Message from Superintendent Dr. Patrick McGrath
It has become cliche to say that these are unprecedented times, but the description is certainly fitting. We have been working diligently this summer to gather input from across the district and address the myriad of details and concerns related to reopening. The district’s Reopening School Plan will serve to capture all of the many technical elements of the reopening. It will describe the processes and routines we will use in all of our departments across the district to keep our students and staff safe. It will also provide an overview of the instructional model we will use throughout the crisis. Finally, it will provide details on our plans for providing specific support for students with special needs.
Details will continue to be finalized in the coming weeks, and the plan will be updated as needed.
School Choice Selection Due Aug. 10
Additionally, parents are being asked to make a decision by Monday, Aug. 10 as to which instructional model they’ll choose. An electronic School Registration form will be emailed to all parents on Monday, Aug. 3. One form must be completed for each child. The confidential form will ask parents to indicate their preference for an instructional model for each child enrolled in the district for 2020-21 school year. Accordingly, we ask that parents commit to the choice selected for one trimester for elementary students (until Nov. 30) or one semester for middle and high school (until Jan. 29, 2021). Requests to change from one mode of learning to the other before the end of the specified time period will only be considered under extenuating circumstances. The form will also ask parents their plans about transportation and food services.
If you need help making a decision, please visit the “Reopening School Choice Guide” webpage for information about the instructional plans and responses to frequently asked questions. The full Reopening School Plan submitted to the state also contains useful information. If you still have questions, please reach out to your child’s principal.