Superintendent Update: School Closure - Week of April 6th!

Happy Easter

Dear Parents, Families and Community Members,

I hope this correspondence finds you and yours continuing to do well.  I am writing to provide you with a few quick updates before the holidays arrive.

Operation Feed SEBRSD!

According to our Director of Food Services, Brianne Pulver, “I am so happy that the SEBRSD Food Service Staff has been able to produce these meals for our community.  From March 23 - April 6th we have served 1116 meals. Each meal bag has the following.  

  • Breakfast: (Bagel, donut, cereal yogurt),100% fruit juice, graham cracker
  • Lunch: deli sandwich, fruit (dried fruit, whole fruit, or applesauce) condiments water, milk 
  • Snack item: animal cracker, chips or goldfish crackers.

We have 5 approved meal sites.

  • Spencer: Spencer Library, Bixby Road Housing, and Mary Queen of the Rosary Church
  • East Brookfield: East Brookfield Baptist Church.

We will be serving meals from the above locations April 13-17, April 27- May 1

No meals will be served during spring break, April 20-24th"  Please plan accordingly.

Remote Learning

As of March 30th, 2020, we have been providing work remotely to our students and to you as a family.  The expectations are that students will participate appropriately in their school’s remote learning sessions just like they are expected to attend school and complete in-class assignments.  Please know that we continue to remain sensitive to the fact that these are challenging times and in no way are we looking to add to anyone’s stress levels or anxiety.  As the parents, please adjust the work to the needs of you, and your child(ren).  As well, if you need help, please email.  Our principals, faculty and staff are here to be of service and support.  We also ask for your patience as we continue to learn remotely - together. 

To access the District Remote Learning Opportunities, go to: Learn @Home anytime.  Please refer to SEBRSD's Remote Learning Website to view your students' specific school assigned learning opportunities each week. Additional suggestions for supporting students' remote learning can be viewed from our Student Services Webpage or our Student Services Information Bulletin.

Will we have school again this year?

According to the most recent communication form the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, here is what I know…  As of this moment, we are planning for a return to school on Monday, May 4th, 2020!  However, this situation has changed before, and may change again.  As soon as I know more, I will alert you.  What I can tell you is that Massachusetts Governor Baker, earlier today, “signed legislation that addresses many concerns… school districts might have because of the state of emergency related to COVID-19, including this year’s MCAS testing and the competency determination…”

MCAS Update 

According to the Commissioner of Education, Jeffrey C. Riley, at DESE, “We previously requested and received a waiver from the federal requirement for annual statewide student assessment. Now, with the state legislation enacted, the MCAS testing requirement is waived for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

In addition, the legislation allows the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, upon my recommendation, to modify or waive the requirements of the competency determination for high school graduation in order to address disruptions caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 or the state of emergency. I am considering various options, and further guidance will be forthcoming."  Again these are the exact words from the Commissioner of Education as of April 10th, 2020.

Sharing the "Good Stuff"

As mentioned in an earlier Superintendent Update, if families want to take pictures of their students remote learning online, I'd love to have them share!  Please continue using the hashtag #SEBRSDLearnsTogether and #WeGotThis would be awesome if folks want to post pictures on twitter and use that hashtag and go ahead and loop me in (@ChooseSEBRSD) or my personal twitter account (@pshaughey).  Would love to see them and re-tweet and maybe even share on Facebook site too!  Let's do what we do best - CELEBRATE THE GOOD!

Closing Thoughts

Please continue to follow all of the CC guidelines - washing your hands often and social distancing; taking care of yourselves and your loved ones; and checking in on your neighbors (remotely).  And finally, please stay safe. Stay healthy! Stay home! We miss you very much and look forward to seeing you again soon.  

As always, thank you for your continued partnership and support of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District!!  #Progress #Unity #Knowledge

Have a Happy Easter and Passover!

Sincerely Yours,

Paul S. Haughey, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools