Dear Masconomet Community,
Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released its Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance. In this document, the DESE prioritizes reopening school with in-person instruction for all students in September following a comprehensive set of health and safety guidelines. The document also instructs school districts in Massachusetts to develop contingency plans should our local conditions change for both a remote learning model and a hybrid model that incorporates both in-person and remote instruction. Over the course of the summer, we expect further expansion of the reopening guidance and clarification of the requirements of each plan to be issued by the DESE.
This week, our District’s Executive Leadership Team, which consists of Assistant Superintendents Patty Bullard and Jeff Sands, High School Principal Peter Delani, current Middle School Principal Jim Dillon, incoming Middle School Principal Phil McManus and me, met to review the Initial Fall Reopening Guidance. We also developed a timeline for our work this summer to develop the three plans. Our goal is to have our plans completed in time for submission to the DESE in early August. We expect to communicate them to the Masconomet Community around the same time.
While we hope that the trend in COVID-19 infections in Massachusetts continues on the current downward trajectory, and allows us to have all students safely in school in September, we’ll be ready with our contingency plans if the need arises. In the meantime, please do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks, washing your hands and practicing social distancing.
Michael M. Harvey, Ed.D.