Parent Survey for Remote Learning

June 3, 2020

Dear District Families,

We would like to invite you to take a brief survey about what this spring’s remote learning experience has been like for your students and for your household.  The survey may be found at this link and you may take it multiple times if you have multiple students: PARENT SURVEY FOR REMOTE LEARNING

We plan to use the information provided in this survey to help inform changes to any remote learning we may need to provide in the fall.  I expect your feedback will be quite useful in this regard.  So, thanks, in advance, for taking a few minutes to help.

In terms of what to expect, in the fall, the commissioner of elementary and secondary education has informed us that we can expect very specific preliminary fall plans to be released in mid-June.  The commissioner has informed superintendents that he anticipates remote learning will need to be a component of districts’ plans as a necessary means of providing adequate social distancing and meeting other safety requirements at schools.  In other words, it may be likely that approximately half of our students will be learning from home while half are at school on any given day.  How we rotate students in and out of school has yet to be determined.  While such a scenario is likely, it is not absolutely going to be the case.  We just want to let you know how things are looking at this time.  As you can imagine there will be a huge number of details to be worked out within schools and households for any fall plans that involve a component of remote learning.  Administration, staff, school committee, and public conversations about all of this are surely going to be taking place in the days ahead.

As the school year wraps up, I would like to thank you for how hard you have worked to support your students’ continued learning during this pandemic.  And, as the upheaval in our society becomes even more grave, with the recent high profile acts of racial violence and injustice, we would like to express our shared anger and frustration.  With all the changes needed at school in the days ahead, we will certainly still need to be prepared to increase our efforts to teach, learn, and act for improved multicultural understanding, prejudice reduction, and social justice.  Fortunately, this community provides strong, capable, and big-hearted friends and colleagues with whom to engage in all of the work needed in the days ahead.

On behalf of the administrative team,

Michael Sullivan, Superintendent