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Announcement: DESE Allows School Calendar Flexibility w/School Committee Approval - 07/28/20

Dear School Community,
On July 27, 2020 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced a memorandum of understanding (see attached) between the DESE, the Massachusetts Teachers' Association, and the Boston's Teachers' Union.  
Specifically, Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley announced that local school districts may adjust their school calendars (if districts begin providing instruction to students no later than September 16, 2020) for the 2020-2021 school year in the following ways to provide additional time for educators and staff to prepare (training for remote learning and COVID-19 readiness) for the start of instruction:
  1. Reduce the 180 school day requirement to 170 school days.
  2. Reduce the number of required instructional hours at the secondary level from 990 hours to 935 hours.
  3. Reduce the number of required instructional hours at the elementary level from 900 hours to 850 hours.
IMPORTANT:  Any changes to our current school calendar for 2020-2021 would require school committee(s) approval.  
I share this information with you now as I know this information is currently in the media and I want our school community to have all the current DESE guidance and information available to them.
If and when any formal school calendar changes for the 2020-2021 school year are approved by our school committee(s) I will promptly share that information with our school community.  
Michael S. Nelson
Superintendent of Schools
Old Rochester & MA Sup. Union #55
Ph:  508-758-2772 ext. 1956