Informational Update on School Reopening
Dear Middleborough Families,
During the day today, Governor Baker’s office, the Commissioner of Education and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released their “initial guidance” regarding the reopening of schools this fall.
As a school district, we appreciate the level of thoughtfulness and care that went into this plan, which is informed by the latest medical expertise. We also share the goal expressed today that we should plan to safely return as many students as possible to in-person school settings in order to best meet their academic, physical, social, and emotional needs.
We understand that today’s initial guidelines are indeed “guardrails” and do not necessarily address every topic and that there will continue to be guidance coming throughout the summer as this pandemic situation is constantly evolving.
The full document can be found here, but these are some important components:
- Current medical research supports a safe in-person return to school - with preventive measures in place - as infection and transmission rates are lower for children than adults.
- Preventive measures include masks/face coverings, physical distancing, handwashing, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces
- Masks/face coverings will be required for all students in Grade 2 and above and for all adults; they are recommended for students in Grade 1 and below
- Based upon current medical research, and in conjunction with other preventive measures, a minimum physical social distance of three feet has been established
Moving forward, our school district will need to review this guidance carefully and develop three separate plans; the first would include a return to full in-person instruction with safety requirements, the second would be for a hybrid-type learning that combines in-person and remote learning and the third would be a fully remote learning environment.
We fully understand that our families will have many questions as we move forward through this process, and we will continue to communicate with you in the coming weeks and months. As a district leadership team, we will be developing these three specific plans in the coming weeks to figure out how each of these models will work within the Middleborough Public Schools. In completing these plans, we will be reaching out to parent/guardian representatives for input prior to submitting our final documents to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Once again, based upon the latest and best guidance and information we have regarding the current medical situation, the expectation today is that our number one priority is to plan for our Middleborough students to return to full in-person instruction in September.
Thank you for your anticipated patience, cooperation and understanding as we navigate through this unprecedented situation.
Brian E. Lynch
Superintendent of Schools