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November 24, 2020

Dear Leverett students and families:

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at Leverett Elementary School. The Coronavirus/COVID19 pandemic has made this a year like none other & hopefully we’ll not see another like it for many years to come!

The administration and School Committee spent countless hours this summer developing return to school plans which were approved in early August. All school districts were charged with approving In Person plans, Hybrid plans, and Remote plans. While we recognize that not none of these plans is ideal on its own as there are health, educational, and emotional risks associated with all options, the goal is that the combined usefulness of the plans will allow for continuity of education. The School Committee understands and appreciates the challenges LES families have been facing and appreciates everyone’s flexibility and commitment to our community’s health and well being.

All of the staff at LES are dedicated professionals who are committed to providing the best possible educational environment in which to learn, grow and thrive. In October, the School Committee and the teachers agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding concerning staff working conditions during the pandemic. This was no simple feat as much had to be learned to ensure safety for staff and students regardless of the reopening phase schedule.

Many of you are returning families and we are glad you and your children will be part of the community again this year.  To those of you who are new to LES, welcome! We hope that you will come to love LES as much as we do.

To help ensure a healthy and safe school year, we cannot stress enough the importance of following social distancing, mask wearing, and hand cleaning guidelines and taking the necessary steps for the safety of yourself, your family, and our community. Each decision we make as individuals is significant and has the potential to impact our school as well as the larger community. We ask that everyone do their part by minimizing social contacts, gatherings, and travel over the coming months. Without strict adherence to these protective measures, LES may find itself unable to continue in person education which will hurt its most vulnerable and early learner populations the most.

The attached handbook contains important school related information that we hope will help you and your family. The school administration and School Committee have tried to make the handbook comprehensive and comprehensible. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know.   

One of the great aspects of LES is its wonderfully close and supportive community. Family involvement in school events and activities is crucial both to student success and that of the school as a whole. Your input is valuable and your participation in school activities is critical. This year, while unlike any other, there are still options for voluntary participation, including the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), which organizes events and raises funds for field trips and other important school programs and the Leverett Education Foundation (LEF) which raises money to fund grants to LES and also serves to educate the community about the complicated budget challenges our town faces annually.

The School Committee welcomes family and community input and participation.  You can learn about the school policies that inform this handbook on the school’s website, as well as when our meetings schedule.  We meet on the first Monday of most months throughout the school year, at 6:00 p.m. Please check the school calendar.  

Please do not hesitate to contact me or any other member of the School Committee with any questions or ideas you may have.  We encourage you to reach out to us regarding policy issues affecting the entire community, and you can learn more about what the School Committee does on page 45 of the Handbook.  

Once again, welcome, and on behalf of the School Committee, I wish you all a healthy and wonderful 2020-2021 school year.

Sincerely,

Craig Cohen
LES School Committee Chair