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Monday update: What to expect this week

Posted Date: 03/23/2020

Dear Andover Families,

Today, we saw a shining example of what it means to be in Andover. On what was supposed to be the first day back after spring break, our elementary staff members made their way through the streets of Andover in caravans. They drove past students’ homes to give them a wave, a smile and some support (at a safe distance, of course) during this scary time. Students and their families lined neighborhood streets and cheered on their educators. These were emotional moments, and just one example of many that we all have each others’ backs.

I will be brief in my update tonight. A few things for you to know, with much more coming this week:

  • Task Force: The Andover Continuous Learning Task Force, comprised of educators, administrators, staff members and parents, finished the bulk of its work today. The Task Force was charged with determining what continuous learning looks like for our district in the next two months, specifically in the areas of instruction, technology, special education, operations and communication/logistics. I want to thank all of the Task Force members for hours and hours of hard work in the past few days to create a roadmap for our district.
  • Next steps: We will spend the next few days developing specifics for how we will implement the Task Force’s recommendations. We are finalizing three playbooks that will serve as guides and resources for administrators, educators and parents/families. For families, this playbook will include topics such as how to use specific learning platforms, how to create a manageable schedule at home, links to free resources and many other topics that will assure you and provide you confidence as we transition to a new learning model. This document should be available by Thursday at the latest. Our educators will gather by building (via video conferencing, of course) on Tuesday to talk about our next steps. As a reminder, our plan is for teachers to be in touch with students about plans for the rest of the semester on Monday, March 30, with all us easing back into learning beginning Tuesday, March 31.
  • Technology: Again, our district is committed to assisting with technology resources needed to ensure success. We will gather more information about those needs in the coming days.
  • Pick-up of belongings: Tomorrow we will be sharing plans for how students can pick up their belongings from schools. Thank you for your patience as we developed a process that would be safe for our students and staff.
  • Food distribution: Please remember that food distribution begins tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24. Prepackaged breakfasts and lunches are free for any child ages 1-18 between 8-9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, at Prairie Creek and Cottonwood elementaries, and Andover Central High School. At this time, the child does need to be present to receive the meals.

Please look for many more details as our plan takes shape this week. Thank you for your support and partnership, and have a good evening.


Brett White