LENOX PUBLIC SCHOOLS GOING FULLY REMOTE ON NOV. 30

FROM: SUPT. OF SCHOOLS

LENOX PUBLIC SCHOOLS GOING FULLY REMOTE ON NOV. 30

      This is William Cameron, Superintendent of the Lenox Public Schools.  In addition to this voice message, you will receive a written copy by e-mail.  The text of this message will also appear on the District’s website, as well as on the Morris and LMMHS websites.

   At a special meeting of the Lenox School Committee held last evening the Committee took notice of Berkshire County’s markedly increasing rate of positive tests for the novel coronavirus, and especially of the Thanksgiving and Christmas-New Year’s holiday vacations during which many will be celebrating the holidays with people who are not members of their own households.  In light of the likelihood of the spread of this dangerous infection and the effect of any such spread on public health agencies’ ability to keep up with the contact tracing that provides the basis for making policy decisions about public safety, the Committee voted to resume fully remote instruction for all grades, preK–12, effective Monday, November 30. 

   Fully remote instruction will continue until two weeks after the end of the scheduled Christmas-New Year’s break.  In-person instruction in the format of the district’s hybrid model is scheduled to resume on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.  There will be exceptions to the fully remote instruction in cases where students entitled by their special education plans to receive services that cannot be provided remotely.  The instructional schedule for these remote days at both Morris and LMMHS will closely mirror the instructional schedule that has been followed since October 5, when the district began its hybrid model of in-person instruction.

   In a School Messenger call and e-mail early next week I will provide you with the details of our students’ continuing to receive school meals during our schools’ closure.

   I recognize that reverting to fully remote instruction will mean additional hardship for many families.  The School Committee took this step solely out of what it believes, and I believe, to be well-founded concern with the capacity of Berkshire County’s public health systems to deal adequately with the anticipated increase in cases due to too many people’s disregard of the measures that can keep COVID-19 under control.   We saw in the spring the results of uncontrolled spread of the virus in Berkshire County.  The Committee is taking this difficult step to help prevent a recurrence of what we saw in our communities in the spring.

   Despite all that each of us is dealing with, I ask that you accept my best wishes for a safe and happy Thanksgiving.