NRHS UPDATE

August 21, 2020

A Message From the Principal

Dear Nashoba Families -


Over the past two months, we have had the privilege of having a dedicated group of individuals, made up of over 35 teachers, staff members, administrators, and parents working in solidarity as our high school’s Task Force to develop protocols and plans for the fall start to school. We are also pleased that, starting at our next meeting, students will be joining our Task Force as well to lend their voice to this important work.


We realize that this summer has been a period of time of more questions than answers. This has been the case for us as well, as we navigate each release of the state’s guidance, each iteration coming later than what would be ideal, as they work under unprecedented conditions. However, as a result of the dedication of our Task Force and the work done by our district, we are rapidly putting the final pieces together. We are now ready to release to you the schedule that will be in use during our remote learning time. We still have work to do around how each day will be structured as it relates to synchronous (live) instruction versus asynchronous (on-demand) instruction, as it is important to us that we develop a system that allows for as much live instruction and real-time access to teachers as possible, while respecting the fact that we do not want to be in a situation of having students be in front of a computer screen all day. This topic is a major one for our Task Force, and we will share the team’s findings as soon as we can. We are also actively looking at ways we can bring students into school for in-person experiences or support. Our team is working hard on all of these aspects, and always with an eye toward what is best for students. Please review the schedule at your convenience, and when we have more information about how instruction will be structured, we will immediately communicate that to you.


The first day of classes is Wednesday, September 16th. Details of the first day will be coming soon, but we hope to have as much of a traditional day as possible, as students meet their teachers.


Now is a good time to start looking around your homes for any school textbooks and/or materials that need to be returned to the school. Material/textbook drop off will be scheduled for Thursday, September 3rd. We will be sending out a notification of the drop off times for these materials and other logistical information. Please bag up all items in either a trash bag or grocery bag with your student’s name and year of graduation. This will allow us to match up the items with the teacher so you will not be charged for non-returned items. This is also a good time for students to check their Chromebooks for any problems and be sure they have their charging cord, etc. If there are any problems, please have your student create a ticket.


Our Guidance Department is continually working on student schedules and once they are all complete we will get them into your hands as quickly as possible.


Enjoy your last few weeks of summer. We will continue to update you as things progress to ensure that everyone is all ready to begin learning on September 16, 2020. As always, thank you for your patience and understanding as we develop our reopening plans during an extraordinary time.


Sincerely,

Steve Cullinane

Interim Principal