Survey: Elementary Return to Full In-Person Learning

  • The district has been planning to increase the number of days students currently enrolled in the hybrid model attend in-person school. The current plan is to merge Hybrid Cohorts A and B so that students can attend school in the school building five days per week. 

    The survey below is designed to help us understand if families may want to switch learning models given this change to the hybrid learning model. We need all families to know that to accommodate more students in the building at the same time, spacing in classrooms will be approximately 3 ft vs. the current 6 ft. distance.

    Based on the current information we have from the state, there is no requirement that students enrolled in the Distance Learning Academy (DLA) transfer models to attend in-person school. Right now, our understanding from the state is that students may continue in the DLA until the end of the academic year.

    We ask that you complete this survey ONLY if you intend to request a change in learning model when elementary schools transition to full in-person school. Please complete the survey by Monday, March 8, 2021.



Planning for Spring 2020 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.
    A 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

Planning Team Meeting Minutes