From the Executive Director
April 23, 2020
Dear Summit Community,
I hope this letter finds you and your families healthy and safe and I want to send you this update regarding plans at Summit.
As you may now know, Governor Baker has issued that distance learning will continue for Massachusetts schools for the remainder of this school year. Summit’s last scheduled school day is June 26th.
Although the Covid-19 virus has significantly impacted all our lives, the strength of the Summit Community has pulled together with a positive response. I want to take this opportunity to summarize our response and update our plan moving forward.
The week prior to closing, Summit was preparing for the possibility of closure and delivering on-line services before DESE mandate a week later. When closure became a reality, our teachers and counselors were on-line within days using our distance-learning classroom. Support services were incorporated into on-line learning within each student’s on-line schedule. I hope you take part in the yoga, art, martial arts and movie night during this vacation week.
I want to recognize and highlight; the teachers who instantly delivered their lessons with packets sent home and on-line classes, the support staff and counselors who service the student’s clinical and social needs, the administrative staff that continues to plan and develop the distance-learning model and the financial staff to keep Summit operational. I especially want to thank the parents who help their children adapt to a difficult situation and most importantly the students who engage every day. The dedication from this community is truly inspiring.
As we move forward together, we will continue to support one another in our mission to do what is best for our students. While the format of classes and support services will remain, we continue to take a leading role in this new learning environment. We are looking at new strategies to augment our curriculum and delivery for a robust on-line experience.
This week we will send out a survey to all of you to assist us in decision making for the remainder of the school year. Your input is invaluable and please complete and send survey back as soon as possible. There will also be parent training information coming as well.
I am appreciative of all your support and wish the Summit Community all the best.
Executive Director, Summit Agency Inc.