There have been some significant new developments from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. On Friday, March 5, the Commissioner was granted the authority to determine when hybrid and remote learning models will no longer count toward meeting the required student learning time hours. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted the amendments which will result in some changes to our learning models.
Yesterday the Commissioner sent out a memo outlining additional guidance for in-person learning requirements and included the following phased in approach:
In order to accommodate these new mandates, DESE has changed the physical distancing recommendation from 3-6 feet to 3 feet. All other health and safety protocols remain in place, including mask wearing and hand hygiene.
Families will retain the right to choose full remote learning for their child for the remainder of the school year. Should individual students or whole classes need to quarantine for COVID-19 health and safety protocols, remote learning will remain an option.
Included below is a timeline, subject to change, which reflects our school's current state of planning for the upcoming learning transitions.
Learning Model Planning Timeline
We will be scheduling informational Zoom meetings for families beginning March 24, 2021. Additionally, we will be sending out family surveys next week so that we can plan learning spaces the most effective way possible.
Please check your email for further information as it becomes available. We will be keeping families up to date as we receive more information from DESE.
Thank you for your ongoing flexibility and patience as this year progresses.
South Shore Charter Public School