11-18-2020 School Committee Meetings

11.18.2020 School Committee Meetings
Posted on 11/16/2020

Quincy School Committee

Special Education Subcommittee

Per Governor Baker’s order suspending certain provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A sec. 20, the public will not be allowed to physically access this School Committee meeting.  Members of the Public can access the meeting audio live on QATV Channel 22 or at www.qatv.org.  The meeting will also be recorded for rebroadcast and posted on the QPS SchoolTube website on Friday, November 20, 2020.

Mrs. Kathryn Hubley, Chair

Mr. Doug Gutro & Mrs. Emily Lebo, Subcommittee Members

**This meeting is a Committee of the Whole**

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Coddington Building

AGENDA

  1. Special Education Rights & Responsibilities             Ms. Perkins

    11.18.2020 Rights & Responsibilities Presentation

  2. Special Education Pathways Update     Ms. Perkins

    11.18.2020 Special Education Pathways Presentation

  3. Special Education Director Update     Superintendent Mulvey

     

  4. DeCristofaro Learning Center Update     Superintendent Mulvey

     Ms. Perkins

  5. QPAC Update     Ms. Beck

QUINCY SCHOOL COMMITTEE

SPECIAL EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING ~ November 18, 2020

A meeting of the Special Education Subcommittee was held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 5:30 pm in the Coddington Building.  Present were Mr. Doug Gutro, Mrs. Emily Lebo, Mr. Frank Santoro, and Mrs. Kathryn Hubley, Special Education Subcommittee Chair.  Also attending were Superintendent Kevin Mulvey, Assistant Superintendent Erin Perkins, Ms. Sarah Anderson, Ms. Donna Cunningham, Ms. Julie Graham, Ms. Jennifer Leary; Quincy Parent Advisory Council to Special Education President Cassandra Beck; and Ms. Laura Owens, Clerk (remotely). 

Director of Special Education Erin Perkins and the Special Education Team Administrators Julie Graham, Donna Cunningham, and Jennifer Leary shared the annual Special Education Rights & Responsibilities presentation, the goal being so that educators will understand their role regarding special education; to enhance collaboration between family and school personnel; and so that parents and school personnel will participate in special education matters as knowledgeable partners.  The Quincy Public Schools Special Education Department operates under the federal Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Massachusetts Special Education Law administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  Students are eligible for Special Education if all three of the following are true:  (1) the student has one or more disabilities; (2) the student is not making effective progress in school as a result of their disability or disabilities; and (3) the student requires specialized instruction in order to make effective progress.  There are 12 different types of disabilities defined by state and federal regulations:  Autism, developmental delay, intellectual impairment, sensory impairment/hearing; sensory impairment/vision loss; sensory impairment/deafness and blindness; neurological impairment; emotional impairment; communication impairment; physical impairment; health impairment; a specific learning disability; or any combination of the above.

Special Education is specially-designed instruction to meet the unique needs of an eligible student and/or related services necessary to access and make progress in the general curriculum.  The timeline for entry into Special Education is up to 45 school working days, beginning with the parents’ consent to evaluate, followed by evaluation and a team meeting to determine eligibility.  A proposed IEP is then generated and /or placement recommendation.  Services begin upon parental consent.

There are six principles of Special Education: (1) parent and student participation – it is the obligation of the school district to make strong efforts, in multiple ways, to ensure parental and student participation; (2) Free and appropriate public education; (3) Appropriate evaluation and three-year re-evaluation; (4) Individualized Education Program (IEP) which contains written information on the parents’ concerns and the students skills, a written explanation of how the disability affects the student’s ability to learn and to demonstrate his or her learning; an identification of specific, measurable goals which can be reached in a year’s time; and a listing of the services to be provided to the student.  (5) Least Restrictive Environment – to the maximum extent appropriate, students with disabilities have the right to be educated in the general education environment and in the classroom they would have attended if they did not have disabilities.  Removal from the general education program occurs only if the nature or severity is such that education in general education classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be satisfactorily achieved.  (6) Procedural Safeguards include right to written notice; right to consent/refuse; right to “stay put”; problem resolution system; mediation and due process; timelines; confidential records; right to receive any evaluations 2 days in advance of Team meeting, if requested.

Mrs. Lebo asked about the pending change to add dyslexia as a Special Education diagnosis; Ms. Perkins said this is still pending and there is no official guidance

Mrs. Lebo asked about Special Education evaluations in the remote environment.  Ms. Perkins said testing has been going on since last spring and continued through the summer.  Evaluations are done in person when parents are comfortable and remotely if no other alternative.  Ms. Cunningham said that the Snug Harbor Community School is piloting an iPad-based remote evaluation system. 

Mrs. Lebo asked about the resolution system, Ms. Perkins clarified that mediation is part of the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and the Board of Special Education Appeals is separate and completely neutral.

Mr. Santoro asked about out of district placements, have we had any issues with service delivery.  Ms. Perkins said the Special Education Team Administrators are continuing to monitoring their students and the unique circumstances for their programs based on their local issues.  Out of district schools are generating COVID Learning Plans and sharing them with the student’s family and Quincy Public Schools.

Mr. Santoro asked about the Carroll School, they have converted to a private pay program, will not take

Mrs. Hubley asked for confirmation of the age that students are invited to participate in IEP meetings and Ms. Perkins said when students are age 13.

Assistant Superintendent Erin Perkins, Coordinator of Middle & High School Special Education Sarah Anderson, and Team Administrators Jennifer Leary and Julie Graham presented an overview of the Special Education Pathways for in-person and remote learning for the 2020-21 school year.  At the Pre-Kindergarten level, the goals are to identify students as early as possible, to maximize exposure to language, to meet students at their developmental level both academically and socially, and to prepare students for the transition to Kindergarten and beyond.  Integrated Kindergarten classes are at the Amelio Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center, Snug Harbor, and Point Webster.  The CARES Pre-Kindergarten program is at the Della Chiesa ECC and Point Webster.  For Kindergarten, students may attend their neighborhood school, the Transitional Kindergarten program at Atherton Hough or Lincoln Hancock, or the CARES program at Snug Harbor or Squantum.

For elementary school students, the goal is to provide a free and appropriate education for all of our students so that they may be successful in the least restrictive environment.  Educators work to identify students as early as possible and provide scientifically research-based reading, math, and writing interventions based on individual student needs.  General Education students with Special Education needs are supported through Literacy and Special Education Resource Room services at all elementary schools.  There are four citywide specialized programs:  CARES (for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders) at Squantum and Snug Harbor; the Learning Center (for students with intellectual or developmental delays) at Squantum; the Language Development class (for students with a language-based learning disability) at Atherton Hough and Snug Harbor ; and STARS (for students with emotional impairment) at Parker.

For middle school students, the focus expands to promote collaborative practices across educational settings between general education staff, special educators, and related service providers.  In addition, the academic, social, and emotional supports necessary so that students enter high school on the path to college and career readiness are emphasized.  Inclusion support is an important component of the middle school experience.  The same four citywide specialized programs are available:  CARES students from Squantum and Snug Harbor will attend South~West Middle School, along with the Learning Center students from Squantum.  Language Development students from Snug Harbor and Atherton Hough attend Broad Meadows Middle School.  STARS students from Parker transition to the PASS program at Atlantic Middle School or the stand-alone GOALS program, depending on student needs.

For high school students, the emphasis is on providing academic, social, and emotional support necessary so that students fulfill their potential and become productive members of society.  Both Quincy and North Quincy High School offer Resource Room supports and Inclusion classes for core curriculum areas.  NQHS is home to the PASS, Learning Center, and LEAP (for students from 18-22) programs and QHS is home to the PACE program for LDC students.  Four LEAP students are currently attending classes at Massasoit Community College through the MAICEI program.

In addition to the many in-house special programs, Quincy Public Schools currently has 161 students in Out of District Special Education placements tailored to specific student needs. 

Mr. Gutro asked if Ms. Perkins was surprised with the number of Special Education students who elected to be remote students.  Ms. Perkins said it was consistent with summer program enrollment decisions.  The teachers, speech therapists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists have been very creative working with families, keeping students engaged in the remote learning environment and utilizing parents to support and extend. 

Mr. Gutro asked if a parent who had originally opted for remote learning can change to in-person and Ms. Perkins agreed this can and will happen.

Mr. Gutro asked about Out-of-District schools and their instructional modes.  Ms. Perkins said all of the schools have a remote option and most have hybrid and/or full in-person options.   In addition, there are residential students who have remained in their placements throughout the pandemic. Parents seem very supportive and comfortable with the options available to them. 

Mr. Santoro asked how many current Out of District students will be able to attend the DeCristofaro Learning Center when it is open.  Ms. Perkins said this program will be for students with an autism diagnosis, so potentially 30-40 students.

Superintendent Mulvey reviewed that the interviews for the Special Education Director position were held on Tuesday, November 17.  Seven licensed candidates were interviewed and two finalists will be reviewed with School Committee in Executive Session later tonight.

Superintendent Mulvey also presented an update on the DeCristofaro Special Education Learning Center, the conceptual design by Wessling Architects will be presented at the December 9, 2020 School Committee meeting, along with the bidding timeline.  Superintendent Mulvey and Assistant Superintendent Perkins thanked Mayor Koch and the City Council for the appropriation for the DeCristofaro Learning Center.

The QPAC Update was shared by Ms. Beck, who reviewed the recent QPAC meeting.  At upcoming meetings, there are plans to vote on an interim Board and create goals.  There were a number of new parents on the Zoom meeting, so Ms. Beck is looking forward to hearing their input at the next meeting.  Ms. Beck would like to plan virtual extracurricular activities for students, looking at grants to support materials.

Mr. Gutro thanked Ms. Beck for her continued support to Quincy Public Schools families.

Mrs. Lebo thanked Ms. Beck for looking into options for extracurricular activities.

Mr. Gutro made a motion to adjourn the Special Education Subcommittees meeting at 6:40 pm.  Mrs. Lebo seconded the motion and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.

AGENDA

Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 6:30 pm

Coddington Building

 

Per Governor Baker’s order suspending certain provisions of the Open Meeting Law,

G.L. c. 30A sec. 20, the public will not be allowed to physically access this School Committee meeting.  Members of the Public can access the meeting audio live on QATV Channel 22 or at www.qatv.org.  The meeting will also be recorded for rebroadcast and posted on the QPS SchoolTube website on Friday, November 20, 2020.

  1. Approval of Minutes:
  1. Meeting Minutes for October 28, 2020
  2. Executive Session Minutes for October 28, 2020

II.        Open ForumAn opportunity for community input regarding the Quincy Public Schools.  Community in this context is defined as a resident of the City of Quincy, a parent of a student who attends the Quincy Public Schools, or an employee of the Quincy Public Schools.  Non-community persons not permitted to speak at Open Forum may submit written statements to the School Committee.  After giving his or her name and address, each speaker may make a presentation of no more than four minutes to the School Committee.  An individual may not exchange their time or yield to others.        

 Please submit statements for Open Forum to: QSCOpenForum@quincypublicschools.com.

  1. Superintendent’s Report
    1. Chairman’s ReportMayor Thomas Koch
    2. QPS COVID-19 Metrics(with Health Commissioner Ruth Jones)
    3. Flu Vaccine Mandate
    4. CO2 Testing Update
    5. QPS Enrollment/Class Size
    6. Chromebooks/Technology Update
    7. QHS Culinary Program Community Meals
    8. Dell Technologies/JASON STEM Grant
    9. School Nutrition Update
    10. National Merit Commended Scholars
    11. Virtual Parent Academies Update
    12. Special Education Director

    IV.       Old Business: 

    V. New Business:

  1. Spotlight on Hybrid Learning     Ms. Perkins, Ms. Roy                                           Hybrid Learning Presentation
  2. QPS Fall 2020 Re-Entry Survey     Superintendent Mulvey, Ms. Perkins                Re-Entry Survey Presentation
  3. Update on MASC Resolutions     Mrs. Hubley
  4. High School Community Service      Superintendent Mulvey

    Graduation Requirement Waiver (VOTE)   

  5. Gift:Knitted Hats, Scarfs, Gloves from the Seaside Stitchers 
    Mrs. Hubley

 VI.      Additional Business:   

VII.     Communications

  1. Upcoming School Committee Meetings: December 9, 2020 (Regular Meetings, 6:30 pm, Coddington Building)
  2. Upcoming Subcommittee Meetings:Athletics & Wellness, December 9, 2020 at 5:30 pm

VIII.    Reports of Subcommittees: 

  1. Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee Mr. Andronico to report on theOctober 28, 2020 meeting.
  2. Teaching & Learning Subcommittee, Mrs. Lebo to report on the November 4, 2020 meeting.

IX.       Executive Session:    Contract Negotiations

X.        Adjournment:

Quincy, MASSACHUSETTS – November 18, 2020

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Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee

A meeting of the Quincy School Committee was held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 6:45 p.m at the Coddington Building. Superintendent Kevin Mulvey called the roll and present were Mayor Thomas Koch, Mr. Paul Bregoli, Mr. Doug Gutro, Mrs. Kathryn Hubley, Mrs. Emily Lebo, Mr. Frank Santoro, and Mr. Anthony Andronico, Vice Chair.

Also present were: Superintendent Kevin Mulvey, Assistant Superintendent Erin Perkins, Ms. Allison Cox, Mr. Michael Draicchio, Mr. James Mullaney, Ms. Maura Papile, Mr. Keith Segalla; Health Commissioner Ruth Jones; and Ms. Laura Owens, Clerk.

School Committee observed a moment of silence in memory of Ruth Mahoney, a retired Quincy Public Schools bus driver, dispatcher, and bus yard supervisor for twenty years.

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Regular Meeting

 

Vice-Chair Presiding

Mrs. Lebo made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting and Executive Session for October 28, 2020. Mr. Bregoli seconded the motion and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.

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Approval of Minutes

As there were no letters submitted for Open Forum, School Committee moved on to the next item on the agenda.

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Open Forum

Superintendent Mulvey opened his report with Mayor Koch presenting a Chairman’s report. Mayor Koch updated School Committee on fiscal planning underway for the FY2022 Budget year and the tax rate recommendations which City Council will vote on in December.

Superintendent Mulvey then introduced City of Quincy Health Commissioner Ruth Jones who reviewed the statistics for the last two weeks (November 4 through November 17), including 22 positive students (11 hybrid, 3 in-person and 8 remote) and 9 positive staff members. There is no evidence of in-school transmission at this time. The two-week positivity rate is 1.75% and Quincy is still in the green due to the change in metric calculations.

Mr. Gutro asked about the change in the state Department of Public Health metrics. Commissioner Jones said that the data is now updated on Thursday evening at the state level: for cities with over 50,000 residents, green is below 10 cases per day and a positivity rate below 4%; yellow is over 10 cases per day or a 4% positivity rate; red is both. Commissioner Jones is estimating Quincy’s two-week positivity rate at around 2% and the city will likely move into yellow status.

Mr. Gutro asked about sources of spread, Commissioner Jones said household contacts have been the major source in recent cases.

Mr. Gutro asked about consideration of returning Quincy Public Schools to full remote. Commissioner Jones said there is not evidence of in-school transmission, the vigilance of the nursing staff and school administrators has led to quick response and identification of close contacts to quarantine.

Mr. Gutro asked about the parties around Halloween that led to North Quincy High School being remote, Commissioner Jones said there were no cases traced back to those gatherings.

Mr. Gutro asked about Thanksgiving, Commissioner Jones said there is concern state-wide about families gathering for the holiday leading to more cases.

Mr. Bregoli asked about transmission between student and staff or hospitalizations for students and Commissioner Jones said there have been none.

Mrs. Lebo asked about testing statistics, over 10,000 residents have been tested in the last fourteen days. All results are sent to the Quincy Health Department, regardless of where the testing happens. Mrs. Lebo asked about remote students who participate in Athletics, contact tracing is the same as for hybrid or in-person students.

Mrs. Lebo asked about families choosing to congregate or travel for Thanksgiving, Commissioner Jones said that families can choose to be tested but should remain out of school until results are available. Commissioner Jones is hopeful that parents who want their students to remain in school will do the right thing and keep everyone safe.

Mrs. Lebo asked about if the city returns to red status affecting hybrid and in-person learning. Commissioner Jones said that cities/towns are in the red for three weeks are high risk communities and are subject to certain restrictions, but schools are a local decision. Superintendent Mulvey said at a recent meeting with DESE Commissioner Jeffery Riley, it was clear that the state’s priority is to continue the least-restrictive approach, closing a classroom or a school if there is evidence of in-school transmission, as opposed to the school system.

Mr. Santoro asked about a hybrid student who has to quarantine, Superintendent Mulvey said that the student would switch to remote and their schedule would be affected. A staff member who has to quarantine would switch to remote teaching and be assisted by a substitute teacher in the classroom monitoring the students. Superintendent Mulvey said the staff have been very flexible, there are constant schedule and assignment changes.

Mr. Gutro asked for clarification, Superintendent Mulvey said that there are self-contained Special Education programs, such as the NQHS Learning Center or PASS program that have multiple classrooms. Several positive cases might cause the program to be quarantine. Commissioner Jones said that in those programs, the specialists who push into the classrooms are also affected by quarantine.

Superintendent Mulvey thanked Commissioner Jones, working with Quincy Public Schools staff members seven days a week. Her reassuring presence on so many staff meetings has been important in managing the pandemic.

Superintendent Mulvey introduced the next item in his report, the Flu Vaccine mandate from the Department of Public Health that all students should be immunized by December 31, 2020. Local school districts have flexibility on implementation so School Committee should consider the consequences for students who do not receive the vaccine. The QPS Fall 2020 Re-Entry Task Force disagreed with excluding remote students who do not receive the vaccine.

Commissioner Jones said that remote students who participate in athletics or extracurricular activities should be vaccinated, along with students who attend school in person.

Mrs. Lebo thought the directive from the state didn’t give an option to make a distinction between in person or remote students. Superintendent Mulvey said in the meeting with DESE Commissioner Riley, it was stated that this was a local decision. Mrs. Lebo said that she would feel more comfortable with the Department of Public Health making a clarification, students who are not vaccinated should be moved to remote learning.

Mr. Santoro noted that the Rockland Public Schools are facing legal action from a family and asked if the staff are required to be immunized. Commissioner Jones said that vaccines cannot be mandated for adults.

Mrs. Lebo said that vaccines are already mandated unless there are medical or religious exemptions, this is just another vaccine.

Mr. Gutro asked how the proof of vaccine is provided to school. Superintendent Mulvey said that the nurses track the vaccines in the SNAP program, pediatricians transmit a form when they have administered the vaccine. Mr. Gutro encourages everyone to get the flu vaccine but struggles with the idea of remote students who do not participate in extracurriculars being excluded from Quincy Public Schools.

Mayor Koch agrees with Mr. Gutro, asked Commissioner Jones about the flu transmission being lessened by mask wearing. Commissioner Jones agreed and noted that the efficacy of the flu vaccine varies between 20% and 65%. Mayor Koch said that Quincy Public Schools has put in so much effort to keep students engaged and on track to graduate, would not want to see students excluded over this issue. Commissioner Jones agreed but the state regulations do not allow us to pick and choose, does not know that DESE has the authority to tell districts they can make local decisions.

Mrs. Hubley asked if this is a permanent change to the list of mandated vaccines, Commissioner Jones said that it is definitely required for this year but it is not clear about subsequent years. Commissioner Jones said this could depend on the progression of COVID-19.

Mr. Andronico asked about the potential repercussions from the state for not implementing the mandate. Superintendent Mulvey said that he can research with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Mr. Gutro asked for clarification, the deadline is December 31, 2020. If School Committee doesn’t meet until December 9, that would not give families much time to comply with the deadline before school closes for the winter break on December 18. Ms. Owens will follow up with the percentage of students have already received the vaccine.

Superintendent Mulvey continued with the CO2 testing update, City of Quincy Mechanical Engineer David Scott and his team have begun the next round of CO2 testing in Quincy Public Schools buildings. Superintendent Mulvey is expecting to share the information with School Committee at the December 9, 2020 School Committee meeting.

Ms. Owens shared updated Quincy Public Schools enrollment statistics (50% hybrid or in-person and 50% remote) and remote class sizes for elementary, middle, and high school students. 89% of Kindergarten through Grade 5 remote students are in classes of 23 or fewer; 64% of Grades 6-8 remote students are in classes of 24 or fewer; and 63% of Grades 9-12 remote students are in classes of 25 or fewer.

Mrs. Lebo asked for information about students who are in-person and accessing classes remotely.

Mr. Gutro asked about teaching remote and in-person at the same time, some teachers are doing this successfully. Superintendent Mulvey said the increase in Internet access points at schools will make this more feasible, the Quincy High School Special Education department has been doing this successfully.

Superintendent Mulvey updated on technology issues: over 3900 Chromebooks have been distributed, along with 76 Internet Hotspots. Quincy Public Schools have requested 625 additional hotspots from a DESE program. 425 of 500 Internet Wireless Access Points have been installed to date. The student email addresses should be launched the first week of December, the server has been installed.

The Quincy High School Culinary Arts program received a $10,000 grant from Stop & Shop for products to support the Grab & Go Lunch Initiative, students will create meals to share with Quincy’s first responders.

Quincy Public Schools is the beneficiary of a recent grant that will provide over $36,000 worth of digital STEM resources and teacher professional development thanks to Dell Technologies in partnership with K-12 STEM non-profit JASON Learning. Special thanks to NQHS alum Patrick Shea, Executive Vice President at JASON Learning for his efforts on bringing the JASON program to Massachusetts.

The School Nutrition department, under the direction of Sara Dufour will be distributing Thanksgiving meal kits to 400 families on Wednesday, November 25.

Superintendent Mulvey recognized this year’s National Merit Commended Scholars: Charles Codner (QHS), Joseph Dinh (QHS), Thomas Li (NQHS), Kelly Ma (NQHS), Hannah Murphy (QHS), Jack Nelson (QHS), Quangvinh Tran (NQHS), Alvis Zou (QHS). Of the 1.5 million students who took the PSAT in October 2019, these students are among the top 50,000 nationwide of high school seniors.

The Virtual Parent Academy featuring Greg Tang had 75 participants. Upcoming Virtual Parent Academies include The Importance of Picture Books on November 30; NWEA MAP Growth on December 1; and the QPS Fall 2020 Re-Entry Parent Survey data presentation on December 2.

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Superintendent’s

Report

 

Assistant Superintendent Erin Perkins and Senior Curriculum Director Madeline Roy presented an overview of the Quincy Public Schools Hybrid Instructional Model and shared videos of Quincy High School Automotive and Culinary programs, the Quincy High School Science Department, South~West Middle School, and Lincoln Hancock Elementary School.

Mrs. Lebo asked about remote students and the CVTE program, Mr. Segalla said that the teachers are being creative and streaming while also teaching in person. Students are not able to go out for internships or clinical placements at this time.

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New Business

 

Focus on Hybrid

Learning

 

Assistant Superintendent Erin Perkins and Senior Curriculum Director Madeline Roy presented the data from the recent Fall 2020 Re-Entry Parent Survey, 3,160 parents responded, 1,578 elementary, 698 middle school, and 884 high school. Of the survey respondents, 58% are hybrid or in-person and 42% fully remote. Just under 50% have borrowed a Quincy Public Schools Chromebook. The majority of parents agreed that safety protocols of mask wearing and social distancing are being observed. 81% agree that the amount of live instruction with a teacher is appropriate for their students and 66% agreed with the amount of homework assigned. 61% of hybrid parents and 47% of remote parents were concerned about Social-Emotional student well-being. 66% of parents feel that the level of communication from teachers is appropriate; 87% feel that the level of communication from the school is appropriate; and 80% feel that the level of communication from the district is appropriate.

Ms. Perkins and Ms. Roy thanked Data & Assessment Coordinator Christopher Tierney for his work putting together the analysis and graphics. Next steps include hosting a Parent Forum on Wednesday, December 2; presenting at the Citywide Parent Council meeting on December 7; and disaggregating all of the comments to share with stakeholders.

Mr. Andronico thanked the presenters, many areas to be proud of and some areas for consideration for improvement.

Mr. Gutro said the positive data was good to see, but is disappointed in the response rate.

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New Business

 

QPS Fall 2020

Re-Entry Survey

Data

 

Mrs. Hubley attended the virtual Massachusetts Association of School Committees General Session on November 7, 2020. There were ten resolutions to be voted on and a written summary was shared of the results. Resolutions 1-9 were voted YES and Resolution 10 was tabled.

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New Business

 

MASC Resolutions

Update

 

Superintendent Mulvey reviewed that due to COVID-19 pandemic and health and safety restrictions, high schools students are not able to perform the required hours of Community Service during the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Mrs. Lebo made a motion to waive the High School Community Service Graduation Requirement for the Class of 2021. Mayor Koch seconded the motion and on a roll call vote, the ayes have it, 7-0.

 

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New Business

 

High School Community

Service Requirement

Waiver

 

Mrs. Hubley shared that the knitted hats, mittens, and scarves that the Seaside Knitters at the Kennedy Center donated, 180 items. The items are distributed to students in need by the school nurses.

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New Business

 

Gift

Mr. Andronico noted that the next Regular School Committee meetings is scheduled for December 9, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the Coddington Building. The Athletics & Wellness Subcommittee will meet on December 9, 2020 at 5:30 pm at the Coddington Building.

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Communications

Mr. Andronico reported on the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee meeting held on October 28, 2020. Quincy High School Social Studies Teacher James Ikeda represented a group of educators from across Quincy Public Schools; Director of Human Resources & Educator Development updated on racial/ethnic staff and student data of districts in Eastern Massachusetts; and Senior Director of Student Support Services Maura Papile shared feedback from staff on the summer VISIONS training.

Mrs. Lebo asked for the VISIONS proposal be posted on the Quincy Public Schools website and that this will be on the next EDI meeting agenda.

Mrs. Lebo reported on the Teaching & Learning Subcommittee meeting held on November 2, 2020. Coordinator of English Learners Heather Wojcik updated on the English Learner Coordinated Program Review, the ACCESS data, and the initial English Learner Parent Advisory Council meeting. Superintendent Mulvey, Ms. Perkins, and Ms. Roy presented a proposal for School and Program Improvement Plans for 2020-2021. Mrs. Lebo mentioned that Mr. Santoro suggested in the future, principals have more independence about their School Improvement Plans rather than being required to use a template.

As there were no further changes requested, the minutes of the October 28, 2020 Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and November 2, 2020 Teaching & Learning Subcommittees were accepted as amended.

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Reports of

Subcommittees

Mayor Koch made a motion for School Committee to enter into Executive Session for the purpose of contract negotiations at 9:15 pm. Mrs. Hubley seconded the motion and on a roll call vote, the ayes have it, 7-0.

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Executive Session

 

 

As School Committee will not return to the Regular Meeting from Executive Session, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15 pm.

 

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Adjournment