The Superintendent/Director and Principal/Assistant Director have sent the following updates on school reopening to families and staff:
DPH Survey on COVID-19’s Impact:
Posted by Karen Guenette on 10/6/2020 2:00:00 PM
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is committed to better serving communities by learning about their experiences through the COVID-19 Community Impact Survey. The survey will help DPH learn about needs across the state so the agency can plan resources and supports. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. It is for anyone ages 14 and older and is completely anonymous. It is offered online in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese. Thesurvey is available at:www.mass.gov/COVIDsurvey.
Posted by Dr. Alexandre Magahaes on 9/14/2020 12:00:00 PM
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Welcome back to school!
Let me first thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate the uncertainties of this year’s school reopening. You stepped up in extraordinary ways this past spring to fill the gaps caused by our sudden school building closures, and we know that the decision to open in a hybrid model will continue to place a burden on your family. Our commitment to partner with you this year is unlike any other. We have heard repeatedly that “we are all in this together” but nowhere is that truer than in educating our students. We have spent the summer preparing for all three scenarios this fall: remote, hybrid, and in person. Our highest priority is to keep our students, teachers, and staff safe and, although Massachusetts has some of the lowest transmission rates at this time, we have chosen hybrid learning as the model that we feel is best for the Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School District at this time.
Although we will be starting our school year on September 16, 2020 in a hybrid model, our goal remains to bring students back to in-person learning as soon as possible. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, working with our state’s top medical professionals, have put comprehensive safety guidelines in place to greatly reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Our school leaders and staff have worked diligently to create detailed school plans to ensure that we are fully prepared to execute all of the recommended safety measures, including: signs to direct staff and students, mandatory mask-wearing, physical distancing, hand washing and mask breaks, additional sanitizing of the school, notification of positive cases, and the ability to transition back to remote learning should it be necessary.
In the meantime, our teachers have received training on the safety protocols and guidance for in-person learning. We are confident that they can provide engaging instruction when students are in the classroom, while implementing the safety measures we need to keep students, teachers, and families safe. Teachers have also received training on remote learning. They are ready to teach our students through multiple platforms using a combination of best practices that will include live, whole class instruction, teacher-led small group work, and independent work. Many families have expressed challenges around technology – whether having the technology they need, or using it, for remote learning. If you are in need of technology, such as a device or internet connection, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If at any time you are having difficulties using your device or finding your way around Google Classroom or posted assignments, please reach out to your teachers or guidance counselor.
We are committed to frequent communications to our families to ensure that we are transparent in our decision making and are providing families with information as soon as it becomes available. Not only will you continue to receive communications from your school principal, but you can also expect to regularly hear from your child’s teacher(s) to ensure you have a clear understanding of your child’s learning expectations for the fall. It is important that we hear your perspective regarding your child’s learning needs as well as his or her social emotional development in order to put a plan in place for your child’s continued growth.
Given the heightened importance of communications over the next several months, we would ask that you reach out to Karen Guenette, Principal, at email@example.com or Mark Mosher, Assistant Principal, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and concerns. We look forward to meeting this challenging time together and welcome your input to best serve our students.
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