Dear Parents and Guardians,
I want to take this opportunity to thank students, staff and parents for all that you have done to support our schools and each other during this unprecedented closure. We appreciate your support as we work to provide our students with enrichment activities on our NAPS Learning Activities Page page.
As we look forward to the next two weeks, through April 6th, we must begin to consider that there is a possibility that the recommendation will be for schools to remain closed for a longer period of time. Districts are expecting additional guidance this week from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) about what teaching and learning will look like in the event of an extended closure. To date, we have closely followed the DESE recommendations about these being non-school days and providing students access to voluntary “opportunities for learning.”
Developments concerning Covid-19 are changing daily. We have been meeting with superintendents across the region, and we are anticipating that our schools could possibly be ordered to remain closed beyond April 6th. The district is actively working to prepare for a prolonged closure. We are in the process of developing a strategy that will provide more structure and instructional continuity as well as outreach from our educators to our students. We will keep you informed as we make progress. We hope this will help our families and students maintain a social-emotional and academic connection.
Our Technology Department is making devices available to families who do not have access to technology at home. Curbside pick-up will take place at North Andover High School on Friday March 27th between 9am and 2pm. North Andover High School is located at 430 Osgood Street. Included with the chromebook will be information on how families can connect to the internet at home. Additionally, Free Meals are available during this closure. Our goal is to offer all our students the support needed to continue learning. Please visit our website for updated information and resources from both the Town and School Department.
Dr. Gregg T. Gilligan, Superintendent