QPS Grades 1-3 Return to In-Person Learning

QPS Grades 1-3 Students Return to In-Person Learning
Posted on 02/02/2021

Dear Parents and Guardians of Students in Grades 1-3,

I am writing to you today to confirm that beginning on Monday, February 22, 2021, all Grades 1-3 students currently enrolled in the Hybrid or In-Person instructional models will be able to attend school full time in person, Monday through Friday, with an early release day on Wednesdays.  The current level of enrollment for hybrid/in-person learners at our elementary schools allows for maintaining the recommended 6-foot distancing, along with observing all established COVID-19 prevention protocols such as wearing masks, washing hands, and daily monitoring of health for symptoms.  Classroom teachers will be assigned a cohort of students and remain with them all week.

Students who are currently enrolled in remote learning with the QPS Virtual School will remain on their schedules.  There may be some reassignment of teachers between the Virtual School and in-person classrooms, so there is a possibility that remote student teacher assignments will be adjusted. 

In order to maintain social distancing guidelines, this full-time in person option will initially be limited to students who are currently enrolled in the hybrid or in-person learning models.  The district will revisit requests to switch to in-person learning at the close of the second trimester (March 19, 2021) and will allow changes at that time if space permits.  If you do not wish your student to attend school full time, please contact your principal to move to the remote model.

To support the return to full-time in-person instruction, Quincy Public Schools will begin offering regular COVID testing for Grades 1-3 staff and students in a pooled testing model.  More information about pooled testing can be found on the Department of Elementary & Secondary website here:  https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/pooled-testing/  Parents will be asked for consent for their students to be part of this testing initiative; further information will be shared later in the week.

Sincerely,  

Kevin W. Mulvey, J.D.

Superintendent of Schools