Update 4/24: Use of Google Meet

Good Afternoon DPS Families,

 

As we continue to evolve our remote learning, we wanted to share clear expectations for students while utilizing Google Meet (Hangout).

Here are some guidelines for student participation in a Google Meet (Hangout). All students must follow the Danvers Public Schools Acceptable Use Policy .

Expectations for students during Online Class Meetings:

  • Appearing in a video meeting is a choice. You are also welcome to be a silent observer by simply muting your microphone or camera.

  • Before you start, be aware of your background. Your teacher and classmates will see what is behind you. Make sure it is appropriate and not personal.

  • Find a quiet space where you will not be distracted by family members. Let your family members know that you will be participating in an Online Class Meeting.

  • Think of the space you are using as your classroom. This means dress as if you were in school and keep your conversation school appropriate.

  • You should only be having a teacher led conversation while the teacher is present. When the Online Class Meeting is over the teacher will end the call for the entire class.

  • You may not:

    • record the video call as video, audio, or still images (screen captures, etc.)  because it is illegal to record or take pictures without the person’s consent.

    • invite others (share the link) to any Meet hosted by a Danvers Schools staff member.

  • An age-appropriate form of this statement will be read at the start of each Online Class Meeting:

    • “Whenever we participate in remote learning through the use of video communication, it is important that we continue to respect the privacy/confidentiality and intellectual property rights of our school community for both students and teachers. By participating, you as students agree that you may not save, record, share, or post a session or any photos/screenshots from a session. I also agree that I will not save, record, share, or post a session or any photos/screenshots from a session. Please remember that all school rules and acceptable use policies apply during these remote learning sessions.”

With this week’s announcement by Governor Baker extending the school closure until the end of the school year,  we are finalizing our Phase 3 (May 4- June 18th) remote learning plans and will provide an update later next week.  Additionally, we will keep you updated during the Month of May for June end of the year events.

We greatly appreciate your support and collaboration.

Take good 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

Update 4/21: School Closure through June 18, 2020

Good Afternoon DPS Families,

 

We hope you and your families are doing well and staying healthy.

 

This afternoon the Governor announced that schools will remain closed through the end of the school year in June. We expect additional guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education by the end of the week around priority curriculum standards to focus on to prepare for the next school year in addition to logistics for closing out this school year.   We will be in touch next week to address how we will approach our remote learning and the close of school.

 

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.

 

Take care,

Lisa Dana, Mary Wermers and Keith Taverna

Update 4/21: MA DESE Letter to Families

For additional resources for families with children with disabilities, please view the Family Resource Toolbox. This page contains information such as organizations, hotlines, resources to obtain internet access, supplementary learning resources, remote learning lesson help, assistive technology, caregiver tools, and more great resources.

Below you will find a letter to families from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Download (PDF, 150KB)

Update 4/14: April Vacation, MCAS, PBIS, etc.

SC Vote on April Vacation
Our School Committee voted in favor to use the 4 days from April vacation for remote learning and have the last day of school be the 181st day – June 18th. Thank you for all of your support.   1,325 families responded with 86% in favor and 353 staff responded with 92% in favor. Principals and teachers will be sending out more information about learning assignments for next week.
Spring 2020 MCAS Update
Message from Commissioner Riley – “With the federal testing waiver secured and the state legislature officially enacted, I can now confirm that this spring’s regular administration of MCAS in grades 3-10 is canceled.”
The use of PBIS is especially helpful when events disrupt normal routines – events like worldwide health pandemics. This practice brief provides recommendations for families and caregivers on how to use PBIS to continue to support their students’ social and emotional growth and minimize behavioral disruptions in the home.
Legal Notice on remote learning– in our FAQ. Our “Keeping Danvers Students Engaged” webpage has our archived updates and additional resources.

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