October 25, 2020

Update to Families - Hybrid model - October 5, 2020


Dear Families,

We deeply appreciate all that you have done on behalf of your children in what can only be described as unprecedented times in our lives. As you might know, during a recent school committee meeting, the administration, in collaboration with our School Committee and the Phase IV Superintendent Advisory Committee, indicated that the target/goal to begin our hybrid model was October 13th with grades K-1, grades 5-6 and grades 9 and 12 in cohort A reporting for in person learning. Then, on October 19th, cohort A of grades 2-3-4, grades 7-8 and grades 10-11 will follow. In anticipation of those targeted dates you will receive a communication from your child's respective administrative team later this afternoon with specific information about each school.

Contained within the communication that you will receive today will be the most up to date information thus far. Although much of the information has been shared with you in numerous communications over the past month, we thought it would be important to receive updates all in one communication.

We applaud each of you in making sure that your child was school ready when we began our school year on September 18th. Our attendance for both remote and in person learning has been in the mid to high 90s and it has been clear that our remote model has worked well when compared to last year's remote model.

Also, many of you responded to a survey sent back in August where we asked you several questions. One such question had to do with the flexibility to choose a learning model: the remote model and/or the hybrid model. As we have mentioned in past communications, parents have a choice to decide which learning model is appropriate for their child(ren). This choice is still applicable regardless of what was selected in previous surveys. Several parents have changed their responses. If you want to change your response, reach out to your respective building administrative team to indicate which learning model is most appropriate for your child(ren): hybrid or remote. This is only for those that want to change; if you do not want to change, then please disregard this portion of my communication.

As always, I appreciate the flexibility that many of you have displayed so far and please know that as we approach these targeted dates for our hybrid model to begin, we can only ask for your patience as we navigate with you a very difficult time for all.

Dr. Azar


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