With the beginning of school just weeks away, the Watertown School Committee will discuss the reopening plan on Monday night, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m.
At the last School Committee meeting, members voted to go with the “Bridge to Hybrid” plan, where Watertown students will start the year remotely and then move to a hybrid model where students will alternate days attending classes in person and remotely.
With the goal of moving to a hybrid model when the COVID-19 outbreak allows, students will be split into two cohorts for the elementary and middle schools. These will be used when the in-person learning begins under the hybrid model, but the cohorts will also be used in the beginning when students are doing remote learning. See the draft sample school schedules by clicking here.
The remote learning offered to students will be more robust than what was used last spring, Superintendent Dede Galdston said. Some students will be doing an all-virtual option, rather than the hybrid. School officials also put together information about virtual learning, which can be seen by clicking here.
The draft 2020-21 School Calendar will also be discussed Monday. The first day of school is proposed to be Tuesday, Sept. 22. Prior to that, there will be three days of student orientation and technology distribution on Sept. 17, 18 and 21. See the draft calendar here.
Tuning Into the Meeting
Monday’s meeting will be held on Zoom (Link: https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/99230838478)
Questions and comments can also be sent by text to 857-330-2278
Watertown Cable will be broadcasting the meeting (Comcast Channel 99 and RCN Channel 13) or online at https://wcatv.org/
Watertown school officials will host three community forums on the reopening over the coming weeks:
Find out more about the Watertown School Reopening Plan on the Watertown Public Schools website by clicking here.