July 19 2020

Back to School Info Session With School Leaders this Thursday on BCAT

By: Rich Hosford

The question of how school will look like in the fall is perhaps one of the biggest issues facing parents, teachers and the administration during the coronavirus pandemic and school officials want to both hear from residents about their thoughts and keep everyone up to date on the latest plans. We at BCAT want the same thing. 


So we have joined up to bring you the latest information. The Burlington Public Schools will hold a live session on BCAT this Thursday, July 23, from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. with Superintendent Eric Conti and Assistant Superintendent Patrick Larkin to provide parents an opportunity to provide input and ask questions on the school district's Preliminary Plan for reopening which is due to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) on July 31. 


As we noted in our post on Monday evening, there are teams of administrators and teachers at every school working through the different reopening scenarios and developing questions that need to be answered and challenges that need to be addressed,” Conti and Larkin said in a post. “We will present the work of our staff and initial frameworks for reopening during this BCAT session and ask for parent questions and feedback to guide the ongoing process of constructing this Preliminary Plan in the week before its submission.” 


For more on DESE’s timeline for fall planning, see the memo linked here which was released by Commissioner Riley late last week. The memo highlights August 10 as the date that districts need to submit Comprehensive Reopening Plans for the fall. 


“Thank you for your continued support in this process,” Conti and Larkin said, adding that they want to hear from the community. “We encourage continued questions and feedback to 2020schoolopening@bpsk12.org.”


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