Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee
November 18, 2020
Parent/Guardian/ Caregiver Technology Training
Biweekly technology training will begin for parents, guardians, and caregivers on Wednesday, December 2nd beginning at 6:30 pm via Zoom.
Zoom links will be posted on the District Calendar: https://www.swampscottps.org/calendar/
Evenings alternate in order to provide more opportunities for families.
Topics to date include:
Wednesday, December 2 - Managing Google Calendar
Monday, December 14 - Tips & Challenges of Remote Learning
Thursday, December 17th - Google Classroom - The Guardian View
Technology Help Flowchart
Something we will need to consider moving forward.
Ask Ms. Wolff to bring forward to the Committee the modifications for each sport.
Health and facilities considerations
Thanksgiving Travel Plans Form
The recommendation is NOT to travel
Must follow the state travel guidance: MA Travel Order
Students who are traveling will need to plan to work remotely on Monday, November 30th, because they will need to provide proof of a negative PCR test and be cleared by the school nurse on Monday. Therefore, their earliest return date would be Tuesday.
The form is being emailed to families tomorrow.
We are asking for honesty and transparency to keep everyone safe and our schools open.
Fully In-Person Learning Plan
MASS Statement (if feasible)
This School Committee voted to follow the CDC
Guidance of 6 ft. social distancing
Change in guidance of a close contact being 15 minutes CUMULATIVE in a 24-hour period (DESE not acknowledging)
Our elementary schools are older, which means the square footage in the classrooms is less than today’s standards, which limits our capacity to be fully in-person all the time.
Hybrid Model Update
I have mentioned moving to the 3:2 model following Thanksgiving
We are staying the course for now
Over the next 6 weeks, we only have 23 school days
January is when our mid-year assessments are given and if changes are going to be made to our model, it really needs to occur with the data behind it.
Will we see growth with the instruction we are delivering currently because 4 hours of in-person learning is intense compared to “normal times.”
What can we do until that time?
Look at capacity in each classroom (Cohorts A and B) and bring in high needs kids on more days to give more in-person instruction.
More in-person time for the students that are really struggling with remote learning and identify students that are not meeting academic progress
Work toward extending the school day for high needs students into the afternoon (K-8) on Cohort A and B days
Add interventions/tutoring/guidance check-ins for mental health
Look at data in January - are we closing the gaps for most kids?
If yes, continue with the hybrid model
In no, radical reorganization to prioritize in-person learning for highest-needs students, and split staffing to support in-person or remote students.
Facilities Update - Director of Facilities, Max Kasper