We’re Back!

We are excited to announce that the schools and district offices for

the Georgetown Public Schools will be reopening 

 Monday July 13, 2020


Penn Brook Reopening Plan Forums Schedule and Links

Topic: PB Reopening Plan Forum
Time: Aug 5, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89400129320?pwd=MnlQbm9BL084MVdjLzd1WWtieXVVQT09Meeting ID: 894 0012 9320
Passcode: 6c44kB

Topic: PB Reopening Plan Forum
Time: Aug 5, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83388183367?pwd=Y1BQYnlNbHBHaXphd09ENGdUanZLZz09Meeting ID: 833 8818 3367
Passcode: 8VbE8n

Topic: GMHS Reopening Forum
Time: Aug 6, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82801301186?pwd=c3U4U0hSQW5tWDNwNkVHYW5xVmJwZz09Meeting ID: 828 0130 1186
Passcode: Jt5u7M

Topic: GMHS Reopening Plan Forum
Time: Aug 6, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 832 5208 0921
Passcode: D9Ni31
Topic: Parents & Community Reopening Plan Forum
Time: Aug 10, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87449240226?pwd=MURvVkYrUnhTWmdMSVN1Qk9RcTB2dz09Meeting ID: 874 4924 0226
Passcode: 812991

Topic: Parents & Community Reopening Plan Forum
Time: Aug 10, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81394571332?pwd=bm13V095U3RwMVdJbWZSWDJGQ09jQT09Meeting ID: 813 9457 1332
Passcode: 81ANyx

Topic: Special Education Reopening Plan Forum
Time: Aug 11, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89019399136?pwd=WmRYYjRSNkN1TnFrdFZTdWZoUDNYZz09Meeting ID: 890 1939 9136
Passcode: A6k58A

Georgetown Schools Reopening Plan COVID 19 Update #21

Georgetown Reopening Plan FINAL

COVID 19 Update #21 July 29, 2020
Hello Georgetown Community friends,
I hope you and your family are staying well and enjoying life in these crazy COVID times. I know many people are enjoying vacation and hopefully you are all using the safety guidelines to keep yourselves and others safe. It is so difficult to remember that there is global pandemic going on when things seem so normal. Thankfully in Massachusetts the transmission rates remain low and this phased in plan for reopening continues to show positive results. We are in regular contact with the Board of Heath and following the local statistics to help us determine the best course of action when it comes to reopening schools in the fall.
As you may know, the state, through the Governor’s and the Education Commissioner’s Offices, are encouraging schools to return in person for as many students as possible in the fall using the low metrics in MA , the research on the positive effects of having students in school and the advice of some of the best medical experts in the field of pediatrics and infectious disease that are saying it is safe to return to school with health and safety guidelines in place. This week, an initial draft of a plan that includes three scenarios is due to the Department of Elementary and Secondary for review. The Georgetown School Committee will be receiving a presentation from me tomorrow night July 30 at 6:30 via zoom regarding the specifics of those plans and the recommendation we are making, outlined in the Reopening Schools Plan Fall 2020, which is being also being made available to the staff and community today. While there is no limit to the number of people who can tune in on zoom, the opportunities to ask questions will be limited to the public comment in the chat. I also want to let you know that this meeting will be recorded and will also be available for review on GCTV Community Access television. I will also be posting slides with important information following the meeting.
Following the meeting, I will be hosting a number of meetings where community and staff can come and ask questions. These are posted below and will be on zoom. Links will be provided and posted on the district website and the district’s Facebook , twitter and Instagram pages. Here are the dates and times for these meetings and I hope if you have questions one of these sessions will work for you.
Tuesday, August 4 @ 12:00-1:00 PM GMHS Faculty & Staff; 2:00-3:00 PM Penn Brook Faculty & Staff
Tuesday, August 4 @ 6:30-7:30PM – Parents and Community
Wednesday, August 5 @ 10:00-11:00 AM and 6:30-7:30 PM – Penn Brook Plan
Thursday, August 6 @ 10:00-11:00 AM and 6:30-7:30 PM – Middle High School Plan
Monday, August 10 @ 12:00-1:00 PM GMHS Faculty & Staff; 2:00-3:00 PM Penn Brook Faculty & Staff
Monday, August 10@ 10:00-11:00 AM and 6:30-7:30 PM- Parents and Community
Tuesday, August 11@ 6:30-7:30 – Special Education
I am also in the process of scheduling a few sessions for parents with health experts from our region who are working with us to keep the medical aspects of our plan current and to help us understand the health and safety risks. These dates are currently being scheduled but watch for them. I know when I meet with them I feel more confident in our decision to reopen school with this more cautious approach and continue to work toward returning to full in person school if and when it is safe to do so while we see what this virus does next. We have to learn to live with this virus because even with the progress toward a vaccine, experts are saying that this could be around for a couple of years. Working on a safe and gradual return with clear guidelines and safety protocols in place will give us the chance to ease into this “new normal” that we may be dealing with for some time.
This plan is a work in progress and will change as we get more information and make more decisions on the specifics about how this plan will be operationalized. We are working to answer close to 100 questions and each one has up to ten logistics to figure out. It is a daunting task but one that is important if we are going to bring students and staff back into the safest environment possible so the magic of teaching and learning can happen. There is a lot of information in this plan. I have tried to include as much backup as I thought you might need to understand the plan and feel comfortable making the best decision for your child and family knowing how things will work. I will continue to post updates and share information and you should feel comfortable sending emails directly to me at jacobsc@georgetown.k12.ma.us.
I know these are scary and uncertain times. Together we will get through this and I am confident in our leadership team, faculty and staff and teams of experts to make this plan not only work but work well. The safety of our staff , students and families while providing the best education possible will be our goal and I look forward to working with all of you. Please stay well!

Here is the reopening plan for Georgetown Public Schools. You can find it HERE.

Georgetown Reopening Plan FINAL

Bus Registration

Bus Invitations will be emailed on Thursday and Friday (July 30, 31). The window is only one week, and registrations are due Friday, August 7. Details will be in the email to all families with students eligible for transportation. It’s common for the email to go to the junk or spam folder, so if you’re expecting an email, please look there. The subject will include the term 2020-2021 Bus Registration. If you know an eligible family who may not monitor this page, please let help them meet the deadline by alerting them to look for the email.

Covid Update #20

Hello Georgetown Community,
I hope you had a great and safe Fourth of July celebrating COVID style! It is hard to believe that we are already a couple of weeks into July and it seems that time is passing so quickly! This may be because we are working so hard to figure out the best way to return to school in the fall and if you watch the news you can see that this is not a clear and easy decision.

2020-2021 Reopening Schools (Parent Survey)

Take the 2020-2021 Reopening Schools Parent Survey HEREhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DD2DT9R