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Family Update Letter #2 - July 29, 2020

Dear Lynn Public Schools Community,

I am writing to update you on information related to reopening this fall.  As has been the case since March, we remain in a situation that is fluid with new information and guidelines released on a regular basis.  Our work involves interpreting the information and guidance and bringing it to bear on our reopening planning.  Rest assured that no priority supersedes the health and safety of our beloved students and staff.  Our planning continues with this priority front of mind along with input/feedback from you.

Approximately 43% of Lynn Public Schools households participated in the recent reopening survey. Kindly follow these links ( Family and Student) to view the results from the family and student (grades 6-12) surveys.  I have removed the narrative comments due to the sensitive and private nature of some of them.  There are significant takeaways from the responses that help in our planning.  Here are a few:

  • The majority of parents/guardians who participated in the survey are willing to send their children back to in-person instruction in the fall.
  • Relative to messaging, parents/guardians are most interested in hearing about the district’s alignment to Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and state health guidelines and how their student will be supported academically.
  • A majority of parents/guardians indicated that their students would need support in the area of adjusting to new routines more so than other areas.
  • The majority of Parents/guardians ranked the two-day hybrid model as their first or second choice.

I believe deeply in soliciting and responding to input/feedback and will continue to do so.

Relative to reopening, just yesterday, Commissioner Riley released a memorandum indicating that the school year would be 170 days (as opposed to 180) and that all districts must begin their school year by September 16th.  The first day of instruction must be preceded by 10 days during which staff will receive training.  The school calendar must be agreed upon by local unions and the Lynn School Committee.  It is my hope to share a school year calendar the week of August 10th.

Finally, by way of reminder, I have planned two virtual town halls for LPS families. This is an opportunity to communicate specifics of reopening planning, but also to hear your concerns and, to the extent possible, respond to your questions. The sessions are as follows:

Health and Safety -  Thursday, August 6th  6pm
Teaching and Learning  - Monday,  August 10th  6pm

Links to the sessions are forthcoming.  Whether or not you are able to attend, I welcome any thoughts, concerns, or ideas to be sent to  I am genuinely interested in your thoughts.

Yours in partnership,

Patrick Tutwiler, PhD

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Reopening Framework For Fall 2020 - June 9, 2020
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Phase 2 Remote Learning Plans
May 18th - June 2020
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Seniors - Graduation Update
May 19, 2020
LPS Grading Procedure For 2019-2020 - May 11, 2020
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Pandemic EBT Program - May 04, 2020
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Local Emergency and Food Resources
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Next School Committee Meeting - Wednesday August 05, 2020 - 6:30 PM
Superintendent's Advisory Committee Focus Group Meeting - TBA
Reopening Of The Parent Information Center
The Parent Information Center will resume registrations for the 2020-2021 school year on Monday June 22, 2020.  
Beginning on Monday June 15, 2020, parents may call (781) 592-8796 to schedule an appointment for registration.
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School Committee & District Administration Commitment to Anti-Racism
ST Math Grant Awarded To LPS For Online Learning!
Free Online Citizenship Services For Permanent Residents
LPS Curriculum Resources - Open eBooks
Teacher Aide Awards Postings - Teacher Aide Awards April 28, 2020
Spanish Learning Resources - Recursos en español para continuar el aprendizaje en casa
The Census is Safe, Easy and Confidential - Stand And Be Counted, Contact LEO for assistance!
Local Area, Health and Social Emotional Learning Resources - Visit Our Resources and Learning Page Here!
FY21 Budget Feedback - Your Input Is Important, Click Here To Leave Feedback Regarding Our FY21 Budget
Lynn Parks and Recreation - Virtual Youth Exercise Program! Details and Signup Instructions Are Here!
Staying Connected During the Coronavirus Situation - Internet Essentials From Comcast, Details Here!

In Response to the Death of George Floyd

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CONGRATULATIONS! To Chris P, Grade 2 at the Lincoln-Thomson Elementary School!
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Events and Activities
- LEHS MCJROTC TAKES TOP HONORS - January, 25, 2020 Story and Photo!
District Information and Announcements
- PARENT INFO CENTER - January 2020 Newsletter (Multi-Language PDF)
- JANUARY 2020 DISTRICT UPDATE - "Every Student, Every Day" Attendance Initiative!
- EARLY RELEASE LETTER/SCHEDULE - Details/Schedule Beginning January 23, 2020
- DELAYED SCHOOL OPENINGS INFO - Important Information and Start Times
- LPS ATTENDANCE POLICY - Updated Attendance Policy (English and Spanish)
- LPS SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR - Download The 2019-2020 School Year Calendar
- BROCHURES - "Excellence and Innovation in Education" and "Facts Brochure"
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