Message from the Superintendent

***********Important Update Regarding Abington Middle School***********

 Friday, January 15, 2021

Dear Parent or Guardian,
 
As a result of the number of Abington Middle School faculty and staff identified as needing to quarantine due to being in close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, there is a shortage of needed staff to open for in-person learning on Tuesday, January 19. We are therefore required to switch to remote instruction at Abington Middle School ONLY. The Green and Wave Cohorts at Abington Middle School will combine for remote learning for Tuesday, January 19, Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22, 2021. Additional information on specific schedules will be forthcoming from the Middle School.

At this time, the Green Cohort is scheduled to report for in person learning again on Monday, January 25, 2021. 
 
All students, grades PreK-4 and 9-12 will attend school either in-person or remotely, as previously scheduled. Again, this switch to remote is for Abington Middle School ONLY.

We will continue to communicate when and as we are able.
 
Sincerely,
Peter Schafer
Superintendent of Schools

January 11, 2021

Dear Parent or Guardian,

We have and continue to face circumstances that were unimaginable back in March of 2020. Navigating the difficulties and challenges of the pandemic have taught us many lessons.

We originally developed an in-person and remote hybrid educational delivery system that focused on flexible learning and engagement for students encompassing both synchronous and asynchronous components. We did this to try and meet the wide variety of ages, needs and circumstances of our students. Our current model and instructional practices were approved by DESE prior to the start of the school year. Several weeks ago, in an effort to use the lessons we have learned, we began the process of considering changes to our current hybrid instructional model. Simultaneously, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) adjusted how Student Learning Time (SLT) is to be calculated in hybrid and remote instructional models; more connected and synchronous time between teachers and students is now required.

On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, changes to the Abington hybrid instructional model will be put in place. The most significant change you will notice will be for students who are on their REMOTE instructional days. (Tuesday, Jan. 19, for Wave students and Thursday, Jan 21, for Green students) Live, synchronous instruction, provided by their teachers, will be available via a Teams meeting throughout the school day.

Students in grades 9-12 will follow their in-person daily schedule, remotely, and will engage with their teacher each period.
 
Students in grades 5-8 will remotely learn each day though January 22, 2021.

Students in grades K-4 will be provided a daily schedule to follow and will engage, remotely, with their teacher throughout the day.

This will be another new instructional approach for our students, faculty and staff in a year that has been like no other. In order to comply with the new, DESE regulations, faculty and staff have been given very little time to shift. Please be patient with the challenges that will inevitably occur.  

I am sorry this is yet another change at a time when we have done nothing other than change. We believe this shift will provide the opportunity for students to better connect and engage with their learning. However, the true benefit of this added synchronous, connected time will be dependent on students engaging in the learning from home.

Additional communication and descriptions will be forthcoming from each building. I will continue to keep you updated as soon and as often as I can.

Thank you,

Peter Schafer
Superintendent of Schools

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We have also created a COVID-19 dashboard, updated weekly, that reports out the current and total cases across the district.  

COVID-19 Data Dashboard

 

 

 

 

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