Dudley EL News

New Year's Edition!

Happy New Year!

I don't know about you, but I am hoping this new year brings with it great things! I am very hopeful, as we enter 2021, that the Coronavirus vaccine will bring us the much needed confidence and safety to begin resuming life as we knew it. Some things will never be the same, but I am hoping that school, at the very least, will be back to what is considered "normal" very soon.

One thing I would like to share with you is my heartfelt thanks for all that our community has done for myself, our teachers and our school. The PTO put together gift cards and donations for our staff, which were greatly appreciated and I know that I personally had a gift, card or new drawing on my desk every time I came back into my office! The generosity of this community is overwhelming. As I relayed to staff before leaving for break, I finally feel like I have found my home and family here at DES. I couldn't be happier.

I hope you had an amazing holiday with your family if you celebrate at this time of year, and that you rang in the new year with hope in your hearts as well.

School Committee Updates and Future Happenings

Emergency Meeting, December 30th

On December 30, 2020, the DCRSC held an emergency meeting to address concerns raised by both the Dudley and Charlton Boards of Health. The initial recommendation by both boards was to have a "remote reset" after the vacation until January 19th. After much discussion, it was decided that the DCRSD would stay the course in its hybrid model rather than move to remote learning.

Next Steps Meetings January 6th and January 13th

There will two additional meetings this month specifically to discuss the evolution of our hybrid model. New regulations for structured learning time have been released by the Department of Education which call for more in person and/or synchronous teaching (live) for all students. Currently, our models will not meet the expanded threshold for structured learning time and will require us to evolve. This move coincides with the plans we discussed at the community forum to evolve our model when it was safe to do so. Please stay tuned for the upcoming meetings and feel free to email me with questions or concerns moving forward.

No changes will be made to our current models without a vote from the school committee on January 13th. If a recommendation is made and a motion voted upon, changes would not take immediate effect, but would be forthcoming as soon as possible.

I am excited for the prospect of more in person or synchronous instruction for our students. We will continue to work hard each day to keep our students and staff as safe as possible in our school.

Do You Have a New Year's Resolution to Get Your Steps In? Let the Dudley PTO Help!

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