BPS Update - March 23, 2020

It has been a busy few days as we continue to prepare for more structured learning opportunities for students beginning March 30, 2020. 

On Friday, Burlington Public Schools participated in a series of virtual conversations with six neighboring public school districts. Curriculum leaders, special education directors, union presidents, and superintendents participated in the virtual discussions as local districts worked to co-construct a plan for what remote learning will look like for students. As a result of this work, we will share a joint letter from the participating districts tomorrow after a scheduled call with Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Jeff Riley. 

Today, our IT staff distributed nearly 200 devices to elementary and middle students who requested these in order to have access to our posted resources during our closure.  

As we prepare for next week, our staff continues to reach out to students and families and focus on putting the social emotional needs of our school community first. Along these lines, we will continue our collaboration with the Burlington Food Bank to ensure that all of our students and their families have the food resources they need while we are closed. We are thankful for the amazing work of the food bank and People Helping People in these efforts. 

We continue to monitor the questions we are receiving via our online form. Please don't hesitate to call our emergency line at (781) 238-4674 if you have a more pressing matter. Even though we are closed, we have staff checking this line frequently between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Speaking of questions, an update on SAT and AP Testing was posted today the BHS Guidance Website.

News on SAT's and AP Testing

The SAT has canceled both the March make-up and the May SAT.  For more information, please check out this post from BHS Guidance . In addition, AP has made some major changes for testing this year. Please see this post from BHS Guidance for more details.