Somerville Hydrangeas

Fall 2020

Back to School Planning

Coronavirus Information and Updates

Summer Weekly & Other Updates from Superintendent Mary Skipper

August 4, 2020 Notice to Families about Remote Start in Fall -  English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Nepali
July 31, 2020 Update - English, Spanish, Portuguese
July 24, 2020 Joint Statement / Update from Mayor Curtatone, School Committee Chair Normand, and Superintendent Skipper - English, Spanish, Portuguese
July 17, 2020 Update - English, Spanish, Portuguese
July 10, 2020 Update - English, Spanish, Portuguese
July 2, 2020 Update - English, Spanish, Portuguese
June 25, 2020 Update - English, Spanish, Portuguese

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Somerville Back to School Plan

Planning for school re-entry in the fall of 2020 is ongoing through July in accordance with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's guidance and working in partnership with the City and Somerville Health and Human Services. The final plan is due to DESE on August 10th and will also be posted to this site. Along with DESE guidance, the plan will be informed by the most recent health guidelines and recommendations, with the health and safety of students, staff, and families at the forefront of our decision-making. As conditions change, adjustments to our plan will be made accordingly.

School-specific logistics

As part of the fall 2020 Back-to-School district planning efforts, school re-entry teams will be identifying school-specific needs and logistics for fall 2020 throughout July 2020. School-specific logistics will be posted on each school's School Community page in early August.

Guidance from State

On Thursday, June 25, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released their initial Return to School Guidance for schools reopening this fall (see Guidance document below). The initial guidance prioritizes the opportunity for in-person learning, with comprehensive health and safety requirements. A summary of the guidance is available in this press release. DESE continues to offer additional guidance as districts plan for an appropriate return to teaching and learning this fall.  

DESE Initial Guidance - June 25, 2020

DESE Additional Guidance - July 10, 2020

DESE Fall 2020 Reopening FAQ - as of July 10, 2020