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School Reopening & Re-entry 2020

This site contains the information and resources you need about the reopening of the Gloucester Public Schools in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

To read Gloucester's submitted plan for school reopening, please click here.

Families, Colleagues, and Community Members,

Every day in school is a gift. It is like gold.

Our Schools and the Gloucester Community have been doing a fabulous job with our In-Person Hybrid Learning that we've had in place since school started on September 16th. That we've been able to stay in school and provide in-school learning to students every day this school year is a credit to our educators, school nurses, school leaders, paraprofessionals, food service workers, custodial staff, bus and van drivers, and everyone else who make our schools work. Thank you also to our families who have done a remarkable job of taking care of their children, following our safety protocols, staying home if they feel sick and quarantining when necessary. Together we have taken care of each other and Gloucester's children are benefitting.

As of November 20th we are not planning to go remote. We will continue with our In-Person Hybrid learning through Thanksgiving and into December. At the same time, we continue to prepare just in case we need to go remote in the coming weeks or months. On November 20th, we updated our Remote Learning FAQs so families will have a better understanding of what Remote Learning will be like IF we need to switch at some point.

Again, we have no plans to switch to remote learning at this point.

My best wishes to you and your family for a Happy Thanksgiving,

Ben Lummis
Superintendent

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Use this site as your "go-to" spot for information and resources for being in school safely.

What Parents & Guardians Must Know about Returning to School

  1. Stay Home if Sick -- Make sure to do a COVID-19 Symptom Check everyday before your child comes to school. Use our COVID-19 Symptoms Check Guide.

  2. Masks & Face Coverings - All students (PK-12) and all staff must wear masks or face coverings. Families are expected to supply their student's masks. Please be sure your child comes to school every day with a face covering or mask. See our Masks & Face Coverings for tips for selecting and wearing a mask safely.

  3. What if? - We have clearly defined Protocols in case a student or staff member has symptoms or gets COVID-19. See all of our COVID-19 Scenario Protocols.

  4. Health Hand Hygiene - we have added hundreds of hand sanitizing stations in all of our schools. Students will wash or sanitize their hands regularly.

  5. Chromebook Distribution & Collection - We will start distributing Chromebooks on Monday, September 14. See here for more details about Chromebook distribution and how we are collecting Chromebooks issued in the spring.

  6. Fall Athletics at GHS - The School Committee will decide on September 16 whether GHS will compete in interscholastic sports now or wait until the Fall 2 Season in February.

With community transmission of COVID so low in the Cape Ann area, we will begin with in-person learning at our Pre-School, Hybrid models at K-5 and O'Maley Middle school, and Remote Learning at Gloucester High School. GHS will start its Hybrid model on October 13.

After looking at our Safety & Health page, reading our FAQs, and reviewing the Update Section, if you have more questions, please contact your School Principal and talk to your child's teacher. They will have answers that are specific to your school or student.

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