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School Committee

September, 2021

 Dear Leverett students and families:

 Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at Leverett Elementary School. We are delighted to have all of LES’ students back in our wonderful building in person!

 The School Committee and the teachers agreed to a new Memorandum of Understanding concerning staff working conditions during the pandemic for this school year. This agreement includes universal mask wearing, a vaccine mandate for all staff, and our current cohort model among other safety measures. If you or other vaccine eligible family members have not yet been vaccinated, please do so to protect yourself and our community. Hopefully our elementary school age children will be approved for the COVID-19 vaccine soon which will continue to help ensure LES as a safe environment for learning. We thank you for your cooperation and support!

 To help keep this a healthy and safe school year, we cannot stress enough the importance of continuing to follow basic social distancing, mask wearing, and hand cleaning guidelines. 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 indoor gatherings over the coming months. These protective measures will go a long way to help LES remain safe and COVID-19 free.

 Many of you are returning families and we are glad you and your children are 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.

 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. There are many 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 input and participation. You can learn about the school policies that inform this handbook on the school’s website, as well as about our meetings. We meet on the first Monday of most months throughout the school year, at 6:00 p.m. Please check the school or town calendar and subscribe for reminders.

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.

Sincerely,

Craig Cohen
LES School Committee Chair