A few updates before we head into the final big weekend of summer. I hope you have a wonderful, peaceful weekend.
The school committee endorsed the purchase of 4 large tents, 2 to be located at EHS and 1 each to be located at Center/Pepin and Maple to be used to deliver essential in person services (OT/PT, for example) or offer activities that cannot happen in the schools at present (instrumental music, for example.). They will also offer flexibility for outdoor classes or activities once students return to in person instruction.
Transportation routes have been established for vocational student who return to in person instruction at Smith and CTEC (Career Technical Educational Center) in a couple of weeks. Only 21 students are allowed on a vehicle and Durham is prepared to adhere to all DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) guidelines (physical distancing, masks, hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting, air flow, etc.)
We have started the process of determining bus routes when students return to in person instruction. We are required by state law to transport students in Grades K-6 who live more than 2 mi. from their school. A letter to those families will be mailed this week to determine how many children need to be accommodated. Families are asked to commit to the entire year. From there, we will offer transportation to other families based on the capacity remaining.
Earlier this week, we received the particularly good news that all USDA waivers in place since March 2020 allowing the Easthampton Public Schools to provide breakfast and lunch to any child aged 0-18 seven days per week has been extended until December 31, 2020. Grab and Go Meals can be picked up Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10-noon at Maple School and Easthampton High School as long as the schools are in the remote learning model. If you have questions, email Dayle Doiron at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 413-529-1500, ext. 128.
Because this extension was unexpected, some of you may have received a free and reduced lunch application from your child’s school recently. It does not need to be returned at this time. All children are eligible for free school meals regardless of income until 12/31/20.
- Special Education staff have begun to reach out to families about working with your child this year.
- Hotspots – for families that do not have WIFI – please reach out to your building principal. We have purchased and will provide to families in need. Keep in mind, a Hotspot is not to boost a weak WIFI – it is for those that do not have anything.
- School Committee meets on Tuesday night. We will have a presentation on
- What a typical day looks like for our students in remote learning as we gear up for the first week of school.
- An update about the difference between remote learning from last spring to this fall. And finally,
- An update about the flu vaccine.
- September 9, 2020 Tech PD (Professional Development) and Office Hours for Childcare Centers 10:00-12:00pm
- September 10, 2020 Tech Office Hours for Elementary Parents/Caregivers 5:00-6:00pm
- Parent Technology Forum on 9/15 @ 6pm
- WBMS (White Brook Middle School) Parent Forum on 9/16 @ 6pm
- 9th grade students: Tuesday, 9/8/20, 3:00 p.m.
- 9th grade parents: Tuesday, 9/8/20, 7:00 p.m.
- 10th, 11th, 12th grade parents & students: Wednesday, 9/9/20, 7:00 p.m.
Take care everyone,
Allison LeClair, Superintendent