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Message from Superintendent Duerr

July 24, 2020

Dear Staff and Families,

August is nearly here! I hope you are enjoying outdoor activities like walking, biking, swimming, and kayaking. Outdoor activities are much safer than indoor activities. When enjoying activities that require closer distances, please be safe: wear a mask and keep your distance. Together we can increase the probability of our intent to return to school in September.

Our Parent/Staff Advisory Committee expressed concern that some students may have difficulty with transitioning to the new school environment (i.e, wearing masks, social distancing from teachers and other students). We know our children are extremely resilient, and we have been living in this modified environment for months, so we are hopeful. Even so, there may be value for caregivers to help our students, especially our younger students, prepare. Here are a few ideas families can do this summer to prepare our students for the transition to in-person learning.

  • Explain to your children that things are going to be different at school this year. Students will be expected to wear masks much of the day and be expected to social distance at all times.

  • Practice wearing masks and social distancing in the community.

  • Work with your children to become comfortable with wearing a mask for extended periods. Have them practice wearing a mask at home when reading, crafting, iPad’ing or Chromebook’ing, or playing video games.

  • Discuss the new set-up in school such as assigned seating in school and on the bus; desks arranged 4 to 6 feet apart; remaining in the same classroom all day in grades PreK - 8; keeping distance during lunch, recess, and group activities; and teachers distancing from students. Maybe even draw it out or find ways to visually show distances of 4 to 6 feet. You could use yoga mats, hula hoops, jump ropes, or tiles on the floor.

If you can actively work to prepare your child(ren) for a different school year, we believe the transition will be easier for everyone when we are back in school.

We are running a new campaign and asking our Clippers young and old to participate. Follow our social media next week to add your children’s designs to send the message that masks make a difference. We need to keep the COVID-19 cases low in Falmouth and on the Cape, so we can get back to school.

#MasksMatter    |      #ClippersWearMasks

Family Forum. As a reminder, we are holding a Family Forum on August 4, 2020 at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held virtually through Zoom. This will provide our Clipper community an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on our reopening plan. The plan will be sent to you in advance for your review. To access the

Zoom meeting, please visit https://zoom.us/j/97035708829 Meeting ID: 970 3570 8829. I hope you can join us. Please see the attached flyer to keep as a reminder. If you are unable to join us, you may always send us questions or comments at info@falmouth.k12.ma.us.

Sincerely,

Lori Duerr, Ed.D. 
Superintendent 
Falmouth Public Schools