In-Person Learning Update from Superintendent Thomas

In-Person Learning Update from Superintendent Thomas

Dear BPS Families,

I'm happy to share that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education granted our waiver which will allow us to delay our transition to in-person learning until April 26. This extension will allow us to reconfigure our learning spaces and gradually increase the time students spend in the classroom.

Our new timeline is as follows:

·       On Monday, April 5, students in sub-separate classrooms will transition to in-person learning five days per week.

·       That same day, all other classrooms will scale up to 50 percent capacity. The Orange cohorts will combine to become the Orange Group and the Green cohorts will combine to become the Green Group. Each group will be in school for the same two days each week and will alternate being in school on Mondays.

·       On Monday, April 26, students in preK-8 will transition to in-person learning five days per week.

·       BHS will continue to utilize a hybrid learning model until further notice.

·       Effective April 5, Mondays will no longer be half days.

Hybrid learning will cease to be an option for students in sub-separate classrooms on April 5 and students in PreK-8 classrooms on April 26. Parents may opt to keep their children home in a remote learning model through the end of the school year. After April 26, it may take up to four weeks to transition a remote learner to in-person learning. Additionally, families who choose to keep their children fully remote after April 26 should expect more independent assignments and their children could be reassigned to different teachers.

We ask you to complete this form no later than Wednesday, March 31, if you intend to keep your child fully remote.

We’ll continue to provide updates as we prepare for a transition to in-person learning.

Thanks,

Superintendent Thomas

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