David P. Raiche
April 21, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff:
Gov. Baker Extends Statewide School Closure Through End of School Year
The superintendents of the King Philip Regional School District, Norfolk Public Schools, Wrentham Public Schools and Plainville Public Schools announce that, in accordance with a new order from Gov. Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Tri-Town public schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic. The statewide closure of schools, originally set to end on April 7 and previously extended to May 4, has been further extended through the end of the school year. The last day of school for the districts are as follows: King Philip - June 18 Norfolk - June 15 Wrentham - June 17 Plainville - June 17, 2020. The extended closure of schools is an unprecedented step in limiting the potential spread of COVID-19 and continuing the practice of social distancing as more positive cases and deaths are announced in the state each day. All athletic programs, events and after school activities will remain suspended and fields, playgrounds and play areas will remain closed until further notice. Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey Riley canceled MCAS for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year across grades 3-10. The Commissioner has not yet made a decision regarding competency determination for high school graduation. Discussions about events like graduation, prom and academic awards ceremonies will be discussed in the coming days and weeks and further information will be shared as it becomes available. The superintendents and district leaders will continue to monitor the guidance and regulations of local, state and federal health experts as the situation evolves. The health and safety of students, parents, teachers and staff is the number one priority of each school district.
Remote Learning: Remote learning will continue through the end of the school year. Commissioner Riley will be releasing additional guidance and recommendations to school districts statewide within the coming days. Teachers and administrators have worked since the initial school closure to support students' connections to their school community and classwork. During the school closure, teachers have remained vigilant and mindful of their individual students’needs and have made adjustments according to those needs. Teachers will continue to reach out to students and families on a regular basis throughout the remainder of the school closure.
2019/2020 School Calendar
Prior to the decision made by Governor Baker to close schools, effective March 16, 2020, we were scheduled to add three (3) make-up days to the end of the 2019/2020 school year calendar. The first was scheduled due to my decision to close schools because of weather conditions on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The second and third days were scheduled due to my decision to close our buildings for deep cleaning on Monday, March 9, 2020 and Friday, March 13, 2020.
With schools continuing to remain closed until Monday, May 4, 2020 at the earliest, the Plainville School Committee met virtually on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 and voted to schedule all three (3) make-up days during this year’s April vacation week. As a result, remote learning lessons and activities will be scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 21, 2020; Wednesday, April 22, 2020; and Thursday, April 23, 2020.
MCAS Testing Spring 2020
Jeff Riley, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts just announced the cancellation of MCAS testing for spring 2020. His official statement included the following language: “We previously requested and received a waiver from the federal requirement for annual statewide student assessments. Now, with the state legislation enacted, the MCAS testing requirement is waived for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.” In accordance with this decision Plainville Public School students will not participate in MCAS testing this year.
We remain hopeful that schools will reopen next month with all staff and students coming together under one roof. In the meantime please take care of yourself and others.
Classes to be held during the April Vacation Break:
Monday, April 20, 2020 No classes, Patriots Day
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Remote learning classes will take place
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Remote learning classes will take place
Thursday, April 23, 2020 Remote learning classes will take place
Friday, April 24, 2020 No classes
Wishing you the best,
David P. Raiche
Superintendent of Schools
General Information For Parents
- Teens Tweens and Quarantine on May 19 2020
- Mindful Parenting Webinar May 14 2020
- DESE Family Letter dated May 8 2002
- School Closure Extended Through End of Academic Year
- Parent Survey on Community Needs April 2020
- Supt Memo to Parents on State Plan for Remote Learning March 30 2020
- Letter from DESE Commissioner Jeff Riley - March 30
- School District Update - March 27
- Regional Immediate Press Release - March 25
- Coronavirus Update March 16: Town Buildings Closed to the Public
- Regional Immediate Press Release - March 16
- Regional Immediate Press Release - March 13
- March 11th Message from the Supt of Schools
- COVID-19 Printable Fact Sheets from Mass.gov (available in multiple languages)
- March 9th Message from the Supt of Schools
- Guidance for Keeping Workplace, School and Home Safe
- Important Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Wellness Flyer Feb 26 in Plainville Making Sense of Healthcare Financing
- March 4th Presentation at King Philip Substance Use In Our Community
- KP, Norfolk,Wrentham and Plainville Districts Receive Grant for Mental Health Services -April 5th
- Annual Asbestos Letter
- Parent District Surveys 2018
- Talking to Children about Violence