On May 4, 2020, the district began the last phase of our remote learning plan. This final phase (Phase 3) will end on Thursday, June 18, 2020, the last day of school for students. We’ve learned a great deal over the past several weeks and plan to use that information to support all students moving forward.
Consistent with guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), we will continue to provide engaging instruction for our students focused on the content standards most critical for success in the next grade. Student experiences will vary depending on individual and family needs, access, capacity for remote learning, and the ongoing health of students, families and staff. We cannot possibly replicate the school day under these circumstances, nor can we expect parents to take on the role of their child’s teacher, however, we will continue to work together on behalf of each student.
At the elementary level, students will not be “graded” with a proficiency level, as they have been in the past. Instead, each teacher will be making comments on the end of year progress reports that will focus on the essential learning targets addressed during remote learning.
Each school is currently communicating with middle school administrators and staff on transition plans for our 5th grade students. We are also working with our Parent-Teacher Organizations to plan safe options to celebrate the completion of their elementary years.
We anticipate and appreciate your cooperation and support as we approach the final phase to the 2019-20 school year.
Wishing your family good health and happiness!
Michelle Costa, Jason DiCarlo, Jennifer Hunt, Pamela Lathrop, Colleen McBride