Bedford education leaders are relieved that the schools navigated the Covid-19 pandemic with reasonable success. And they are excited, albeit cautious, about the prospects for 2021-22.
These sentiments were apparent during last week’s community forum sponsored by The Bedford Citizen. The program, entitled “The Academic Impact of the Pandemic and How the Schools Will Respond,” was presented as a webinar on the Zoom platform.
Panelists were Assistant Superintendent of Schools Tricia Clifford, Special Education Director Marianne Vines, Davis School Principal Beth Benoit, Lane School Principal Rob Ackerman, and Bedford High School Principal Heather Galante. John Glenn Middle School is between principals.
Superintendent of Schools Philip Conrad, serving as panel moderator, acknowledged that “The pandemic was difficult for everybody. We need to figure out where everybody is so we can figure out how to support our students and families.”
Schools are focused on the question, “How we are going to help kids get and stay on track for the fall?” he said. “As we begin to think about the next school year, we want to make sure we have an umbrella to cover kids, making sure that teachers and students can make connections when they come back.”
Town government is awaiting the outcome of a state legislative conference committee decision to learn the fate of future board and committee meetings on the Zoom platform.
The cessation of the Massachusetts state of emergency at midnight Monday invalidated the protocols that suspended open meeting law requirements and allowed remote participation since the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Editor’s Note: Last-minute update from WCVB TV-5 –https://www.wcvb.com/article/massachusetts-pandemic-era-state-of-emergency-expires/36725317
Wild strawberries that grow around the perimeter of the community gardens at Middlesex Community College recently yielded fresh berries that were donated to local food banks. Community leaders and volunteers gathered at the community gardens on the Bedford campus Monday to harvest the strawberries, which ripen every year at this time along the garden perimeter.
A few more plots are available to Bedford residents – Click this link to read more.
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