Today, Governor Baker’s office and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released their initial guidance about reopening schools this fall. We applaud the level of thought and care that went into the development of this guidance, and share its goal of the safe return of as many students as possible to in-person school settings in order to best meet students’ academic, social, and emotional needs.
Over the coming days, we will be reviewing the guidance to begin to understand how it impacts what we can do in Freetown and Lakeville. We also acknowledge that these initial guidelines do not address every topic and that there will be additional guidance coming throughout the summer.
The full document can be found at Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance but here are some key 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 distance of three feet has been established.
Districts will need to develop three separate plans - one for return to full in-person instruction with safety requirements, one for full remote learning, and one for hybrid learning that combines in-person and remote learning. Based upon the current medical situation, the expectation today is that students will return to full in-person instruction in September; however, that is subject to change based upon how the medical situation develops.
We acknowledge that there are likely to be more questions than answers at this time, and we will continue to communicate with you in the coming weeks and months.
On behalf of the entire FLRSD staff, we would like to thank you for all of your support this challenging school year. Please be sure to take time during your summer break to safely relax with family and friends. The end of this less than ordinary school year is here and with summer approaching this is a perfect time to support leisure reading. We all look forward to a safe return in the fall. The local regional task force (Reopening Freelake) focused on a plan for a safe return to school in the fall will hold our second remote meeting on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. I will continue to keep the school community updated on our plans for our schools.
Please be reminded that all summer programming is cancelled this year, which includes our Kids Cafe, all Sports Camps, and our on site Extended School Year (ESY) Program. The district will however continue with the ESY program using remote learning starting July 6, 2020 and ending August 6, 2020.
The breakfast/lunch program will conclude on Monday, June 29, 2020 at the Freetown-Lakeville Middle School (3,000 meals served to date). Each pickup included two days worth of breakfast and lunch. The breakfast/lunch program will provide families with alternative support options for the summer months. A special thanks to our Director of Food Services, Andrea Fay and her staff that worked throughout the pandemic. The Superintendent’s Office will remain open during the summer months 9-12 each day.
Our next school committee meeting will be July 22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. with a remote telecast. Our agenda and connection information will be available on our website under Announcements. Please continue to stay safe during the summer months. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call 508-923-2000 ext. 1703 or email me at email@example.com.