Welcome Back to School Letter 9.3.2021

Welcome Back to School Letter 9.3.2021
Posted on 09/03/2021

Dear Parents and Guardians of Quincy Public Schools Students:

Welcome back for the start of the 2021-2022 school year!  Quincy Public Schools staff members are busy with preparations for the new school year at all school sites and here at the Coddington Building.  School offices are open and Principals and their office staff members are ready to assist with registration, transfers, and any other concerns.  Our eleven elementary schools are ready to welcome over 700 new Kindergarten students and their families to our  Full-Day Kindergarten program.

Throughout the summer months, we have monitored the evolving COVID-19 guidance from the Massachusetts Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley and the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and collaborated with the City’s Health and Public Buildings Departments to ensure the safest operations of our schools.  For the start of the school year, all students, staff , and visitors will be required to wear masks inside school buildings and schools will distance students as much as possible.  In addition, we will once again be offering optional weekly COVID-19 pooled testing for staff and students.  New for this school year will be on-site testing for mildly symptomatic staff and students and the option for students and staff who are close contacts to COVID-19 positive cases at school to “test and stay.”  Under this program, close contacts can continue to attend school as long as they remain negative and symptom-free by consenting to daily testing for seven days. We are urging ALL students and staff  (vaccinated and unvaccinated) to participate in this testing to assist with maintaining health and safety measures within our school buildings.  To enroll your student in QPS COVID-19 Testing, please follow this link: https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma?district=null.

The dedicated professional staff of the Quincy Public Schools is looking forward to a year filled with a variety of learning experiences and accomplishments for your students.  Over the summer, elementary, middle, and high school teachers availed themselves of  Professional Development opportunities to learn about new instructional strategies, classroom technology, and curriculum aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.   Students from all grade levels participated in Extended Educational programs, encompassing academic and enrichment opportunities and employment through the Quincy Summer YouthWorks Program.

Last spring, Mayor Koch and the School Committee collaborated with the  Superintendent’s Leadership and Principal Teams to fund academic classroom and academic program teacher  positions to maintain class sizes within the range of School Committee guidelines.  New            academic classroom and program teachers, academic support staff, and non-academic support staff have been hired across the school system to replace retired staff.  New professional staff members will participate in a two-day orientation on September 1 and 2, including meeting with the Mayor, School Committee, and members of the Superintendent’s Leadership and Principal Teams to learn about their professional responsibilities, the many programs and          services offered by Quincy Public Schools, and the mentoring program for new staff.

To assist with continuing needs for upgraded educational technology, installations of new desktops and laptops, interactive whiteboards, educational software, and technology professional development are ongoing throughout the school system.   Our partners in the Quincy School~Community Partnership continue to enhance our students’ educational opportunities through supporting technology initiatives and the robotics program for Grades 5-12, providing 3,600 backpacks and school supplies for students and staff, real-work experiences for high school Career Vocational Technical Education students, and funding the mentoring program for new educators.  At all levels, extended day opportunities will be available “beyond the bell” for academic enrichment, the arts, and athletics. 

Our school buildings will be ready for the new school year, with the Public Buildings Maintenance staff completing improvements such as newly installed floors and new carpeting, repainted classrooms, and repairs to building mechanicals including addressing HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and heating issues.  Custodians across the school system have worked diligently all summer to prepare classrooms and offices for the new school year.  As always, we are grateful for the support of the Park Department in maintaining and improving the landscaping at our school buildings. 

As the new school year begins, please remember that the most meaningful factor in assisting students to have a successful school experience is the concern and participation of their parents and guardians.  In order to help your children attain their goals, we need your involvement, whether it be through attending parent-teacher conferences and Parent Academy events, volunteering in your child’s school, and most importantly, reinforcing the importance of on-time school attendance, appropriate behavior and class participation, and completion of schoolwork.  You can also stay informed about your child’s school and all of Quincy Public Schools through our website quincypublicschools.com or by following us on Facebook or Twitter (@QuincyPS).  Updates on all school programs and initiatives will be presented at upcoming School Committee meetings, the first of which will be held on Wednesday, September 8 at 6:30 pm in the Coddington Building and broadcast on QATV Channel 22 and livestreamed on qatv.org.

While you enjoy the last few days of summer vacation, please note the calendar for the opening days of school below.  Your principal will be happy to answer any questions you might have related to the opening of school or feel free to contact my office at 617-984-8701.

  • The first day of school for Grades 1-9 is Wednesday, September 8. 
  • Grades 10-12 will begin school on Thursday, September 9.
  •  Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will attend an Orientation at their individual schools on Friday, September 10; each family will receive information on orientation from their child’s school.
  • The first day of school for Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten is Monday, September 13. 

On behalf of all of the staff at the Quincy Public Schools, best wishes for a successful school year to you and your family.

Sincerely,

Kevin W. Mulvey, J.D.

Superintendent of Schools