Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee
March 10, 2021
Thank you to the parent group who organized to help make vaccination appointments for our faculty and staff.
Thank you to the 24 parents and community members who have already signed up to volunteer where needed as we roll out more in-person learning opportunities.
Ventilation Report and Update: Director of Facilities, Mr. Kasper
BinaxNOW Point of Contact (POC) Testing:
Occupational Health Nurse, Mrs. Mulcahy
Having them installed the week of March 29th.
This spring installation will include the sides of the tents for use in inclement weather. We have health guidance for the use of these sides.
Portable seating for indoor and outdoor use (elementary and middle school)
Additional desks - for those classrooms previously using tables.
Individual desk shields for all elementary students
Picnic Tables for each school
Custodians have already been setting up classrooms with desks from the storage containers.
Teachers will be taking inventory of all the extraneous furniture in their classrooms that might be stored in the containers for more space in their classrooms.
Staff with Medical Accommodations:
We will not be flipping a switch, and suddenly all teachers with medical accommodations will be back in their classrooms on a random date.
It will be a rolling return, whereby once these faculty and staff members are fully vaccinated (two weeks after their second shot), they will be returning to their classrooms. We are currently looking at a timeline for each of these individuals.
Return Dates from the Commissioner:
April 5th - K-5 (unless your middle school has a 5-8), then you can apply for a waiver.
April 28th - Middle School
TBD - High School
This is an overview and outline of the district-wide plan.
Further details and communications will come from your building principal.
This approach is purposeful and cautious.
BY NO LATER THAN 3/22, all special education students at elementary schools back to original classrooms (out of large spaces, like cafeteria & library
Continue preparing spaces across the district to go from 6ft to 3ft in all classrooms; moving furniture while waiting on purple classrooms’ report.
SHS Remote ½ day Wednesday will go full day remote Wednesday, and the SHS schedule reverts to five days rather than a two-day schedule.
MARCH 29th - Current Hybrid Students Only
Preschool 8:30 am-2:00 pm and bringing in more students.
K & 1: 8:00 am -12:15 pm and teachers available to Zoom with remote students at 1:15 pm
Middle School (all grades 5-8) 8:00 am - 12:30 am current hybrid students for five days.
High School (all grades 9-12) full-day five days current hybrid students. No lunch service inside - kids go out for lunch just as on the hybrid days now.
Kindergarten-Grade 4 - five full-days with lunch
Food services were looking at one choice and boxed or bagged lunches only.
The goal is to have all students 5-8 in five full-days with lunches.
Contingent on more information on large spaces and purple room report
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS AND WORK TO BE DONE
It’s important to note that the state is mandating we get students back to in-person learning.
Families that choose to remain remote for the rest of the year may do so, but time on learning is not a factor for this group of students.
The focus will shift to the in-person students as directed by the state.
Currently, 5-8 & 9-12 will continue to live Zoom (stream) from their classrooms.
Elementary Grades 3-4, we are looking at live Zooming as mentioned above.
Elementary Grades K-2 will be a combination of Zoom and asynchronous learning.
Current Remote students wishing to change to in-person learning will be given that opportunity after April vacation.
LITTLE STANLEY - THE MOVE BACK TO BIG STANLEY:
No decision has been made on the specific date yet.
If the timing holds for the completion of the ventilation project, we will be ready to move students back by the last week in March or the first week in April.
OPEN FAMILY MEETING:
6:30 pm tomorrow, Thursday, March 11th.
Letter and Zoom link here.
YET ANOTHER SURVEY:
The state is requiring another parent survey be distributed to families regarding your choice of a learning model for your student(s).
Dr. Bacon will be sending this survey by the end of this week.