The Bourne School Committee will be meeting on Wednesday evening, July 29, to discuss plans for reopening the schools.

School board members and district administration will be meeting in the Bourne High School library, but members of the public will be not be able to attend in person due to occupancy being capped at 25 people because of the COVID pandemic. Members of the public will be able to participate in the meeting using Zoom.

The agenda for the meeting includes discussion about information collected from staff and parent surveys and focus groups; what information is still needed before plans can be finalized, such as funding and further state guidance; and discussion about the district's preliminary plans for reopening.

Districts in the state have been given the directive from the Massachusetts Department of Education to develop three plans ranging from in-person to completely remote learning. The initial plans are due to the state by Friday, July 31, with finalized plans due on Monday, August 10.

The agenda for the meeting contains links to all of the guidance that the state has issued to date including guidance for busing students, meal service considerations, new guidance for remote learning, and specific guidance for courses with additional safety concerns such as chorus, band, theater, and physical education. The agenda also details how members of the public can access the Zoom call to be involved with the meeting.

The agenda can be found here.

There will be an opportunity for members of the public to provide commentary at the beginning of the meeting.

The public portion of the meeting will start at 6:30 PM following an executive session.

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