08.12.2020 Meeting Summary

Posted by MSC on 8/14/2020


“If there’s a silver lining in any of this, it may be that it gives us all a chance to reimagine things.”

—Carolyn Miller, School Committee Chair


 Phased Re-Opening



Public Comments/Questions Of note:

  • Attendance on the zoom meeting reached 350 
  • Audience members asked questions about teachers, dynamics between the remote and hybrid models, building safety measures, safe behavior outside of school, hands-on/physical classes, community service and mental health 
  • The committee also shared an overview of the aggregated questions coming in from the community questions survey (below), highlighting academic rigor and accountability, safety concerns, mental health concerns, sports, college planning, among many others
  • This two-question community survey continues to be available where parents, students and staff can ask their most pressing questions. These questions are being organized and answered (as answers become known) in regular school committee update meetings, and a community forum to be scheduled soon.


Dr. Harvey presented a Recommendation


School Committee Members Deliberated, highlights include:

  • Shared desire for students to have connections with teachers and each other
  • Shared concerns about mental health
  • Empathy with families who want kids back in building
  • Realizations from bus/building tours of different school environment and multiple layers of challenges in ensuring safety
  • Realization of extreme challenges to collaboration/interaction in physical classroom with new protocols
  • Recognition of interaction and learning in different ways
  • State COVID19 map as just one factor among many from DESE 
  • Remote schedule’s WIN block (“What I Need”)
  • Flipped classroom concept
  • Advantage of time in remote schedule for online student training about hybrid protocols, procedures 


Reopening Plan Votes

  • Unanimous approval of presented reopening plan for DESE
  • 10-1 in favor of starting this school year in the Remote Model on September 21, with review of conditions on October 7, toward goal of phasing into Hybrid Model October 19


Further notes can be found in the Summary Notes* from the 08/12/2020 meeting.  *These are not meeting minutes and not intended to be a transcription of the meeting.




8/10/20 Working Session Video (3:44:00 total)


8/12/20 School Committee Meeting (2:03:53 total; see video time markers below)

  • 0:00:00 Committee Chair Opening Remarks
  • 0:05:40 Community Member Questions
  • 0:33:50 Reopening Plan Summary and Recommendations
  • 0:49:17 Committee Questions and Answers
  • 1:11:45 Committee Deliberations


District highlights: 


Community resources:


NEXT SC Meeting: 

Our next regular School Committee meeting will be Wednesday, September 2 at 7pm

Meeting agendas, minutes, documents, and videos are posted on-line at: https://www.masconomet.org/domain/41