Superintendent’s Update on Reopening the Bedford Schools ~ September 18, 2020

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Thank you to everyone for making our first week of school so successful! I know that it was not perfect but we appreciate everyone’s patience, perseverance, and cooperation. We were so happy to see the students and to remember why we do what we do.

As I visited each school this week I was constantly amazed at the kindness, patience, and thoughtful way our teachers and students interacted. It was wonderful to see.

For the first day of school, I sent “May This Be A House Of Joy” by Lucille Clifton to the faculty and staff. I hope that each of our schools and every classroom will be a House of Joy for every child this school year in spite of everything that is going on in the world. May This Be a House of Joy by Lucille Clifton

I want to say a special thank you to Jonathan Manor, Pastor of the Lutheran Church for allowing our families to use the church parking lot at arrival and dismissal. This has been very helpful in reducing the traffic in and around the Davis School. Traffic and traffic flows will continue to be a major focus as we get used to our new reality. Thank you to the Bedford Department of Public Works and the Bedford Police Department for their assistance. Please keep an eye out for our walkers and riders as you drive in the area of the schools.

DESE Guidance
For the third week in a row, there was no new guidance from DESE. If you would like to see the most up to date information from the department it can be found on their website at http://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/.

Technology Information
The technology department has worked diligently this week to keep all of our technology up and running. We appreciate their efforts and know that they are on heightened alert to assist individuals, families, teachers, and each school with technology-related issues. If you have an issue please contact tech.support@bedfordps.org

Food Service Information
Please be sure to check your email for a message Food Service Director Ken Whittier regarding ordering procedures for meals. Also please keep in mind that the USDA has extended free meals for all students through December 31, 2020. This allows all meals to be served at no charge. This allows us to offer meals to ALL students at no charge. The Bedford Public Schools will be reimbursed by the USDA for all meals served.

Editor’s Note: A new system that allows parents and caregivers to pre-order school lunches for their students has launched. Please use the LASID identification number for your students.

Massachusetts and Bedford COVID-19 Information
We continue to use Governor Baker’s enhanced community data map which tracks COVID-19 cases and gives a colored rating from clear through red. This information is also being utilized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to alert school communities about the risk in their particular city or town. That information can be found at MA.GOV Covid Dashboard as part of the COVID Dashboard information. Here in Bedford, we are fortunate to receive weekly COVID-19 updates from Town Manager Sarah Stanton. The updates are on the Bedford Home News and Announcements page at Bedford Home News and Announcements.

Next Steps
After having had one remote learning day and two half days we will have our first full days on Monday, September 21, 2020, for Cohort A and Tuesday, September 22, 2020, for Cohort B.

Finally, I would like to wish everyone celebrating Rosh Hashanah a Happy New Year. Shana Tova everyone!

As always, thank you for your patience, your participation, and your continued commitment to our schools.

Wishing you continued health.


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