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A Message From The Superintendent

July 24, 2020

Dear Families and Caregivers,

We hope this letter finds you safe and healthy during these uncertain times. As a district, the Peabody Public
Schools is committed to providing students, staff and families with high quality educational opportunities.
Our mantra of “Every Student, Every Day” drives our decision making. Although we do not have all the
details around returning to school this fall, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on
the process we are using to make our reopening decisions.

On June 30th, I presented our initial reopening planning procedures to the school committee. That
information can be found on our website at https://peabody.k12.ma.us/admin/superintendent/. In collaboration
with the School Committee and the Mayor’s Office, we have created a reopening task force designed to
address policy and communication surrounding the return to school this fall. A larger working group
consisting of various sub committees will be working on logistics and details in the areas of Teaching and
Learning Professional Development, Transportation, Facilities and Operations, Food Services and Alternative
Childcare Options. Additionally, each school has developed a school-based implementation team consisting
of administrators, teachers, parents and support staff.

Our goal for the fall is the safe return of as many students as possible to in-person school settings, to
maximize learning and address our students’ holistic needs. Recently, we asked families and staff
members to complete surveys in order to gain a better understanding of the feasibility of returning to school.
In the coming weeks, we will continue to work with families, school personnel and community members to
develop a comprehensive return to school plan. Please consider tuning into the August 4th School Committee
meeting at 7pm on Peabody Access Television to learn more about our return to school plans.
If you are interested in joining a reopening team, please contact your child’s principal.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to my office.

Sincerely,

Josh Vadala, Ed.D.

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