Memorandum of Agreement Paves Way for Smooth Reopening of Bedford’s Schools

The Bedford Public Schools administration and the Bedford Education Association have executed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), paving the way for a smooth reopening of schools on September 16. The MOA has been unanimously confirmed by the School Committee.

Superintendent of Schools Philip Conrad said that the MOA provides specifications and expectations in eight areas: personnel; workload; safety protections and precautions; professional development and preparation time; expectations of time in the building; curriculum and technology; the hybrid model; and full district online model. He noted that there are provisions in each area designed to protect educators and to protect the district.

The agreement also details the district’s procedures if there is a transition from hybrid to a district-wide virtual model.

The superintendent announced the ratification at last week’s School Committee meeting. Several members commented that the deal starkly contrasts the lengthy debate and vitriol between teacher unions and administrations across the commonwealth and nation.

Letter to the Editor: In Support of Pods to Support Working Families

Superintendent Conrad’s recent email to Bedford parents referring to so-called “privilege pods” is tone-deaf at best and reprehensible at worst. As concerning is the possibility that this judgmental and narrow mindset is shared by Bedford administrators and certain students may be treated differently or unfairly.

Parents in Bedford and across the country are struggling to do what is best for their families; balancing health, education, caregiving, and careers.

Bedford Schools and Shawsheen Tech Post Academic Plans

The Bedford Public Schools are on target to begin a “hybrid” academic year, with a remote component, on Sept. 16.

However, the regional Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, which includes Bedford, has switched to full remote classroom learning to start the school year, responding to feedback from teachers.

Both districts reported developments in letters to school households on Friday.

School Committee Approves Plan for Schools to Reopen Under Hybrid Model

At an over-subscribed Zoom meeting that became a webinar with 479 participants on August 5, the School Committee heard a presentation and recommendation by Superintendent Philip Conrad, questioned district leadership about the school reopening process, and ultimately voted to approve a plan that would allow schools to open this Fall under a hybrid model.

Superintendent’s Update on Reopening the Bedford Schools ~ August 7, 2020

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the School Committee meeting on Wednesday night.  It was wonderful to hear from so many of you on the important decision of how to reopen our schools for the 2020-2021 school year.  I am happy to report that the committee voted to open the school year in the hybrid model.

The committee also voted to approve the amended 2020 – 2021 district calendar for the school year.  The calendar, based on the recommendation of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, that reduces the number of student days from 180 to 170. The first day for students would be no sooner than Wednesday, September 16, 2020.