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Superintendent's April 7, 2020 Newsletter

date 4/7/2020

We are in "day two" of Phase 2 remote learning as outlined in our Remote Learning Roadmap. My deepest appreciation and thanks to our educators for the planning and creativity displayed as they pivot to this remote learning environment. I also want to thank our staff, directors, administrators, special education and ELL providers for their support and facilitation of this work. Our technology department has been outstanding in helping us all move successfully into this new frontier.

I appreciate the patience of our school community as we move toward this new learning environment in a thoughtful manner.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

A reminder the next School Committee meeting is tonight, April 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. to present information on our updated Remote Learning Plan and answer questions from the community. We will have two ways of receiving your questions. One way the community can take part is to submit a question on a Google doc. Each question will be reviewed by the school administration prior to the meeting and an answer provided at the meeting. We will also take questions live during the meeting, facilitated by Belmont Media Center Director Jeff Hansell. We will get to as many questions as we can. Please access the meeting via the instructions on the BPS website.

For any questions not answered tonight, the Superintendent's Newsletter will be coming out on Tuesday and Friday afternoons with a section dedicated to your questions. The newsletter will allow us to stay connected as a district and offer quick updates, information, and school news while we are physically distancing. Your questions after the remote meeting on the 7th can be sent to the Newsletter Questions Google doc

GOOD NEWS FROM THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM

Please see the video message Chenery teachers put together to connect to students and their families during this time of separation. Chenery teachers created this video with the unified message: We miss you. You remain on our minds. We hope you are safe.

Remote Learning We enjoy receiving pictures showing us your children actively involved in remote learning at home. The children shown here are engaged with work from Wellington classes.

If you wish to share your pictures of remote learning from home, please email them to kmurphy@belmont.k12.ma.us.

BPS FOOD SERVICES

Please see the Food Services website page for Wednesday meal-kit food content, food delivery, drive-through hours, and other information.

A NOTE REGARDING VIRTUAL/REMOTE LEARNING

BELMONT PUBLIC SCHOOLS FAMILY AND STUDENT GUIDELINES: APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY USE DURING VIRTUAL/REMOTE LEARNING ACTIVITIES

Belmont Public Schools is dedicated to providing engaging and effective remote learning opportunities for our students.  As part of our remote learning opportunities, BPS is offering many learning activities, classroom presentations and student meetings via a virtual platform. Prior to engaging in these virtual learning activities, presentations and student meetings, the District seeks to clarify guidelines for appropriate technology use during virtual/remote learning activities.  These are as follow:

The District strictly prohibits screenshots, pictures, audio/video recording and distribution of any virtual educational experience in order to protect student privacy, proactively prevent potential cyberbullying, prevent the distribution of copyrighted materials and comply with Massachusetts law. Please note that in Massachusetts, it is illegal to record another person through any medium without his or her knowledge.

Students, and where appropriate parents/guardians, agree to engage in virtual educational experiences in a quiet, private area to the extent practicable given the circumstances, in order to minimize background noise and distractions and to protect the integrity of student engagement as well as student confidentiality.

Parents/guardians and other household members who normally are not privy to day-to-day classroom and group service discussions agree to respect and keep confidential any personal or private information (e.g. disability status) inadvertently discovered about other students due to proximity of virtual education.

As a reminder, the District’s Acceptable Use Policy applies to virtual learning, including school-issued devices and networks. See: District's Acceptable Use Policy for Students 


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