A very different school year in store

Multiple options being drawn up for fall reopening guidelines

Everett High School is bathed in late evening sun on June 5, 2020. (Photo By Jim Mahoney)

By JOSH RESNEK

On Thursday, the State of Massachusetts will be setting out a handful of possible solutions and options to aid and guide school systems in effecting a successful reopening of public schools in September.

It is expected the Baker Administration will be suggesting at least several reopening programs that will allow for virtual teaching for students done at home as well as in class teaching with strict social distancing and hygiene policies to stop the spread of the Coronavirus among students, teachers, and parents.

Everett Superintendent Priya Tahiliani will be carefully scrutinizing the state’s new guidelines.

She is likely to act affirmatively within the suggested framework to get education going in Everett again.

This we know right now.

Schools can and will likely reopen with safeguards in place, according to the state’s COVID-19 Command Center’s Advisory Board.

The state’s figures of infection have been falling as well as hospitalizations and deaths. They are within the CDC’s guidelines.

As many students as possible will be safely brought back to in-person school settings.

This will include measuring the risks associated with COVID-19 for in-person programs, but also the known challenges and consequences of keeping students out of school. The state is mindful that there is no substitute for in-person instruction.

The state is designing a social compact for reopening.

This provides for students and staff to stay at home if they are feeling sick or have any symptoms connected with COVID-19. School systems need enhanced protocols to monitor this.

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— Eye on Everett —

Bloodbath at Everett Public Schools

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BY JOSH RESNEK 

Crazy and unprecedented happenings littered today’s end of year department meeting at Everett High School. Principal Erick Naumann has called a full staff meeting for Wednesday at 10AM to address sweeping budget cuts to come.

Superintendent Priya Tahiliani is making good on her promise to save teacher-to-student instruction. And teachers are saying this is the most massive budget cutting of administrators they have ever seen.

The emphasis was on making sure as many certified classroom teachers were retained in anticipation of DESE Covid-19 regulations in the fall.

The mandate calls for class sizes of 10 or less. This is a huge issue in Everett schools as classes are routinely 30-35 students. So now, instead of one teacher per 30 students, it will have to be three teachers per 10 students.

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Everett High School. (Photo by JIM MAHONEY)

It has become, as one department head stated, an “All hands on deck” situation with certified teachers. The sweeping changes also requires all EPS staff (outside of one building principal, one vice principal and a skeleton crew of clerical /secretary type) have a teaching certificate in some content area and will be teaching a full course load.  This includes all coaches, all substitute teachers, etc. Here’s a list of the cuts:

– Entire “Academy Model” has been revamped and streamlined to run through Principal Erick Naumann and Vice Principal Christopher Barrett. Potentially there will be two Deans who will only make a 10,000 dollar stipend on top of their regular pay will assist in disciplinary matters.

– All Assistant Principals of Academies positions are eliminated. Consequently, Dr. Omar Easy’s position of Executive Assistant Principal is eliminated.

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Everett Public Schools in disarray

Staff Report

Crazy and unprecedented happenings littered today’s end of year department meeting at Everett High School. Principal Erick Naumann has called a full staff meeting for Wednesday at 10AM to address sweeping budget cuts to come.

Superintendent Priya Tahiliani is making good on her promise to save teacher-to-student instruction. And teachers are saying this is the most massive budget cutting of administrators they have ever seen.

The emphasis was on making sure as many certified classroom teachers were retained in anticipation of DESE Covid-19 regulations in the fall.

The mandate calls for class sizes of 10 or less. This is a huge issue in Everett schools as classes are routinely 30-35 students. So now, instead of one teacher per 30 students, it willhave to be three teachers per 10 students.

It has become, as one department head stated, an “All hands on deck” situation with certified teachers. The sweeping changes also requires all EPS staff (outside of one building principal, one vice principal and a skeleton crew of clerical /secretary type) have a teaching certificate in some content area and will be teaching a full course load.  This includes all coaches, all substitute teachers, etc. Here’s a list of the cuts:

MIAA seeks to create separate girls and boys HS field hockey teams

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Everett High School field hockey players in 2019.

By LORENZO RECUPERO

High school field hockey and how it’s conducted may be getting a noticeable makeover soon.

The MIAA Field Hockey Committee met virtually Friday and approved a tentative plan to separate boys and girls in high school field hockey competitions in Massachusetts.

The proposal, which aims to create a 7-on-7 boys’ field hockey program as a separate sport, looks to revamp field hockey competitiveness, fairness, and safety.

Since the late 1970s, following the court ruling in “Attorney General v. MIAA” field hockey in Massachusetts has been a coed sport with some schools having multiple boys on their roster.

Most notably, Somerset Berkeley, winners of the last two Division 1 state championships, has two boys on their roster. To some coaches, this is altering the sports overall fair play on the field.

King Phillip coach Lisa Cropper, who spoke on behalf of the Massachusetts Coalition to Preserve Girls Field Hockey, has been advocating for a systematic change to how field hockey is conducted in the state.

“We want to return the opportunities for fair play, and for safety,” Cropper said.

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Dr. Omar Easy on the firing block?

Word coming out of the School Department and from various members of the School Committee is that Dr. Omar Easy may be on the firing block or the layoff list in the upcoming budget talks.

Dr. Easy, as a man of color and ethnicity, has an important leadership role in a School Department administration that is almost entirely white.

Ironically, the new administration, led by a woman of color and ethnicity, may be the one to fire him or to lay him off.

And for what reason, we wonder, as many others are tending to do?

Does he not fit in?

Is he unqualified to serve in Everett or to serve as a role model for students attending Everett public Schools?

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