A Message from the Superintendent and Chair of the NA School Committee
Dear North Andover School Community, Faculty, and Staff:
As we all turn our thoughts to the opening of the 2021-2022 school year, we know you have many questions. First and foremost, we want you to know that we are committed to in-person, full-time, five days per week learning while maintaining a safe and healthy environment for students and staff. Toward this end, the School Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, August 24 to determine the safety protocols that will need to be implemented. Waiting until August 24 allows us to consider the most current guidance from state and local health officials while still giving our families and staff the time to prepare for the implementation of safety protocols.
Public comment will be allowed at the School Committee meeting on August 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Office, 566 Main Street. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may request a call during the meeting by submitting a public comment form available on our website here:
All public comments will be in accordance with the Policy re: Public Participation at School Committee Meetings.
We continue to closely monitor the data in North Andover and trends regarding COVID-19 cases and variants in Massachusetts. With guidance from North Andover’s Director of Public Health, Brian Lagrasse, NAPS Director of Health Services, Cheryl Barczak, School Physician, Dr. Kenneth Chan and any updated mandates from DESE or the state, we will make an informed decision on the best way to bring our students and staff safely back into school in the fall.
Vaccination opportunities exist for eligible students who would like to receive the vaccine. Please check the state site for vaccination locations at https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/.
As the school year approaches, you will be hearing from the district and the school principals on several topics, and we will address additional questions as they may arise. Our first day with students is September 1, 2021. We are excited to prepare our schools to welcome back our students and staff. Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer and stay safe.
Andrew McDevitt, Chair
North Andover School Committee
Dr. Gregg T. Gilligan, Superintendent
North Andover Public Schools