School Reopening & COVID Info
School Reopening & COVID Information



School Reopening Information and Resources:



EPS Reopening and Repopulation Plan DRAFT 


Revised 2020-2021 School Calendar


Click on ECAT's links below to watch Dr. Cabral's 

DRAFT of the School Reopening Plan:


https://www.eastoncat.org/072820-pt-1

https://www.eastoncat.org/072820-pt-2



Letter to Parents and Staff from Dr. Cabral


Summer Newsletters:

August 7, 2020 Newsletter

July 31, 2020 Newsletter

July 24, 2020 Newsletter



Easton Public Schools

Dr. Lisha Cabral, Superintendent

50 Oliver St.
North Easton, MA 02356
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, Aug. 3, 2020
Contact: Leah Comins
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: leah@jgpr.net

Easton Public Schools Shares Update Regarding School Reopening Plans

Families Encouraged to View, Provide Feedback on Draft Reopening Plan

EASTON -- Superintendent Lisha Cabral would like to share with community members the steps the district has taken toward building a plan for school reopening in the fall and invites the Easton community to review and provide feedback on the draft reopening plan.

 
The district convened seven working groups that included more than 160 educators, administrators, Easton Educators Association representatives, school committee members, parents, students, town officials and community members. The groups analyzed each area of need in the district to prepare to create reopening plans.

On Tuesday, July 28, the district shared a draft of its preferred back to school plan with the school committee. This plan is a draft, and must be approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Easton School Committee before the selected plan can be published in full detail and begin to be implemented.

 
The draft plan is available for review on the district’s website here.

 
Additionally, the full school committee meeting regarding the draft plan is available for viewing here. Those who view the meeting should note that there is a "Part 1" video and "Part 2" video for the full meeting.

Frequently asked questions regarding the return to school are also posted on the district website and can be viewed here. The page is frequently updated and any additional questions that are not addressed in the document can be submitted to Lynn Souza at LSouza@easton.k12.ma.us.

Parents will receive a second survey by email within the next two weeks that will ask for feedback on the draft plan. Parents are asked to view the presentation and read the FAQs, as well as ask any additional questions they may have before completing the survey. It is important that parents complete the survey with as much knowledge of what to expect as possible so that the district has accurate data to take into account for the next phase of planning.

 
Families and staff will receive a telephone call notifying them that the survey is available. The district will send only one email per family to the person that has been identified as the "primary" contact to help ensure only one response from each family to maintain the accuracy of the data. Families are urged to check all emails and spam folders if they are having difficulty finding the survey once it is released.

 
"I would like to thank the members of our working groups who contributed their time and feedback in evaluating our options, health and educational guidance and the needs of our students as we moved through the process to create our draft plan. We will continue to carefully monitor additional guidance and feedback and adjust the plan as necessary," Superintendent Cabral said. "I urge our school community to review the plan and frequently asked questions document before completing the second survey. We value your feedback as we move forward with a plan that we believe will provide the best possible learning experience while ensuring student and staff safety is the paramount consideration."

 
The final plan will be submitted for a school committee vote on Thursday, Aug. 6. The meeting information will be posted on the Town of Easton website along with a Zoom link. Viewers can also access the meeting via livestream on the Easton Community Access Television (ECAT) Facebook page. The meeting will also be recorded and made available on the ECAT website.

 
Once approved by the school committee, the full details of the final plan will be shared with the community.





 


COVID-19 Information and Resources:

 

 

June 25, 2020

Dear EPS Community,

Today at noon, Governor Baker’s office and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will release their initial guidance about reopening schools this fall.  We applaud the level of thought and care that went into the development of this guidance, and we share its goal of the safe return of as many students as possible to in-person school settings in order to best meet students’ academic, social, and emotional needs.

This guidance must be appropriately tailored to meet the circumstances and needs of each community. Over the coming days and weeks, we will be reviewing the guidance to begin to understand how it impacts what we can do in Easton. We also acknowledge that these initial guidelines do not address every topic and that there will be additional guidance coming from the state throughout the summer. While some media outlets have released documentation in advance of the Governor’s announcement, I would request that you only use the document we are providing as your source of information. Different iterations may be in circulation, but the one attached is directly from the Commissioner’s Office. The full document can be found HERE, but these are some of the key components:

  • Current medical research supports a safe in-person return to school - with preventive measures in place - as infection and transmission rates are lower for children than adults.

  • Preventive measures include masks/face coverings, physical distancing, handwashing, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces.

  • Masks/face coverings will be required for all students in Grade 2 and above and for all adults; they are recommended for students in Grade 1 and below.

  • Based upon current medical research, and in conjunction with other preventive measures, a minimum physical distance of three feet has been established.

  • This is the “Initial Guidance.” There will be further guidance coming to us in July.

  • The Commissioner indicates that we need at least level funded budgets along with aid for additional costs to make the plan work. This is not guaranteed funding, but we will work hard to advocate for it.

The district is now required to develop three separate plans for submission to DESE; one for return to full, in-person instruction with safety requirements, one for full remote learning, and one for hybrid learning that combines in-person and remote learning. Based upon the current medical situation, the expectation from DESE today is that students will return to full, in-person instruction in September; however, that is subject to change based upon how the medical situation develops.

We want to remind you that the district has already convened seven working groups to analyze each area of need in the district in preparation for this directive. This information was provided in the June 15th message sent to all families and staff. It can be accessed for reference via the district website on the Superintendent page.These working groups will now focus on the guidance received as they make plans and create the reports that will detail how we will operate in Easton. We realize the significance of family and staff planning for childcare, work schedules, etc. in the fall. The plans for Easton will be shared as soon as they are available and updated as frequently as needed due to any changes in the health and medical information we receive throughout the summer.

We acknowledge that there are likely to be more questions than answers at this time, and we will continue to communicate with you in the coming weeks and months. Again, we encourage you to read the full guidance document from the Commissioner HERE . 

Once again we find ourselves asking for your support and patience as we navigate this new challenge in unprecedented times. We assure you that the safety and wellness of our students and staff will remain our priority. Thank you for understanding this is an important process that will be difficult and time consuming. We are committed to producing the information for Easton as responsibly and as quickly as possible.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lisha Cabral

Superintendent



May 3, 2020 

Good Afternoon EPS Families,

As you know, last week, the Governor officially closed all schools in the Commonwealth for the remainder of the school year. On Friday evening, Commissioner Riley came out with what he is calling Phase 3 of the Remote Learning Experience, which provides guidance for districts moving forward. This guidance also highlights specific content that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has determined to be critical content for students to move from one grade to the next. This content is called “Power Standards.” 

The administrators and curriculum leaders met early this week to review the document and decide on guidelines moving forward. It is validating that most of the recommendations that the Commissioner outlined are already in place here in Easton. The four goals that the Commissioner outlined are to: 


1. Prioritize meaningful connections with educators and peers. 

2. Provide engaging core instruction focused on the content standards most critical for students success in the next grade. 

3. Offer opportunities for enrichment, exercise and play. 

4. Ensure programming is accessible and communication is streamlined for students and families. 

The remote learning plans in Easton have always been driven by the content standards. The plans up until this point have been focused on standards that had already been covered throughout the year. With the new guidance highlighting the Power Standards, we now know the specific standards to focus on. 

Over this past week, our educators have been reviewing the Power Standards and placing them into three categories: 

1. Standards that have been covered to satisfaction 

2. Standards that have been covered but need review whether whole group, small group or individually 

3. Standards that have not been covered at all 

Upon review, our teams have seen that most of the Power Standards had been covered prior to closing. During the spring, standardized testing takes up much of the time as well as end of year events. Therefore, it is common that many standards would have already been introduced and potentially mastered by the end of March. However, there are a few at each grade level that are considered new. Since the announcement, educators have been working nonstop to once again pivot how they deliver instruction. May 11th will be the earliest date that families can begin seeing new content. In addition to the new standards, some teachers may still be working through standards already covered as they may have determined those standards need further review. 

The Power Standards will be what drives our remote learning going forward. Please understand that while all teachers are working with the same content, delivery will continue to vary from teacher to teacher. These methods are carefully considered based on individual classrooms and the needs of all students. Some may see asynchronous teaching, which may be videos from platforms that students are used to seeing. It may also include pre-recorded videos created by staff members from the same grade or content even if it is not your child’s teacher. All staff members are working together as a team to create the learning plans. The Commissioner is recommending using an asynchronous format so that students will be able to watch lessons multiple times as needed while completing assignments as well as providing flexibility with accessibility for those who may have conflicting commitments or responsibilities during the school day. This also allows for our staff to truly differentiate the instruction for all students. The incorporation of asynchronous learning is all being decided by our highly trained teachers. 

We understand that all families are in various situations. While our remote learning plans are important, the safety and mental health of everyone is our top priority. Thank you for all of your continued support. 


Sincerely, 

Crissy Pruitt 
Assistant Superintendent

 

 

May 8, 2020 

 Dear Parents and Guardians,   

On behalf of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), thank you for your partnership and for helping make education possible for all children in the state during these difficult times. The importance of students’ and families’ health and well-being is never far from our minds. As a parent, I know that having schools in session, but school buildings closed, can be confusing and upsetting for students. As commissioner of K-12 public education in Massachusetts, my goal is to help all students stay safe and continue their learning.  

 As you know, in an effort to prevent further spread of COVID-19, the Governor has closed school buildings for the rest of this school year. Teaching and learning continue to take place remotely. The Department has helped schools respond through four phases of work. 

 1. The first phase began in mid-March, when schools were required to close for three weeks. The Department focused on student safety, nutrition, and other basic needs. Meeting these needs continue to be top priorities.  

2. The second phase started in late March, when schools were required to close through early May. The Department  provided initial guidance to schools (on March 24) and a letter to families (on March 30) along with a list of educational resources for remote learning. 

3. We are currently in the third phase. We now know that schools will be closed through the end of the school year (late June for most schools). Because of this, we released updated guidance on remote learning(download) on April 24 to help schools strengthen local efforts.  

4. We are also thinking ahead to the fourth phase, when students and staff will eventually  re-enter school buildings. We are working with school leaders, and health and safety experts to plan and prepare for this.  

Schools and teachers have been doing their best to support your children with remote learning. In your community this may or may not include online learning (using computers, tablets, phones, etc.), but remote learning can include any combination of resources supported by the school and teacher to help your child make progress in their education while classes are unable to be together. 

For more details about the updated remote learning guidance and other resources that may be helpful during school closures, please see the School Connectedness document that follows this letter. This letter will be posted on our Learning at Home web page, and other information is also available there. 

 

Thank you again for all you are doing to help your children learn, connect with their teachers, and continue important daily routines. If you have other questions for us not addressed here, you can email COVID19K12ParentInfo@mass.gov or call (781) 338-3700.

Sincerely, 


Jeffrey C. Riley 
Commissioner


SCHOOL CONNECTEDNESS

Information for Students' Families

During the COVID-19 School Closures

April 24, 2020
Good afternoon,

The Easton Public Schools is pleased to be able to share with you our new Counseling Website dedicated to parent resources during this pandemic.  Parenting can be tough at the best of times, but family life has changed dramatically during social isolation that’s been mandated by COVID-19. The good news is that children thrive in a variety of settings.  As parents, it's ok to shift your mindset and priorities while parenting during this unprecedented time.  This website was created with the goal of narrowing down the endless websites and articles written to identify key areas of need and techniques to help you respond in these unique times.

On the home page of the website, there is a Contact Us link for each building level. We encourage you to reach out to someone on our counseling staff if you have questions regarding your child or simply just need to talk. The emails are checked daily and someone will get back to you on school days within 24 hours.

https://sites.google.com/easton.k12.ma.us/eastontogether/home

As a community, we will get through this, together.  You are doing a good job and we are grateful for your support.  Please see the link below to hear Alicia Keys' new song, Good Job, in honor of all the essential workers.  Parents, you are absolutely essential!  Thank you for all that you do.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/23/entertainment/alicia-keys-cnn-song/index.html

 Theresa Skinner
Director of Special Services 

 

April 21, 2020 Press Release re: Gov. Baker School Buildings Closed 
April 11, 2020 Letter from Dr. Cabral re: MCAS

April 8, 2020 Letter from Dr. Cabral re: 2019-2020 School Calendar
April 6, 2020 letter from Special Services Director Theresa Skinner
Virtual School Committee Meeting Presentation of April 7, 2020

March 30, 2020 Letter from School Committee

March 30, 2020 Letter from Commissioner Riley & DESE
March 30, 2020 Update

March 20, 2020 Update 

March 15, 2020 Update
March 13, 2020 Update and Resources
March 11, 2020 Update
February 27, 2020 Update

 


School Information

(Links coming soon!) 


Oliver Ames High School
Easton Middle School
Richardson Olmsted School
Parkview Elementary School
Center Elementary School
Moreau Hall Elementary School


Parent Resources 

Parks & Athletic Fields Phase 1 of the Commwealth's Reopening
Parent FAQ

Food Service Information
Veteran Services
Special Education Resources
Ames Free Public Library Resources
Comcast free internet offerings
District's Expectations of Students and Families for Appropriate Virtual Technology Use
Free Online Performing Arts ClassesParent Guides
Parent Technology Guides and Tips
Parent Support Links

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Educational Resources
 
The listed resources are being updated weekly.

Staff Resources

Parks & Athletic Fields Phase 1 of the Commonwealth's Reopening
Staff Information

Professional Development
De-Stress Slideshow
Easton Public Schools Health Services


Town and Government Information

 


Easton COVID-19 Information and Resources 
Easton News Releases
Updates from the Centers for Disease Control
Updates from the Mass Department of Public Health


Other Announcements

(Please note:  All activity/event dates listed below

are postponed until further notice)

  

 
Easton School Committee Signs Resolution

in support of increased federal support and

stimulus funding for public K-12 education

and 

Anti-Racism Resolution

Oliver Ames High School

Virtual Art Show


 

PLEASE NOTE:  Changes made to the

School Committee Meeting schedule; 

Click here for updated schedule.





 


 FY 21 Budget Proposal

 


OA Presents 2020-2021 Program of Studies

and 

College and Career Connections




OA Social Studies Department Chair, Matt Auger

Presented New History & Social Studies Frameworks
 

  


PRESS RELEASE:

Collaboration between Easton Public Schools,Town of Easton

Yields National Budget Award

 

 

 

Press Release:

DESE Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Easton Public Schools

Week of January 27, 2020
 


As a part of our Equity Series sponsored through Easton University,

we were excited to bring

nationally acclaimed author, Jimmy Casas and 

Dr. Tyrone Howard Easton!

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Catch up on OA's Sports by following

https://twitter.com/OAHSTigersports


Easton Journal:

2019-11-07 09_40_48-Easton voters give go-ahead to $94.8M school project, 3,298 to 839 - News - East

"Easton Voters Give a Go-Ahead to $94.8 million

 School Project, 3,298 to 839"


 

A Thank-You Message

From Easton Public Schools Superintendent Lisha Cabral

Dear Easton Families,

It is my pleasure to announce that voters approved the debt exclusion override to fund the construction of the Easton Early Elementary School on Election Day today.

This is an exciting time for families in Easton. The district’s three current elementary schools are beyond their useful lives and create challenges for our educators in providing the 21st century education that our students deserve. 

By consolidating these schools into one state-of-the-art facility, we will continue to offer the high level of education you have come to expect in facilities that will match that quality. 

This new school, which will be built on the current site of the Parkview School, will also be designed with the most modern safety and security needs in mind.

Tuesday’s vote is the culmination of years of discussions and planning with the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Residents have been supportive from the beginning, starting with Town Meeting authorizing $1 million to fund the design phase in 2017. Voters then showed their overwhelming support for the project at a Special Town Meeting last month when they approved the borrowing for the project by a vote of 1,029 to 48.

The passage of this project would not have been possible without the hard work of the School Planning Committee, the project and design team from PMA Consultants and Perkins-Eastman, the School Committee and the Town Administration, including the elected Committees and Town Administrator Connor Read. 

We would also like to recognize the many staff members, parents, community partners, residents, and abutters who generously contributed their time and efforts in assisting us to create the educational plan, tune the design and provide important feedback and suggestions.

Finally, we humbly thank the voters for their continued support of the Easton Public Schools and the children we are so fortunate to serve.

We are entering an exhilarating time for the district as this new facility becomes a reality. We hope to break ground late next year and for students to move in for the 2022 school year. There will be many important decisions made between now and then, and we encourage residents, parents and Town officials to stay engaged during the entire process.

For more information and a full overview of the project, please visit the

Easton Early Elementary School Project website.
 

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Members of the School Administration, Town Administration,

and School Committee Members met with 

Senator Lewis, Senator Timilty, and Senator Brady

 to discuss educational funding for Easton

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2019-2020 School Improvement Plans

PK-2 Elementary Schools

Richardson Olmsted 

Easton Middle School

Oliver Ames High School

 

 


 

See Dr. Cabral's 

FY 20 Budget Presentation 

Compliments of ECAT!

 


OA's 2018 College Matriculation Data 

OA's 2018 AP Analysis 

OA's 2018 SAT Analysis


MCAS Assessment & AccountabilityResults Spring 2019

OA, EMS, RO 


 

Easton Public Schools Pay On Line

Pay Kindergarten, Preschool, and the PSAT Exam

 Unipay link