Dear Families Norton Public Schools has been working collaboratively with our educators over the last several months to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our students in a way that emphasizes safety for both our staff and students. As we begin to make plans for a full 5-day a week return to school, we are asking families to provide us with information that will be essential to our planning process. If your child is currently enrolled in the DLA, you will have the option to remain in this model for the remainder of the year. Students that are currently enrolled in the hybrid model will only be allowed to transition to the DLA due to a valid Covid-19 related reason. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey below for EACH of your children that attend NPS. The survey is brief and simply asks your plans for each child for the remainder of the school year. It is imperative that you complete a survey for each child so that our individual schools and grade levels can make plans for all students. In order to complete the survey, you must have a registered ParentSquare account. Once you click "Complete Form", you will be prompted to activate your account. All responses are due by Tuesday, March 2nd at noon.
Office of the Superintendent Dear NPS Community, During a meeting with members of my administration team yesterday, I learned from Channel 5 News about the Commissioner’s proposal to return elementary students fully to school by April 2021. Since the hybrid opening, NPS has been reviewing key programming for our students on a weekly basis. We adjust our delivery of education for students according to what best suits their needs, while keeping physical and social emotional health in mind. Although some have articulated their desires for a return to school, my staff and I have decided that safety considerations should be first and foremost. That said, we all know that returning to school is in the best interest of our students. Prior to yesterday’s announcement, our team has been working on a full return to school for ALL students at every grade level. These discussions include mitigation best practices with attention to classroom physical distancing, mask wearing, sanitation, transportation, recess, and lunch. Some guidelines by DESE and CDC have changed or been updated and provide some flexibility. Unlike other districts, a remote-only return in the Fall of 2020 was NOT an option by our local unions. They wanted to be back within a safe environment educating our students. As a district we spent just under $1 million dollars in federal funds for upgrades to the facilities and technology. We added new cleaning protocols that a 22-member professional custodial staff implemented. Our workforce is concerned for the safety of their students as well as their loved ones and themselves. Educators are also spouses, parents, and may be caring for elderly parents. It was that commitment by the NPS team that provided our staff and their unions a clear understanding of our trust and commitment to each other, our students and our families. That will NOT change under my leadership. The entire NPS community is wanting and ready to return. We will provide the community a road map for returning. All communication will be provided via email as well as available on the Coronavirus Updates page on our website. Sincerely, Joseph F. Baeta | Superintendent of Schools Norton Public Schools | 64 West Main Street | Norton, MA 02766 Office: (508) 285-0100 | Fax: (508) 285-0199 | norton.k12.ma.us Our Mission: Promote individual talents and maximize each student’s potential. It is the policy of Norton Public Schools to provide a learning environment free from discrimination or harassment. All students, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, limited English proficiency, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or housing status, have equal access to all programs including athletics and other extracurricular activities.
Norton SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) and Norton Public Schools invite you to a virtual Special Education workshop: "Basic Rights - Evaluation and Eligibility" presented by Phyllis Keenan from the Federation for Children with Special Needs Date: March 1, 2021 Time: 6:30 p.m. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org & Register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctc-2uqj4iHtLyx1_sHskR0W_3CH4EhfSG
Due to the February vacation next week, the NPS Meal Program will not be running. If you are in need of food assistance please contact School Business Administrator Matthew Wells at email@example.com .
Welcome families and staff to ParentSquare! We are very excited to adopt a new form of communication for Norton Public Schools. ParentSquare is designed to keep parents & guardians informed and facilitate participation at school. It provides a safe way for the school community to: Receive all school and district communication via email, text, or app notifications in your preferred language Share files and photos See calendar items Fill out forms & permission slips Manage your communications settings to receive an email as messages are posted or as a once a day digest and much more . . . all in one centralized place! ParentSquare Parent/Guardian Videos Padres - Introducción a ParentSquare All school information will now be sent to your computer or phone via email and/or text or you can download the free App. The Help & Support question mark in the top right corner can help answer most of your questions. So join in!