Information About the Expansion of In-Person Learning
We are looking forward to having even more of our students return to campus for in-person instruction in April. Please review this page for pertinent information about the District's expansion of in-person instruction.
Schedule for Returning to In-Person Learning
- ✓ February 22 - Students in substantially separate special education programs who were previously participating in our in-person learning model (those students who were still attending in-person instruction in December).
- ✓ March 1 - Students who are not in a substantially separate special education program, but were previously served in-person this fall as part of our original school reopening plan.
- ✓ April 5 - Students in grades K-5 return for full-time in-person instruction, with a parental option of full remote.
- ✓ April 26 - Students in grades 6-8 return for full-time in-person instruction, with a parental option of full remote.
- ✓ April 26 - Hybrid model at LHS with lunch time dismissal. (The state is still finalizing guidance for high school. As we await further regulatory guidance from DESE, the District is continuing to plan for a hybrid instructional model, utilizing a daily rotating or cascading schedule. This is being done to accommodate the unique challenges of population size and rostering continuity at Lowell High.)
- Preschool - Preschool students assigned to the Cardinal O’Connell Early Learning Center who are currently remote learners may return to in-person instruction starting April 5. Remote preschool students at all other schools will remain in remote learning for the time being. After grades K-5 return to in-person learning on April 5, LPS will reassess school facilities to determine if preschool in-person learning may occur at other schools in addition to the Cardinal.
Families have the option for their child(ren) to remain in remote learning at any grade level.
Below is the timeline for families who initially selected remote learning to change to in-person instruction:
• May 3rd - families may select in-person from remote learning for grades K-5
• May 24th - families may select in-person from remote learning for grades 6-12
• May 24th - families may select in-person from remote learning for grades K-5
Expanding In-Person Learning
Presentation to the School Committee on April 21, 2021
Review this presentation providing the latest updates about the expansion of in-person learning, including more details about the hybrid plan for Lowell High (slide 7) and answers to frequently asked questions about our plan (slides 9-13).
Info Sessions About the Expansion of In-Person Learning
Superintendent Boyd and members of the Lowell Public Schools leadership team hosted virtual information sessions to go over important updates about the District’s plan for expanding in-person learning in April. For more details about the plan, please view the slideshow and videos from these info sessions posted below:
Video includes ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation.
Transportation for In-Person Learners
We have been able to safely expand our transportation service without overcrowding buses and now can provide busing for students in grades K-8 living at least 1.75 miles from their school.
Families of students returning in-person on April 5 and on April 26 were emailed specific information about their child’s bus schedule, including pickup and drop off location. Kindergarten and first grade students received a physical bus pass. Students in grades 2-8 will not be receiving a bus pass and will only receive their bus information via email.
Bus information can also be found by clicking on the bus icon on the homepage of the Lowell Public Schools website. You will need your child’s student ID number in order to access this information. This is the 6-digit number your child uses to log on to their school computer.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your school, or call the Transportation Office at 978-674-4333.
Meal Service for Remote Learners
Starting Monday, April 26, we will be shifting to the following meal service schedule for remote learners:
The following sites will be offering daily meal service for our remote learning students:
- STEM Academy: 11am - 1pm
The following sites will be offering meal service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for our remote learning students:
- Lowell High: 8am - 9am
- Morey: 11am - 12pm
- Wang: 12pm - 1pm
- Murkland: 12:30pm - 1pm
- Lincoln: 1pm - 1:30pm
- Greenhalge: 2:30pm - 3pm
- Stoklosa: 3:15pm - 4pm
Students will receive two breakfasts and two lunches on Mondays and Wednesdays at these sites.
Students will also receive meals for the weekend days on Fridays at all of our meal sites.
Please note that we will no longer have grab and go meal sites at the Robinson and Butler schools.
The latest COVID-19 data, updates and information can be found on the LPS COVID-19 Dashboard. Please check out this great resource.
COVID-19 Testing Program
As part of the reopening process, we have been offering voluntary free weekly COVID-19 testing. This testing will lower the risk of spread of COVID-19 by helping to identify those positive cases in people who do not show any symptoms of COVID-19. In order to participate, parents/guardians will have to sign a consent form for their child. Click here for the consent form.
This COVID-19 test is quick, easy and it does not hurt. It is a nasal test that gently swabs the lower inner nostril. We will accommodate all students’ needs to help them be comfortable during the test.
The test is free. You do not need to pay for the test or have insurance to get the test.
The more students and staff who participate, the safer our schools will be. Please click here to read more about this testing program.
As of April 19, anyone age 16 and older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the state’s website.
Also, check out these helpful resources from the Lowell Community Health Center and the Greater Lowell Health Alliance:
- Know What is True and False About the COVID-19 Vaccines
- We now have two vaccines to protect us from COVID-19 - Here’s what you need to know
LPS Face Mask Protocol and Guidelines
Students, staff, and any person entering our school buildings are required to wear a face covering, unless there is a documented exception. Masks potentially slow the spread of the virus and can protect against the transmission of the virus from people who may have the virus and be asymptomatic. Please review the LPS Face Mask Protocol and Guidelines.
Social Distancing Guidelines
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has issued new guidelines on social distancing based on the latest input from the medical community and this significantly shifts how social distancing in LPS classrooms will be measured going forward. Previously, based on our original reopening plan, social distancing was set at a minimum of 6 feet for all students. As of April 5, social distancing requirements will change to a minimum of 3 feet. Where possible, we will be looking to provide more than the 3 feet required.
COVID-19 Cleaning Protocols
As students return to school, we will make sure we continue to follow strict safety guidelines in order to keep our students and staff safe. Air purifiers will be checked to ensure they are running in proper order, hand sanitizer stations and classroom dispensers will be filled, and desks and all surfaces will be regularly cleaned.
Our custodial staff will continue deploying additional disinfecting treatments in our buildings, such as using a disinfecting fogging/sprayer machines, especially when a COVID positive case has been identified.
What To Do When You Feel Sick
Do you feel sick or have COVID-19 symptoms? Please refer to this helpful and easy to follow chart for guidelines about if you should go to school and how long you should isolate or quarantine if you do have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. Please be sure to contact your school nurse if your child develops COVID symptoms or has been identified as a close contact or tested positive for COVID.
Letter from Superintendent Boyd