About the team

  • Who is doing the planning for the return to school?

    We have implemented a Return to School Task Force Committee to address the Initial DESE Guidelines initially focusing on the following items: 

    • Develop a Mission and Goal for the safe return of as many students as possible to in person school setting learning
    • Develop subcommittees to guide the detailed work of reopening our schools
    • Develop an outline of 3 return to school possibilities (1) in-person learning with new safety requirements, (2) a hybrid of in-person and remote learning, (3) full remote learning
    • Develop a clear set of health and safety requirements for full in-person learning in the fall, grounded in the most up to date scientific literature 


    What is the Mission and Goal of the return to school plan?

    Our Mission:The mission of the Winthrop Public Schools Return to School Task Force is to advise the Superintendent of Schools on a comprehensive plan to relaunch programs offered by Winthrop Public Schools in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. This plan will be guided by up to date research and guidelines, and will seek to: optimize safety and security for all WPS students, staff and families; reinforce principles of equity throughout the district; and communicate progress to the WPS community and beyond, so that our schools can continue to provide engaging, high quality education and related services for all.

    Goal: The goal of the Winthrop Public Schools is the safe return of as many students possible to in-person school setting, to maximize learning and address our students’ holistic needs, to provide a clear set of health and safety requirements, to prepare a reopening plan that that addresses three possible learning models for the fall (in-person learning, a hybrid of in-person and remote learning and the continuation of remote learning.

    Who is on the Task Force?

    Return to School Task Force: Core Team Members

    Lisa Howard: WPS Superintendent
    Lori Gallivan: WPS Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability
    Matthew Crombie: WPS High School Principal
    Brian Curley: WPS Middle School Principal
    Norah Grimes: WPS ATC Principal
    Ilene Pearson: WPS GFB Principal
    Tara Bouey: WPS Nurse Leader
    Petro Khieu: Technology Director 
    Jennifer O’Connell: WPS Director of Pupil Personnel Services  
    Patricia Hames: Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
    Michal Filipko: WPS Director of Facilities
    Richard Cufini: Town of Winthrop Facilities
    Anna Freedman: Assistant Town Manager/Chief Administrative Officer 
    Meredith Hurley: Townof Winthrop Health Department Nurse
    Matthew Serino: WPS Athletic Director
    Anita Prebble: Adjustment Counselor/Social Emotional Learning
    Leighann Eruzione: Community Partner
    Jennifer Powell: School Committee Vice Chair
    Kristen Reynolds: Teacher/WTA President
    Other Members: To be determined

    Subcommittees of the Return to School Task Force: (membership of each committee is in the process of development)

    Health and Wellness School Based Teams Health, Safety and Wellness
    Facilities Food Service Communication
    Teaching and Learning Facilities Transportation
    Staffing/HR

    Where can I get up to date information about the progress of the planning to reopen the schools?

    This webpage will be the primary source of updates and will be updated frequently.