Dear Elementary Families:
Yesterday, the Amherst and Pelham School Committees unanimously approved the following motion:
The School Committee directs the Superintendent to develop and implement a plan for the return of in-person learning, for all students who want it, with grades k-2 returning by April 5, grades 3-6 returning by April 12, and grades 7-12 returning by April 26, as practical and feasible.
The Superintendent will manage this return and any shift back to remote learning based on a continuous assessment of health conditions in direct consultation with local public health officials.
As a result, we are surveying families to find out if they want their children to return to in-person instruction or to continue with remote instruction for the remainder of the year: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XNZNWV3. The deadline to complete this brief survey is 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10. We know that this is a quick turnaround, but we need time to build classes and programming and cannot do that until we have this information from families. To assist with making your choice, please see the attached FAQ document for more information. Additionally, there are two Town Hall events on Monday, March 8, to assist families who would like more information before making a decision. The morning session on March 8 will be at 8:15 a.m. (and can be accessed at this link) and the evening session will be at 6:30 p.m. (and can be accessed at this link). Both sessions will cover the same topics. If a family does not make a choice between in-person instruction and remote instruction, their student(s) will be assigned to remote instruction.
Please note: if you have multiple children at the elementary level, you will need to fill out the survey separately for each child.
Dr. Michael Morris