On June 25, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education put forth a series of guidelines which called on every public school district in the Commonwealth to prepare a detailed plan that considered three possible learning models for reopening schools: a full in-person return, a hybrid model and a full remote model.
The following report provides members of the Brockton Public Schools community with a detailed look at the district’s plans for reopening schools for the 2020-2021 academic year and includes all three learning models as required by DESE. While all three models are included, the Brockton School Committee voted on Tuesday, August 11, to begin the year in a fully remote format.
We would like to specifically pull out the following facts:
- Budgetary constraints and transportation limitations would make it unrealistic at this time for BPS to bring back students for a full return. For this reason, the Brockton School Committee held a vote on Tuesday, August 11, in which they chose between a hybrid learning model and a remote learning model.
- The district’s plans were informed by the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Brockton Board of Health. These plans are subject to change based on evolving health and safety guidelines.
- Regardless of chosen learning model, students will be assessed based on the district’s existing grading policies. We remain committed to supporting students’ technology needs to prepare them for a successful school year.
- The district has closely considered the specific needs of students who receive Special Education services, English Language Learners and economically disadvantaged students across all three learning models. Additionally, we will begin the school year by focusing on the social emotional needs of all staff and students.
- Families who would like to keep their children home regardless of chosen learning model will be offered the opportunity to participate in a virtual learning program for the entirety of the 2020-2021 school year.
Throughout the report featured below, we have included important ways staff and families can support our critical health and safety efforts. We ask every reader to view this report with an eye toward the work they can do at home to reinforce good hygiene, physical distancing and mask safety.
CURRENT LEARNING MODEL:
The Brockton School Committee voted on Tuesday, August 11, to begin the 2020-2021 school year in a fully remote format after carefully reviewing current guidance put forth by medical experts working with the city and the state.
On the day of the School Committee vote, Governor Charlie Baker released a new map showing municipalities that are at high or moderate risk for the spread of COVID-19. Brockton was among 29 towns and cities listed as being at “moderate” risk due to a seven-day average of four to eight daily cases per 100,000. That same day, Brockton reported 17 new cases.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 188 children from birth to 18 years of age have tested positive for COVID-19 in Brockton. Since the state entered phase three of reopening, Brockton has seen total cases among the 0-19 age group increase by 9 percentage points.
While we will begin the year with a remote learning model, changes in public health or in medical guidance may require a rapid transition to another model.
PowerPoint from Preliminary Fall Reopening Overview Presentation (July 28, 2020)
Planos Preliminares de Reabertura das Escolas Públicas de Brockton (28 de julho de 2020)
BPS Planes preliminares de reapertura (28 DE JULIO DEL 2020)
DESE Fall Reopening Transportation Guidance (Updated July 22, 2020)
DESE Protocols for responding to COVID-19 Scenarios (Updated July 17, 2020)
*All guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is subject to change as new information becomes available.
Guidance from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts