Message from Superintendent Hamilton about the newly released (initial) Guidelines for Fall Re-Opening

DESE Initial Fall Reopening Guidance

Dear Parents and Guardians,

     I have attached the newly released (initial) Guidelines for Fall Re-Opening in Massachusetts. Please keep in mind that this guidance is subject to change as new information around COVID-19 becomes available. This document was developed by Commissioner of Education, Jeff Riley with input from educators, families, medical doctors and other stakeholders in order to help school officials plan for a safe return to school for students and staff. The Commissioner has directed all superintendents to submit comprehensive plans for:

1.  Full Return to School (In-person)

2.  Full Remote Learning (Off campus/at home)

3. A Hybrid Model (i.e. Half of our students would be on campus (in-person). The other half would be participating in remote learning at home. Students would be scheduled to meet in -person on campus alternating weeks)

The requested plans represent the three scenarios that could be implemented throughout a school year, if closures need to happen or there is a need to have fewer occupants on campus due to the level of COVID-19 cases in town or in the school. At this time, we are optimistically planning for fall and will form a task force in early July to help gather input around the three plans. The task force will be made up of teachers, school nurses, staff, administrators, parents/guardians, school officials, and community representatives. (More details about the task force and how to apply coming soon)

     The Holbrook Public School administration, faculty and staff are dedicated to making sure that our students are safe and engaged in rigorous educational instruction across all disciplines. Although planning for the 2020-2021 school year will be challenging, we are committed to thinking “outside of the box” and have already begun to construct model classrooms (with desks spaced accordingly), purchase personal, protective equipment and brainstorm plans for how to comply with the Commissioner Riley's guidelines both safely, and effectively.

     No one could have anticipated COVID-19 and the changes it brought to the landscape of our world and education, but we are dedicated to getting our students and staff back into classrooms, and will embrace our “new normal” with positivity and flexibility. I often think about the fact that we are SO fortunate to have a brand new building with great air-flow, specialized cleaning tools, state- of- the art technology and a learning community who never gave up, and never once said “It’s not possible” …Instead, our amazing staff consistently came up with creative ways to teach and celebrate kids while protecting sacred traditions, such as recognition of the end of elementary school and the planning of an in-person graduation! I can't promise that the year will look traditional in every sense, (there will be bumps along the road), but we’ll be okay, Holbrook…We are strong…WE ARE BULLDOGS!

 Have a great weekend, 

Julie Hamilton 

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