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Superintendent's Update - August 4, 2020

Dear Monomoy Families, 

 

I hope you had a relaxing weekend. Perhaps you spent some of it reading our 47-page draft Back-to-School Plan! I realize it contains a great deal of information to absorb and wanted to follow up with a few reminders and clarifications. This is a stressful time for all of us, and I want to be sure you have the information you need to make a decision about this school year. 

 

I’d like to reiterate that our plan was developed taking into consideration a wide range of factors, including the health and safety of students, staff, and families, the educational needs of all of our students, the social and emotional challenges our students are facing, and more. While there is no perfect solution that will please everyone, I’m confident that our team arrived at options that meet the needs of our students, keeping them safe while continuing to provide them with an excellent education.

 

  • Our small class sizes, combined with our relatively spacious classrooms, will allow us to maintain a minimum of 6-foot distancing in our classrooms. Our facilities team has been working with administrators to set up example classrooms in each building with the distance carefully measured out.
  • We will require masks for all staff and students attending school in person, as it’s important to protect our staff and students at all grade levels.
  • We will organize staffing and other logistics based on the number of families selecting the In-Person and Distance Learning options. We understand the desire for flexibility and ability to change models. Since there will be staffing commitments associated with each, changes will be permitted at the semester break. 
  • The COVID-19 conditions are changing daily, as we know. We are hopeful that Massachusetts and Cape Cod will continue to see good numbers, which will allow us to continue in-person schooling. We will be in constant conversation with our local boards of health, our state board of health, the Commissioner of Education, and the Governor’s office to monitor the data. If the guidance from those experts determines that conditions have deteriorated, we will be prepared to pivot to full distance learning. 

 

I welcome input from all of our stakeholders as we navigate this transition. Today, August 4, I will be meeting with a joint session of the Monomoy School Councils from each building. I look forward to their insight. And on Wednesday, August 5, at 6 p.m., I will be holding a Parent Forum where families can share their feedback and ask questions about the plan. I encourage you to take part in what is sure to be a lively session. At the close of that session, the 2020-2021 School Year Selection Form will open, in which families can indicate their preference for this year, and indicate whether they will need bus transportation. 

 

I am so appreciative of the supportive community we live in, our caring and engaged staff, and our families trying to make the best choices for their family. The Monomoy team is committed to guiding our students through this year, with health and safety measures, academic innovations, and social-emotional supports. 

 

Take care, wear a mask, wash your hands, and maintain distance. Those habits will help ensure that we have a safe and productive school year!

 

Dr. Scott Carpenter, Superintendent