HPS Reopening Leadership Team Update (May 26, 2020)
On Thursday, May 21st, HPS hosted the second HPS Reopening Leadership team meeting. We also welcomed Devin Sheehan, School Committee member, to our team.
On Tuesday, May 19th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new Considerations for school guidance, so we are using these to inform our current thinking about reopening. We are still awaiting guidance from the Governor’s office about school reopening. In the meantime, the central office and school buildings will be following the guidance issued by the Governor’s office about Phase 1 reopening of offices. We found this checklist to be particularly helpful.
As a reminder, we have established 7 committees: academics; district-based operations; school-based operations; health and wellness; human resources and personnel; social and emotional learning; behavioral health, and family; and special education. Most committees have already met once, with the other committees meeting within the next week. We are finalizing the membership of the committees and subcommittees in the next few days and greatly appreciate the tremendous response from staff members willing to volunteer.
Although it is our goal to be able to welcome back every student and staff member for full days, every day in the fall, we recognize this may not be possible. Accordingly, each committee is planning for three different scenarios: 1) full in-person reopening (with diligent social distancing and cleaning), 2) partial reopening (with some in-person learning and some remote learning), and 3) remote learning only. We also recognize that we may have to switch between scenarios at different points in the year.
All the questions and suggestions offered by the community through Facebook Live, District Parent Advisory Group, Teacher Advisory Group, Principal Group, and more are being incorporated into this planning. We encourage you to continue offering suggestions and questions. In particular, the Facebook Live sessions on Wednesdays (5 p.m. in English, 5:45 p.m. in Spanish) are an ideal avenue for families, students, teachers and community members to ask questions and offer solutions. We know there is a lot of buzz and speculation about what next school year will look like. We encourage you to refer to these weekly memos for the most up-to-date and accurate information.
Read more about the team – its purpose, members, and first meeting in the May 18th memo to the HPS Community regarding the Establishment of HPS Reopening Leadership team.
Please remember to follow the CDC’s guidance for protecting yourself and our loved ones.
- Wash your hands often for 20 seconds using soap and warm water
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoid close contact and stay at least 6 feet apart at all times
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others
- Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or into a tissue and then throw out the tissue and wash your hands
- Clean and disinfect regularly