Raise The Bar

Commissioner's Back-to-School Update

Focused on a safe start to the new school year

Teaching and learning — whether happening in-person, remotely, or through a hybrid of both models — will look different this year. I want to thank everyone who has planned so carefully for this fall’s start of school.

Our primary concern is for the well-being of students and staff during the coronavirus pandemic. We recognize the difficulty of leading a school district in such times, and we will continue to post COVID-19 updates at COVID-19 Information and Resources, email information to districts, and hold conference calls. We are also sharing resources, including training opportunities, that schools, districts, and families can use to support their own learning and discussions related to racial equity and anti-racism awareness.

We will also continue to work on several initiatives that remain important to us. The Kaleidoscope Collective for Learning will continue to nurture deeper learning in Massachusetts schools through the pilot program that began in January. Our work to build a more diverse educator workforce that more closely resembles our student body will also continue.

During a year like no other, DESE wants to help you keep your school committee, teachers, parents, and communities informed and engaged. To that end, I have attached or linked the following resources:

  1. Back-to-School PSA: A brief video educators can share with staff, parents and the community about ways to keep each other safe during reopening.

  2. Remote Learning: We know that many of you will be using remote learning as part of a hybrid model or for all or of your students. Our new Remote Learning page offers technical resources for a variety of tools, guidance on remote learning, and other information.

  3. Teacher Recognition: A handy reference for superintendents and principals on ways to celebrate strong teachers.


Thank you for all you do for Massachusetts students.


Jeffrey C. Riley

The Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District is scheduled to resume student learning with our Hybrid Model next Tuesday, September 15, 2020. The district anxiously awaits the return of our students, it has been 188 days since our children last entered the schools going back to March 2020. Please be reminded both cohorts will have in-person instruction next week, and families should check the updated school calendar or be sure to post the colored coded calendar on the kitchen refrigerator. I have attached the school calendar to this message for your convenience.  

Families are reminded to continue to check our website for updated bus routes and times as we start the 2020-21 school year. Each school continues to add protocols and procedures for a safe reopening. 

The FLRSD Superintendent’s Office remains open 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily. Our next school committee meeting will be Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school, location TBD. Our agenda and connection information will be available on our website under Announcements. Please continue to stay safe and enjoy the upcoming weekend. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call  508-923-2000 ext. 1703 or email me at rmedeiros@freelake.org