March 23 – Hello PAC families! We are in the middle of trying to do outreach to ensure all of our families and students have access to computers/internet at home. Please check your email to see if you have been contacted by your teacher or staff member. Thank you in advance!
For the most complete and comprehensive information on COVID-19, please visit official health pages:
Massachusetts DOES NOT have official provisions for distance learning so remember that anything being offered as online resources are only resources to access if your family chooses to do so during school closures. We will be adding some links to resources for those who are interested.
March 30 – Dr. Thomas sends out updated Virtual Education/ Pandemic 2020 Learning Plan to PAC Families with an updated DESE letter.
March 26 – Dr. Thomas sends out updated correspondence to PAC Families with DESE guidelines.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) put out this memo, Remote Learning Recommendations During COVID-19 School Closures on March 26, 2020. Additionally, PAC Executive Director sent home the below memo which is also available HERE for a printable version.
|To:||Pilgrim Area Collaborative Families|
|From:||Dympna M. Thomas Ph.D., Executive Director|
|Date:||March 26, 2020|
|Re:||School Closure: Coronavirus (COVID-19)|
As you are aware, Governor Baker announced that our school closure will be extended to Monday, May 4, 2020. During this extended time of school closure, communication is key. By April 1, 2020, all staff will be providing communication via telephonic and/or remote learning systems in adherence to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) guidelines in the attached document. Our Collaborative Team continues to provide and share educational resources and services via the website, social media, telephonic and/or remote learning systems.
Thank you for your understanding of this situation. These are incredibly trying circumstances where things are rapidly changing given specific situations. I will continue to keep you informed throughout the school closure. Please visit our website, www.pilgrimac.org for related information, DPH website at www.mass.gov/covid19 and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website at http://www.doe.mass.edu/sfs/emergencyplan/covid19.html for updates.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher and/or administrator:
PACES: Deb Booth email@example.com
Pilgrim Academy: Dympna Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org
SEASIDE: Missy Sorrenti email@example.com
Specialized Learning Communities: Colleen Doyle firstname.lastname@example.org
I will continue to share additional information as we receive it from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
Wishing you all good health and well-being during these challenging times!
March 25 – Governor Baker orders all Massachusetts Schools to be closed through the month of April.
Due to the Governor’s order on March 25th, all Massachusetts schools are to be closed through the month of April. This would be that as of now, we would resume classes on Monday, May 4, 2020. Although it is not mandatory, we encourage families to use the Educational Opportunities that we have provided and any additional information your child’s teacher may share with you.
As we work with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and other area school districts, we will be updating families on how best to move forward with online learning. Please keep in mind that both the mental and physical well-being of our students and families are our top priority. These are exceptionally trying times for all and we understand the numerous hardships many of our PAC families are facing.
March 17 – Online Learning Opportunities
PAC has posted some Online Learning Opportunities as an optional resource for parents to utilize during the school closure. Please CLICK HERE to access them. Most school districts are outlining online learning opportunities as well so below are our member town’s direct links. If you do not live in one of our member towns, please visit your home town’s public school page for resources if none of the member district recommendations suit your needs.
Duxbury Public Schools
Marshfield Public Schools
Middleborough Public Schools
Plymouth Public Schools
Silver Lake K-6 Learning Resources (click here)
Silver Lake 7-12 Learning Resources (click here)
Stoughton Public Schools
Whitman-Hanson Regional School District
March 15 – Governor Baker extends all Massachusetts School Closures through April 6th
Governor Baker announced this evening that all schools statewide are closed until April 6, 2020 and reopening on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.
This is unexpected time off so stay home, enjoy your family, stay healthy and practice social solidarity by following social distancing guidelines.
We will continue to update the PAC website, Facebook and Twitter social media sites with COVID-19 updates, free online educational resources, etc.
Click HERE for the official update from DESE Commissioner Jeffrey Riley.
March 15 – Food Resources for Families
For any of our students and families who are on free or reduced lunch, many districts are working this weekend to set up resources to pick up free breakfasts and lunches at area schools. We have put our member district school webpages below for easy access. Please check your own home town/school district for resources. Below are direct links to our member districts.
Duxbury Public Schools
With regards to the availability of breakfast and/or lunch for students who rely on their school’s breakfast and lunch programs, these meals will be made available starting on Tuesday, March 17th, between 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM at the Marshfield Boys & Girls Club at 37 Proprietors Drive. Food service teams will put together breakfast and/or lunch grab-n-go packages at Marshfield High School and they will be brought over to the Boys & Girls Club for pickup. When you arrive at the Club, volunteers will help deliver you the bagged meal and there will be no need for folks to get out of their cars.
Reminder to families in need of food while our school system is closed.
Middleborough Public Schools will be providing bagged meals Monday thru Friday this week (and beyond if necessary) from 9A.M.-10A.M. at the Henry B. Burkland School. If interested, please click here to complete a quick survey so that we might get an accurate number of “grab and go” breakfast/lunch combinations each day (this survey is not a requirement but will assist us in getting the most accurate daily count). Please note that this FREE service is available to ALL Middleborough students and their families. https://forms.gle/erNe6AMCqVNM1RZY8
For those who live in Plympton, Kingston and Halifax and receive free or reduced lunch, someone should have reached out to you directly about food services during this time. If not, or you are someone who isn’t currently on a free or reduced lunch plan, please Food Services Director, Megan Arenholz at 781-582-3556.
WHRHS announces that Grab & Go lunches will available all students as follows:
Beginning Monday, March 16 –daily (M-F), from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, the snack shack area of the Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, which is in front of the Performing Arts Center, will be available for grab and go lunch and breakfast meals for any student under the age of 18 needing that service. All they need is their student ID number and it will be handled as it normally is during a regular day. We are going to have assorted sandwiches for lunch and cereal for breakfast to start. All bagged lunches will contain milk, fruit and vegetable. This is the only time a school building will be open during both weeks.
March 14 – Social Distancing
Important Information about Social Distancing for families – Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day
March 13 – PAC ANNOUNCES TWO WEEK CLOSURE
All PAC classes are cancelled Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. Classes are expected to resume on Monday, March 30. Please read the official letter at link below. Please note, this includes the cancellation of our PAC’s Got Talent which is scheduled for Friday, March 27. More details about whether this will be re-scheduled will be forthcoming.
PAC ANNOUNCES TWO WEEK CLOSURE
Education and Health Commissioners Issue Guidance on School Closures Related to Coronavirus
Please CLICK HERE to view the Press Release by DESE on Friday, March 13 in regards to Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley and Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel’s conference call with superintendents, private school leaders and the guidance issued to schools to help prevent and reduce the spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19.
Important information for our college partnerships:
BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY – Classes are cancelled Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. Classes are expected to resume on Monday, March 23. Please read the letter below for information in regards to PAC student impact.
Plymouth Public Schools will be closed on Friday, March 6:
**Please be advised, PAC programs that are housed at Plymouth South Middle School have NO SCHOOL tomorrow, Friday, March 6, 2020. This includes our SEASIDE program as well as our Transitional Skills program at PSMS.**
**Please note, our Pilgrim Academy program in Plymouth WILL BE OPEN for a regular school day tomorrow.**
Please call 781-293-6111 if you have any questions. Thank you.
PAC’s Statement from 2/28/2020:
Please be advised that administrators and staff at Pilgrim Area Collaborative are staying informed about the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19). For the most complete and comprehensive information, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s dedicated page on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Symptoms of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) include:
- cough and shortness of breath, and
- in severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs).
Although the risk to Massachusetts residents of the novel coronavirus is low, the risk for influenza is currently high. Many of the things you do to help prevent colds and the flu can help protect you against other respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Stay home if you are sick.
Click Here for Resources on how to talk to children about the Coronavirus from the National Association of School Psychologists.