Scituate Elementary Update
Week of August 31, 2020
From the Principal's Desk
As you know, we will be returning to 100% in-person learning. Just a reminder that if you are choosing Distance Learning for your child, please let the Superintendent's Office know by September 4th. All families that commit to this model will be doing so for the entire first marking period. Please see the links below for more information regarding Distance Learning Expectations for students and their families.
An updated District Calendar will be approved at tonight's School Committee Meeting. It will be posted on our website and emailed to families.
Governor Raimondo and Commissioner Infante-Green announced the two-week delay of the first day of school. The decision was made to give districts more time to put plans in place, and for the RI Department of Education (RIDE) to further engage with RI communities. It was also announced that three professional development days have been scheduled for September 9th-11th. Scituate Schools will include an extra PD day, which means our staff will start on September 8th. Students first day of school will be September 14th. Please see below for the revised state-wide calendar. Please note, the extra professional development days for Scituate Schools have not been added. We will send out our district calendar once it has been updated.
Our reopening task force and our administrative team continues to work on our reopening plans to ensure we are ready for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. As always, please reach out with any suggestions, questions, or concerns. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Courtney Francis, Clayville School Principal
Dana Morel, Hope School Principal
Kaitlin Soccio, North Scituate School Principal
Re-opening Message from Superintendent Andries
I have just finished meeting with the administrative team following the Governor's announcement that schools would return with a full reopening. We had many detailed conversations about the work that must be completed to ensure student and staff safety. The governor did allow for a staggered start should districts feel that would support the transition to school more safely. After speaking at length with the team we have decided that all students pk-8 would return on September 14. The high school will begin with a staggered start of students with last names A-L attending week one and students with last names L-Z attending the next week. This decision was made due to the fact that we can manage stable pods of students in grades pk-8 but are unable to have stable pods at the high school level. The state will be conducting walk throughs of all of our buildings and we will share those results once those walkthroughs are completed. The director of buildings and grounds will be dispensing signage to all buildings and principals will be involved in their placement throughout the building. The use of box fans to maintain air exchange that is acceptable will be installed in all classrooms. Rooms that do not have windows will have air purifiers installed prior to anyone being assigned to that area. Principals will be developing video's of the buildings so that parents and students can visualize what school will look like and discuss some of the changes in procedures that are necessary during Covid. I am sure there is additional information we will need to share with you so in advance I apologize for the multiple communications. We take the responsibility of safe opening very seriously and want to ensure you have all the information you need to make your own personal decisions.
Having said that if you are choosing distance learning please let us know by Friday September 4. All students that are in distance learning will need to remain in that model until the first marking period. This is necessary so that we can establish routines and consistency for students and staff. We thank you for your flexibility and understanding during this very unusual start to the school year.
Scituate Google Handbooks
Kindergarten In-Person Orientation
A Video Update from Superintendent Andries
Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios
Message from Commissioner Infante-Green
Back-to-school season is usually full of a mix of anticipation, anxiety, and curiosity. I remember feeling all three of these when I was a kid, when I was a teacher, and more recently as a parent. This year, of course, the anxiety is getting a lot of attention, with good reason.
No matter who you are, from RIDE staff to school district leaders to teachers to students to families, we are all bearing an increased emotional burden as we prepare for the new school year. I have been especially aware recently of those families who may be facing some tough choices in a few weeks -- families where Distance Learning wasn't an easy fit, despite the concerted efforts of our teachers.
Our multilingual learners really struggle with online-only instruction, for example. Our students who are differently abled need focused, one-on-one teaching that is impossible to replicate via the Internet. And many, many families have to make a punishing choice to stay home from work – and jeopardize putting food on the table – or leave their kids alone, unsupervised – and hope for the best.
Not everyone has all the options that other families have. That is real. We have a responsibility to everyone. That is why we are giving parents options as we prepare to go back to school. We owe it to those families who count on us to make room for their children. It is not a one-size-fits-all situation.
I have been incredibly impressed by the care and attention our LEAs are paying to all their communities. They are reaching out to families to find out what their hopes and expectations are, so they can include those perspectives in their final plans. While we will never have a learning plan that makes everyone happy, especially during a global pandemic, we can and will listen to our families and explain how we are working to address their concerns.
We at RIDE will continue to work with our districts, charters, and state-run schools to make sure that we maximize the excitement, address the anxiety, and spark the kind of curiosity in our kids that gets us off on the right foot this year.
Stopping the Spread
Scituate School Committee Meeting
Tuesday, Sep. 1st, 7pm
This is an online event.
Scituate School Department Reopening Plans
2020-2021 Free and Reduced Lunch Forms
Social Stories for Students
RI Kids Link
Kids’ Link RI is a behavioral health triage service and referral network. A program offered in collaboration with Gateway Healthcare, Lifespan, Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Bradley Hospital, Kids’ Link RI is available 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week to help triage children and youth in need of mental health services and refer them to treatment providers.
Call 1-855-543-5465 if your child is:
*feeling excessive anger or sadness
*Lashing out at siblings, friends and adults
*Having behavior problems at school
*Hurting himself/herself or others
*Having severe worries
*Free, confidential phone line connects parents and caregivers to an experienced clinician
Distance Learning Option
RI School Reopening Resources
The Scituate School Department has released an updated non-discrimination policy. Please note that our Scituate High School 2018-2019 student and parent handbook was printed before the new statement was released. Therefore, the non-discrimination policy in this year's handbook is out of date. The current policy with updates is as follows:
The Scituate School Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, religion, national origin, color, creed, political affiliation or disability in any of its educational programs and activities, and in employment and application for employment, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1965, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and other federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Equal Employment Officer, P.O. Box 188, North Scituate, Rhode Island 02857, Telephone: (401) 647-4100; Email: EEO@ScituateSchoolsRI.net. You may also direct inquiries directly to: Office for Civil Rights (Boston Office), U.S. Department of Education, 8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109-3921, Telephone: (617) 289-0111; Facsimile: (617) 289-0150; Email: OCR.Boston@ed.gov. If you require an accommodation to attend a meeting or program at a school, call the Equal Employment Officer at least two business days in advance of the meeting or program.