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.
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 a full return to in person learning this 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. These 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.Medical Advisory Group Members:Dr. Brenda Anders Pring, Pediatrician, HHS Advisory Board, NPS parent
Dr. Jodi Larson, Internal Medicine, Chief Quality and Experience Officer, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, NPS parent
Dr. Sandra Nelson, Infectious Disease Specialist, Mass General Hospital
Dr. Eric Rubin, Professor and Chair, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Karen Sadler, Pediatrician, NPS School PhysicianDr. Oneeka Williams, Urologic Surgeon, Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology at Tufts University School of Medicine
Dr. Dori Zaleznik, Infectious Disease Specialist, former Chief Administrative Officer, HHS Commissioner and School Committee member2020-21 School Year
- March 16, 2021 Meeting - The 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 Meeting - 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.