School committee to discuss back-to-school plan Tuesday

Abington school officials are still working through what school will look like this fall, and the discussion will continue at Tuesday’s school committee meeting.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m., and will again be held remotely. Those interested in calling into the meeting can do so by dialing 1-646-558-8656; Meeting ID: 817 3006 4365; Password: 159012.

Anyone with questions during the meeting can email Questions will be answered at the end of the meeting.

With the lingering COVID-19 pandemic likely to continue through the fall, school officials in Abington – and across Massachusetts – have been charged by the state department of education with devising a plan specific to the town

Communities have three options to choose from: in classroom learning, remote learning, or a combination of the two.

Complicating things is the fact that guidance from state education and public health officials seems to change weekly, says School Committee Chairwoman Wendy Happel. School officials are also weighing feedback received from a parental survey.

“[We] will have time to digest the models, come up with ways to improve them, add additional models or ideas. We will take in to consideration the surveys completed by parents, teachers, and students including all their comments. We have a subcommittee meeting with members of the Abington Teachers Union next week to discuss their ideas and needs as well,” said Happel.

“We know we won’t please everyone but we will do our very best to do what is right for the students of Abington.”

Schools superintendent Peter Schafer talked about some of these challenges during an interview last week with the Abington News hosted by Abington Community Access & Media.

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