Daily Archives: March 18, 2020

Thinking Of My Georgetown Family

Greetings Georgetown Community,

I hope you are all safe, healthy, and enjoying time with family, friends, and loved ones.

This pandemic is unprecedented. Massachusetts is in a state of emergency, and the Governor has closed our schools. All kids, but particularly the students for which I am responsible, depend on our schools for safety, kindness, social relations, and support. It has been such a chore for me to explain to my own children why they are not in school, as it just so difficult for their young minds to fully comprehend the issues at hand. Heck, I am having a hard time understanding it all myself.

Of course, I worry about all students, but more so those with significant health issues, autism, and social emotional challenges. For various reasons, these students often do not fully understand the circumstances we all face, and can be confused, uncomfortable, and upset about the sudden change in routines.

As I work to take care of my family, please know that the Georgetown families are always on my mind as well. I want to ensure that I am available and accessible to all of you during this time of challenge and uncertainty. I have asked special education staff to reach out to all of you to make sure that all is well, and that your children are able to access the enrichment opportunities sent home by our teachers.

I have been involved in numerous conference calls with both the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education and the Associate Commissioner for Special Education. Through their guidance, the support of my colleagues both internally and from other organizations, and the leadership of Superintendent Jacobs, I firmly believe that we will be in a positive position to ensure a successful re-entry back into our schools when that time comes.

For your information, Georgetown Public Schools is not planning to hold any virtual IEP meetings or looking to conduct any evaluations during the school closure. The MADESE has provided information that districts will be held harmless of timelines. Please know that if your child’s IEP expires during the school closure, it will remain in “Stay Put” until we are able to catch up on all of the missed meetings. I am expecting to have an abundance of meetings once we return to school, and so much appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we being to re-schedule.

I know how challenging this time is for everyone, and I hope I can help maintain any sense of normalcy for our students throughout. Please know that you and your families are all in my thoughts. I have been in the office this week, so please feel free to contact me by phone or email with any questions or concerns.

Land Line:      (978) 352 – 5777 x. 101

Email:             tianoj@georgetown.k12.ma.us

All My Best,

Jack

Information & Guidance From MADESE

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