September 30, 2020

Seekonk Public Schools Shares Back-to-School Health Measures and Guidelines PSA for Upcoming School Year

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To view the video click here: https://vimeo.com/456233254 

SEEKONK -- Superintendent Rich Drolet is pleased to announce the release of Seekonk Public Schools' new back-to-school PSA video displaying some of the health and safety measures that have been implemented throughout the district for the upcoming school year.

Seekonk Public Schools created the informational video of inside of its school buildings featuring safety precautions that are being taken as part of the district's ongoing COVID-19 response effort.

The safety precautions include touchless sanitizing stations throughout the building, classrooms organized to allow for physical distancing, personal protective equipment (PPE), storage containers and extra cleaning procedures based on COVID-19 prevention guidelines. Plexiglass barriers will also be installed in offices and for any teachers who many need them.

Additionally, staff and students will be required to wear masks in both the classroom and on the bus, and will have opportunities to wash and sanitize their hands frequently throughout the day.

School principals, teachers and staff will train students on the district's safety procedures at the beginning of the school year.

The district has also developed protocols should there be a positive case of COVID-19 in school, and students and their families are reminded that they must stay home when sick.

"We want to alleviate any stress that our community members may be feeling ahead of the upcoming school year by using this video to show specific safety precautions that have been put into place," Superintendent Drolet said. "Our top priority is the health and well-being of our students and staff members. We feel that with all of these measures put into place we are positioned to safely allow our students back into our schools on a limited, rotating basis."

Seekonk Public Schools will begin the 2020-21 academic year with a hybrid learning model as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The first day of school will be Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Students with last names A through K in Cohort A will return for in-person instruction on Tuesday, Sept. 15., and students with last names L through Z in Cohort B will return for in-person instruction on Thursday, Sept. 17. All students at Aitken Elementary School will start the first two weeks of school fully remote and begin the in-person hybrid model on Sept. 29 due to construction delays.

As part of the hybrid return-to-school plan, Mondays will be fully remote learning for all students. Students in Cohort A will participate in in-person learning on Tuesdays and Wednesdays while Cohort B will participate in in-person learning on Thursdays and Fridays. Students will participate in remote learning on the days they don't report for in-person learning.

To learn more about the plan, click here.

The plan will be flexible in order to adapt to any changes that may need to be made as the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic changes.

To assist with remote learning, the district has purchased and handed out close to 2,000 laptops for students. Teachers and students will also be using new online platforms to help enhance remote learning.

At this time, all students at the Hurley Middle School and Seekonk High School should have their own Chromebook device to take home every night. If you are still in need of a device contact Director of Technology & Digital Learning Colleen Terrill at terrillc@seekonkschools.org or 508-399-5106.

Families are encouraged to contact their respective building principals with questions. For more information visit http://www.seekonk.k12.ma.us/.

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