COVID-19 Updates & Bulletins

  • MERSD End of Week Update

    Posted by Pam Beaudoin on 3/27/2020 3:15:00 PM
    Good Afternoon MERSD Community,

    I would like to end the week by expressing my gratitude to our outstanding faculty for the innovation and creativity that they have shown in order to get MERSD Online up and running.   Although we are enjoying connecting with our students and families virtually, nothing can take the place of the regular school day.   We miss our day-to-day interactions with our students, and we look forward to the time when the campus is alive with energy again.

    This week we have seen a few new developments that I’d like to share with you.  I have also included a recap of key information previously shared.

    Teaching & Learning

    • Remote Learning:  This week the MA Department of Education issued new guidance for remote learning during the shutdown that includes provisions for special education services. Although MERSD Online already aligns with the majority of the recommendations, we will be thoroughly reviewing the guidance and making any necessary adjustments to our current program.  We hope to have revised plans communicated by the end of next week and implemented the week of April 6th.   Principals and Directors will be communicating school or department specific changes.   In the interim, MERSD Online continues to provide Supplemental and Enrichment Activities to maintain skills and to keep students connected with their school community. The overall goal of our approach is to keep students in contact with the school and to maintain their skills during the closure.  We are not trying to replicate the school day, but we are making our best effort to keep students engaged.
    • MCAS: MCAS is currently postponed and potentially canceled.  The MA Department of Education has applied for a federal waiver, and there is state legislation pending that will give the Commissioner of Education the authority to make the final determination.
    • SATs & AP Tests:  March/May SATs have been canceled; however, the June 6th SAT is still scheduled.  The College Board is currently targeting administering AP tests during the make-up window, which is the last two weeks of May.  There is more information about AP testing expected to be released on 4/3.

    Student Needs

    Operations

    • The statewide school shutdown has been extended through May 4th.
      • At this time no decisions have been made with regard to the end of the year student activities.
    • The MA Department of Education will issue a determination in the coming week as to whether April vacation should be used for instructional time.
    • We will not need to make-up any school days beyond June 23rd.
    • All buildings are closed through at least May 4th per the Governor’s order.
      • No access for students, staff, or the community.
      • During the shutdown, buildings will be cleaned and sanitized.
      • Construction at Memorial School continues unless guidance is revised at the state level.

    Social Distancing:  This is Not a Snow Day.  It is very important that we do our part to adhere to the social distancing recommendations.  If we each do our part, we may be able to shorten the duration of this public health emergency. This is a great resource for understanding why there is a need to close schools and what you can do to practice responsible social distancing while your kids are home.  Social Distancing:  This is Not a Snow Day

    It is my hope that each of you remains healthy and safe during this unprecedented time.

     

    Best wishes,

    Pam

     

     
     
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  • MERSD School Closure Extended

    Posted by Pam Beaudoin on 3/25/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Good Afternoon MERSD Community,

    As you probably already know, Governor Baker has extended the Massachusetts school shut down through May 4th.  In the coming days, I anticipate receiving updated guidelines for online learning from the Department of Education.  Once received, we will be updating our local online learning plans and communicating changes to the entire community.  As I’ve shared before, there are many more questions than answers at this time.  I am very proud of the faculty's efforts to transition to online learning in such a short period of time, and I’m certain our program will continue to evolve as questions are answered.

    As a reminder, Free Lunch and Grocery Support are available to all who need it.

    Thank you for your ongoing support as we navigate these new challenges.

    Sincerely,

    Pam

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  • Essex BOH COVID-19 Adviory

    Posted by Pam Beaudoin on 3/23/2020 12:30:00 PM
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  • Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea Implements New Restrictions Due to COVID-19

    Posted by Pam Beaudoin on 3/23/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA – On Sunday, March 22, 2020 the Manchester-by-the-Sea Board of Selectmen, by recommendation of the Manchester Board of Health, voted unanimously to close all Manchester-by-the-Sea public beaches, all public parks, all athletic fields, all tennis courts and corresponding parking lots. Effective immediately and until further notice.

    Also, the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to close all personal care businesses in Manchester-by-the-Sea such as hair salons, spas, massage studios, estheticians and small exercise studios including yoga. Effective immediately and until further notice.

    The new measures are implemented at this time to reinforce the recommendations of State (www.Mass.gov) and Federal (www.cdc.gov) Government agencies to encourage the practice of social distancing and to avoid the state-mandated gathering of crowds larger than 25 in order to protect the public’s health. These restrictions will further shield our most vulnerable population from the ongoing threat of COVID-19 as well as preserve the health of our first responders.

    Eli Boling, Board of Selectmen Chair, stated “This is all about public safety in this critical period when we are trying to prevent the rapid spread of COVID 19. As much as we hate to have to do this, the science tells us not allowing people to congregate is one of our best strategies.”

    Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Board of Selectmen or Manchester Police Department.

     

    Seal

     

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