Monday, July 20, 2020

Fall Reopening - Update & Survey #2

Many of you received a message from Beverly Schools Superintendent, Dr. Sue Charochak, on Monday. If you missed it or if you would like to reference the information she spoke of, see below:

As we approach the beginning of the school year, we are actively planning for our return to school. We need your help! Please take some time to answer our survey! Our priority remains the safety and well being of our school community. 

This past week, I had the opportunity to share some information in an interview on BevCam. The link to the interview is here if you are interested in learning more about the Initial Guidance of Fall Reopening. We are working on developing three plans that we must submit to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) at the end of this month. We have created both a District Reopening Task Force and a District Working Group composed of teachers, parents, and administrators that have been meeting to review policy and communication and to help develop our three plans (in-person, hybrid, and remote). 

Your input is important in this process. We want to hear from you and encourage you to take a few minutes to fill out the survey by the end of the day on Thursday, July 23. At the start of the survey, you may access the DESE guidance and Frequently Asked Questions for clarification regarding re-entry protocols.

I have received many inquiries about a remote learning option for families that are unable or unwilling to send their child to in-person instruction in the fall. I am happy to report that there will be a fully remote option for parents who wish to access it. The survey provides an opportunity to let us know if this is an option you are interested in. This will help us as we plan to understand how many students will be returning in each of the models so that we can make an informed decision. Remember, you are not committing to any plan at this time. We recognize that your family choices may change with continued information from the State. We intend to follow up with families later in the summer to finalize our return to school plan. The health and safety of students and staff is our shared primary goal, however, a better sense of families interests will help us make informed decisions about resources and staffing.

-- Dr. Sue Charochak, Superintendent, Beverly Public Schools