Summer 2020 & School Re-Entry Plan
Governor Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, with the endorsement of the American Academy of Pediatrics, have issued guidance on the reopening of schools for summer and fall 2020.
We are eager to have our students back in our buildings, but we must proceed carefully as we are still in the midst of a serious public health crisis. Our primary goal is the health and wellbeing of all of our students and employees.
As of July 6th, 2020, our Business Office and all School Buildings will be open Monday-Thursday from 8:00 -2:00. Abbreviated hours will allow for cleaning and facilities work that needs to be done for re-entry. All staff meetings, trainings, and IEP meetings will continue to take place remotely.
- Every student enrolled in ESY will have an Individual Summer Learning Plan.
- All programming will begin remotely and will include both independent resources and individual or group lessons/therapies via remote technology.
- Starting July 13, some of our older students will begin small group instruction in-person and/or will begin community based internships.
- Starting July 27th, most of our schools are planning for some days of on-site, small group instruction. This will look different for each program based on student needs and staffing patterns. Parents and districts have been informed of the specific plans for their children.
All of our Policies and Procedures for re-opening safely are attached. These will be updated before the start of the school year in September.
We are preparing for a full return to school for all of our students, and we believe that we will be able to do so safely under the recently issued guidelines. We have several teams working on the specifics of how we will need to modify our policies, programming and physical space to keep everyone safe and healthy.
In addition, we are preparing to have a “back up plan” of Remote Learning for individual students who are unable to return to school and/or if we need to close a building or buildings temporarily because of changing public health conditions.