This is a copy of the Connect-Ed message from the Superintendent from Tuesday afternoon:
Good Afternoon Beverly Parents and Families,
I hope that you are all settling into our new reality as we embark on our extended closure. Our amazing teachers and awesome administrators have been working hard all week preparing ways in which we can support your child while we are closed. During the past two days, we have mobilized our cafeteria staff and transportation department to help us provide breakfast and lunch to any child in Beverly under the age of 18. These meals are available at Beverly High School and at three remote sites (Apple Village; Goldway Park; and Holcroft Park). Today, we provided meals to 136 students and hope this number continues to grow throughout the closure.
In my message yesterday, I shared that we will also be distributing print copies of enrichment packets to those students who may have difficulty accessing technology options. These packets will be distributed tomorrow at each one of our distribution sites. Please remember that these print resources (packets are available for grade K-4) are intended for students who lack access to our digital resources which will be posted tomorrow. Measures are being taken for students in Grades 5-12 to ensure that all students have access to technology. If for some reason your child in these grades does not have access, please contact your building administrator or classroom teacher. I am including a PDF version of each K-4 grade level packet here for those who wish to access them electronically. If we run out of packets tomorrow, we will print more for distribution on Thursday. Feel free to print these out for your child.
We plan to open public access to our website Beverly Keeps Learning tomorrow. You will receive a ConnectEd email from me with a link to the site. We hope that you and your child will find these resources helpful and engaging. Please remember that we have designed these resources in an effort to prevent learning loss during this extended closure. Participation in these activities are not considered formal instructional days for your child. We will not be recording attendance for students and students will not be penalized for any lack of completion of these activities. While we hope that your child engages in all the wonderful learning opportunities available through this site, we want to be clear that at this time, the work we offer is considered enrichment and as such, is optional.
Thank you again for your support - please reach out to any building administrator, teacher or those of us at Central Office if you need help during these difficult times.
Sue Charochak, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools