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Welcome Back Email

Dear Families, 

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  We are so excited for the year to get started and begin learning with your children. It will undoubtedly be a year that will come with its challenges, but also with its strengths, and we look forward to  navigating this path with all of you. With remote learning set to commence on Wednesday, we wanted to reach out and provide a few quick pointers for getting ready. We appreciate your support ensuring that the suggestions below are implemented before the start of remote learning on September 16th. 


Work together with your child/children to...

  1. Locate and charge the chromebook. If you have not picked up a Dedham issued chromebook, please stop by your school between 8:30am and 3pm. 

  2. Test the Chromebook:

    1. Is your child able to login on the chromebook?

    2. Locate the Zoom app in the “Google Waffle” (picture linked here)

  3. Test your WiFi connection. 

    1. Is the Chromebook able to connect to your WiFi network? 

  4. Establish and set up space for learning. 

    1. Choose a quiet place where distractions can be minimized.

    2. Make sure the learning space is accessible to caregivers in case your child/children needs support.

    3. Be sure children have a comfortable chair and work surface that fits them appropriately.

    4. Have extra supplies on hand, if possible such as pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, glue sticks and paper. Elementary schools will be providing these supplies.

    5. Hang a small bulletin board or dedicate wall space to post daily schedules, passwords and other important reminders and/or checklists from the teacher.

  5. Read  and review with your child/children the communication from the classroom/homeroom teacher prior September 16th. These communications will contain:

    1. Important information about Zoom links for the first classes and meetings on the 16th. 

    2. Important information about your child/children’s schedule. 

  6. Practice logging into and joining Zoom meetings with friends or family.

  7. Read and sign the appropriate form linked below that provides broad expectations for student conduct during remote learning. 

    1. District expectations for student conduct during remote learning: K-5

    2. District expectations for student conduct during remote learning: 6-12 

  8. If you are experiencing a technical issue, please check out the DPS Family Educational Technology Site or email home tech service at



Clare Sullivan