Principal's Update: April 21, 2020

Principal's Update

School Closure Update:  Governor Baker announced on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 that all Massachusetts school buildings will remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year.  Our faculty and staff will continue to work hard to best support student learning during the Remote Learning Plan.  We miss our students and value and appreciate your continued support of their learning and development during this state of emergency.

April 21, 2020

When the school day and the workday converge at home, it can be overwhelming. Stay calm and find a routine that works for the entire family. Our Remote Learning Plan continues to provide structured learning for our students that is flexible in order to meet the unique challenges that our students and families are facing.  Student participation in remote learning is mandatory. Students may participate in the learning requirements during the time that works best for you and your family.  However, it is important that ALL students engage with this work to the best of their abilities. 

During this period of closure, it is expected that all students follow the Remote Learning Plan and communicate with the teachers regularly to discuss any questions or concerns.  If your child is sick and cannot participate, please inform the classroom teacher.   We are confident that we can meet the needs of all students if we follow this plan and communicate regularly when there is a need for flexibility.

The district will be moving forward into Phase II beginning on April 27, 2020.  Phase II will allow for the introduction of new content. Most likely all other aspects of the Remote Learning Plan (schedule, etc.) would remain the same in Phase 2. 

During this time the student will...

Engage and participate in Remote Learning activities as prescribed.

Students will discover and explore learning, and practice skills and concepts.

During this time the parent/guardian will...

Review the Remote Learning schedule for the week and ensure that students are engaged in learning.

Support their students with accessing the technology in order to participate in Remote Learning. 

We understand that this is an extremely difficult time for all and appreciate parent and caregivers’ support.  Please promote a positive attitude towards Remote Learning, give students space to struggle productively, provide a setting for study, support a regular routine of work completion, and class participation.


Mr. Sean Killeen, L. D. Batchelder Elementary Principal 

Mrs. Christine Molle, E. Ethel Little School Principal

Dr. Glen McKay, J. Turner Hood School Principal