Dear Staff and Families,
In order to address growing numbers of COVID cases and an anticipated surge in cases resulting from holiday gatherings, the state has designated January 4th-6th as distance learning days for all schools in the state and has allowed districts to stagger re-entry of students from January 7th through the 15th. At its meeting last night, the Smithfield School Committee discussed the options and decided to have all grades remain on distance learning from January 4th through the 8th. Grades PK-6 will return to full, in-person learning, and grades 7-12 will return to the hybrid model on January 11th, unless the numbers of cases rise significantly over the next few weeks. Certain special education programming may begin earlier and those families with students in those programming should expect a notification from the special education director.
Principals will share additional information that is relevant to their grades. You will also be receiving a survey link soliciting your feedback about various aspects of our plan. While we know that we cannot please everyone, our goal is to best meet the needs of our students, staff, and families.
Judy Paolucci, Superintendent