation.

  • Based upon current medical research, and in conjunction with other preventive measures, a minimum physical distance of three feet has been established.

DESE is requiring districts to develop three separate plans – one for return to full in-person instruction with safety requirements, one for full remote learning, and one for hybrid learning that combines in-person and remote learning.  Although things are subject to change based on the most recent medical information, the expectation today is that students will return to full in-person instruction in September.

We realize that there are more questions than answers at this time, and we will continue to communicate with you in the coming weeks and months.  We also encourage you to read the full guidance document, and if you have questions to please send them to our dedicated email address for public comment: info@danvers.org.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Lisa Dana, Keith Taverna and Mary Wermers

Griffin’s Gift Virtual Run

If you’re looking to support an important and local cause this Summer, we encourage you to participate in the Griffin’s Gift Virtual Race. You can do this anywhere, any method (walk, run, bike, scooter!) and anytime between July 2 – July 5! Register today for this free event, and donations can be made online. 

Join us for the FIRST EVER Griffin’s Gift Virtual Road Race happening between July 2 – July 5. This will mark the celebration of the late Griffin Lamar’s, 6th Birthday. For detailed information and to register, please click the link below!

REGISTER HERE!

 

Can’t make the event? But would like to make a contribution? Make your donation here.

 

Follow Griff’s Gift on Facebook

 

Categories: 5K, 10K, 1 mile or Griffin’s TriFecta (All 3 distances)

Swag: This year we are giving people the option to choose whether they’d like to receive a race shirt! We will coordinate pickup, drop off, and or shipping for those a far. If you want to wear your shirt on race day you must pre-order by June 15th!! Shirts ordered after June 15th will be delivered to you post event.

Event Contact: High5EM | 978-594-7050 | info@high5em.com

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Update 6/1: End of 19-20 School Year, Survey, Parent Resources

Dear DPS Families,

As we head into our last two and half weeks of remote learning, we want to take a moment to once again thank you for being our partners in educating your child(ren).  We consider our collaborative work in remotely educating the students of Danvers as a marathon.  If we were actually running the Boston marathon, we’d be coming off of Heartbreak Hill, running past the BC campus, and beginning our downward descent through Brookline.  As we enter the month of June, we are in our downward descent to the end of the school year; we’ve made it over Heartbreak Hill, we are tired, but the end is near!  In order to support you through the final weeks, we’ve provided resources that we hope you will find useful in supporting your child(ren) to sustain their engagement in remote learning.  Our newest resources are:

As we close out the year, you’ll find that we have two strong weeks of remote learning remaining, with the third short week spent celebrating and closing out the school year.  Your principals and teachers will be sending out school-specific information.

Finally, we want to thank those of you who have completed our Family Remote Learning Survey.  This information has helped us understand your views on the current remote learning plan and will inform the development of future remote learning plans.  If you have not had the chance to respond, please feel free to take the survey:  link to the survey

Take care,

Lisa Dana

Keith Taverna

Mary Wermers

Update 4/24: MIAA Announces Spring 2020 Sports & Tournaments Cancelled

Spring Sports and Spring Tournaments cancelled for the remainder of 2019-2020 School Year
April 24, 2020

In accordance with Governor Charles Baker’s announcement Tuesday that Massachusetts schools will be closed to in person learning for the remainder of the school year, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) regretfully has cancelled all spring sports and spring tournaments.

Today’s decision by the MIAA Board of Directors was difficult, disappointing, and one that was deferred for several weeks as Association staff, Association members from the Tournament Management Committee (TMC) and the Board worked aggressively to construct optional structures to save the opportunity for our MIAA 80,000 student-athletes to enjoy a spring season.

Despite this disheartening but unavoidable action, it is paramount to applaud our constituents, principals, athletic directors, coaches and student-athletes for their positive power of example and cooperation during this unprecedented crisis.  The “life lessons” inherent in the games we play will be our resiliency to provide mental and physical strength to focus on the discipline and teamwork to make a difference in the challenging chapters in the Game of Life.  #OneTeamOneMIAA

DPS COVID-19 Update 4/1: Information from Town of Danvers and State of Massachusetts

We hope you are all staying well during this school closure period. We would like to remind you of a few resources:
Thank you,
Danvers Public Schools