DFPS Fall Plan

Dear Perkins Families,

It is a pleasure to inform you that beginning September 2, 2020, the Doctor Franklin Perkins School will move to full-time, in-person learning for all students.

Day students who have been attending two days a week will transition to five days a week on-site educational programming. Residential students will continue with their current five days a week on-site programming model as well. Parents may, of course, choose to opt out of this plan and we will accommodate those families, providing educational services that support each child appropriately.

The decision to return to comprehensive in-person educational programming was made after careful consideration that included a review of the Department of Elementary and Special Education’s guidance, analysis of feedback from our families, students and staff, and a careful assessment of the necessary health and safety protocols. Those results reflected that many families prefer their child to be able to return to full on-site educational programming. Of course, not all families, students, or staff agreed as to what the best approach is. This feedback, along with our analysis of best practices to maintain health and safety, provided integral insights that informed our final decisions for educational services. We greatly appreciated your feedback and have incorporated those findings into our preparations for the fall.

Having been entirely operational for residential students and having been able to provide day students with hybrid learning for July and August, we have established the protocols necessary to operate with the utmost protections to mitigate risk. We will approach the fall with the same vigilance towards health and safety and provide an environment for learning that supports the educational needs of Perkins students. We will continue to closely monitor COVID prevalence and will adjust our educational approach based on medical advisories and DESE guidance as well as COVID-19 infections affecting our community. If circumstances change, we will immediately collaborate and communicate with families, students, districts, and agencies to facilitate an effective and appropriate educational program for our students.

We look forward to collaborating with each of you in the days to come and working with each student that we serve.  Please do reach out with any questions you may have or feedback you would like to share.

Sincerely,
Cindy Wing, M.Ed.
Chief Academic Officer
cwing@perkinschool.org
(978) 368-4980