Dear Parents and Families,
We are just over a week away from the start of the 2020-21 school year. Though the start of this school year will look quite different from what we are accustomed to, we are incredibly excited to welcome our students back – be it in person or remotely – we have missed them!
We have spent a great deal of time and effort all summer preparing for a safe return and meaningful instruction in the coming year. We will have 52% (159) of our students joining us for daily in person instruction, and 48 % (147) who will be participating remotely. Our teachers have been coming in on their own time to ready spaces and materials. Custodial staff have been hard at work organizing, cleaning and sanitizing the entire building. Clerical staff are finalizing paperwork for staff, students and families, and reviewing and updating all necessary information in our student management system. This will all culminate next week with four full Superintendent’s Conference Days (September 8 – 11), so we are fully prepared to welcome back our students for the first day of school on Monday September 14th.
A copy of this letter is being sent home in a packet that also includes class/teacher assignments, middle school schedules, and information on arrival/dismissal procedures.
Please note that anyone entering the building will be required to submit a COVID-19 attestation questionnaire each time they arrive. The attestation can be accessed online and must be completed for each in person student daily by 7:30 AM. Students who answer “no” to all questions are able to attend school. In the event of a “yes” response, students should be kept home, and contact made with the school nurse for further guidance.
There is additional information that is still under development and will be forthcoming. This includes remote elementary student schedules as well as technology resources for students and families participating remotely; both are expected to be available next week, during materials pick up. Additionally, technology resources, including video tutorials, for both parents and students will be posted to our website.
Despite the unique nature of the start of this school year, we are committed, perhaps more than ever, to partnering with our parents and families to provide robust learning opportunities and to meet the needs of each of our students, consistent with our mission.
Our school website is the most current and up to date source of information. As always, if you have any questions, or if there is assistance or clarification we can provide, do not hesitate to contact us.
Dr. Maureen A. Long
Superintendent of Schools
Mrs. Jennifer Cannavo