7:00 PM School Committee Meeting-Virtual
6:30 PM PHS Senior Dinner-Tentative
9:00 AM PHS Graduation
Dear PPS Families and Staff:
Today, Governor Baker’s office and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released their initial guidance about reopening schools this fall. We are grateful for the level of thought and care that went into the development of this guidance, and share the goal of the safe return of as many students as possible to in-person school settings in order to best meet students’ academic, social, and emotional needs.
We understand that there are many students, staff, and families that may not be able to physically attend school because of medical and other reasons. In the weeks ahead, we will be reaching out to staff members and families to determine who may need accommodations, and to learn how we can provide the highest level of support and student/teacher connection possible. We will do everything within our capacity to ensure that all of our students are provided the best learning experience we can offer.
We are carefully reviewing the guidance to understand how it impacts our school community and our students. Please understand, this current guidance focuses on the latest research around COVID-19 transmission, prevention, and the high impact requirements for schools around social distancing, masks, hygiene, and maintaining the smallest cohorts of students as possible. The full document can be found at DESE Reopening Guidance: Fall 2020, but here are some key components:
Districts are required to develop three separate plans - one for return to full in-person instruction with safety requirements, one for full remote learning, and one for hybrid learning that combines in-person and remote learning. Based upon the current decline of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, the expectation today is that students will return to full in-person instruction in September; however, that is subject to change based upon how COVID-19 progresses in our area.
There are countless questions remaining about funding, transportation, lunch, specialized subjects (art, music/band/chorus, Technology, PE), athletics, length of day, special education supports, counseling services, and extracurricular activities. There will be additional guidance coming throughout the summer, and we will keep you informed using all of our usual methods. During the summer, we will be working with in-district teams to plan for all of the issues mentioned above. You should expect to receive focused surveys to help with planning, and there will be a series of “town hall” meetings for all staff, parents, and students to ask questions and provide feedback before we make final plans and preparations.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these issues so that we can be as prepared as possible for whatever September brings our way. Stay healthy and enjoy the summer.
Social Justice Working Group- Parents
Dear Pembroke Families-
We hope you are well and enjoying these beautiful summer days. As we prepare for school in the fall, we are looking for your input in regard to regulatory requirements focusing on special education and civil rights.
We are looking for two-parent/guardian representatives from each of our 5 schools to form a Parent Social Justice Working Group. If we receive more than volunteers than we have spaces, we will select the members randomly. Please know that if you are not selected for the working group, but are still interested in the work of this group, there will be other opportunities through the summer and subsequent school year to participate in parent forums to share your perspectives and offer suggestions. The goal of the group would be to identify concerns related to special education, race, culture, and identity in our schools as we embark on an Institutional Self Evaluation as required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. We would ask that interested parent/guardians email Sharon Monteforte (Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org) directly identifying the school their students attend. Our first virtual meeting is tentatively scheduled for the week of July 13th.
We will be forming a larger district-wide group to review our practices that will include administrators, teachers and parents, and other members of our school community. We hope that the Parent Social Justice Working Group will identify two members to serve as representatives to the district group.
Pembroke Public Schools