I am writing today to share that Governor Baker has suspended public school on-site operations for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. This is understandable but saddening news. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will be issuing additional guidance regarding remote learning later this week and, like the district, will continue to put a priority on connection, maintaining connections, and focusing on essential standards.
As an educational community, we are in uncharted waters. The spring is usually a time of measuring learning, developing programming, and celebrating successes. This spring we will do the same recognizing that nothing will look the same as in prior years. We echo the Governor’s and Commissioner’s recognition of the unprecedented ask that is being made of families and express our appreciation to you for partnering with the district as we develop and refine our plan for distance learning, Sudbury Learns from Home.
As we extend Phase 2 to the end of the school year, adjustments may be needed. There may be additional needs for supports, including devices and resources. There will be additional questions to be answered including, but not limited to, transition planning, implications for students receiving special education and/or English Learners, the retrieval of personal items, and safe reopening protocols. We will address these questions as expeditiously as possible. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or building administrator with specific questions or concerns.
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