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.