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March 16, 2020 // Superintendent's Update

Dear SPS Families,

Looking out the window it is easy to forget for a moment that this is anything but a typical spring day.  Today and every day for the foreseeable will be anything but typical. The purpose of this communication is to share what we know about recent developments and future plans, keeping in mind this too could evolve.

Updates and Reminders

  • Governor Charlie Baker has issued a directive to schools to close through April 6th.  This does not impact the last day of school (June 23rd) as districts are only being required to make up the snow days that are already a part of the school calendar.
  • It is worth repeating, we all should be practicing “social distancing.” There is much in the news about what this means and how critical it is to slow the spread of the virus.
  • Families will have an opportunity to retrieve essential personal items on tomorrow from 9 am - 12 noon.  The nurses will be on-site from 9-10 am for families to retrieve medication if necessary. Families should contact their building administrator if an alternate arrangement is necessary.
  • Sudbury Public Schools is partnering with Whitsons Food Service to provide nutritional supports for students.  A separate communication is being sent directly to families with a link to an online order form.
  • Buildings and Central Office will be closed to the public starting Wednesday, March 18th.

Keeping Learning Alive

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is encouraging districts to “keep learning alive” by sharing optional extension activities for students.  Extension activities are intended to keep students connected to the school community and encourage a learning mindset. At the elementary and middle school levels, we acknowledge it is simply not possible to replicate the rich instructional environment of the classroom remotely or introduce complex new concepts and skills.

At the elementary level, the curriculum team is developing a menu of extended learning activities and resources which will be available on Thursday, March 19th through sudburystudents.org.  These resources are organized by content area and grade band.  Families are encouraged to use the menu to structure at-home learning.  Families who do not have access to any device at home may fill out the linked form.  Please know that we have a limited number of loaners and may not be able to accommodate all requests.  While students are extending their learning at home, elementary educators will be engaged in professional learning connected to on-going professional development topics. Families can anticipate bi-weekly communication from their classroom teacher or grade-level team.   

At the middle school level, educators will connect with students through Schoology beginning on Friday, March 20th.  Content area, unified arts, world language, and program educators will offer optional extension activities daily. Students will not be graded on extension activities.   Educators will monitor email and respond in a timely manner. Please know, however, that it is not possible for educators to plan for students individually.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available.  If you have questions or concerns or if your family is in need of specific support, please contact your building principal or any member of the central office administrative team.

Sincerely,

Brad Crozier

Superintendent