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September 15 - Welcome Back

posted Sep 15, 2020, 2:45 PM by Hillary Stasonis

Dear North Andover Community,  I want to personally take this opportunity to welcome all of our students and families back to school. 

Our staff has worked tirelessly all summer preparing for the new school year. I am proud of everyone’s efforts to focus on teaching and learning and supporting all of our students as we open school. I know that this fall will be unlike any other we have experienced.

I have spent the last few weeks visiting our schools, checking on the final preparations for the school year and participating in teachers’ professional development. We very much missed the NAHS Marching Band performance this year as our Opening Day ceremonies were, by necessity, held virtually, and that was a clear reminder that this year is going to look different than years past. In addition to the impact of Covid-19 health-wise, financially and academically, we have also recently witnessed civil unrest across America, and the combination of these stressors are impacting many of our families in North Andover.  At the same time, many of us have had to adapt to this new normal while taking on new roles and responsibilities in our lives both personally and professionally. Schools and districts across Massachusetts and our country have been preparing for reopening in a way that has never been done before.  That is why it is now more important than ever to live by our RAISE values and find the strength to demonstrate compassion and kindness towards each other as we all navigate this new school year together. 

We appreciate your support, patience, and understanding during this major educational transition. We know that as much as we prepare for learning in a hybrid model, there will be challenges and hurdles to overcome in the coming weeks. Principals will continue to send out pertinent information at each of our schools and will be setting up PTO meetings in the near future. We are grateful for your patience, involvement, and continued support.  We will work together in the best interest of all students this school year. I hope you will take a minute to check out the very helpful links listed below.

Gregg T. Gilligan

Superintendent

 

Technology 

Our district technology team has been and will continue to work to address staff and family technology needs. It is important to note that occasionally there may be connectivity issues affecting staff and/or for families, and we want to assure everyone that we will all need to be flexible as issues may arise. 

  • Students having technology issues should access NAPS tech support based on the following: 

    • If students are able to log into their NAPS Google account, they should contact their teacher for support first. 

    • If students are still having trouble, they should submit a help ticket directly from their Google account

    • If students are unable to log in to their NAPS Google Account, they should call the helpline number between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. at 978-380-1012. 

  • Google Meet Tips 

  • Information on Technology Policies and User Agreements regarding remote learning and the chromebook 1-1- program

Parent University

Our Parent University website contains a number of videos and documents designed to provide parents with some ideas and strategies to support your student(s) in a number of areas including Technology, Health/Safety and Social Emotional Learning to name just a few.  We will be adding information to this site as the year continues so please check back periodically for updates. 

COVID Information 

The school department is working closely and meeting regularly with the Town of North Andover Health Department to ensure we have the most up-to-date information, guidance, and recommendations from the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  

Childcare Programs

NAPS Job Opportunities 

September 14 - Finalized Agreement with NATA

posted Sep 15, 2020, 5:48 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Dear North Andover Community, 

We are pleased to announce that the North Andover School Committee and the North Andover Teachers’ Association have finalized an agreement regarding the 2020-2021 school year. 

We look forward to welcoming our students to the 2020-2021 school year. The finalized agreement makes no changes to the previously communicated information to families such as calendar and schedule.

We recognize this announcement comes only a day before the start of classes. We acknowledge the uncertainty has been challenging for the community and we appreciate your support and patience throughout this time. We begin the school year as a united community committed to emotional well-being, safety and student achievement.

The agreements will be available on the website once fully executed with signatures.

Sincerely,

Helen Pickard, School Committee Chair
Andrew McDevitt, School Committee Clerk

September 11 - Free Meals for all Students

posted Sep 11, 2020, 11:43 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Dear Parent/Guardian,

While the start of the school year looks a little different for everyone, I wanted to share with you some good news that schools nationwide received last week. The USDA extended a waiver that allows schools to serve free breakfast and lunch to ALL students, as late as December 31, 2020 or as long as funding is available. We are thrilled with this news as it means that we will be able to provide all North Andover Public School students with nutritious and nourishing food for free that will support them, both in school and at home.

What this means for your family and for North Andover:
  • Your children, ages 0-18, will receive a healthy breakfast and lunch every school day, at no cost, in a safe and welcoming environment. This applies to students who are attending classes in school or virtual classes at home, or a hybrid combination of these models.

  • You may pick up meals for your children who are remote learners at North Andover High School, Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has requested that the USDA extend free meals for all students for the entire school year. However, as of now, the USDA has only allowed this as late as December 31, 2020 or as long as funding is available. Therefore, families should still submit a household application to determine eligibility for free and reduced price school meals. This will also allow students to qualify for any additional benefits and ensure a
seamless transition when schools move back to a paid program (if the waiver is not extended for January to June 2021).

The application is available to download at www.lunchapp.com.

In addition, we also encourage families to apply for SNAP benefits. SNAP provides monthly cash benefits (on an EBT card) to purchase groceries for eligible families. To apply for SNAP, visit www.startwithsnap.org or call the Project Bread FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333. If you are unsure whether your family is eligible, the FoodSource Hotline can assist you with eligibility questions. Families approved for SNAP are directly eligible to receive free meals at school and do not need to fill out an application for free and reduced price meals.

We are asking families to create an online meal order account. Instructions for account set up can be viewed on our website. You will need to have your student’s ID number available while creating the account. (An email was sent on September 11 with your child's ID number). Once your account is set up, meals can be preordered from any computer or handheld device. A meal order app is forthcoming. Meals can be preordered for up to one week at a time.

When placing online meal orders, you are asked to specify where the student intends to receive their meal. In-classroom, distribution line or home delivery are the options to choose from. Ordering meals by the day allows you to specify in-classroom meals on one day or distribution line the following day should the student be remote learning. We encourage those students at home learning to pick up their meals at the distribution line. However, if pick up is not an option, home delivery can be arranged.

Should you have any questions, please contact: 

Erika Murphy, Director of Nutrition at murphye@nak12.com or Mary Ann Cummings, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Nutrition at cummingsm@nak12.com. Your children are the reason we do our jobs and we are here to make sure that they are fueled with good food!

Best,

Erika Murphy
Director of Nutrition
North Andover Public Schools

September 11 - OLA Enrollment is Closed

posted Sep 11, 2020, 11:22 AM by Hillary Stasonis

The Online Learning Academy (OLA) enrollment is now closed. No more students can be enrolled at this time. While we have accepted some enrollment requests over the last month, we need to have our class assignments finalized for the first day of school and therefore can no longer accept new students into OLA.

September 10 - Updated HVAC Reports

posted Sep 10, 2020, 7:50 AM by Hillary Stasonis

The attached two reports are the draft reports from TRC specific to the HVAC systems and the air quality of our school buildings. These reports are what the presentation summarizes and are the basis for our buildings being deemed safe and meeting standards.

September 9 - Joint Letter from the North Andover School Committee and the North Andover Teachers Association

posted Sep 9, 2020, 5:57 PM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Sep 9, 2020, 5:58 PM ]


Dear Members of the North Andover Community,


We are writing to inform you that after careful consideration we have agreed to phase in the start of the upcoming school year. We are committed to the hybrid model and believe the phased in approach will result in a successful and safe return to school. We are excited to welcome back students. Your principal will be sending information about schedules and teacher assignments soon. We will begin the school year in the following manner:


Instruction for most students will begin remotely on September 16th. 


  • Pre-K students will be in person beginning on September 16th.


  • Kindergarten students will be remote for the first four days of instruction and phase in on September 22nd and 23rd. Kindergarten Cohorts will be split into two groups over these two days to give students more individualized instruction upon their return.


  • 1st Grade through 9th Grade students will be remote for the first six days of instruction and then begin in person learning according to the hybrid model on September 24th.


  • 10th through 12th Grade students will be remote for the first eight days of instruction and then begin in person learning according to the hybrid model on September 28th.


  • OLA Students will have daily live remote instruction from September 16th through September 23rd.  Kindergarten-9th grade students will then switch to cohorts beginning on September 24th and 10th-12th grade students will switch to cohorts beginning on September 28th.


  • PK-12 Students in substantially separate programs listed below will begin in person on September 16th. These families were notified by the special education department on August 28th. 

ABECC: Intensive Pre School 

Elementary: Franklin RISE I & II

Sargent: Multiple Supports Program 

NAMS: RISE, Multiple Supports Program, Lifeskills

NAHS: RISE Prevocational, RISE Vocational


SEPTEMBER

Monday 

Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Thursday

Friday



16

K-12 start Remote

Pre-K & substantially separate programs start in person


17

K-12 Remote


18

K-12 Remote 


21

K-12 Remote 


22

Kindergarten Cohort A1 and B1 in person

Grades 1-12 Remote

23

Kindergarten Cohort A2 and B2 in person

Grades 1-12 Remote

24

Hybrid schedule begins for Kindergarten-9th Grade Cohorts A, C and D 

K to 9th grade OLA switches to cohorts

25

Hybrid schedule begins for Kindergarten-9th Grade Cohort B

28

Hybrid schedule begins for 10th-12th Grade Cohorts A, C and D 

10th-12th grade OLA switches to cohorts

29

Hybrid schedule begins for 10th-12th Grade Cohort B






High School


In addition, we have agreed to adjust the high school schedule. The lunch block and the last academic block have been switched and a structured snack break has been added. This will allow for a full day academically followed by a Grab & Go lunch.  Arrival time will remain the same but dismissal for students will be at 1:25. 


Thank you for patience and cooperation. We look forward to working collaboratively to ensure a safe and successful school year for our students. 



Helen Pickard, Chair, North Andover School Committee

Andrew McDevitt, Clerk, North Andover School Committee

Ryan Landry, Co-President, North Andover Teachers Association

Lisa Rasanen, Co-President, North Andover Teachers Association

Dr. Gregg Gilligan, Superintendent of Schools



September 7 - OLA Update

posted Sep 8, 2020, 6:20 AM by Hillary Stasonis

The following update was emailed to parents/guardians of OLA students on September 7th. 

HVAC Evaluation

posted Sep 8, 2020, 5:42 AM by Hillary Stasonis

This presentation summarizes the initial findings of the evaluation of our HVAC systems and the testing of our air quality. These findings indicate that our schools meet industry standards. The presentation also includes some recommendations from TRC specific to dealing with circumstances during this pandemic. A more complete report on both the HVAC systems and air quality will be available by next Tuesday.

Chromebook Pick Up Information

posted Sep 1, 2020, 10:37 AM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Sep 1, 2020, 10:37 AM ]

Information on picking up a Chromebook 

Online Learning Academy Students Grades K-12 
Parents/Guardians who chose OLA can use their own personal computer that has a keyboard and can run the Chrome Browser. If you feel that you need a Chromebook for your student you may pick one up. See below for more information on when and where you can get one.

Hybrid Students Grades 1-12 
The first day of the Hybrid model is a remote day. If you feel that you need a Chromebook for that first remote day you may pick one up for your student. See below for more information on when and where you can get one.

Students who do not pick one up will be assigned a Chromebook on their first in-person day of school.

Pickup Days and Times

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 from 8am-11am and 5pm-7pm at North Andover High School (North Entrance - Track Side)
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 from 8am-11am and 5pm-7pm at North Andover High School (North Entrance - Track Side)
Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 8am-11am and 5pm-7pm at North Andover High School (North Entrance - Track Side)

Drive all the way to the back parking lot and using the map below follow the red arrows to the Main Entrance and exit following the blue arrows.


September 1 - Parent University

posted Sep 1, 2020, 8:35 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers, As we gear up for the 2020-2021 school year we created videos and documents to provide you with some knowledge, ideas, and strategies to support your student(s). You can access Parent University here: https://nak12.net/parent-university


We will be adding information to this site as the year continues so please check back periodically for updates. We hope you find this useful as you and your family prepare for this unique school year.

Thank you for all the educators who helped create these videos including the Nurses, Library Media Specialists, Special Education Department, Technology Department, Social Emotional Learning and Curriculum Teams!

Be well,

Lorene Marx, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

Kristen Ando, Humanities/EL Director

Kara Larcome, Online Learning Academy Coordinator and STEM Director

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