September 10, 2021
Good Afternoon Beverly School Community,
I want to welcome each of you to the start of the new school year. We have just completed our first full week of school and we are off to a great start! I want to provide you with a few updates as we move ahead into the new year.
First, let me begin by addressing what occurred at the recent School Committee meeting on 09/08/21. Many of you have viewed, read about, and/or heard about the public comments that were made during the recent school committee meeting to members of our school community. Respect and courtesy are important parts of discourse and essential when engaging in difficult conversations. We understand many of you are concerned with the comments that were made. While we were surprised by these statements, it serves to strengthen our resolve to become an anti-racist school community; one that continually examines its practices and policies through a lens of opportunity, access and equity. While we strive daily to create a welcoming environment in our schools, it will require all of us to learn and grow together and to build a community where all students feel a sense of belonging and inclusion.
I also want to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in a survey regarding grant-funding. The district will receive funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III funds to help meet the learning needs of students, provide high quality education and safely reopen and sustain the efficient operation of schools. The funds further address the impact of COVID-19 on students by supporting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. Beverly Public Schools is collecting input from the community to guide decisions for how to use these funds. If received, a minimum of 20% of the grant must be spent on mitigating lost instructional time. The input collected will be used to guide Beverly Public Schools in the planning for the best use of ESSER III funds to support students, staff, and families. This survey is available until Sunday, September 19th, 2021. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Lastly, I want to encourage those who have not received vaccinations, to consider participating in our mobile vaccine clinic. Beverly Public Schools will hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on 9/23/21 from 8:30 - 9:00 AM at BMS and 9:30-10:00 AM at BHS. The clinic is for those who require a second dose as follow up to our previous vaccine clinic, as well as for those who are interested in a first dose. Parents will need to register their student using the link below.
Click here to register for COVID-19 vaccine. Registered students will need to bring a consent form to the clinic on 9/23/21 and/or email the consent form to the school health office (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you again for your partnership in educating our students. We look forward to an amazing school year!
Sue Charochak, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
The Beverly Public Schools seeks to maximize academic achievement and personal growth to enable all students to compete within the global economy.