Dear Hunnewell Families,

 As you know, our District has focused a great deal in recent years on improving school safety.  In addition to the many security features added to our building’s infrastructure, including cameras, walkie talkies, prox cards, and an updated intercom system, we have continued to collaborate with the Wellesley Police Department (WPD) and other Town emergency personnel to improve our security through enhanced training for staff and students.  Throughout the year, we run emergency safety drills including fire, evacuation, and shelter-in-place drills. Today the students practiced an emergency evacuation drill. The teachers prepared the students for this drill, explaining there may be times when we need to evacuate the building quickly, such as a fire, excessive snow on the roof, an unidentified odor, etc. Our students in grades K-2 and Cohort B completed the drill this morning. They did an excellent job! Cohort A was to practice this drill on Thursday, but it it looking like Thursday might be a Remote Day. We will be sure to reschedule for Cohort A soon.

In the event that Thursday is a “snow day”, WPS will use the day as a Remote Learning Day. Teachers will share the daily schedule. Students in K-2 will operate as if it is Remote Learning Day with the specialists being live during their specialist block. For students in Grades 3-5, Cohort A and B will be on Zoom. Students in Cohort A will receive their special (art, music, library, PE, and/or Spanish) live, while Cohort B will engage with their asynchronous specialist lesson during that block. As Dr. Lussier’s message explained, we are not sure how severe the storm will be and whether power outages could play a part in the day for students or staff. Again, we ask for your patience and flexibility. As you well know, it is a year like none other.

Sincerely,

Ellen


In the Halls of Hunnewell

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