Fall 2020 Planning Updates

  • 8.6.20 Fall 2020 Planning Update

    Posted by Pam Beaudoin on 8/6/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Thank you to everyone who joined us at the lengthy School Committee meeting on Tuesday evening. We had over one hundred seventy participants join in to listen to our planning updates. If you weren’t able to be at the live meeting I encourage you to listen to the recording to hear the latest thinking on the potential options for Fall 2020 - School Committee Playback.    At the meeting, we updated the 2020-2021 school year calendar to move the first day of school for students to September 16th, in accordance with the state mandate to provide training for educators at the beginning of the school year.  We will be revising the year-long calendar and reissuing over the next few weeks. 

    The Fall 2020 Planning Report included presentations on the feasibility study conclusions to date as well as a detailed presentation of the Middle and High School Hybrid Model.  Links to the individual slide decks are below or you can view the presentations by watching the 8.4.20 School Committee meeting. 

     

     

    Feasibility Study Conclusions to Date:

    • The MERSD School Committee has established a six-foot social distancing guideline. 
    • The cost of the district-wide in-person and/or hybrid models will require an investment of $1.5 – $2 million dollars.
      • In-person models require significant investment in additional staffing.
    • MERSD cannot accommodate full in-person learning and meet the social distancing and DESE health and safety guidelines.
    • MERSD can achieve a K-12 hybrid in-person/remote model that meets the six-foot social distancing guideline and DESE health and safety guidelines.
      • Implementing the hybrid model at the high school level in a manner consistent with DESE safety guidelines does not allow for full access to the current program of studies and requires the implementation of heterogeneous grouping and a modified curriculum to achieve the cohort structure.
      • In the hybrid model, providing the full high school program of studies to students would require four classroom changes per day and the following cohort levels. As outlined below the cohort levels do not meet DESE safety guidelines.
        • Student
          • Cohorts = Grade 9/10 @ 60
          • Cohort = Grades 11/12 up to 125
        • Teachers
          • 60 students per day / 120 students per week
        • Implementing the hybrid model at the middle school level in a manner consistent with DESE safety guidelines does not allow for full access to the current program of studies and requires the implementation of heterogeneous grouping and a modified curriculum to achieve the cohort structure.
          • Implementing the hybrid model at the middle school poses some challenges in terms of minimizing movement and maintaining a low number of student interactions for faculty and staff. Cocooning cohorts to one classroom / one teacher daily does not allow for the full academic program to be delivered. 
          • Moving only teachers exposes teachers to 60 students per day / 120 students per week.
          • Creating standalone cohorts (1 teacher / 12 students) would put teachers in the position of supervisor and not allow them to teach their typical course load. This may result in the need to provide an independent remote learning option that students can access while supervised by classroom teachers.  
        • Survey results show the community has a strong interest in the hybrid model; however, anecdotally, at the high school level access to the full academic program is of equal or greater importance to stakeholders.
        • Implementing the hybrid model at the elementary level allows for the full academic program and results in standalone cohorts (1 teacher / 12 students).

    Our next meeting is on August 11th.   The meeting will focus on Fall 2020 Reentry Planning and will include a general planning update along with presentations on the elementary hybrid model and special education.

    Lastly, we have updated our fall 2020 Planning Timeline

     

    Fall 2020 Planning Timeline

    4-Aug

    SC Meeting - Implications of Hybrid

    • Secondary Program & Schedule / Safety GL
    • Transportation
    • Financial
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    Week of 10-Aug

    Continue Plan Development / Update

    Hybrid Structure

    • Cohort Assignment Process
    • Health & Safety Protocols
    • COVID Identification Response (collaborative w/ towns)
    • Continued Staffing Assessment

    Remote Plan Outline

    Plan Update to be Posted 8.14

     

    11 -Aug

    SC Meeting

    • Implications of  Hybrid Elementary Program Schedule

     

    18-Aug

    SC Meeting

    • Determination of Open Model / Plan Submission

     

    31-Aug

    Teachers Return to School – Training / Professional Development

     

    1-Sep

    SC Meeting

     

    16-Sep

    Students Return to School

     

     

     

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  • July 27th Planning Update & Return to School Survey

    Posted by Pam Beaudoin on 7/27/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Good Afternoon MERSD Families,

     

    This week we are reaching out to you with an update on the planning process and a request that you complete the Return to School Survey. 

     

    Update on Planning Process 

     

    Seal

    Video Message

     

    Draft Reentry Plan Overview

    Please note that this is a working copy.

     

    Return to School Survey

    Elementary School

    Middle School

    High School

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  • 7.21.20 Fall 2020 Reopening Planning Report

    Posted by Pam Beaudoin on 7/21/2020

    7.21.20 Fall 2020 Reopening Planning Report

    Plan Development

    Fall 2020 Advisory Group Meeting Weekly

    The team is comprised of principals, directors, school committee members, parent representatives from each school the presidents of the teachers’ association, and representatives from the department of health. The advisory group assists in the development of a plan that includes provisions for in-person, hybrid, and remote learning.  The group works collaboratively to assess the feasibility of ideas, solve problems, and gather feedback.

     

    July 22 – August 4

    • Revise Draft Plans (In-Person & Remote)
    • Share Draft Plans with the community and seek feedback via Return to School Survey
    • Process and Revise Draft Plans
    • Implement Teacher Training & Professional Development for Remote Learning
    • Implement Remote Learning District Professional Development Training Plan

     

    August 5 – August 18

    • Finalize Plans – Week of August 10 submit to DESE & share with the community 

    Next week, we will be reaching out to share draft plans and ask for feedback with a Return to School Survey that addresses the DESE guidelines, schedule, and structure for a return to in-person and hybrid instruction this fall.  Additionally, we will be hosting a series of virtual town halls during the first week of August.  Dates and time will be included with the survey information.

     

    Summer School Committee Schedule

    • August 4 & 18
    • WebEx Call-In information is posted the Monday afternoon before the meeting on the district Website & Facebook Page

     

    If you are unable to call into the meeting, video Recordings are available on 1623 Studio YouTube Channel - MERSD School Committee PlayList.

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  • 7.7.20 Fall 2020 Reopening Planning Report

    Posted by Pam Beaudoin on 7/10/2020 12:00:00 PM
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