Governor Baker has announced that the statewide school closure will remain in effect until Monday, May 4th. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has provided additional guidance on this extended closure. We look forward to continued connection during this time of physical distancing. Please note that we understand it is unrealistic to replicate the educational experience our students benefit from during normal school operation. We thank you for your patience and continued support during this unprecedented time. Health and safety is our top priority. We are committed to the education process while keeping in mind the multitude of circumstances that may exist for the many people impacted by current events. Please click on the links highlighted throughout this document to access a variety of additional information.
We continue to connect with our students through the academic enrichment resource guide previously communicated. Teacher outreach will begin with the issuing of classroom assignments on Monday, March 30th. Teachers will conduct office hours on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays as we continue our efforts to provide direct connections with our school community during the physical distancing period. Please note that work will be posted every Monday using our existing 9/11 and 10/12 calendar cycle. Our Administrative team will provide additional updates as we receive more information and guidance from the DESE, DPH and the Governor’s office throughout the course of this fluid process.
We have established a recommended schedule of regularity as part of this correspondence. These opportunities allow for a combination of structure and flexibility, while we hope to offer a regular source of inspiration to our students, staff, and your families. Please feel free to join us, make recommendations for additions to this schedule, or even offer some type of enrichment for our tight-knit community. We are going to maximize the opportunity to make the most out of our guiding principles (Connect. Create. Inspire).
Resources for Assistance
If anyone in your household has filed for unemployment in the last two weeks or if your household has experienced a significant change in financial status, please consider utilizing any of the following resources.
Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline offers free, comprehensive statewide food assistance to all Massachusetts residents. Help is offered in 160 languages and there is a line dedicated to helping those that are hearing impaired. For more information and hours, visit www.projectbread.org/gethelp, or all Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.
The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) assists and empowers low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long term economic self-sufficiency. DTA serves one in nine residents of the Commonwealth with direct economic assistance (cash benefits) and food assistance (SNAP benefits), as well as workforce training opportunities. Visit https://dtaconnect.eohhs.mass.gov/ to learn more about DTA benefits and enroll.
Please check out a Recommended Schedule of Regularity here.