Epsom Central School!
Principal – Patrick Connors Assistant Principal – Jonathan Herod Special Education Coordinator – Tami Preve
Technology Coordinator – Paul Gagnon Instructional Facilitator – Jennifer Seavey
Welcome Back Epsom Central Families,
Epsom is now wrestling with how to effectively manage the public health risks of COVID-19 while simultaneously resuming the core functions of our society. It is abundantly clear that this public health crisis will ripple through our communities and impact schools and students for years to come. Amidst this, the Epsom School District remains committed to the health and well-being of all school community members, and to supporting the academic progress of all students. Through this document, we strive to offer guidance, technical support, best practices and alternate solutions as we prepare to continue providing instruction to students under uncertain and evolving circumstances.
We know this continues to be an immensely difficult time for families, in Epsom and throughout the country. We now collectively face the significant challenge of preparing for the 2020-2021 school year. We are grateful for the Epsom community and the tremendous dedication and commitment they have for their students’ education. Together, despite these circumstances, we can continue to maximize the potential of all of Epsom’s learners.
Over the past month we have been reviewing multiple district, state, national, and federal documents to develop the best plan for our community. We have held multiple full day SAU meetings with all administrators and some department Specialists. The ECS Reopening Committee had multiple meetings with school counselors, our school nurse, parents, support staff, office staff, administrators, special educators, and a physician from the community.
Based on the guidance from the CDC and the Back to School Guidelines, the Board has reviewed and approved the plans to start the school year with a hybrid model in order to make the safest transition back to the building from six months of Covid-19 related changes. The plan is to adjust to a full day in-school experience as soon as we can to be safely physically distant for students, staff, and substitutes once everyone is familiar with the procedures and expectations as defined by the CDC, N.H. Governor’s Office, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the N.H. Department of Education. The Board will review the status of our current return to school plan at their September 10, 2020 Board meeting.
The descriptions of each of these plans are located within this document. In all cases a family has the option to utilize the VLACS (Virtual Learning Academy) for all students K-8 and still return to Epsom Central School as soon as your family feels it will be possible. Having your child work with VLACS does not need to be a yearlong commitment and special education services will still be available in either an in-person or remote manner. We understand that decisions to send your child to school are all unique. If you decide that you feel it is best to have your child work on VLACS during this Covid-19 period or homeschool, please email this to [email protected], by Monday, August 3rd. We will then email you the details on how to contact VLACS and remain connected with ECS, remain connected with ECS with home schooling, or to register your child for a complete year of home schooling. Home education information can be found at: http://sau.sau53.org/
The details listing your child’s homeroom teacher and the hybrid group (Tuesday/Thursday vs. Wednesday/Friday) will be sent to you during the week of August 3, 2020 once all families have decided about the return to ECS. Students with siblings at the high school will be scheduled for the same days as Pembroke to be prepared if Pembroke moves to a hybrid schedule.
Please see the attached plan and updated calendar within the document and reach out with any questions.
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