The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has announced that all students in the Commonwealth in grades K-12 are required to be vaccinated for influenza on an annual basis. According to state health officials, the students must be vaccinated each year by December 31st.
News and Announcements
The town hall style meetings for GLCPS families kick off this week and will help answer questions parents and guardians may have about schedules, hours, attendance, nutrition, and other topics as the school prepares to embark on full remote learning to start the 2020-2021 School Year.
Principal Lena Pires will host meetings for GLCPS families leading up to the opening of the school year on September 8th to address questions or concerns. The meetings will be held on the Zoom video conferencing platform. Separate meetings will be held for families of high school, middle school and fifth grade. Every meeting will have Portuguese and Spanish interpreters. There will also be separate Portuguese and Spanish language meetings for any follow-up questions our Portuguese and Spanish speaking families may have.
GLCPS will be starting the school year on September 8, 2020, fully remote with a plan to shift to a hybrid education plan when it is deemed safe to do so. Eventually, GLCPS will return to in-person teaching and learning. All decisions regarding learning will be based on the level of risk to the community and to the school because of Covid-19. The Board of Trustees has approved the plan.
GLCPS is cancelling its SAT testing dates for August and September due to the ongoing concerns over containing the spread of the Covid19 virus.
Global Learning Charter Public School will hold an outdoor, in-person commencement ceremony for the 29 graduating members of its Class of 2020. The graduation celebration will take place on Sunday, August 9th at 11:00 AM on the grounds of Bittersweet Farm, 438 Main Road, in Westport. A rain date has been scheduled for August 16th. The event will mark the New Bedford charter school’s 14th graduating class.
GLCPS is offering both course completion and student support classes this summer through its first-ever Summer Virtual Academic and Enrichment Program. GLCPS students who seek to fulfill course requirements are welcome to participate.
In a letter to Massachusetts school leaders, Commissioner of Education Jeff Riley reported that many families who received P-EBT cards in the mail beginning on May 31st are having trouble activating their cards because of problems with the process. The Department of Transitional Assistance is encouraging families to call DTA's Assistance Line at (877) 382-2363 and press 6. Their staff can help families to get the correct information.
Thanks to numerous generous donors, GLCPS has set up a fund to help families of GLCPS students cover the cost of groceries. Families who are in need of this extra support are asked to complete a simple application.
Governor Baker has announced that school buildings will be closed for the remainder of the school year in the best interest of the health and safety of our communities. We will continue to work with ALL our families through emergency remote learning. This includes online learning, phone calls, and direct messages to our school community. We stand with Governor Baker and Education Commissioner Riley that teaching and learning must continue. We will continue to follow our schedules, learn our lessons, and stay connected. In the coming days, we will assess the current situation and make any necessary adjustments, just as we have been doing since this situation began on March 13th. We all have lots of questions and expect to receive further guidance from Commissioner Riley as we move forward. We miss you all terribly and don’t like this situation. But we know it is necessary to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. We promise that we will do our very best for you. Together we will get through this.