Communication #5-PSB Website, Computers and Principals’ Resources

Dear Lawrence Families,

I hope you have received the communication from interim Superintendent Ben Lummis dated March 17, 2020 sharing information about enrichment activities for students in grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 which can be found on the Public Schools of Brookline website.

The town website is being updated frequently, so please check the site often. For example, recently added, “PSB COVID-19 Special Education and Student Services” page (includes helpful Special Education, Self-Care, and Mental Health Resources.)

While the Office or Teaching and Learning and coordinators have been designing the enrichment experiences mentioned above and continue to update the school’s website, a team of BEU representatives, School Committee members, and PSB leaders have been meeting to get to an agreement on how we can support students on learning and staying connected to their school community during the school closure in the days and weeks ahead.

As a friendly reminder, starting tomorrow Friday, March 20, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., families who do not have a working digital device at home can pick-up a free PSB-issued Chromebook to borrow during this temporary school closure. The Chromebooks will be available at the Baker, Coolidge Corner, Pierce, and Brookline High Schools. You can request a Chromebook by completing this online form. If you have a home computer or device that provides your student(s) with adequate access to online resources, your family should not pick up a Chromebook. While more information about the distribution of chromebooks will likely be sent out later today, if you have requested a chromebook using the online form and do not hear anything before then, I suggest families visit the preferred pick-up location entered on the online form during the appropriate hours tomorrow.

Finally, principals wanted to share with you some resources and ideas we have recently put together. These resources are listed here, and will also be available on the district website shortly.

Please tell your child hello from me and that I am thinking of her/him/them. I trust everyone is making the most of this time to take care of themselves and loved ones. I appreciate all you do to support our public schools in Brookline!

Monica

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