Waterbury Public Schools has established a Long-term Reopening Committee to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. Committee members have been engrossed in the planning process for several weeks, collaborating with stakeholders, as we plan for a safe re-entry into our schools.
On June 25, the state Department of Education released a preliminary plan for the school year, which proposes a return to in-person instruction with the understanding that plans may be modified depending on health data and trends.
As we continue to plan over the next several weeks, we assure you that we are committed to providing the highest level of instruction and educational opportunities that will meet the needs of our students in a safe and healthy learning environment. We are focused on keeping the learning process moving forward regardless of what the 2020-2021 school year may bring. We will share the various reopening options in a timely manner, including distance learning opportunities as we seek to understand the needs of our students, families and staff.
In order to accomplish the detailed planning process for the next school year, we will seek input from the Superintendent’s Student Advisory and a Superintendent’s Parent Advisory and have established a number of sub-committees to focus on the various layers of the plan: Technology Sub-Committee, Teaching and Learning Sub-Committee and a Health and Safety Sub-Committee.
As your input is critical, we ask that you participate in the process through a platform called Thoughtexchange. Please expect to receive more information in the next few days. I will also be holding virtual town halls in July and August. Please continue to check the District website frequently for a schedule of dates and times.
We thank you for your continued support.