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    From the Executive
Director
    September 16, 2020
    To the LMACS Community and Families,

    Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate the uncertainties of this year’s school reopening. You stepped up in extraordinary ways this past spring to fill the gaps caused by our sudden school building closures and we know that the decision to open in a hybrid model will continue to place a burden on your family. Our commitment to partner with you this year is unlike any other. We have heard repeatedly that “we are all in this together” but nowhere is that truer than in educating our students. We have spent the summer preparing for all three scenarios this fall: remote, hybrid, and in person. Our highest priority is to keep our students, teachers, and staff safe and although Massachusetts has some of the lowest transmission rates at this time, we have chosen hybrid learning as the model that we feel is best for Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School at this time.

    Although we will be starting our school year in a hybrid model, our goal remains to bring students back to in-person learning as soon as possible. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, working with our state’s top medical professionals, have put comprehensive safety guidelines in place to greatly reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Our school leaders and staff have worked diligently to create detailed school plans to ensure that we are fully prepared to execute all of the recommended safety measures, including: signs to direct staff and students, mandatory mask-wearing, physical distancing, hand washing and mask breaks, additional sanitizing of the school, notification of positive cases, and the ability to transition back to remote learning should it be necessary.

    In the meantime, our teachers have received training on the safety protocols and guidance for in-person learning. We are confident that they can provide engaging instruction when students are in the classroom, while implementing the safety measures we need to keep students, teachers, and families safe. Teachers have also received training on remote learning. They are ready to teach our students through Google Classroom platform using a combination of best practices that will include live, whole class instruction, teacher-led small group work, and independent work. Many families have expressed challenges around technology – whether having the technology they need, or using it, for remote learning. If you are having difficulties with technology, such as a device or internet connection, or finding your way around Google classroom, you can contact your Advisor and they will be able to assist you.

    We are committed to frequent communications to our families to ensure that we are transparent in our decision making and are providing families with information as soon as it becomes available. Not only will you receive a biweekly email from Dr. McDevitt, but you can also expect to regularly hear from your child’s Advisor to ensure you have a clear understanding of your child’s learning expectations this fall. It is important that we hear your perspective regarding your child’s learning needs as well as his or her social emotional development in order to put a plan in place for your child’s continued growth.

    Given the heightened importance of communications over the next several months, we would ask that you reach out to LMACS Administration with your questions and concerns at (978)656-3165. We look forward to meeting this challenging time together and welcome your input to best serve all of our students.

    Margaret McDevitt, Ed.D
    Anne Monoxelos, LICSW

    Important News
    Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records Attention Parents/Guardians, Former Students, Eligible (Adult) Students: Special Education records which have been collected by the Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School (LMACS) to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of Special Education must be maintained under state and federal laws for a period of seven years after Special Education services have ended for the student. Special Education services end when the student no longer is eligible for services, graduates, completes his or her educational program at age 22, or moves from the district.

    This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of LMACS's intent to destroy the Special Education records of students who were no longer receiving Special Education services as of the end of the 2012-2013 school year. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. The purpose of destruction is to protect the student from improper and unauthorized disclosure of the confidential information contained within the file. After seven years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but they may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for Social Security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records in writing or in person at the following address:

    67 Middle Street
    Lowell, MA 01852
    or call 978-656-3165
    Request copies by October 1, 2020. All records that are not collected will be destroyed after October 1, 2020.

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