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Update on Coronavirus 3/16/2020


Dear NPS Community:

Governor Baker announced that all public and private schools in the Commonwealth will be closed until Monday, April 6 and reopen Tuesday, April 7, 2020. With this new guidance, district administrators have been working to develop plans for the coming weeks.

The school buildings are closed to all staff except staff members that have been instructed to work.

For those wanting to drop off School Choice applications etc., there will be a lockbox outside of my office (Superintendent's Office at 64 West Main St.) starting Wednesday, March 18.

Student Medications:

Doreen Brown, School Nurse will be collecting medications from all Norton Schools and will be available on Tuesday, March 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Norton High School Auditorium Entrance for families who would like to pick up their child's medication.

Food Services:

Breakfast and lunch meal packs are available for pickup at the Norton High School back entrance between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday each week of the school closing. This will continue through the duration of the shut down, including any extensions issued by the School, Town, State or Federal officials. The district will have meals available for those with dietary restrictions as well.

Technology:

We ask that parents/guardians of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students who received a chromebook last Friday to please complete the elementary digital loan of technology agreement found at bit.ly/elemloantech. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

If a student in grades 3, 4, or 5 was absent on Friday, March 13, they are able to come to their school buildings to pick up a chromebook to use while school is not in session. Parents/guardians will be required to complete a loan of technology form for each child when picking up a device. The technology department will be available on Tuesday, March 17 at the following times:

  • LGN - Grade 3 only between 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
  • JCS - Grade 3 only between 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
  • HAY - Grade 4 only between 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • HAY - Grade 5 only between 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Students in grades 6-12 who are provided with a school issued chromebook should already have their device at home. If there is a middle school or high school student who has left their device in their locker, please contact Karen Winsper directly at kwinsper@norton.k12.ma.us 508-285-0100 x6 and the technology department will work with the custodial staff to get devices out of lockers. If your family doesn't have internet access, please reach out to Karen Winsper at 508-285-0100 x6 kwinsper@norton.k12.ma.us

Academic Enrichment:

We recognize that students will be out of school for an extended period of time and have created a website in order to support enrichment and extended learning while they are at home. This website has digital resources for students at all grade levels along with PDF versions of the packets that were sent home with students in Kindergarten through Grade 2 on Friday. We will continue to add to this site as more resources become available.

Please visit bit.ly/npslearns for enrichment resources during the district closure.

These learning activities are not meant to replace actual curriculum, nor are they mandatory for students to complete. As a district, our goal is to support students and families with options to continue their learning while they are away from school if they so choose.

In the interest of ensuring equity of access, we are not allowed to provide any digital or remote learning opportunities to replace in person teaching during this closure, per the MA Commissioner of Education

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer O'Neill at 508-285-0100 x 2 or at joneill@norton.k12.ma.us

Hot Topics:

It is important to realize that there are many topics of importance to students and families that we are awaiting guidance on including, MCAS, AP, and other such items. I will share my decisions in a timely fashion.

Some students have reached out about GRADES. Currently, GRADES will remain open until we return to school. Once we return to school I will provide guidance. This may change based on the length of our time away from school.

Students in GRADES 6-12 please use your NPS email. I will provide information via that email system.

For up-to-date information and resources, please refer to the NPS website (www.norton.k12.ma.us/families/coronavirus-covid-19-updates).

Again, thank you for all of your patience and cooperation.

Regards,

Joseph F. Baeta
Superintendent of Schools