NES WEEKLY UPDATE

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2020

Latest Information

Good afternoon,


As our cases of Covid -19 are showing a new spike, we are still in Limbo as to our start date for in person learning. This is still tentatively scheduled to begin on Thursday 10/1, however, I have asked our teachers and staff to be ready for in person and for an extension of remote teaching. This is when I continue to ask all for Patience, Grace and Kindness. There is a very important Forum Meeting tonight at 6:00 pm. You received an email to your aspen account earlier today, and I hope you were able to attend.


Dr. Hallett will be sharing the final opening decision tomorrow by end of the day. We are very hopeful that we will start our hybrid plan on October 1st. Be sure you are aware of this plan herein described. Oct. 1st is a Thursday. We will plan to meet in person with our students in Cohorts A and C. On October 2nd, we will have in person learning for students in Cohorts A and C again. On Monday and Tuesday, October 5th and 6th, students in Cohorts A and B will be in person in school. The health metrics will hopefully allow this to happen. We are keeping close watch and contact with DPH.


When we get the clearance to resume in person instruction, it will be very necessary for each family to do a check in with their child to review their health everyday. The document has been shared in our mailing and is posted on websites. It is also linked here. Home Screening Protocol Please know that we are working with our tech department to have each family receive an Aspen email and a remind message telling you to do this screening each day. I have done the mask wearing reminder and encourage you to continue this as we get closer to coming back to school. This will be a mandate. It is required for all staff and students.


I have thoroughly loved seeing so many of your children online! They are the reason for our work. Their presence was so uplifting for all of us. They were engaged, happy, and seemed excited about being back to school. Our primary focus in the beginning is all about building a community, supporting technology use, sharing safety information to reassure students, and attending to any of their social and emotional needs. It was also a challenge for us at NES to think about screen time for children. We know it is not in the best interest of children to spend significant amounts of time on screen. Developmentally, this is not the way we want students to learn. However, this is our option for now. So, our staff is building this time up gradually. The schedules of instruction, for this remote school time period, will include (and will extend soon):


  • 90 minutes of synchronous time - this is online time with the teacher. This time will start with a morning meeting for 30 minutes. There will be other small group times shared to total 90 minutes. We will be increasing this time through the two weeks.
  • If your child receives special education services, they will have another scheduled online time.
  • If your child receives English Learning services, they will have another scheduled online time.
  • Our specials classes will be happening at least twice synchronously this week.
  • There will be a list of asynchronous tasks for students to complete independently. This is work that is assigned to children that they may have heard about during their online time, but they must do this independently. This independent work will be added up to equal a school days equivalent of 6.5 hours (with lunch and recess scheduled by you).


If your child is having difficulty with their devices, you must log on to ASPEN. Once there, please go to Departments, then click on Technology in the drop down menu, and you will see the link for the NPS Technology Help Desk. This is where you put in your help requests.


We had our Professional Development Day last week, and we will have another one coming up on 10/7/20. While it may be hard for you to understand these days off (they have been front loaded for all staff to support the hybrid, remote, synchronous, and asynchronous planning), these have been in the calendar. I will attach links for the calendars below too. On 10/7 there will be no online times for your child to join. They should keep doing their weekly asynchronous (independent) work.


I recognize that this is a lot to manage. This is not easy for any of us, and we understand that for you, too. It is so important to work together to support the students. We need you. You will want to set a schedule you can live with in your homes or the settings where your children will be. You decide when they are completing school work, when they are eating lunch, when they are doing recess, etc. They will need to join their online synchronous times. They will need a place to complete their work. They will need to share their work completed with the teacher. The classroom teachers will be supporting you in helping to clarify these expectations.


We will also be working to share information with you to assist you in helping students access things online. All of this will take time. Please reach out to your child's teacher should you have questions. Please know that remote learning is required. There will be attendance taken for all students each day. We will be moving to more rigorous work in remote this year compared to this past spring.


Our mantra at NES is patience, grace, and kindness. We are modeling this, practicing this, and providing it to each other regularly. You have shared this with us and we are so grateful. We need you and your partnership, along with your patience, grace, and kindness!


Best,


Kimberly Kubisch, Principal NES

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Kimberly F. Kubisch

Principal


Kimberly F. Albertson

Assistant Principal

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Traveling to and From Massachusetts

  • Remember to be mindful of any travel you may have planned for August. You will be required to follow the regulations that went into effect on 8/1. These include:

    • All visitors and Massachusetts residents returning home — including students returning to campuses this fall — must fill out a “Massachusetts Travel Form” and quarantine for 14 days. People can also text MATraveler to 888-777.

    • Exemptions include travelers from lower-risk states and people who can show a negative COVID-19 test administered no more than 72 hours prior to arriving in the Bay State. The current low-risk states are New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Hawaii.

    • People must remain in quarantine until they receive negative test results, except for when going to get their test.

    • Failure to comply can result in a $500 fine per day.

    • Exceptions include people passing through or commuting across state lines for work, military personnel, critical infrastructure workers, and people seeking or receiving medical treatment.