- Sudbury Public Schools
November 23, 2020 // Superintendent's Update
Dear SPS Families,
As November draws to a close, I wanted to share a brief update.
Sudbury has been selected to participate in the DESE-sponsored rapid test for COVID-19 antigens. We expect to have completed the prerequisite steps by mid December. This rapid test will be available only to symptomatic staff and students according to the State’s procedure. It does not replace the more accurate PCR test or supersede quarantine protocols but it will enhance our ability to quickly identify close contacts. For more information on the BinaxNow testing program visit the DESE website or the FAQ page. Sudbury Public Schools COVID-19 protocols can be accessed here or on the district website.
State and local officials are asking families to be mindful of the revised travel and gathering restrictions, especially in light of the holiday season. All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:
- Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
- Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.
Additionally, we have issued our own travel advisory. That can be reviewed by clicking here.
Information on Changing Models
We have received some requests from families to change learning models from Hybrid to Remote. SPS has taken the position that we would try to be flexible with such requests, however, we see a request to change models as a long term change and not for a few weeks.
Requests to change models should be directed to the building principal who will work with the family to identify a logical transition point, which could take several weeks. Please note that SPS cannot be responsible for shipping remote learning materials to out-of-town locations. In addition, a change in model may require a change in classroom or content teacher.
Elementary Progress Reporting Pilot
Written progress reports (general and special education) will be released on January 29th and on the last day of school. This is a change from past years when written progress reports were issued at the end of each 10-week term. Augmenting the written reports, will be two mandatory conference periods (fall and spring) for elementary families. This also is a change from past years, when there was one mandatory conference in the fall and one shorter optional conference in the spring. This reporting model will better align with district benchmarking periods and provide more opportunities for families to collaborate with educators regarding student learning goals and growth.
Parent Information Exchange (PIE)
Each month I have scheduled a PIE to provide a chance for families to get updates and ask me questions. I have begun publishing the notes from the meetings on a new page of the SPS website. To access this page, parents and other community members may follow this path: About Our District>Superintendent>Superintendent’s Parent Information Exchange. Going forward, every effort will be made to have notes posted within a week of each PIE meeting.
In closing, I want to wish you and yours a healthy holiday. Even in these uncertain times, we have much to be thankful for. I know that I am grateful for the way our community has come together to educate our students and support each other. Sudbury has supported the broader community through service initiatives such as the latest highly successful Sudbury Food Pantry drive. There will be another chance to participate in the collection of food on December 16-18th.
Brad Crozier, Superintendent
Sudbury Public Schools