April 5, 2020
Good afternoon Westport students and families:
Let me first begin by thanking you for all of your hard work, flexibility and patience over the past three weeks. Remote learning is new for all of us and I appreciate the ways in which you have completed lessons and activities provided by your teachers during these uncertain times.
As you are likely aware, a week ago, Governor Baker announced an extension on the mandated school closures in Massachusetts. Based on this extension, the earliest schools would reopen would be Monday, May 4th. As a result of this announcement, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Jeffrey Riley provided additional guidance to school districts to help frame the concept of remote learning and what it could look like within each community.
The Westport School Committee has been working with the Westport Federation of Teachers (WFT) since this guidance has been released to develop the learning plan that would be most appropriate for Westport. I appreciate the dialogue from both sides as we tried to develop a plan that acknowledged the challenges of implementing a remote program for our staff, but also ensured that our students and families were being provided with meaningful learning opportunities during this time of school closure. I would like to share the following expectations for remote learning, beginning Tuesday, April 7th. Please know that the school committee and administration will continue to work with the WFT and families to ensure that this approach is effective and will work together to make adjustments accordingly, following guidance from DESE. We certainly appreciate your feedback and recommendations as we continue to ensure our students are provided with deeper learning opportunities during the next few weeks.