School Buildings Closed For Rest of 2019/2020 School Year
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 4:15 PM Update
As anticipated, this afternoon Governor Baker announced that he was extending the closure of all Massachusetts public and private school buildings for the rest of the 2019/2020 school year. Students, educators and staff will continue forward with remote learning efforts through our last scheduled school day - Friday, June 19th.
This week, students should be connecting with teachers and completing remote work as outlined in our phase 2 remote learning plan. Many of our teachers are completing the trainings for video/audio conferencing and we should be seeing many more of those meetings beginning with students this week and in the coming days. Additionally, it appears as though the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be introducing further guidance around prioritized learning standards at the end of this week which Dedham will incorporate into our efforts moving forward.
While this decision to extend school closure was expected by many of us, it still brings with it strong emotions as we come to the realization that our teachers and students will not physically be returning to their classrooms this year. Additionally, we know that this announcement raises many questions regarding end-of-year celebrations and ceremonies, transitions to new schools and other milestones. Our administrative teams, district leaders and educators are working on exploring ways to adapt these events, so that we can recognize and celebrate the academic achievements of our students. We hope to have many more answers in the coming weeks about key events such as graduation, orientations and other issues as we are able to address them.
Remember, the school buildings may be closed, but connections between educators and students will continue. Please continue to monitor ongoing updates at our Remote Learning Curriculum website. We encourage students and families to continue doing their best - it’s the most we can ask for in this trying time. We know it’s not easy, but together we will get through this. As always, please reach out to your school principals with any questions or if your family is in need of additional support.