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School year to begin Sept. 8 for students

Posted Date: 07/27/2020

Dear Andover Families,

The Andover Board of Education voted this evening to delay the start of the school year for students until Sept. 8. This change will give our educators additional time to collaborate and plan instructionally for the scenarios they may face during the year. It will also allow for health and safety protocols to be implemented in school buildings, and — hopefully — let us see a decrease in COVID-19 cases in our area.

A survey of our educators found that 84 percent of them felt like a delay to the start of school, with 79 percent believing three days of professional learning would not be enough to plan for the year. Likewise, 76 percent of parents who have completed the district’s feedback form in the past week favor a delay to the start of the year.

Our Roadmap to Reopening Task Force will meet Tuesday to develop the new proposed calendar for the school year, determine our recommended learning models and work through a variety of other decisions for the 2020-21 year. This Task Force is composed of educators, administrators, nurses and other stakeholders from throughout the district, working with the advice of medical professionals.

On Thursday, the Board of Education will meet to consider the Task Force’s recommendations. We expect to communicate more details on Friday.


Brett White