Facilities Updates - September 2020
The Department of Public Works continues to upgrade and improve the ventilation systems by making repairs to improve airflow and adding ionization filters. See the October report on the Indoor Environmental Quality assessment and recent updates from Superintendent Lummis to the School Committee on the ongoing improvements below:
GHS Opening Plan Revised to Remote Plan
The School Committee revised the opening plan for Gloucester High School at its meeting on August 26. The high school will start on September 16 with a fully remote model that includes in-person learning for students on a rotating basis. For a full update please review the presentation made at School Committee on August 26th and August 21st. The high school will communicate with students and families with more details in the coming days with more.
Superintendent Lummis appears on Cape Ann Today - View the superintendent's interview about returning to school on 1623 Studios' Cape Ann Today.
Possible change to Gloucester High School Opening Plan - On August 21, Superintendent Lummis and Principal Cook presented to the School Committee about potentially shifting the high school to a fully remote opening temporarily because of staffing and scheduling challenges.
Gloucester's Safety and Operations Plan for school reopening - We have made the GPS safety measures available here. To view the latest updates on Gloucester and state COVID-19 data, please click here.
Gloucester Teachers Association proposal for Hybrid Learning - Click here to read the negotiations proposal submitted by the Gloucester Teachers Association.
School Starts on September 16th. School Committee Decides on Hybrid Models that Prioritize In-School Learning - The School Committee voted to begin school on Wednesday, September 16. The School Committee also voted to begin K-12 with hybrid models that prioritize having students in school four or five days per week. Pre-school will begin with full in-person learning. Click here to read Superintendent Lummis's update to the school community about the School Committee's decision on opening schools.
Gloucester's Plan for a Safe Return to School - Click here to read our complete plan that was submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.
DESE Protocols on Responding to Positive Cases in Schools - These step-by-step state protocols show how schools and communities should respond if a student or staff member have COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test. These detailed protocols will be shared with families and staff in parent friendly language later this month.
School will Start the Week of September 14th - To allow teachers and staff to fully prepare for a school opening like no other, Massachusetts is requiring schools to open 10 days later than originally scheduled. The School Committee will decide on the new start date on August 5.
8-2-20 Family Survey Results
For the most current information and updates:
Guidance on Fall 2020 Special Education Services - Jul 9,, 2020
Guidance for Courses Requiring Additional Safety Considerations for Fall 2020 - Jul 25, 2020
Remote Learning Guidance for Fall 2020 - Jul 25, 2020
Guidance on Courses Requiring Additional Safety Considerations and Remote Learning - Jul 25, 2020
Fall Meal Service Considerations -- Infographic - Jul 23, 2020
Fall Reopening Meal Service Regulatory and Operational Guidance - Jul 23, 2020
Facilities & Operations Guidance - Jul 23, 2020
Transportation Guidance - Jul 23, 2020
DESE LETTER: Transportation and Facilities Guidance - Jul 23, 2020
Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios - Jul 17, 2020
Superintendent Updates to the School Committees