A Thoughtexchange was sent to each family in the Essex Westford School District to ask for feedback on the following question:
“What’s on the top of your hearts and minds as we plan for a safe return to school?”
We had 1,949 parents participate, offering 2,582 total thoughts, and 65,991 ratings. You can read the full results from the Thoughtexchange here.
Please know that our number one priority is to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and the larger community as we continue to plan for equitable access to learning this fall. This was evident as well in the comments and thoughts from parents and staff alike.
Our district is following the guidance of the Vermont Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Vermont Agency of Education as we prepare for the many possible return to school scenarios.
One of the items that surfaced from the parent Thoughtexchange was around the wearing of facemasks. Following the Agency of Education and Vermont Department of Health guidance, facemasks/face shields will be required this fall for all students and staff, unless there is a medical reason that is provided.
We greatly appreciate your feedback in supporting our collaborative efforts to ensure the health and education of the entire EWSD community. Please be on the lookout for a survey coming out in the next week for families with more in-depth questions around topics such as remote learning, transportation, etc.