Elementary Full In-Person Learning Beginning 3/1/2021

At this evening’s School Committee Meeting, the Cohasset School Committee voted unanimously to return all elementary students at Joseph Osgood School and Deer Hill School to full-time in-person learning (five days a week with full day Wednesdays) beginning this Monday, March 1, 2021. This is wonderful news. We are thankful to the School Committee, District Leadership, staff, and families who worked diligently to make this happen for our students. 

Although there will be more specific information forthcoming from principals, I want to bring a few details to your attention:

  1. Elementary students will be returning to full-time in-person school beginning Monday, March 1, 2021. Wednesdays will be full days.
  2. Our bus routes are set for Monday, March 1, 2021. There are no changes to bus stops. Those families who live outside of a two (2) mile distance, who answered the survey saying that they absolutely required transportation every day, have been afforded that transportation. Communication is forthcoming to those families. Other than for those identified families, we will be following the current cohort model of bus transportation (adhering to the current cohort model on the district calendar for alternating Wednesdays). We appreciate the additional consideration many families provided concerning this issue, as bussing has continued to be a major challenge for us in our efforts to increase in-person learning. We ask families for patience, as we ensure the timing of the buses; however, we feel the 10 minute rule should suffice (being at the stop 10 minutes before the scheduled time, and waiting at the stop 10 minutes after the scheduled time). It is likely that we will experience some “growing pains” regarding the pick-up/drop-off process, so please have patience as we get everything sorted.
  3. Due to the increased traffic brought about by limited bus seating, it is important that we adhere to the following rules:

Drop-Off:

Bus drop-off will be at the usual time for both schools

Cars at DH: Cohort A should please drop-off at 9:05AM and Cohort B should please drop-off at 9:15AM

Cars at Osgood: Cohort A should please drop-off at 9:10AM and Cohort B should please drop-off at 9:25AM

Pick-Up:

Bus pick-up will be at the usual time for both schools. Walkers and bikers will be dismissed after buses, as usual.

Cars at DH: Cohort A should please pick-up at 3:15PM and Cohort B should please pick-up at 3:30PM

Cars at Osgood: Cohort A should please pick-up at 3:20PM and Cohort B should please pick-up at 3:40PM

 

Each school is in the process of distributing to families a color-coded last name sign identifying cohort for their windshield, which should be utilized during drop-off and pick-up at both schools. Please do not line up for pick-up and drop-off too early, as this could cause traffic issues.

Once again, further information is forthcoming from principals. I have attached this evening’s presentation, along with a copy of the district calendar for your review. We are so excited to unify the cohorts and to bring back our elementary students to full-time in-person learning. Have a great evening.