Superintendent's Update - 3/20/2020

Superintendent's Update - 3/20/2020
Posted on 03/20/2020
Superintendent's Update - 3/20/2020

Dear Medway Families, 

As I write to you today, I find myself reflecting on the events of the week and what best to share during this unusual and challenging time.  First, I want to share that during last night’s School Committee meeting (aired via Zoom, and through Medway Cable Access), I offered heartfelt gratitude to all of our faculty and staff, our leadership team, our facilities, food services, student services, information services, and business, facilities and operations teams for the incredible efforts that they have contributed in support of our students and community.  We have provided more than 150 students with access to technology tools in support of their learning and connection, served daily meals to more than 50 students, and shifted our experience of in-person classroom instruction and support to the virtual world. I have been truly humbled by the professionalism, care, and concern that every member of our team has demonstrated.  

Our educational staff has also been very busy planning meaningful learning experiences for our students.  By Monday, March 23, all students will receive, through email or Google Classroom, outreach from their teachers.  We have also created a central site for all of our School Closure Resources and Supports which will include alternate enhancement student learning plans each week.  This site can be accessed through our website, www.medwayschools.org under the Welcome message on the main page or through this link. 

I expect that the transition to a virtual educational experience will bring both successes and some challenges.  I encourage families to stay in touch with our teachers and school leaders to communicate questions, successes, and concerns.  These are uncharted waters and we are all learning as we go; please be patient as we navigate this new reality together.  

Below please find some additional updates and information that you might find useful.

Sincerely,

Armand Pires, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

New Medway Schools: School Closure Learning and Support WEBPAGE

We have brought all of our resources together in a new School Closure Learning and Support webpage which can be accessed through our website or here.   This website will be updated frequently as new or different information becomes available.  Families can access alternative enhancement student learning plans for all of our PK-12 students through this site on a week to week basis; new learning plans will be posted by late Friday afternoon for the following week.  If you have suggestions for additional information to be included on this webpage, please contact Gabby Abrams, Assistant Superintendent at gabrams@medwayschools.org.

Support of Our Greater Community

Our Coordinator of School Counseling services has worked collaboratively with our school counseling and student support teams to pull together a comprehensive list of resources for individual and family support.  These resources can be found here and they range from behavioral health contacts to information about our local food pantry. 

Through a rich partnership with the Medway Village Church Food Pantry, and our Wellness and Food Service Departments, we will be ensuring that our families are supported with meals during this challenging time.  Families in need of support are asked to review the following options and sign-up for a choice that best matches their need.  

Breakfast and lunch pick-up:  A “grab and go” breakfast and lunch will be available for pick-up, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, outside of the Medway Middle School main entrance from 7:00-9:00 a.m.  These meals will include an entree, side of fruit and/or vegetable, and milk. Parents and guardians will be able to pull-up to the Medway Middle School front entrance and pick up their meals without having to leave their vehicle.  As noted in the change above, families will be able to pick up two days worth of meals each day of service in order to reduce the number of trips they have to make each week.   

Weekly food pick-up: A week’s worth of food can be picked up at the Medway Village Church Food Pantry on Saturday mornings from 9:00-10:00 a.m. or by scheduling an appointment time with the Food Pantry Director.  Food offerings will include “family size” portions of meal ingredients and kid-friendly single-serve meals.  

Both M, W, F and weekly food pick-up:  Medway families are more than welcome to participate in both of the above options in order to access prepared meals and larger sized ingredients each week.  

To register for one or both food pick-up options please click here.  

Virtual Meetings Through ZOOM

Due to the current social distancing protocols in place to protect our community from the increased threat of COVID 19,  we are now conducting our meetings via the Zoom video conferencing application. If you receive a meeting invitation from the schools you can join the conversation by following these steps:

  • Please navigate to the calendar event on your computer or smartphone for information to Join Zoom meeting. 
  • There you will see that you can use the “phone in” audio feature or use your computer audio feature.
  • Please find your “mute” button upon entry so that you know where that is located.
  • Please use the Chat section and Hand Raise function to participate in conversations.

Please also find this video tutorial outlining how to use Zoom.

If you are scheduled for a Zoom meeting and you do not feel comfortable in this platform, please contact the meeting organizer via email for support.

Access to Technology

Starting on Monday, March 23, students will be receiving communication from their teachers regarding enrichment experiences for student engagement during this school closure.  Recognizing that our list of resources includes several technology related tools for learners at all grade levels we are reaching out to ensure access for all.

If your household does not have access to a device, such as a desktop/laptop, iPad, or chromebook, during this school closure, please contact Medway Technical Support to arrange a device be made available and pickup options. To reach technical support, please email support@medwayschools.org or call 508-321-4799 and a support specialist will respond to assist you as best we can.

All pick-ups will take place at Medway Middle School located at 45 Holliston Street.

In addition, families may benefit from knowing that Comcast has made their Internet Essentials product free during this current situation.  More information can be found here.

School Committee Votes to Pass FY21 Budget

In an attempt to preserve some normal operations during this time, the Medway School Committee met on Thursday, March 19.  During the March 19 School Committee meeting (through Zoom via Medway Cable Access), the School Committee voted to approve the FY21 Medway Public Schools Budget.  The budget will now be subsumed as part of the Town of Medway FY21 Budget which will be brought to a Town Meeting vote scheduled to take place on Monday, May 11; although this date may need to change.  This budget reflects both efficiencies and enhancements based on analysis and feedback that have taken place over the last several months. Thank you to all for your contributions to this process. The presentation that was shared last night can be found here:  Final FY21 Budget Presentation

Superintendent's video update 3/26/2020

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