September 27, 2020

Vaccination Reminder for Parents

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September 1, 2020

Dear Dighton-Rehoboth Families,
We hope you are well and have enjoyed your summer as best as possible. Our staff is preparing for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year. We have been working extremely hard to prepare students and staff for a year of learning regardless of a remote model or a hybrid model. To support whichever model we are in, we have planned a comprehensive professional development schedule for staff beginning on 9/2 and continuing until 9/17.

As a reminder the first day for students is 9/18/2020. We will be starting the year in a remote learning model with a goal to transition to hybrid learning beginning on 10/13/2020. Building principals will be providing information regarding specific student schedules as well as additional information regarding the start of the school year. A distance learning website will be used to provide students access to teacher webpages, programs and applications, as well as student and parent technical support resources. High priority students, as identified by the DESE guidance, will also be starting on 9/18/2020 with direct in person instruction and services. For students, who meet this criteria, families and guardians will be receiving additional correspondence from the District Special Education office.

This year, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is requiring an influenza immunization for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts child care, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities. Students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by 12/31/2020 unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. More information can be accessed here: Press Release: Flu Vaccine Now Required for all Massachusetts School Students... Also,as a reminder, a list of all required vaccines for public school students is attached.

It is becoming very clear that during the 2020-2021 school year we will again be presented with many questions and few answers. We will continue to work with all stakeholders to answer these difficult questions with the health and safety of our students and staff foremost in mind. Our goal is to provide the best education for our students regardless of the model so as to prepare them to be productive, successful citizens in an ever changing world.

Please continue to monitor email for updates from district and building administration. We are looking forward to working together to provide the best possible education for our students during this difficult time.

Sincerely, Dr. Anthony Azar

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