Proposal to Adjust Start and End Times for 2021-22 School Year
The Newton School Committee is considering a proposal to change start and end times for the 2021-22 school year. Below you will find the proposed start and end times, as well as background information shared during the School Committee meetings and a webinar for families.
For grades K-8, the proposal moves start and end times 10 minutes and moves early release days to Wednesdays. Specific times for all levels are as follows:
8:10 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. (early release Wednesdays at 12:20 p.m.)
Bigelow: 8:05 a.m. - 2:35 p.m. (early release Wednesdays at 1:50 p.m.)
Brown: 8:20 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. (early release Wednesdays at 2:05 p.m.)
Day: 7:55 a.m. - 2:25 p.m. (early release Wednesdays at 1:40 p.m.)
Oak Hill: 7:50 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. (early release Wednesdays at 1:35 p.m.)
9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. (early release Tuesdays at 3:25 p.m.)
The School Committee will review this proposal and recommendation at its Monday, April 12, 2021 meeting.
Return to Full In-Person Learning
Newton Public Schools is planning to return elementary and middle school students to full in-person learning in Spring 2021. The transition will begin with elementary students at the end of March/beginning of April. The timeline for middle school students is under consideration. Plans for high school are currently in development.
On April 5th, NPS will return to full in-person learning for students who have selected this model. Students who wish to remain in DLA may do so. School hours for both in-person and DLA are as follows:
8:25 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:25 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Wednedays
Elementary Distance Learning Academy Families: Families who have requested a transfer from DLA to in-person learning will receive detailed information the week of March 22nd. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ma.us with any questions.
An information session for DLA families was held on Thursday, March 11th. You can view a recording of the session here: DLA Q & A Session for Transfer Requests.
Middle School will return to full in-person learning on Wednesday, April 28th. Students who wish to remain in full distance learning may do so.
Plans to increase in-person learning at the high school are still under development and consideration. Details and a timeline will be shared by the end of March.
Planning for Spring 2021 and the 2021-22 School Year
We have convened a group is to develop a comprehensive plan for a full reopening of the Newton Public Schools for the 2021-22 school year. Members of the group include administrators, teachers, staff, and family representatives. We have also convened an ad hoc medical advisory team to provide guidance on health and safety in our school buildings. You can find more information in this presentation. The focus of both groups is expanding in-person learning, especially for our youngest students, in this school year and preparing for full-time in person learning in the fall. Information on the progress of these two groups will be shared regularly.
Ad Hoc Medical Advisory Group
The Superintendent convened the Ad Hoc Medical Advisory Group to advise and make recommendations on issues of health and safety as NPS actively plans for greater in person learning this spring and a full return in the fall. The Superintendent brings relevant questions to the Advisory Group, which meets to discuss these questions, come to consensus, and create a set of recommendations for the Superintendent. hese recommendations, as well as meeting minutes, are shared with the NPS planning teams, the School Committee, NPS staff, parents/guardians, and the community at large.March 16, 2021 MeetingThe Medical Advisory Group met again on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. You can review a summary of the meeting here. You can view the most recent recommendation here.February 23, 2021 MeetingA slide presentation with information from the first meeting of the advisory group can be found here: Slide Presentation from Ad Hoc Medical Advisory Group Meeting. A written summary of the Feb. 23, 2021 meeting, as well as a recommendation on distancing, can be found here: Summary and Recommendation from Ad Hoc Medical Advisory Group.
2021-22 School Year Planning Team
The planning team will meet regularly beginning in February 2021 to plan for a full re-opening of the Newton Public Schools for the 2021-22 school year. Details on the focus of the team, as well as members and representatives can be found in this presentation. The team includes the following members:
Mark Chitty, Peirce Principal
Diana Guzzi, Bowen Principal
Ashley Raven, Spec Ed Preschool Teacher
Elizabeth Ross, Angier, NTA 1st Vice President
Michael Burtch, Health and Wellness, Bigelow Middle School
Nicole Franchi, NNHS, Special Education
John Harutunian, Oak Hill Middle School Principal
Jamie Rinaldi, History & Social Science, NSHS
Liz Simpson, ELA, Teacher and NTA 2nd Vice President
Amy Winston, Vice Principal, NNHS
David Fleishman, Superintendent
Lisa Gilbert Smith, METCO Director
Liam Hurley, Asst. Superintendent/CFAO
Toby Romer, Asst. Superintendent for Secondary Schools
Eva Thompson, Interim Asst. Superintendent for Elementary Ed.
Julie McDonough, NPS Communications
Emily Prenner, School Committee
Tamika Olszewsk, School Committee