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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Lisa Dana, Keith Taverna and Mary Wermers
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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
Dear Danvers Families,
We hope that this letter finds you and your family safe and well. It is hard to believe that we have been away from school for 9 weeks and are starting our 3rd week in Phase III of our remote learning. As part of this communication, we are sharing a letter from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education which highlights the different phases of remote learning we have experienced and provides a brief picture of Phase IV – preparing for the next school year. In addition, the letter also includes a 2-page handout on School Connectedness which highlights the Commissioner’s guidance for Phase III of remote learning.
We also want to take the time to thank you for being our partners in educating your children. This unprecedented time has turned our way of educating students upside down. Not only are many of you working remotely or as an essential worker, but you are also working to support your children as they participate in remote learning experiences. We are aware of the different needs of our families and have planned our remote learning approach with equity in mind. That being said, we wanted to provide other resources, as you may need something different to keep your child(ren) engaged for the last four and half weeks of the school year. First and foremost, please know that our number one goal for remote learning is to keep your children engaged in their learning and connected to their school community.
Finally, since we have completed two weeks in Phase III of our remote learning plan, we would like to get your feedback on this plan. We would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to complete this survey. Once we’ve completed the school year, we will focus our energies on Phase IV – planning for the opening of school in the fall. While our hope is that we are all together in school in person, the reality is that we may have a need for remote learning for some periods of time during the next school year. Your feedback will be important as we plan for the next phase of reopening our schools.
Lisa Dana, Keith Taverna, and Mary Wermers
76 Pickering Street
Danvers, MA 01923
Tel: 978 – 774 – 2533
Fax: 978 – 777 – 1471
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