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Derby Public Schools Roadmap to Reopening

Derby Public Schools Roadmap to Reopening
Posted on 07/24/2020
Message from the Superintendent
July 24, 2020

Dear Derby Families and Staff,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every student, family, teacher, administrator, staff, and
community member for your support and partnership as Derby Public Schools responded to an unprecedented
global health crisis. When school began on September 3, 2019 none of us would have imagined, or believed , that
our schools, parks, businesses, and places of worship would abruptly close in March and remain shuttered for an
extended time and every aspect of our lives would be impacted.

Throughout this crisis, we continued to educate our children, provided access to technology, and served
nutritious meals every day. Our teachers worked so hard to be visible, accessible, and responsive to their
students’ academic and emotional needs. I cannot help but be moved by, and proud of, the way our students,
teachers, and parents handled the demands and uncertainty of distance learning with grace, passion and
perseverance---with GRIT. The COVID-19 pandemic may have transformed teaching and learning, but it did not
change Derby’s strong school spirit and pride.

To prepare for this fall, Derby Public Schools formed a Reopening Task Force to plan the safe opening of schools
under a variety of scenarios. The Derby Public Schools Reopening Plan was created with input from district and
community stakeholders, in addition to guidance from the Connecticut State Department of Education, health
leaders, as well as food service, facilities, and transportation suppliers. This comprehensive plan provides an
outline of the strategies we will use to address Health and Wellness, Instruction, Operations, and Technology .
Be assured that we take the education, health, and safety of our students and staff seriously and this will remain
our primary focus as we move forward. All Derby Public Schools will open on September 8, 2020 with enhanced
safety precautions in place. We appreciate the trust you have placed in us and we will continue to update this plan
and communicate with you, in response to new guidelines and recommendations so we are prepared to safely
welcome you back to school.

Dr. Matthew J. Conway, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools

Click here to see the Roadmap to Reopening document 
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