Mansfield Public Schools

DISTRICT TEACHING & LEARNING UPDATE - MARCH 24, 2020

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Dear Mansfield School Community,


Thank you for your patience as we work through the challenging times with the disruption to education. This closure has brought on unique challenges but we are committed as a school community to overcome them.


As was said in previous communications, we have been following the direction of the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education when it comes to how learning will look during this time. The original direction from Commissioner Riley was to start off with sending enrichment opportunities. However, in our most recent conference call with the Commissioner last Friday, he asked for school districts to plan and think about learning beyond enrichment.


The Mansfield Public Schools had developed a three-year plan to increase the amount of chromebooks so that most students would have access. As we are only in year one of this plan we unfortunately do not have enough devices to give to every student while we deal with school closure. Based upon the resources we have, we decided on the following strategy to deliver learning:


  • At the elementary level (PreK to 5) we will build a google site for each grade that parents/guardians/students can access by way of the internet in order to receive increased learning and connection opportunities from their teachers.


  • For grades 6-12 we will use the inventory of chromebooks we have in the whole district to distribute them to students in grades 6-12 in order to help deliver increased learning and connection opportunities for their courses. Grade 6-12 families will receive a separate communication very soon for how & when these devices will be distributed, in order to maintain everyone's safety and well being.


For this current week we will continue to provide our families with enrichment opportunities while we allow grade level teachers and secondary level departments to virtually connect and collaborate to develop and deliver enhanced learning by Monday, March 30th.


I want to end this communication by again thanking all of you. The Mansfield educators, support staff and the entire Mansfield community is rising to the challenge and I am confident that with our collective efforts we will get through this together.


Sincerely,

Michael Connolly

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning