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
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.