Coronavirus [COVID-19]: March 19, 2020
On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Superintendent-Director Edward A. Bouquillon issued the following email to families to clarify expectations for online learning during the ongoing school closure:
March 19, 2020
Dear Minuteman High School Community:
I am writing to clarify our expectations for online learning during the duration of our school closure due to the coronavirus. I thank all of you understanding that, in some respects, we are figuring out this process as we go along due to the unprecedented nature of this global emergency. As you are aware, Minuteman High School is closed until April 6, but there is a possibility of a prolonged closure. We continue to follow directives from local, state, and federal authorities.
First and foremost, we want to ensure that all our students are participating in online enrichment learning in order to prevent the regression of skills attained during the school year. Students are to complete two assignments per week per class. Online enrichment activities will not have a negative impact on a student’s overall grade.
State and federal education officials have said that districts are not required to provide special education services during coronavirus-related school closures if districts are utilizing online learning for enrichment and practice purposes. Minuteman’s special education staff is regularly reaching out to students receiving special education services to provide support. We will continue to check in with special education students to help them stay on a positive trajectory while also reassuring them that these are unusual circumstances, and students will not be penalized for having difficulties.
On Tuesday, we emailed a letter to parents/guardians of all students receiving special education services to outline our plan for the next few weeks. This letter has been posted to our website.
Minuteman is very fortunate to have the resources that many other districts around the state lack. We are also fortunate to have a highly skilled team of educators who are willing, capable, and committed to using our resources to help all our students stay on track.
We wholeheartedly acknowledge that online enrichment learning is no replacement for education received in the classroom. However, during these unprecedented times, we must continue to work together to do what’s in the best interests of our students and one another as we prepare for the world of the future.
Please email me directly if you have any questions or concerns.
Edward A. Bouquillon, PhD
Minuteman High School