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WELCOME TO THE LPS REOPENING SAFELY WEBPAGE

Dear Lynn Families,

Welcome to our "Reopening Safely" webpage. We currently have the Reopening FAQ page link, Letters from Dr. Tutwiler, recent survey outcomes and more available under the tabs at the top of this page. Please visit this page for all of our reopening information and postings. We will be adding to this page as content and communications become available.

Updates:
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August 20, 2020 - We have added instructions on how to "Set Up A New School Issued Laptop" under the "Technical Support" tab
- August 17, 2020 - We have posted and will continue to update our " Reopening FAQ webpage" for Families
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August 15, 2020 - Added upcoming Virtual Town Hall events for August 17th and 24th on the "Communications" tab above
- August 14, 2020 - We have posted the full "Reopen Safely" report in translatable text and PDF download. See the "REOPENING PLAN" tab above..
- August 11, 2020 - We have added Dr. Tutwiler's Virtual Town Hall presentations from August 6th and August 10th under the "Communications" tab

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Last Website Update:
September 23, 2020 7:25 AM
   
Reopening Safely
A Roadmap For Reopening The LynnPublic Schools, School Year 2020-21

DOWNLOAD THIS REPORT - PDF FORMAT

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Contents Please Note: Page Numbers Correspond To The PDF Document
Executive Summary 1
Letter from Patrick Tutwiler, Superintendent of the Lynn Public Schools 3
School Year 2020-21 Calendar 6
On Communication 7
Health and Safety in Lynn Public Schools Buildings 8
  Facilities 8
  Building Cleaning and Sanitizing 9
  Physical Distancing 9
  Masks/face Coverings 10
  Daily Protocols for In-person Learning 11
  Medical Waiting Room 11
Determination for In-person or Remote Activities 13
Welcoming LPS Students Back 15
Remote Learning Model 17
  Overview 17
  Meals 18
  Elementary Schools 19
  Middle Schools 23
  Classical and English High Schools 24
  Lynn Vocational Technical Institute 24
  Discovery Academy 26
  Fecteau-Leary Junior/Senior High School 27
  Lynn Evening Enrichment Program (LEEP) 27
Hybrid Learning Model 28
  Overview 28
  Meals 29
  Elementary Schools 30
  Middle Schools 32
  English and Classical High School 33
  Lynn Vocational and Technical School 35
  Discovery Academy 36
  Fecteau-Leary Junior/Senior High School 37
  Lynn Evening Enrichment Program (LEEP) 37
In-person learning model 38
  Remote Learning Academy 38
Student supports and professional learning 39
  Attendance and Mental Health 39
  Additional Academic Supports 40
  Professional Learning 40
  Transportation 41
Appendix 43
  Reopening Plan Operation Teams 43
  Sample Classroom Set Up with Physical Distancing 46

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Executive Summary

During this truly unprecedented time, the Lynn Public Schools has worked collaboratively and comprehensively to determine a path to provide the most optimal learning experience for all students in the safest manner possible.  The current context continues to be fluid – presenting new developments on a daily basis. While certain factors continue to be best described as evolving, there are some around which plans can and should be made. Toward that, planning toward reopening safely was anchored in an enduring philosophical framework:

  1. Establish resources and develop protocols around the hierarchy of need
    1. Physical and mental health of each student and staff member
    2. Food security and housing stability
  2. Build processes and protocols to establish the most optimal and flexible conditions for and approaches to learning and development for each student
  3. Communicate clearly and frequently 

Using these guiding principles, the development of plans embraced certain factors we know to be true:

  • Widespread learning loss and increased acceleration needs (see report)
  • Increased reliance on virtual learning due to continued or intermittent school closures, social distancing guidelines, and limits on space 
  • Increased need for trauma and mental health support 

With predictable elements and with the understanding that processes of teaching and learning will be markedly different for the foreseeable future, we assembled four teams whose leads guided the development of plans to launch SY20-21 in the Lynn Public Schools (a description of four teams as well as their focus can be found in the Appendix). Further, we assembled a 30-person advisory comprised of students, teachers, community partners, and elected officials.  Drawing the consultation and advice from these teams as well as survey data, we have developed plans focused squarely on SAFETY, EQUITY, EXCELLENCE, and COMMUNICATION.

COVID-19 continues to present profound challenges locally and beyond.  As of July 30, 2020, there were 484 active cases in the City of Lynn. As of August 1, 2020 the Massachusetts Department of Health Dashboard of Public Health Indicators shows an average of 396 cases per day during the week prior. That rate is 51% higher than the average cases per day two weeks earlier.  In short, cases are trending upward in Massachusetts. Future trends remain uncertain, but decisions must be made in short order to allow sufficient time for families to plan and for the school district to ensure EQUITY and EXCELLENCE in its service delivery model.

Given that COVID cases are trending upward statewide and locally and that safety is our foremost priority, we recommend reopening school year 2020-21 in a remote learning format for most students.  We will continue to monitor trends and follow the guidance and/or directives from state or local officials.  Depending on an identified threshold and the advice of local health officials, transitioning to a hybrid model is a possibility this school year.  We have identified November 20, 2020 as the date on which we will update the community whether or not we will continue in the remote format or transition to a hybrid model.  We do not foresee a scenario wherein there would be full in-person instruction five days per week during the 2020-21 school year.  In the event of a transition to hybrid, any family who wishes for their student to receive instruction remotely for the duration of the year may do so.     

While the learning needs for most students can be met through remote instruction, there are groups of students for whom such an approach falls notably short.  Researchers clearly anticipate that special education students, particularly those in substantially separate programs, experienced the most regression under remote learning during the spring of 2020.  Further there are profound challenges, some insurmountable, in the remote learning format, particularly as it relates to fulfilling their needs according to their individualized education plan. As such, it is recommended that students in substantially separate programs be accommodated for in-person learning in a manner described in the hybrid learning plan.  We believe we can safely accommodate students in these programs given that students in these programs are grouped in small cohorts and the safety measures we intend to take on their behalf, as well as that for the educators who serve them.   

Finally, embracing the principle of EXCELLENCE, the district has gone to great lengths to modernize its approach to remote learning, which includes new devices for staff and students and a new online learning platform, Schoology.  Compared to the experience between March and June of the previous school year, remote learning will look and feel entirely different to students, staff, and families.  Staff and students will need time and focused training to become familiar and comfortable with the new platform.  In keeping with the principle of EQUITY, ensuring that ALL students and families have an equal opportunity to be successful, we propose a period of orientation at the beginning of the school year, wherein families may send their student for planned in-person learning in small groups the focus of which would be preparation for remote learning.

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Letter from Patrick Tutwiler, Superintendent of the Lynn Public Schools

Dear Lynn Public Schools Community,

I am writing to you today to share our Reopening Roadmap for welcoming back the students and staff of the Lynn Public Schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

As we worked over three months to formulate this plan, we have focused on three key considerations: ensuring the safety of our students and staff in alignment with federal and state guidelines, gathering input from all of the constituencies in our community, and creating the best possible conditions for excellent teaching and learning under the current circumstances.   Along with the daily efforts of Lynn Public Schools principals and central office staff, the Reopening Advisory Committee, comprised of a diverse group of community stakeholders, collaborated to provide significant input into each of the three plans we were directed to create by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.   The creation of these three plans, each of which are outlined in the Reopening Roadmap, allow us to be prepared for any of the scenarios considered.   I am deeply grateful for the tireless efforts of all who contributed to the plans, and for the detailed feedback and information we received from families, students, and staff who completed the surveys we distributed.

As we near the start of the school year, I have decided to propose a start to the year in the remote learning modality, while providing opportunities for in-person learning for students with special needs, and with an optional in-person orientation for all students.  This is subject to change based on the recommendation of state and local authorities.  The details of this plan are outlined in the Roadmap. I want to share with you that I have approached this decision with feelings of humility and responsibility.  I make no claims to be a medical professional.  Instead, I have been fully committed to the following guiding principles and priorities:

  • Physical and emotional safety and wellbeing of all members of the LPS community
  • Equity and access
  • Excellence in teaching and learning
  • Communication

The context in which we find ourselves now has factored significantly into this decision.  As Massachusetts began its phased reopening, the state has tracked multiple indicators of community spread. According to the Massachusetts Department of Health, the number COVID-19 cases in our state are trending upward.  Additionally, there is no federal or state guidance that informs us of a threshold for community spread or positive test rates in terms of school closures.    Making this decision now allows for us as a school district to focus our efforts on ensuring the best possible remote learning plan, and allows for families time for planning and reparation as well.

LPS has invested significant resources to improve upon the remote learning model we implemented this past spring.  We will provide a device for every teacher and student.  We have purchased an online learning platform (Schoology) that allows for more dynamic instruction and higher student engagement.  Faculty are participating in ten days of professional development before classes begin.  With this plan, we can remain true to our guiding principles and provide a safe, meaningful and valuable educational experience for our students.

I cannot say that this year will be like any we have experienced before.  The implementation of any of the three plans we have constructed would still include significant departures from the educational experience any of us have experienced in the past.   I expect that many students, families and teachers feel some degree of loss or concern about these changes.  Please know that as we move forward together, all decisions will be informed by our guiding principles of safety, equity, excellence and communication, as we respond to any differences this year presents to us.

At the same time, in some respects, this year is not a complete departure from past years.   As always, we welcome all new and returning students to our schools with true excitement and with a deep belief in their talents and capabilities.  As always, the educators of the Lynn Public Schools are inspired by our students and fully committed to their educational growth and achievement.  As always, we pledge to work as partners with families to ensure our students’ success.  And as always, I remain honored to lead and serve the Lynn Public Schools Community, and grateful for the trust you place in us.
As you read the Roadmap, please know that you can access updates to our reopening on our website.  Additionally, I welcome any thoughts, concerns, or ideas to be sent to LPSreopening-families@lynnschools.org.

Yours in partnership,

Patrick Tutwiler, PhD
Superintendent of Schools

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School Year 2020-21 Calendar

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On Communication

The Lynn Public Schools is committed to ensuring ongoing, clear, accurate and supportive communication to students and families throughout the re-opening and the year. As we begin the year in remote mode learning, we will be providing communication through multiple mediums in order to ensure accessibility and reach as many families as possible:

  • The Lynn Public Schools website has a dedicated space for Reopening Information, which is updated frequently, as is our social media (Facebook)
  • A Frequently Asked Questions section of our reopening plan, focusing on Special Education, English Learner Education, and Mental Health will be posted on our website and updated regularly.  Documents will be available in multiple languages
  • We use the an all-call system, which includes voice and text messaging capabilities, to communicate important updates and information
  • All letters and communication are posted on the Lynn Public Schools Website, and a link to them is sent out through the text messaging feature of Blackboard Connect
  • Schoology, the Learning Management System LPS has acquired, features a two-way communication feature that allows teachers and parents/guardians to interact, and also allows principals to message their individual school communities.
  • The Superintendent hosts regular Virtual Town Halls
  • Video tutorials to support with the use of Schoology for students and families are posted on the website and on our social media

We are also fully committed to ensuring families are able to communicate their questions, comments and concerns to us, and receive timely, accurate responses.  Families can communicate to us through:

  • Emailing LPSreopening-families@lynnschools.org
  • The two-way communication feature of Schoology
  • Phone calls to district and school leaders
  • The chat feature during the Virtual Town Halls
  • Periodically distributed family and student surveys soliciting input and feedback

In order to facilitate an effective start to the year and transition to the Full Remote learning mode, updates and information will go out at least weekly through the month of September, and potentially beyond.

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Health and Safety in Lynn Public Schools Buildings

Adhering to the SAFETY principle, the Lynn Public Schools administration recommends starting the 2020-21 school year in remote learning.    It is believed that doing so is the safest option for students and staff.  That said, the plan involves providing in-person learning for certain groups of students.  It also calls for in-person experiences for all students at the beginning of the school year.  Accordingly, the district has prepared to safely welcome students by preparing facilities and developing protocols according to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) guidelines.  This section aims to outline the safety features and protocols and serves as a certification of the district’s efforts to adhere to the guidelines.

Clear in the DESE initial reopening guidance, COVID-19 spreads when people are in relatively close proximity, through respiratory droplets generated through coughing, sneezing, or talking to an infected person. Among the most effective preventive measures – when used consistently and in combination – are masks/face coverings, physical distancing, handwashing, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces.  The LPS health and safety protocols were developed in accordance with these factors in the guidance and more.

Facilities

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has provided specific guidance for all school facilities, as well as operational protocols and mitigation practices based on the most recent COVID-19 information. As the knowledge and research related to COVID-19 continues to evolve, the Facilities and Operations Guidance will be updated as appropriate. In partnership with the City of Lynn Inspectional Services Department, the Lynn Public Schools will meet or exceed all of the facilities and operations guidelines. 

While remote learning is the recommended approach for reopening the 2020-21 school year, we have developed and executed plans for safe reentry to the school buildings.  Toward that end, the district has planned or completed several health and safety measures to minimize risk to all school community members and to ensure a safe return to school while the COVID-19 risk remains.  The Inspectional Services Department has conducted a rigorous analysis of each school and has already performed or planned additional safety measures. This includes, but not limited to

  • establishing sufficient hand sanitizing stations
  • disabling high power hand dryers in bathrooms
  • ensuring that windows can be opened in buildings that do not have fresh air exchange systems
  • reviewing and updating maintenance protocols for all ventilation systems in the schools.

According to the facilities safety guidance, appropriate mask usage remains the best defense against all forms of respiratory transmission. Schools can further mitigate airborne transmission by increasing outdoor air ventilation or filtering air that is recirculating within a room or building. Toward that end, the Inspectional Services Department has done the following to mitigate the risk of pathogen spread in buildings and classrooms:

  • Increase all air filters to the highest applicable Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) ratings. Only MERV 8, 11, and 13 will be used.
  • Increase the frequency of filter exchange from semiannual to quarterly.
  • Disinfect all heat exchange surfaces.
  • Increase the minimum outside air damper on all uninvents which results in more fresh air flowing in the buildings and classrooms.
  • Ensure sufficient window capacity in natural ventilation buildings to allow cross flow from windward to leeward side which dilutes droplet concentrations
  • Increase frequency of preventative maintenance from monthly to weekly in all HVAC systems.

These actions meet and/or exceed school guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE).

Building Cleaning and Sanitizing

Consistent with DESE  Facilities and Operations Guidance, our custodial and maintenance teams will clean our facilities daily using industry-standard COVID-19 disinfectant following the United States Environmental Protection Agency approved cleaning procedures. Also, each school will receive a deep cleaning and sanitization every Wednesday and Saturday, so long as staff is present and in-person instruction is happening in school buildings.

Using traditional disinfectant spray and wipe approaches as well as newly purchased disinfecting foggers, each school and district facility will have all touchpoints disinfected at least once each day and daily cleaning of door handles, push bars, etc.  Custodial staff will receive the requisite training and will follow the required cleaning protocols. All handwashing stations in every school will have soap, disposable paper towels, and wall-mounted or freestanding hand sanitizing stations installed in various locations at each school and Central Office. 

Physical Distancing

According to DESE, physical distancing plays an integral role in mitigating transmission of the virus.  The guidelines call for districts and schools to aim for six feet of distance between individuals where feasible. A minimum physical distance of three feet has been deemed safe when combined with the other safety measures, such as wearing a mask/face coverings.  Upon release of the initial reopening guidance on June 25, 2020, LPS building leadership engaged a rigorous analysis to determine the extent to which students can be safely accommodated.  While there are schematics and online tools available, building principals and their teams engaged in a meticulous analysis, classroom by classroom, space by space, to determine the extent to which we could safely accommodate as many students as possible.  The results of the space analyses were aligned with other important factors: projected enrollment, staffing, and building/classroom suitability according to the facilities guidance and reporting from the city’s Inspectional Services Department. 

The substance of these analyses have led us to the following conclusions relative to physical distancing in the five-day in-person and hybrid models:

Five-Day In-Person Physical Distancing Degree
Elementary At least 3 feet
Middle Enrollment too high to accommodate five-day in person
High School Enrollment too high to accommodate five-day in person

Hybrid Model Physical Distancing Degree
Elementary 6 feet
Middle At least 4 feet
High School At least 4 feet

See the Appendix for photographs of classroom set ups.

Masks/face Coverings

As the primary route of transmission for COVID-19 is respiratory, masks or face coverings are among the most critical components of risk reduction. Given their critical role in protecting against COVID-19 transmission, masks/face coverings are required for all students and all staff while inside any Lynn Public Schools building.  There are exceptions for certain medical and/or psycho-social conditions.

While the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has made the provision of masks as a family responsibility, the district has purchased thousands of disposable masks, face shields, disposable gloves, and other personal protective equipment to ensure the safest possible in-person experience.

Daily Protocols for In-person Learning

For any in-person instruction, daily protocols for staff and students begin at home.  Prior to the beginning of the school year, information and training will be provided to staff and families. Specific recommendations will include: 

  • Check for Fever (100.3° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills 
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath 
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Headache ​when in combination with other symptoms 
  •  Muscle aches or body aches 
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies)​ when in combination with other symptoms.

Handwashing​ will be recommended to be done often, and required as follows: 

  • Entering and exiting the classroom  
  • Before eating and/or preparing food  
  • After blowing the nose, coughing, or sneezing  
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After touching garbage
  • After using classroom community items (manipulatives, books, technology, arts supplies)

As has been the case for a number of years, students and staff will practice good sneeze/cough hygiene.  All will be reinforced to cover their mouth/nose with a tissue and throw the tissue away immediately in a trash can, and then wash their hands. If no tissue is available, individuals should cough or sneeze into the crook of his/her arm or on their sleeve.  Staff and students will also be discouraged from touching the face, eyes, nose and mouth​.   

While the district is recommending a start to the 2020-21 school year in remote learning, we are prepared from the standpoint of safety to transition to hybrid should circumstances make it safe to do so.

Medical Waiting Room

It is assumed that there will be scenarios in which a student presents symptoms consistent with COVID-19 symptoms.  In cases such as these, the student will be isolated from other students and assessed by a school nurse. In keeping with Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidance, in each school there is a dedicated medical waiting room. This is a separate space from the nurse’s office or the regular space for providing medical care. When occupied, the medical waiting room will be monitored by appropriate staff.  Students who are presenting symptoms will remain in this space until they can be picked up by a parent/guardian.

As a general rule, all students and all staff will wear masks while inside a Lynn Public Schools building. Masks are always strictly required in this space. The individual supervising this space will always maintain 6 feet of physical distance, remain masked, and wear a face shield or goggles. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Determination for In-person or Remote Activities

On August 11, 2020 state authorities released a metric delineating the factors involved in determining whether or not it is safe for in-person activities to happen in a community. 

Each Wednesday, the Department of Public Health releases its Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report that contains critical metrics for each city/town.  Beginning August 12, 2020 and each week thereafter, there will also be a color-coded indication posted for each municipality calculated on a rolling two-week basis (see below). 

  • Red will designate communities with more than 8 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.  Remote learning shall be leveraged in and thus leverage remote learning.  Communities in this category should provide instruction remotely.

  • Yellow will designate communities that have more than 4 and up to 8 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.  Communities in this category should provide instruction remotely or in hybrid fashion.

  • Green will designate communities that have 4 or fewer COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.  Communities in this category should provide instruction in hybrid fashion or full in-person.

  • Unshaded will designate communities with small populations and fewer than 5 cases within the last 14 days.  Communities in this category should provide instruction in-person.

Clear in the executive summary and opening letter of this document is the plan to reopen the 2020-21 school year in remote learning for most students.  The metric described above will have a significant impact on the district’s ability to provide in-person services for students.  Should the district fall into the red designation, all services will be provided in remote fashion only.  In partnership with local health officials, the district will decide whether or not it is safe to provide in-person services according to this metric and other factors.

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Welcoming LPS Students Back

Orientation:

Students will begin the 2020-21 school year with five mornings of orientation.  Four of these orientation sessions will be in remote mode, and one will be in-person.  Families who do not wish to send their child to school for the in-person session may opt to do all five sessions remotely.    During each in-person session, no more than 20% of the students enrolled in a school will be in the building.   Schools will assign their students to an Orientation Group (Group A, B, C, D or E).  During in-person sessions, all staff and students will wear masks and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet.

Embracing the guiding principle of EQUITY, this orientation program is designed to set up all students for success in the full remote learning mode, and for the hybrid mode if we shift to one of those modes at some point during the school year.

During the in-person orientation session, students will:

  • Meet their classroom teacher (elementary students) or some of their content area teachers (middle and high school students)
  • Receive their device if they do not already have an LPS device 
  • Practice adhering to new policies around handwashing, masks, physical distancing, and lavatory use
  • Practice signing into and using Schoology to access classes, assignments, and feedback
  • Practice submitting assignments through Schoology
  • Ask any questions they have about remote learning
  • Have the opportunity to meet with a social worker or counselor if indicated

During the remote orientation sessions, students will:

  • Practice engaging in synchronous learning with a teacher and classmates
  • Practice engaging in asynchronous learning activities, including diagnostics (school-level decision)
  • Participate in getting-to-know-you activities through video-conferencing
  • Participate in a synchronous welcome assembly with their principal & other administrators
  • Participate in grade-level-specific assemblies as indicated (ex, college counseling assembly for seniors)
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In-Person and Remote Orientation
September 14 September 15 September 16 September 17 September 18

NO SCHOOL

NO SCHOOL

Orientation 9 AM - 11 AM:

  • In-person Group A
  • Remote Groups B-E

Orientation 9 AM - 11 AM:

  • In-person Group B
  • Remote Groups A, C-E

Orientation 9 AM - 11 AM:

  • In-person Group C
  • Remote Groups A, B, D, E
September 21 September 22 September 23 September 24 September 25
Orientation 9 AM - 11 AM:
  • In-person Group D
  • Remote Groups A-C, E
Orientation 9 AM - 11 AM:
  • In-person Group E
  • Remote Groups A-D
Full Remote Instruction
Full Remote Instruction Full Remote Instruction
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Full Remote Orientation
September 14 September 15 September 16 September 17 September 18

NO SCHOOL

NO SCHOOL

Orientation 9 AM - 11 AM:
  • Remote Orientation
Orientation 9 AM - 11 AM:
  • Remote Orientation
Orientation 9 AM - 11 AM:
  • Remote Orientation
September 21 September 22 September 23 September 24 September 25
Orientation 9 AM - 11 AM:
  • Remote Orientation
Orientation 9 AM - 11 AM:
  • Remote Orientation
Full Remote Instruction Full Remote Instruction Full Remote Instruction
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Remote Learning Model
Overview

Remote Learning
What is remote learning? In remote learning, students engage in their classes and complete assignments from a remote location, not from inside school.   
Is there a remote learning schedule? Yes.  All students will be required to be present in class virtually at certain periods of the day.  Attendance is required and will be taken.
Does my student need a device? Yes.  LPS will provide all students with a device, grant-permitting.
Is there support for internet connection? Yes.  LPS has an agreement with Comcast. Any family requiring support for in-home Internet connection may contact the district helpdesk. 
Special Education consideration Unless there is a directive from state or local officials to shelter in place, in this model, students in substantially separate programs may receive in-person instruction four times per week.
Will meals still be provided? Yes. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at identified sites convenient and accessible to student homes.

The Lynn Public Schools has taken significant steps to prepare for a more robust remote learning experience.  At present, the district has 1:1 device-to-student ratio in grades three through twelve (a grant application has been submitted which, if granted, would provide devices for kindergarten, first, and second grades).  We have also purchased laptops for all staff.   To ensure equity of access, we have entered into an agreement with Comcast wherein the company would provide the appropriate equipment to allow for in-home internet access and the district will be billed at the agreed upon rate for service. We researched and entered into an agreement with Schoology, a robust learning management system that will allow us to provide synchronous and asynchronous instruction to all students; video conference; collect, assess, and provide feedback on student work; manage attendance; and connect directly with parents/guardians.

In remote learning, students engage in their classes and assignments from a remote location, not from inside school.   Remote learning activities include, but are not limited to: 

  • real-time, live instruction during video-conferencing with their teacher and classmates via Schoology (this is referred to as "synchronous learning")
  • watching pre-recorded lectures and demonstrations, completing written assignments, and engaging in hands-on learning activities independently (this is referred to as "asynchronous learning")
  • submitting written or recorded assignments via Schoology 
  • receiving written or recorded feedback from teachers via Schoology 
  • participating in small-group meetings or collaborative assignments with classmates via Schoology
  • video-conferencing 1-on-1 with teachers via Schoology

In full remote learning mode pre-Kindergarten to grade eight, students would follow the same schedule as that in the hybrid model for five days per week.  High school students would depart from the A/B week model and receive instruction five days per week. All students would receive a mix of synchronous and asynchronous instruction each week.

Embracing the principle of EQUITY, students in substantially separate special education programs and those attending Fallon Elementary School will receive in-person instruction four days per week.  Students attending Fecteau-Leary Jr/Sr High School will attend five days per week on an altered schedule. The schedules for remote learning are below.

Meals

The Lynn Public Schools will provide a Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch each day (Monday – Friday) at multiple school sites centrally located throughout the city.  This will allow for all students to have the ability to receive a breakfast and lunch each day.  A listing of sites and meal pick-up times will be published on or before September 11, 2020.
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Elementary Schools
- Remote Learning Schedule

In remote learning mode, all early elementary schools will follow the schedule below.   Students will have both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded or independent learning) experiences.  Attendance during the specified times is required and will be logged.  

(Callahan, Cubbies Den (LVTI), Drewicz, Fallon, Ford, Harrington, Ingalls, Sisson, Washington)

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

7:45a - 12:45p School Day

7:45a - 12:45p School Day 7:45a - 12:45p
School Day
7:45a - 12:45p School Day 7:45a - 12:45p School Day
Self-Contained Special Education Classrooms
In person
7:45a - 12:45p School Day 7:45a - 12:45p School Day 7:45a - 12:45p
Remote instruction only
7:45a - 12:45p School Day 7:45a - 12:45p School Day
AM / PM
Pre-Kindergarten
In person
AM
7:45a – 10:00a

PM
10:30a – 12:45p
AM
7:45a – 10:00a

PM
10:30a – 12:45p
AM
7:45a – 10:00a

PM
10:30a – 12:45p
Remote instruction only
AM
7:45a – 10:00a

PM
10:30a – 12:45p
AM
7:45a – 10:00a

PM
10:30a – 12:45p
AM / PM 
Kindergarten
Remote
AM
7:45a – 10:00a

PM
10:30a – 12:45p
AM
7:45a – 10:00a

PM
10:30a – 12:45p
AM
7:45a – 10:00a

PM
10:30a – 12:45p
AM
7:45a – 10:00a

PM
10:30a – 12:45p

AM
7:45a – 10:00a

PM
10:30a – 12:45p

Below is a sample schedule for a student attending an early elementary school. Note that the start time for specific content areas will vary across schools.

Early Elementary School - Remote Learning Schedule
7:45 AM - 8 AM Assemble and Greeting
8 AM - 8:30 AM Morning Meeting / SEL
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM ELA (Social Studies Integrated)
10:30 AM - 11 AM Break
11 AM - 12:30 PM Math (3 times per week)
11 AM - 12 PM Math (2 times per week)
12 PM - 12:30 PM Science (2 times per week)
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM Closing Circle

In remote learning mode, all late elementary schools will follow the schedule below.   Students will have both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded or independent learning) experiences.  Attendance during the specified times is required and will be logged.
(Aborn, Brickett, Cobbet, Connery, Hood, Lincoln Thomson, Lynn Woods, Sewell Anderson, Shoemaker, Tracy)

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

8:15a - 1:15p School Day

8:15a - 1:15p School Day 8:15a - 1:15p School Day 8:15a - 1:15p School Day 8:15a - 1:15p School Day
Self-Contained Special Education Classrooms
In person
8:15a - 1:15p School Day 8:15a - 1:15p School Day 8:15a - 1:15p Remote Instruction Only 8:15a - 1:15p School Day 8:15a - 1:15p School Day
AM / PM
Pre-Kindergarten
In person
AM
8:15a -10:30a

PM
11:00a – 1:15p
AM
8:15a -10:30a

PM
11:00a – 1:15p
AM
8:15a -10:30a

PM
11:00a – 1:15p
Remote Instruction Only
AM
8:15a -10:30a

PM
11:00a – 1:15p
AM
8:15a -10:30a

PM
11:00a – 1:15p
AM / PM 
Kindergarten
Remote

AM
8:15a -10:30a
PM
11:00a – 1:15p

AM
8:15a -10:30a
PM
11:00a – 1:15p
AM
8:15a -10:30a
PM
11:00a – 1:15p
AM
8:15a -10:30a
PM
11:00a – 1:15p

AM
8:15a -10:30a
PM
11:00a – 1:15p

Below is a sample schedule for a student attending a late elementary school. Note that the start time for specific content areas will vary across schools.

Late Elementary School - Remote Learning Schedule
8:15 AM - 8:30 AM Assemble and Greeting
8:30 AM - 9 AM Morning Meeting / SEL
9 AM - 11 AM ELA (Social Studies Integrated)
11 AM - 11:30 AM Brain Break
11:30 AM - 1 PM Math (3 times per week)
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Math (2 times per week)
12:30 PM - 1 PM Science (2 times per week)
1 PM - 1:15 PM Closing Circle

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Middle Schools
- Remote Learning Schedule

In remote learning mode, the Lynn Public middle schools will follow the schedule below.  Students will have both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded or independent learning) experiences.  Attendance during the specified times is required and will be logged. 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Cohort A - Synchronous
Cohort B - Asynchronous
PD Virtual Assignment
Check in Office Hours
Cohort B - Synchronous
Cohort A - Aysnchronous
7:45-8:45 A 7:45-8:45 A Staff Meeting/Prep 7:45-8:45 A 7:45-8:45 A
8:45-9:45 B 8:45-9:45 B Cluster Meeting 8:45-9:45 B 8:45-9:45 B
9:45-10:45 C 9:45-10:45 C Parent Conferences 9:45-10:45 C 9:45-10:45 C
10:45-11:45 D 10:45-11:45 D KIDS Cluster
PE Check in
10:45-11:45 D 10:45-11:45 D
11:45-12:15
Student Lunch
Teacher Lunch
11:45-12:15
Student Lunch
Teacher Lunch
11:45-12:15
Student Lunch
Teacher Lunch
11:45-12:15
Student Lunch
Teacher Lunch
11:45-12:15
Student Lunch
Teacher Lunch
12:15-1:15 E 12:15-1:15 E KIDS Cluster
PE Check in
12:15-1:15 E 12:15-1:15 E
Prep/Admin Prep/Admin KIDS Cluster
PE Check in
Prep/Admin Prep/Admin
*1:15-2:15 –
Asynchronous PE
*1:15-2:15 –
Asynchronous PE
KIDS Cluster
PE Check in
*1:15-2:15 –
Asynchronous PE
*1:15-2:15 –
Asynchronous PE
*2:15-2:30
Synchronous
Advisory
*2:15-2:30
Synchronous
Advisory
KIDS Cluster
PE Check in
*2:15-2:30
Synchronous
Advisory
*2:15-2:30
Synchronous
Advisory
*2:15-2:30
Synchronous
Advisory

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Classical and English High Schools
- Remote Learning Schedule

In remote learning mode, Classical and English High Schools will follow the schedule below.  Students will have both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded or independent learning) experiences.  Attendance during the specified times is required and will be logged.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
A period
8 AM - 8:55 AM
E period
8 AM - 9:25 AM
A period
8 AM - 8:55 AM
E period
8 AM - 9:25 AM
A period
8 AM - 8:55 AM
B period
9 AM - 9:55 AM
F period
9:30 AM - 10-55 AM
B period
9 AM - 9:55 AM
F period
9:30 AM - 10-55 AM
B period
9 AM - 9:55 AM
C period
10 AM - 10:55 PM
G Period
11 AM - 12:25 PM
C period
10 AM - 10:55 PM
G Period
11 AM - 12:25 PM
C period
10 AM - 10:55 PM
D period
11 AM - 11:55 AM
LUNCH
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
D period
11 AM - 11:55 AM
LUNCH
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
D period
11 AM - 11:55 AM
LUNCH
11:55 AM - 1 PM
  LUNCH
11:55 AM - 1 PM
  LUNCH
11:55 AM - 1 PM
Family Outreach
1 PM - 1:45 PM
  Family Outreach
1 PM - 1:45 PM
   
Remote Guided Support   Remote Guided Support   Remote Guided Support


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Lynn Vocational Technical Institute
- Remote Learning Schedule

In remote learning mode, Lynn Vocational Technical Institute will offer a schedule best fit to accommodate core content learning in addition to vocational training.  The schedule features a week of core content learning followed by a week of vocational training.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has released guidance relative to learning safely in vocational shops.  At present there are plans to invite students for in-person vocational training in small groups following safety guidelines.  This is subject to change dependent on the status of health and safety in Lynn. Students will have both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded or independent learning) experiences.  Attendance during the specified times is required and will be logged. 

Virtual Academic Week A Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday
7:45 AM - 8 AM Student Log On
8 AM - 9 AM Period 1
9 AM - 10 AM Period 2
10 AM - 11 AM Period 3
11 AM - 12 PM Period 4
12 PM - 1 PM Period 5 - (For students taking a Language, EL, Elective, Early College)
12 PM Dismissal / Lunch
Note: Virtual recorded PE lesson (3x per week) for students to view = required 85 hours to reach 935 requirement in a Pass/Fail grading model

Virtual Academic Week B Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday
7:45 AM - 8 AM   Student Log On
8 AM - 10 AM Grade 9 P1 Virtual Theory course
10 AM - 12 PM P2 Trade skills live teacher demonstration
8 AM - 10 AM Grade 12 P1 Trade skills live teacher demonstration
10 AM - 12 PM P2 Theory in Shop Classroom course
12 PM   Dismissal / Lunch

Discovery Academy
Remote Discovery
Grade Cohorts A & B
Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday
7:45 AM - 8 AM Student Log On
8 AM - 9 AM Period 1
9 AM - 10 AM Period 2
10 AM - 11 AM Period 3
11 AM - 12 PM Period 4
12 PM - 1 PM Period 5
12 PM - 1 PM Dismissal / Lunch

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Fecteau-Leary Junior/Senior High School
- In-Person Instruction

Note that, at present, it is proposed that Fecteau-Leary student are invited for in-person instruction according to schedule below. The school would transition to a full remote scenario should condition necessitate it.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Period 1
8 AM - 8:50 AM
Period 1
8 AM - 8:50 AM
Period 1
8 AM - 8:50 AM
Period 1
8 AM - 8:50 AM
Period 1
8 AM - 8:50 AM
Period 2
9 AM - 9:50 AM
Period 2
9 AM - 9:50 AM
Period 2
9 AM - 9:50 AM
Period 2
9 AM - 9:50 AM
Period 2
9 AM - 9:50 AM
Period 3
10 AM - 10:50 AM
Period 3
10 AM - 10:50 AM
Period 3
10 AM - 10:50 AM
Period 3
10 AM - 10:50 AM
Period 3
10 AM - 10:50 AM
Period 4
11 AM - 11:50 AM
Period 4
11 AM - 11:50 AM
Period 4
11 AM - 11:50 AM
Period 4
11 AM - 11:50 AM
Period 4
11 AM - 11:50 AM
Lunch
12 PM - 12:35 PM
Lunch
12 PM - 12:35 PM
Lunch
12 PM - 12:35 PM
Lunch
12 PM - 12:35 PM
Lunch
12 PM - 12:35 PM
Family Outreach /
Clinical Work
12:35 PM - 1:35 PM
Family Outreach /
Clinical Work
12:35 PM - 1:35 PM
Family Outreach /
Clinical Work
12:35 PM - 1:35 PM
Family Outreach /
Clinical Work
12:35 PM - 1:35 PM
Family Outreach /
Clinical Work
12:35 PM - 1:35 PM
Remote Guided Support Remote Guided Support Remote Guided Support Remote Guided Support Remote Guided Support

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Lynn Evening Enrichment Program (LEEP)

The Lynn Evening Enrichment Program offers high school students an alternative to the traditional high school experience by providing a mix of courses online and in-person in the evening hours. In the remote model, the vast majority of courses would continue to be provided remotely on the Apex platform.  English Learners in this program will have the option of taking English as a Second Language in-person if they choose.  All students will be offered guidance counseling and mental health supports virtually via Zoom or Schoology or telephonically. 

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Hybrid Learning Model

Overview


Hybrid Learning Model
What is hybrid learning? In a hybrid mode, students engage in their classes and complete assignments inside their physical school buildings some days, and from a remote location other days. 
Is there a hybrid learning schedule? Yes. All students will be required to be present in class virtually on the assigned days and in person on the assigned days. Attendance is required and will be taken.
Does my student need a device? Yes.  LPS will provide all students with a device, grant permitting.  Because students will alternate between learning in school and learning at home, the device will become an important tool for learning in both environments. 
Special Education consideration In this model, students in substantially separate programs may receive in-person instruction four times per week.

In a hybrid mode, students engage in their classes and assignments inside their physical school buildings some days, and from a remote location other days. In the classroom, this could be: 

  • students sit at desks at a physical distance of 6 feet in the elementary level and at least four feet at the secondary level as the teacher presents a lesson or demonstration 
  • students sit at desks at a physical distance of 6 feet in the elementary level and at least four feet at the secondary level  and complete written assignments independently
  • students sit at desks at a physical distance of 6 feet in the elementary level and at least four feet at the secondary level and engage in small group discussions via video-conferencing with their peers, using a device and headphones 

During remote instruction, this could be: 

  • real-time, live instruction during video-conferencing with their teacher and classmates via Schoology (this is referred to as "synchronous learning") 
  • watching pre-recorded lectures and demonstrations, completing written assignments, and engaging in hands-on learning activities independently (this is referred to as "asynchronous learning")
  • submitting written or recorded assignments via Schoology 
  • receiving written or recorded feedback from teachers via Schoology 
  • participating in small-group meetings or collaborative assignments with classmates via Schoology
  • video-conferencing 1-on-1 with teachers via Schoology

Teachers will plan their lessons so that there is a clear connection in terms of content and skills between the in-person and the remote learning activities

Meals

The Lynn Public Schools will provide a breakfast and lunch each day for all students.  In the hybrid model, on in-person learning days, breakfast will be served in the classroom along with a healthy mid-morning snack.  Students will be provided a Grab & Go Lunch when they leave the building for the day.

Elementary, Middle School

In the two day model, on the two in-person learning days, breakfast will be served in the classroom along with a healthy mid-morning snack. Students will receive a grab & go lunch as they are dismissed for the day.  However, in addition to the day two grab & go lunch, each student will receive three additional grab & go breakfasts and three (3) grab & go lunches for the days they are working remotely at home. Students who begin the week with remote learning, will be able to retrieve three grab & go Breakfasts and three (3) grab & go lunches on Monday morning.

High School

Each day during the week high school students are receiving in-person learning, breakfast will be served in the classroom along with a healthy mid-morning snack. Students will receive a Grab & Go Lunch and as they are dismissed for the day. During remote learning, on any day, students may proceed to any site and retrieve breakfast and lunch.  They may also retrieve one week’s worth of breakfast and lunch at the beginning of the week.

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Elementary Schools
- Hybrid Learning Model

The hybrid model for elementary school is described as a two-day model.  In this model, students receive two days of in-person learning per week and three days of remote learning.  The hybrid model very closely resembles that for remote learning.  This is done intentionally to allow for seamless transition between models. The early and late elementary school schedules are below.

Early Elementary Schools

Callahan, Cubbies Den (LVTI), Drewicz, Fallon, Ford, Harrington, Ingalls, Sisson, Washington
Cohort A
Cohort B
Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Remote Instruction Only
Thursday Friday
7:45a - 12:45p
School Day
7:45a - 12:45p
School Day

7:45a - 12:45p
School Day

7:45a - 12:45p
School Day
7:45a - 12:45p
School Day
Self-Contained Special Education Classrooms 7:45a - 12:45p
School Day
7:45a - 12:45p
School Day
7:45a - 12:45p
School Day
7:45a - 12:45p
School Day
7:45a - 12:45p
School Day
AM / PM
Pre-Kindergarten
and
Kindergarten
M
7:45a – 10:00a
10:00a – 10:30a
Room cleaning /sanitizing

PM
10:30a – 12:45p
AM
7:45a – 10:00a
10:00a – 10:30a
Room cleaning /sanitizing

PM
10:30a – 12:45p
AM
7:45a – 10:00a




PM
10:30a – 12:45p
AM
7:45a – 10:00a
10:00a – 10:30a
Room cleaning /sanitizing

PM
10:30a – 12:45p
AM
7:45a – 10:00a
10:00a – 10:30a
Room cleaning /sanitizing

PM
10:30a – 12:45p

Late Elementary Schools

Aborn, Brickett, Cobbet, Connery, Hood, Lincoln Thomson, Lynn Woods, Sewell Anderson, Shoemaker,Tracy
Cohort A
Cohort B
Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Remote Instruction Only
Thursday Friday

8:15a -1:15p
School Day

8:15a -1:15p
School Day

8:15a -1:15p
School Day

8:15a -1:15p School Day

8:15a -1:15p School Day

Self-Contained Special Education Classrooms 8:15a -1:15p
School Day
8:15a -1:15p
School Day
8:15a -1:15p
School Day
8:15a -1:15p School Day 8:15a -1:15p
School Day
AM / PM
Pre-Kindergarten
and
Kindergarten

AM
8:15a -10:30a

10:30a – 11:00a
Room cleaning /sanitizing

PM
11:00a – 1:15p

AM
8:15a -10:30a

10:30a – 11:00a
Room cleaning /sanitizing

PM
11:00a – 1:15p

AM
8:15a -10:30a




PM
11:00a – 1:15p

AM
8:15a -10:30a

10:30a – 11:00a
Room cleaning /sanitizing

PM
11:00a – 1:15p

AM
8:15a -10:30a

10:30a – 11:00a
Room cleaning /sanitizing

PM
11:00a – 1:15p

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Middle Schools
- Hybrid Learning Model

Middle schools follow a two-day model in the hybrid mode.  In this model, students receive two days of in-person learning per week and three days of remote learning.  The hybrid model very closely resembles that for remote learning.  This is done intentionally to allow for seamless transition between models.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Cohort A - Grade 6 and ½ 8th (IN PERSON)
Cohort B - Grade 7 and ½ 8 Remote Learning with teachers
PD Virtual Assignment
Check in   Office Hours
Cohort A - Grade 6 and ½ 8th Remote Learning With teachers
Cohort B - Grade 7 and ½ 8th (IN PERSON)
7:45-8:45 A 7:45-8:45 A Staff Meeting/Prep 7:45-8:45 A 7:45-8:45 A
8:45-9:45 B 8:45-9:45 B Cluster Meeting 8:45-9:45 B 8:45-9:45 B
9:45-10:45 C 9:45-10:45 C Parent Conferences 9:45-10:45 C 9:45-10:45 C
10:45-11:45 D 10:45-11:45 D KIDS Cluster/PE Check in 10:45-11:45 D 10:45-11:45 D
11:45-12:45 E 11:45-12:45 E KIDS Cluster/PE Check in 11:45-12:45 E 11:45-12:45 E
12:45-1:30
Student Dismissal
Grab and Go Lunch/Teacher Lunch
12:45-1:30
Student Dismissal
Grab and Go Lunch/Teacher Lunch
Student/Teacher Lunch 12:45-1:30
Student Dismissal
Grab and Go Lunch/Teacher Lunch
12:45-1:30
Student Dismissal
Grab and Go Lunch/Teacher Lunch
1:30-2:30 Prep/ Admin** 1:30-2:30 Prep/ Admin** KIDS Cluster/PE Check in 1:30-2:30 Prep/ Admin** 1:30-2:30 Prep/ Admin**
*1:30-2:30
Asynchronous PE
*1:30-2:30
Asynchronous PE
KIDS Cluster/PE Check in *1:30-2:30
Asynchronous PE
*1:30-2:30
Asynchronous PE

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English and Classical High School
- Hybrid Learning Model

With the exception of Fecteau-Leary, all high schools will follow an A/B week model in hybrid mode.  This model was the most accomodating given the complexity of the scheduling scenario and out of a desire to allow students to engage in the diversity of courses that they selected in the spring of 2019. This means that half of the student body would receive in-person instruction while the other half received remote or virtual instruction one week.  They would alternate the subsequent week.  The schedule for English and Classical is below.

Week A Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:45 AM - 8 AM Teacher Prep
8 AM - 10:30 AM Period 1A Period 2A Period 3A Period 4A Period 5A
10:30 AM - 11 AM Student Dismissal - Grab and Go Lunch/Teacher Prep
11 AM - 11:30 AM Teacher Lunch
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PLC Time M.W.F. / Prep T.Th
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Period 6B
Remote
Period 6B
Remote
Period 7B
Remote
Period 7B
Remote
Staff: PD/PLC

Students: Remote Asynch work time
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM Remote Guided Support
Period 1B
Remote Guided Support
Period 3B
Remote Guided Support
Period 5B
Remote Guided Support
Period 7B
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM Remote Guided Support
Period 2B
Remote Guided Support
Period 4B
Remote Guided Support
Period 6B
Remote Guided Support
Period 8B

Week B Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:45 AM - 8 AM Teacher Prep
8 AM - 10:30 AM Period 1B Period 2B Period 3B Period 4B Period 5B
10:30 AM - 11 AM Student Dismissal - Grab and Go Lunch/Teacher Prep
11 AM - 11:30 AM Teacher Lunch
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PLC Time M.W.F. / Prep T.Th
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Period 6A
Remote
Period 6A
Remote
Period 7A
Remote
Period 7A
Remote
Staff: PD/PLC

Students: Remote Asynch work time
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM Remote Guided Support
Period 1A
Remote Guided Support
Period 3A
Remote Guided Support
Period 5A
Remote Guided Support
Period 7A
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM Remote Guided Support
Period 2A
Remote Guided Support
Period 4A
Remote Guided Support
Period 6A
Remote Guided Support
Period 8A



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Lynn Vocational and Technical School
- Hybrid Learning Model

Lynn Vocational Technical School (LVTI) will also follow an A/B week model.  Given the explicit focus on vocational training, a group of students will engage in core academic courses in one week and, in the following week, focus on direct and related vocational training.  The schedules for LVTI and its grade 8 Discovery Academy are as follows.

Virtual Academic
Week A
Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday
7:45 AM - 8 AM Student Log On
8 AM - 9 AM Period 1
9 AM - 10 AM Period 2
10 AM - 11AM Period 3
11 AM - 12 PM Period 4
12 PM - 1 PM Period 5 - For students taking a Language, EL, Elective, Early College
12 PM Dismissal / Lunch


Virtual Vocational
Week B
Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday
7:45 AM - 8 AM Student Log On
Grade 9
8 AM - 10 AM
P1 Virtual Theory course
10 AM - 12 PM P2 Trade skills live teacher demonstration
Grade 12
8 AM - 10 AM
P1 Trade skills live teacher demonstration
10 AM - 12 PM P2 Theory in Shop Classroom course
12 PM
Dismissal / Lunch
   



Discovery Academy
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
 Grade 8 Discovery Cohort Group A Cohort Group B Cohort Group A Cohort Group B Cohorts Groups A & B
8 AM - 9 AM Period 1 REMOTE Student upload assignment to LMS
9 AM - 10 AM Period 2
10 AM - 11AM Period 3
11 AM - 12 PM Period 4
11 AM - 12 PM Period 5
1 PM Grab and Go Lunch


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Fecteau-Leary Junior/Senior High School
- In-Person Instruction

Note that, at present, it is proposed that Fecteau-Leary student are invited for in-person instruction according to schedule below. The school would transition to a full remote scenario should condition necessitate it.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Period 1
8 AM - 8:50 AM
Period 1
8 AM - 8:50 AM
Period 1
8 AM - 8:50 AM
Period 1
8 AM - 8:50 AM
Period 1
8 AM - 8:50 AM
Period 2
9 AM - 9:50 AM
Period 2
9 AM - 9:50 AM
Period 2
9 AM - 9:50 AM
Period 2
9 AM - 9:50 AM
Period 2
9 AM - 9:50 AM
Period 3
10 AM - 10:50 AM
Period 3
10 AM - 10:50 AM
Period 3
10 AM - 10:50 AM
Period 3
10 AM - 10:50 AM
Period 3
10 AM - 10:50 AM
Period 4
11 AM - 11:50 AM
Period 4
11 AM - 11:50 AM
Period 4
11 AM - 11:50 AM
Period 4
11 AM - 11:50 AM
Period 4
11 AM - 11:50 AM
Lunch
12 PM - 12:35 PM
Lunch
12 PM - 12:35 PM
Lunch
12 PM - 12:35 PM
Lunch
12 PM - 12:35 PM
Lunch
12 PM - 12:35 PM
Family Outreach /
Clinical Work
12:35 PM - 1:35 PM
Family Outreach /
Clinical Work
12:35 PM - 1:35 PM
Family Outreach /
Clinical Work
12:35 PM - 1:35 PM
Family Outreach /
Clinical Work
12:35 PM - 1:35 PM
Family Outreach /
Clinical Work
12:35 PM - 1:35 PM
Remote Guided Support Remote Guided Support Remote Guided Support Remote Guided Support Remote Guided Support

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Lynn Evening Enrichment Program (LEEP)


The Lynn Evening Enrichment Program offers high school students an alternative to the traditional high school experience by providing a mix of courses online and in-person in the evening hours. In the hybrid model, the vast majority of courses would continue to be provided remotely on the Apex platform. English Learners in this program will have the option of taking English as a Second Language in-person if they choose. All students will be offered guidance counseling and mental health supports virtually via Zoom or Schoology or telephonically. 

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In-person learning model

The enrollment for the Lynn Public Schools middle and high schools is too large to accommodate a five-day in-person learning model. Further, the challenges at the elementary level are prohibitive. In the space analysis for each school, we embraced the idea that every space is a learning space. Therefore, any viable and safe space in a school was considered for classroom instruction. Principals then used their projected enrollment to determine how many students they could accommodate following the physical distancing requirements. In many schools, new student registration would be difficult, if not impossible, to accommodate under the requirements. Each of the past three years, the Lynn Public Schools registered approximately 3,500 new students for a net growth approaching 300 students each year on average. New registrations are the inevitable. At present, there are grade levels in three elementary schools that cannot accommodate all of the students at the physical distancing degree of three feet due to new registrations this summer. While there are some elementary schools that can accommodate their entire enrollment in classes at a degree of physical distancing greater than three feet, we intend to take a uniform approach across all schools relative to the model employed.

This model is not feasible in the Lynn Public Schools.

Remote Learning Academy

The rationale to begin SY2020-21 in remote fashion was based largely on the concerning trend of positive COVID-19 in Lynn and statewide. This trend impacts certain families differently than others. In situations where members of a household are medically fragile, concerns are deeper. Accordingly, some families seek a teaching and learning scenario for their student that is exclusively of remote. The district intends to serve all of its students. Accordingly, in partnership with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, there will be an opportunity for families who wish to opt for a full year of remote learning to do so on a third party learning management platform. Details on this option are emerging. Nonetheless, families who choose this option are guarantee a grade-level content aligned with Massachusetts State learning standards and support from Lynn Public Schools staff.

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Student supports and professional learning

Attendance and Mental Health

Given that the Lynn Public Schools will begin the 2020-21 school year in remote learning for most students, there is particular concern around attendance and engagement. Monitoring when students miss opportunities to learn is more essential than ever. Chronic absenteeism has been linked to poor academic and health outcomes. Research shows factors such as poverty, stable housing, food insecurity, poor health of a family, adequate access to health care, and trauma are barriers that have an impact on student attendance and learning. Students from racial and ethnic minority groups, homeless/unaccompanied students and English Learners (ELs) are also more likely to be chronically absent. It is important that we also recognize the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on Black and Latinx communities.

In school year 2019-20, the Lynn Public Schools developed Wellness Teams to take a more proactive and evolved approach to addressing attendance issues. The mission of the Wellness Team is to promote school attendance and reduce chronic absenteeism. This is achieved through a two-prong approach: (1) early identification of students and families who have been absent and/or have not engaged in learning; and (2) assessment and identification of barriers that impact student learning. This intervention must remain firmly rooted in equitable family engagement efforts. There are many ways for families to engage. All families care about their children’s education and that engagement can vary based on many factors, including caregivers’ cultures and beliefs, their own educational experiences, their types of employment, responsibilities to others and more. Toward that end, we will work with families to develop an engagement plan that is supportive of the whole child and whole family. Deepening relationships will help honor the lived experience and perspective of our families.

During periods of remote learning, early identification of students who are missing opportunities to learn is essential. We will be looking at factors that include lost contact, no engagement or marked decrease in engagement, lack of relationships and minimal or no participation.

Wellness Teams will continue to meet monthly. Based on the level of support needed, Wellness Teams may also meet more frequently to ensure the needs of families are being met. Social Workers will focus on early identification, assessment and referrals.

Guidance to Inform Wellness Team Outreach Efforts:

• Monitor absenteeism and engagement
• Communicate clearly with families
• Implement coordinated outreach approach
• Confirm contact information every time you communicate with a family
• Address basic needs (food, shelter, and other supports)
• Refer to appropriate behavioral/mental health resources
• Connect to learning support and identify any technical assistance needed
• Triage and tailor support
• Use cross district teams to support whole child/whole family approach to learning and wellness
• Emphasize and intentionally build school connectedness with students and families
• Document challenges and interventions to inform decision making and planning
• Partner with families to develop individualized plans that reflect their specific situation.
• Promote trauma informed practices
• Promote seamless transition between remote/hybrid/in-person models
• Elevate voice of families and students- ask them how they learn best, how we can help support their engagement in learning, how we can improve school-home-community partnership
• Assess the impact of the pandemic to help inform interventions, and tiers of support for students

Additional Academic Supports

Both hybrid and remote learning are notably different modes of learning with which most students are familiar. While many students will find the academic supports built into both models, some will require more. The Lynn Public Schools will establish Learning Support Centers (LSC) for students/families after the formal school day at locations easily accessible by proximity or public transportation. While plans for LSC are still in development, it is envisioned that centers will be staffed by licensed staff and paraprofessionals open by appointment to provide in-person or virtual supports for those requiring academic assistance, in small groups or individually, three days per week. Supports include but are not limited to general instruction/support in reading, writing, and mathematics and support on specific assignments. This resource is available to all students. English Learners, Student with Disabilities, and homeless students will be prioritized.

Professional Learning

The Lynn Public Schools (LPS) envisions a reopening that moves through three phases, the first of which is titled Learn and Prepare. Professional development will be ongoing throughout the year, but this phase is designed to establish foundational skills and knowledge to ensure as effective a launch to the school year as possible. Given that virtual learning will be new territory for the district as a whole, there needs to be careful thought and attention to professional learning, not just in the realm of familiarity with the learning management system and technology, but also in trauma response and acceleration (versus remediation).

The district intends to dedicate the vast majority of the ten days prior to the first day of school for deep professional learning. Leveraging a thoughtful combination of asynchronous and synchronous experiences, staff will not only become acquainted with the health and safety protocols onsite, they will develop a foundational understanding of what trauma might look like, in person or otherwise, and how to respond, and more importantly how to build in supports and strategies in their instruction for students who may have experienced trauma as result of COVID-19. With a new platform for virtual instruction, considerable time will be spent acquainting staff not only with how to navigate a learning management system, but also how to use it and engage and assess for learning. This variation of remote learning calls for a reimagined approach to instruction.

Transportation

Given that the Lynn Public Schools is configured by the neighborhood school model, district-sponsored transportation is limited. Most students live in close proximity to their district school. This is particularly so at the elementary level. Secondary schools may not be as close in proximity to students’ homes, but are accessible via public transportation. Approximately, 900 students receive district-sponsored transportation, the majority of which receive it as a requirement in their individualized education plan. Given that the district intends to open SY2020-21 in remote learning, while prioritizing in-person learning for students in self-contained special education classrooms, transportation is a key component of the reopening plan.

The district will implement and follow these core safety practices:

Masks

All staff and students on the bus, regardless of age, are required to wear masks at all times. Exemptions for students due to medical and/or behavioral reasons – and associated protocols – are further described later in this guidance.

Distance

Students will be seated no more than one student per bench, alternating sides for each row, which allows students to maintain approximately 3 feet of physical distance. Children from the same household may sit together and in closer proximity (e.g., two students per bench). A diagram demonstrating what seating will look like on a 77 passenger bus is below.

Although the district transports a relatively small percentage of the entire student population, adhering to the safety guidelines for transportation will require careful attention to scheduling and close partnership with families. Toward that end, the district surveyed families in July to determine, among a number of things, the extent to which families who receive transportation as a feature of the individualized education plan would be willing to transport their student. 670 respondents indicated that they would be willing to do so.

Details on transportation, particularly the scheduling, are in development. Given the small number of students who receive transportation and family willingness to transport students as indicated in the survey, there is a high degree of confidence in our ability to adhere to the letter of the safety guidance and ensure quity of access to school for all students.

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Appendix

Reopening Plan Operation Teams


Communication and Governance
Lead Patrick Tutwiler, Superintendent
High-level Focus
  • Assemble focused advisory consisting of parents, district colleagues, community partners, and elected officials. 
  • Create or Identify the most effective means for continuous communication with staff and families
  • Review and provide feedback on in-person and distance learning plans
  • Review and provide feedback on any revisions to the 2020-21 school calendar and build in contingencies
  • Review and, where necessary, propose amendments/addendums to existing policy
Physical Plant and Health Operations
Leads Kevin McHugh, School Business Administrator
Kathy McNulty, Director of School Nursing
Focus
  • Partner with Inspectional Services Department (and the Health Division therein) to ensure building conditions and features are suited to meet the health and safety needs of students and staff
  • Inventory and request necessary supplies for the school nurse office and other building use
  • Partner with food services to develop plans and protocols around meals
  • Establish communication protocol with local and state public health officials
  • Develop protocols for daily entry and dismissal for all students and staff
  • Develop protocols for rapid identification response for medically-sensitive situations 
  • Review and, where necessary, propose amendments/addendums to existing policy 
Student Learning and Growth with Equity
Leads Kim Powers, Deputy Superintendent
Deb Ruggiero, Deputy Superintendent
Eva O’Malley, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Rania Caldwell, Director of English Learner Education
Phylitia Jamerson, Administrator of Special Education
Focus
  • Create and establish mechanism for continuous delivery of instruction and assessment for each student, despite the inevitable disruption 
  • Create and establish protocols for educator teams to meet and address student learning needs for both in-person and online instruction.
  • Identify or create supports for principals and directors to lead instruction with their team   
  • Create a technology support team that is available to support technology issues of students, parents, and staff when teaching and learning remotely.
  • Create or identify professional development for staff in light of the context-responsive approach to teaching and learning
  • Identify and prepare to meet the needs of target subgroups (e.g., students with IEPs, English language learners)
  • Where necessary, create or refine supports to allow all students to access grade-level content
  • Review and, where necessary, propose amendments/addendums to existing policy
Social and Emotional Health
Leads Carolyn Troy, Executive Director of Social Emotional Learning
Tina Hoofnagle, Assistant Director of Social Emotional Learning
 Focus
  • Develop and/or refine re-open or intermittent closure plans to ensure that SEL supports and trauma informed practices are built in
  • Review and/or refine protocol for assessment, rapid identification and referral response for mental health situations
  • Review and refine district wide crisis processes to address mental health concerns as a response to a community wide incident 
  • Adjust attendance monitoring to reflect the sensitivity of the context, especially as it relates to blended learning and the need for an engagement lens
  • Identify or create support for families in framework that ensures seamless access to resources
  • Identify or create social emotional learning and mental health supports for students
  • Review and, where necessary, propose amendments/addendums to existing policy


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Sample Classroom Set Up with Physical Distancing

Lynn English High School (4 feet)


Marshall Middle School (6 feet)


Self-Contained Classroom at Shoemaker Elementary (6 feet)


Classroom at Sewell Anderson (6 feet)


REOPENING - COMMUNICATIONS

Family Letters (See Full Letters Below) YouTube Community Virtual Town Halls Other Reopening Documents and Info
Remote Learning Academy
September 8, 2020
English - Spanish
Letter #6 - September 3, 2020
English - Spanish
Letter #5 - August 20, 2020
English - Spanish
Letter #4 - August 14, 2020
English - Spanish
Letter #3 - August 6, 2020
English - Spanish
Letter #2 - July 29, 2020
English - Spanish
Letter #1 - July 20, 2020
English - Spanish
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Special Education Virtual Town Hall
August 24, 2020 - 6 PM

Upcoming, details to follow.

Schoology Overview Virtual Town Hall
August 17, 2020 - 6 PM

LPS will begin the school year in remote learning. This virtual town hall is designed to offer families a view of the virtual environment in which most of the teaching and learning will happen.
WATCH THIS VIDEO

Remote Teaching and Learning
August 10, 2020

This Lynn Public Schools community convening will focus on elements of reopening the Lynn Public Schools related to teaching and learning. General updates will also be shared.
WATCH THIS VIDEO

Heath and Safety Update
August 6, 2020

This Lynn Public Schools community convening will focus on elements of reopening the Lynn Public Schools related to health and safety. General updates will also be shared.
WATCH THIS VIDEO

Visit our "Reopening FAQ webpage" for Families. This page will be updated as new and up-to-date information becomes available.
August 17, 2020
Reopening Framework For Fall 2020
June 9, 2020

Download This Framework
English
- Spanish
 
 
Past Info and Postings
Reopening Survey - July 2020
Our goal in conducting these surveys is to ensure that all students have high-quality learning experiences and that families have everything they need. During this difficult time, we want to ensure that we are responsive to the most critical needs of our families and soliciting input for our plans going forward. It is very important to hear from LPS families about which supports should continue and those that should be improved or added. Our surveys are an important opportunity to help us understand your experiences and needs during this time and will help with our planning. Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond.
Family Survey Results
Student Survey
 
 
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September 8, 2020

Remote Learning Academy

Lynn Public Schools is offering a Remote Learning Academy for students who choose to enroll in a full remote learning mode for the entire school year.  The Remote Learning Academy allows LPS students to access a fully online educational experience, which is designed and provided by Connections Academy (also known as TECCA).    The Connections Academy has provided this informational video (use code: dqdD=5cB) specifically for Lynn. We are asking those who are interested to make a final decision on or before noon on Thursday, September 10th.   

Kindly follow this link if you wish to pursue this opportunity for your student(s). Be reminded that a decision to join the Remote Learning Academy reflects a commitment for the entire school year.

The Remote Learning Academy is:

  • Offered for students in grades K-12
  • Inclusive of all core content areas, and some electives
  • Designed with both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) classes
  • Aligned with the Massachusetts State Standards
  • Offered in multiple languages and will includes English as a Second Language
  • Student on an Individualized Education Plan or 504 will be provided the required accommodations, modifications, related services and etc.

Students in the Remote Learning Academy will continue to receive support from LPS educators, in the following ways:

  • Each student will be assigned an LPS staff member who will be responsible for supporting their learning
  • Each student will have weekly one-on-one video-conferencing check-ins with their teacher
  • Teachers will monitor each of their students’ progress, through log-ins and work completion. They will reach out to students and families if students are not regularly logging in, if students are not completing assignments, or if students are completing assignments but not demonstrating mastery

Remote Learning Academy
Academia de Aprendizaje a Distancia
Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WY5LJ9X

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Family Letter #6 - September 3, 2020

Dear Lynn Public Schools Families,

I am writing to update you on matters related to the upcoming school year.  This week, we welcomed staff back for the first four of ten total professional learning days.  As I have said many times, we are preparing to launch the upcoming school year in a way never done before.  This requires significant shifts to the way in which teaching and learning are done and thus thoughtfully facilitated professional learning experiences.  I have also said many times that if any group of professionals is up to the task, it is the Lynn Public Schools staff.  We had a solid week of learning and will continue in earnest next week.

Devices
Device distribution continues and I am pleased to share that we have distributed more than 10,000 devices.  By way of reminder, we currently have enough devices for each student to have one, grades 3-12.  Building principals have and will continue to send communication on pick-up dates and times.  Please call your student’s school if you have not yet retrieved a device.  LPS was awarded a significant grant to allow us to purchase additional devices for grades k-2.  Those devices have been ordered.  It should come as no surprise that there is a global shortage of devices and thus delays in deliveries.  Nonetheless, we are crafting a plan to support student learning in grades K-2 while we await delivery.  More in short order.

Remote Learning Academy
Lynn Public Schools is offering a Remote Learning Academy for students who choose to enroll in a full remote learning mode for the entire school year.  The Remote Learning Academy allows LPS students to access a fully online educational experience, which is designed and provided by Connections Academy (also known as TECCA).  We administered a nonbinding survey to get a sense for how many families were interested in that option.  The next step is to provide those who are interested, whether they indicated as much in the survey or not, information on the program before a final decision is made.  The Connections Academy has provided this informational video (use code: dqdD=5cB). specifically for Lynn.  We are asking those who are interested to make a final decision on or before Thursday, September 10th.  A link to a form will be sent on Tuesday, September 8th  for those wishing to pursue this opportunity.  Be reminded that a decision to join the Remote Learning Academy reflects a commitment for the entire school year.

Staying Updated
As we prepare to open the 2020-21 school year in a way never done before in Lynn, I want to make sure that you are informed and can have your questions answered.  Many answers to questions can be found on the Reopening Safely page on the Lynn Public Schools website.  Therein, one will find the reopening plan, a frequently asked questions document, and a technology support space.  As we near the beginning of the school year, your first point of contact should be your child’s school principal.  We always welcome your questions on the dedicated e-mail address lpsreopening-families@lynnschools.org.   

Yours in partnership,
Patrick Tutwiler, PhD
Superintendent of Schools

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Family Letter #5 - August 20, 2020

August 20, 2020

Dear Lynn Public Schools Families,

I am writing to update you on matters related to the upcoming school year.  As you might imagine, each week brings with it new information and shifts to existing guidance.  There is much to share so I am doing so in an accessible format.  The updates and information are below.  First, some good news: Lynn Public Schools was recently awarded a $1.6 million Remote Learning Technology Essentials Grant.  As has been communicated previously, with School Committee approval, we used the remaining funds from the previous fiscal year to purchase enough devices for each student to have one, grades 3-12.  In addition to some necessary equipment and peripherals, this grant award makes possible the purchase of devices for all students in grades k-2.  We are excited for students, first and foremost, and grateful for the state’s generosity.

Upcoming Virtual Town Hall
Monday, August 24th 6pm – Presentation and discussion on Special Education (English; Espanol)

Staying Updated
As we prepare to open the 2020-21 school year in a way never done before in Lynn, I want to make sure that you are informed and can have your questions answered.  Many answers to questions can be found on the Reopening Safely page on the Lynn Public Schools website.  Therein, one will find the reopening plan, a frequently asked questions document, and a technology support space.  As we near the beginning of the school year, your first point of contact should be your child’s school principal.  We always welcome your questions on the dedicated e-mail address lpsreopening-families@lynnschools.org.   

Remote Learning Academy
Lynn Public Schools is offering a Remote Learning Academy for students who choose to enroll in a full remote learning mode for the entire school year.  The Remote Learning Academy allows LPS students to access a fully online educational experience, which is designed and provided by an external vendor.
The Remote Learning Academy is:

  • Offered for students in grades K-12
  • Inclusive of all core content areas, and some electives
  • Designed with both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) classes
  • Aligned with the Massachusetts State Standards
  • Offered in multiple languages and includes English as a Second Language
  • Supports students on an individualized education plan or 504s with the required accommodations, modifications, related services and etc.

The details on this option for families are still taking shape as the offering was made available to school districts a little more than a week ago.  In order to plan, we are asking families that are certain that this approach is best for their student complete a survey by Friday August 28th.  As more details become available to us, we will share.

High School Athletics
On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association released guidance on athletics for the upcoming school year.  In it, they make clear the sports deemed safe for student participation and the dates of seasons, the extent to which they can be determined.  Districts designated as “red” based on the Department of Public Health (DPH)’s metric of average daily cases per 100,000 residents and which therefore have their high school students learning remotely at the start of a season both of which are true for Lynn, must postpone their entire season, including practices, until the so called floating season later in the year.  This means that, at best, fall sports will be postponed to the float season, the dates of which will be determined later.

Season Dates Sports
Fall Starting
Sept. 18

Golf, XC running, field hockey, soccer, gymnastics, girls volleyball, fall swimming/diving, football practice,* cheer practice,* unified basketball practice* *Practice only using EEA cohort modifications: Football, cheer, unified basketball
Winter TBA by
MIAA
Winter gymnastics, boys and girls indoor track, ski, dance, winter swimming/diving, cheer, hockey, basketball, wrestling
Floating Season TBA by
MIAA
Sports unable to play in earlier seasons may engage in Level 3 play (competitions) if permitted by updated EEA guidelines. Schools that offered only remote learning in early fall may use this season for play that was missed during their remote schedule.
Spring TBA by
MIAA
Girls golf, baseball, softball, tennis, boys volleyball, girls and boys lacrosse, track and field, rugby
Now more than ever, communication is critical. You can expect messages of this sort up to the first day of school (9/16/20) and beyond.

Yours in partnership,
Patrick Tutwiler, PhD
Superintendent of Schools

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Family Letter #4 - August 14, 2020

August 14, 2020

Dear Lynn Public Schools Families,
On August 11, 2020, state authorities released a metric delineating the factors involved in determining whether or not it is safe for in-person activities to happen in a community. Each Wednesday going forward, the Department of Public Health releases its Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report that contains critical metrics for each city/town.  Beginning August 12, 2020 and each week thereafter, there will be a color-coded indication posted for each municipality calculated on a rolling two-week basis. 

  • Red will designate communities with more than 8 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.  Communities in this category should provide instruction remotely.
  • Yellow will designate communities that have more than 4 and up to 8 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.  Communities in this category should provide instruction remotely or in hybrid fashion.
  • Green will designate communities that have 4 or fewer COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.  Communities in this category should provide instruction in hybrid fashion or full in-person.

At present, the City of Lynn is one among a small number of communities in the red category.  Given the seriousness of the current context and our commitment to safety, I plan to propose that ALL students begin the 2020-21 school year in remote learning.  This proposal calls for an assessment of whether or not it is safe to return for in-person learning on November 20, 2020.

In the meantime, we would like to keep two-way communication happening through the virtual town halls – there are two forthcoming.  On Monday, August 17th at 6 p.m., we will convene to provide you an overview of Schoology, our new learning management system (follow this link).  On Monday, August 24th at 6 p.m. we will convene to discuss matters related to special education (link forthcoming).  Those who cannot attend live can watch the videos at any point thereafter by visiting the communications tab on the Reopening Safely page.

Yours in partnership,

Patrick Tutwiler, PhD
Superintendent

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Family Letter #3 - August 6, 2020

Dear Lynn Public Schools Community,

As we worked over three months to formulate a reopening plan, we have focused on three key considerations: ensuring the safety of our students and staff in alignment with federal and state guidelines, gathering input from all of the constituencies in our community, and creating the best possible conditions for excellent teaching and learning under the current circumstances.   Along with the daily efforts of Lynn Public Schools principals and central office staff, the Reopening Advisory Committee, comprised of a diverse group of community stakeholders, collaborated to provide significant input into each of the three plans we were directed to create by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.   The creation of these three plans allow us to be prepared for any of the scenarios considered.   I am deeply grateful for the tireless efforts of all who contributed to the plans, and for the detailed feedback and information we received from families, students, and staff who completed the surveys we distributed.

As we near the start of the school year, I have decided to propose a start to the year in the remote learning modality, while providing opportunities for in-person learning for students with special needs, and with an optional in-person orientation for all students. The details of this plan are outlined in the Roadmap to Reopening Safely, which we expect to post in the coming days. I want to share with you that I have approached this decision with feelings of humility and responsibility.  I make no claims to be a medical professional.  Instead, I have been fully committed to the following guiding principles and priorities:

  • Physical and emotional safety and wellbeing of all members of the LPS community
  • Equity and access
  • Excellence in teaching and learning
  • Communication

The context in which we find ourselves now has factored significantly into this decision.  As Massachusetts began its phased reopening, the state has tracked multiple indicators of community spread. According to the Massachusetts Department of Health, the number COVID-19 cases in our state are trending upward.  Making this decision now allows for us as a school district to focus our efforts on ensuring the best possible remote learning plan, and allows for families time for planning and preparation as well.

LPS has invested significant resources to improve upon the remote learning model we implemented this past spring.  We will provide a device for every teacher and student.  We have purchased an online learning platform (Schoology) that allows for more dynamic instruction and higher student engagement.  Faculty are participating in ten days of professional development before classes begin.  With this plan, we can remain true to our guiding principles and provide a safe, meaningful and valuable educational experience for our students.

I cannot say that this year will be like any we have experienced before.  The implementation of any of the three plans we have constructed would still include significant departures from the educational experience any of us have experienced in the past.   I expect that many students, families and teachers feel some degree of loss or concern about these changes.  Please know that as we move forward together, all decisions will be informed by our guiding principles of safety, equity, excellence and communication, as we respond to any differences this year presents to us.

At the same time, in some respects, this year is not a complete departure from past years.   As always, we welcome all new and returning students to our schools with true excitement and with a deep belief in their talents and capabilities.  As always, the educators of the Lynn Public Schools are inspired by our students and fully committed to their educational growth and achievement.  As always, we pledge to work as partners with families to ensure our students’ success.  And as always, I remain honored to lead and serve the Lynn Public Schools Community, and grateful for the trust you place in us.

Pease know that you can access updates to our reopening on our website.  Information will posted regularly.   Additionally, I continue to welcome any thoughts, concerns, or ideas to be sent to LPSreopening-families@lynnschools.org.

Yours in partnership,

Patrick Tutwiler, PhD
Superintendent of Schools

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Family Letter #2 - July 29, 2020

Dear Lynn Public Schools Community,

I am writing to update you on information related to reopening this fall.  As has been the case since March, we remain in a situation that is fluid with new information and guidelines released on a regular basis.  Our work involves interpreting the information and guidance and bringing it to bear on our reopening planning.  Rest assured that no priority supersedes the health and safety of our beloved students and staff.  Our planning continues with this priority front of mind along with input/feedback from you.

Approximately 43% of Lynn Public Schools households participated in the recent reopening survey. Kindly follow these links ( family : student) to view the results from the family and student (grades 6-12) surveys.  I have removed the narrative comments due to the sensitive and private nature of some of them.  There are significant takeaways from the responses that help in our planning.  Here are a few:

  • The majority of parents/guardians who participated in the survey are willing to send their children back to in-person instruction in the fall.
  • Relative to messaging, parents/guardians are most interested in hearing about the district’s alignment to Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and state health guidelines and how their student will be supported academically.
  • A majority of parents/guardians indicated that their students would need support in the area of adjusting to new routines more so than other areas.
  • The majority of Parents/guardians ranked the two-day hybrid model as their first or second choice.

I believe deeply in soliciting and responding to input/feedback and will continue to do so.

Relative to reopening, just yesterday, Commissioner Riley released a memorandum indicating that the school year would be 170 days (as opposed to 180) and that all districts must begin their school year by September 16th.  The first day of instruction must be preceded by 10 days during which staff will receive training.  The school calendar must be agreed upon by local unions and the Lynn School Committee.  It is my hope to share a school year calendar the week of August 10th.

Finally, by way of reminder, I have planned two virtual town halls for LPS families. This is an opportunity to communicate specifics of reopening planning, but also to hear your concerns and, to the extent possible, respond to your questions. The sessions are as follows:

Health and Safety -  Thursday, August 6th  6pm
Teaching and Learning  - Monday,  August 10th  6pm

Links to the sessions are forthcoming.  Whether or not you are able to attend, I welcome any thoughts, concerns, or ideas to be sent to LPSreopening-families@lynnschools.org.  I am genuinely interested in your thoughts.

Yours in partnership,

Patrick Tutwiler, PhD
Superintendent

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Family Letter #1 - July 20, 2020

Dear Lynn Public Schools Community,

All, it is my sincere hope that this letter finds you and your loved ones well.  These are strange and uncertain times, I hope that you are finding comfort in time spent with family.  As you might imagine, this summer is like no other.  Several teams are deeply engaged in planning and preparation for reconnecting in reengaging with our beloved students this fall.  The plans are still evolving along with the release of guidelines from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  There are still pieces of the guidance that have yet to be released.  Accordingly, DESE has asked school districts to hold on releasing plans until early August.  This approach will lessen confusion and will allow districts to communicate a plan based on the latest and best information.

While the formal plan is still under construction, there are elements of reopening on which there has been significant movement. This includes, but it not limited to:

  • Completion of space analysis in all schools to build a framework and plan for physical distancing according to the guidelines.
  • First round of purchase of personal protective equipment, including but not limited to masks, hand sanitizer, and face shields.
  • Completion of air quality and ventilation analysis in all schools

Further, we evolved toward a stronger ability to provide robust learning and connection leveraging technology.  We purchased 11,000 devices for students, which, along with the existing supply, allows us a 1:1 device-to-student ratio for grades 3-12.  We are maximizing a grant opportunity to close the gap for devices for students in grades k-2.  This in addition to the purchase of Schoology, our new Learning Management System, will allow for flexibility in multiple modes of instruction next year.   No matter the scenario, we are better equipped to provide a rich, continuous learning experience for our students.

By now, we are all-too-familiar with scenarios where there are many questions and only a handful of answers.  Nonetheless, the extent to which we stay together and in communication can only lead to better outcomes.  Toward that end, I have planned two virtual town halls for LPS families.  The first will focus on the health and safety features of our reopening plan.  The second will focus on teaching and learning.  This is an opportunity to communicate specifics of reopening planning, but also to hear your concerns and, to the extent possible, respond to your questions. The sessions are as follows:

Health and Safety -  Thursday, August 6th  6pm
Teaching and Learning  - Monday,  August 10, 6pm

Please note: We experienced some technical issues over the weekend (July 25th and 26th). To insure we have all your comments and input we would encourage you to resubmit your email. Sorry for the inconvenience.

In order to accommodate a large group, I will be using a platform called Stream Yard.  You will be able to participate via chat in this session.  Links to the sessions are forthcoming.  Whether or not you are able to attend, I welcome any thoughts, concerns, or ideas to be sent to LPSreopening-families@lynnschools.org.  I am genuinely interested in your thoughts.

Yours in partnership,

Patrick Tutwiler, PhD
Superintendent

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Reopening FAQ Webpage
August 17, 2020

Visit our "Reopening FAQ webpage" for Families. The Lynn Public Schools is preparing to open the 2020-21 in a way and under conditions never experienced before.  A great deal of planning and preparation has gone into reopening in the safest manner possible while creating the most optimal conditions for student learning.  Families can find answers to many questions related to reopening, including those involving special education, transportation, extracurricular activities, and more.  This is a living document.  It will be updated regularly. 

Las Escuelas Públicas de Lynn se está preparando para comenzar el año escolar 2020-21 de una manera y bajo condiciones que nunca hemos vivido.  Se ha hecho una gran cantidad de planificación y preparación para reabrir de la manera más segura posible, creando al mismo tiempo las condiciones más óptimas para el aprendizaje de los estudiantes.  Las familias pueden encontrar respuestas a muchas preguntas relacionadas con la reapertura, incluyendo aquellas relacionadas con la educación especial, el transporte, las actividades extracurriculares y más.  Se anima a todas las familias a que se pongan en contacto con el director de la escuela de su estudiante para hacer preguntas específicas.

Technical Support For Remote Learning

This page will be updated frequently, please check back soon!
"Schoology" How To Videos School Issued Laptops and Connections
How To Set Up Your New Laptop - English Version
Cómo configurar su nueva computadora portátil - Versión en español
PART/PARTE SUBJECT/SUJECTO
Part 1 Student Login
Parte 1 Inicio De Sesion Del Estudiante
Part 2 Navigating Your Schoology Homepage
Parte 2 Navegando por su página de inicio
Part 3 Messaging
Parte 3 Mensajería
Part 4 Accessing Your Grades
Parte 4 Accediendo a sus calificaciones
Part 5 Managing Your Calendar
Parte 5 Administrar su calendario
Part 6 Accessing Course Materials
Parte 6 Acceso a los materiales del curso
Part 7 Helpful Tips
Parte 7 Consejos útiles
Part 8 Submitting Assignments
Parte 8 Envío de asignaciones
 
Technology FAQ
Set Up A New School Issued Laptop
Connect Your School Device
Register For A Password Reset
Comcast Internet Essentials
 
 
 
 
 
 
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