Remote Learning Recommendations During COVID-19 School Closures
Following the Governor’s announcement that schools will not re-open before May 4, 2020, The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued additional guidance regarding district and school remote learning plans.
With the extension of this closure, we believe students, families, educators, and staff in all communities will benefit from the clarity of statewide recommendations as educators and others continue to support their students during this crisis.
Soon, I will provide you with a summary of the short set of guiding principles that were derived from the state and revised to fit the needs of the Agawam community in regards to remote learning over the next several weeks.
Remote learning cannot replace students’ experiences in school communities with their teachers, administrators, and support staff. We must all pull together – parents and caregivers, students, the community, and of course, our educators and staff – to help students continue their learning over this extended period.
As a school district, Agawam Public Schools will take the direction from the state and work to put forth more specific guidelines according to our contexts, capacities, and needs.
We will continue to issue guidance to support districts and schools in their implementation of remote learning, including specific recommendations related to students with disabilities, English learners, and high school students.
We are all working hard in this effort and appreciate your continued feedback, support and understanding.
A letter from the Superintendent on Coronavirus
These are public announcements from the Superintendent of Agawam Public Schools on the current state and status of COVID-19. This message is meant to show transparency with the district while we work with the Governor, Commissioner of Education, CDC, and Local Health Departments.
Please Read by clicking the link below:
3/11/2020 Letter to the Agawam Community
3/12/2020 Letter to the Agawam Community
3/13/2020 High School is closed Today - Letter to the Agawam Community
3/15/2020 Massachusetts Closes All Schools Until April 6th - Read the announcement
- UPDATE: Schools Closed until May 4th. Please See Governor Baker's Announcement Below
3/17/2020 APS Distance Learning Plan - Read the Announcement
3/18/2020 APS COVID-19 FAQs updated 3/25/2020 - Read the Announcement
3/18/2020 Connect Ed Message - Read the Announcement
3/18/2020 Information on the Student/Parent Tech Pick-up - Read the Announcement
3/24/2020 Superintendent on working with DESE - Read the Announcement
3/25/2020 Message from the Director of Special Education - Read the Announcement
3/25/2020 Governor Baker Closes Schools until May 4th – Read more details and watch the press conference here
Food Distribution Opportunities for Agawam Public School Students:
Agawam Public Schools will be providing children with grab-and-go lunches at the Agawam Junior High From 11 AM to 12 Noon every Weekday, starting Thursday, March 3/19/2020
The Lions Club will be distributing food out of the Bethany Assembly of God (580 Main St, Agawam, MA 01001) facility each Wednesday (3/25/2020) from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Details can be found on our recent Facebook post.
Current District News & Announcements
Corona Virus Letter Translations:
Search for Agawam Public Schools Superintendent has been Suspended for the Time Being
Welcome to the Agawam Public Schools website. Our school district is a wonderful place for families to grow and learn together. We are excited to be able to use this website to better communicate with students, parents, and the community-at-large.
The goal of this website is to keep our families and residents informed about the amazing things taking place in our eight schools. Because we are proud of our website, we are working diligently to improve how information important to all stakeholders is delivered. Consequently, we utilize an information system which allows us to highlight special programs and events. In addition, it provides access to the school calendar, sport schedules, and significant announcements. Moreover, we will continue to develop individual classroom and program web pages and to provide important links to other educational sites. Your patience, as we grow our website, is greatly appreciated.
Our district appreciates the assistance of volunteers and encourages parents/guardians to become members of our individual school Parent Teacher Organizations and School Improvement Councils. We also invite parents and guardians to attend our Back-To-School Nights, Parent-Teacher Conferences, sporting events, as well as special events held throughout the school year.
Whether or not you are able to volunteer or attend events in the district, we ask that you keep in contact with your child’s teacher and school principal. It is only by keeping the lines of communication open that we can continue to do what is in the best interest of the children placed in our care. We value your input and welcome your support of our schools.
Steven P. Lemanski
Superintendent of Schools
Resources for Families & Students During Distance Learning:
Agawam Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources: Click Here
To Submit an IT Support Ticket for Your Device: Click Here
Parents Guide to Google Classroom Quick Guide (Click to Open)
APS COVID-19 FAQs updated 3/25/2020 - Read the Announcement
How to Translate Documents using Google Translate - Read the Guide
Staff Self-care Tools:
This is an ongoing list that is dedicated to helping educators (or all adults really) practice self-care and how to deal with stress at this emotional time for us all:
- Agawam Rocks Blog (Click to open)
Ends: 04/14/2020 @ 8:00 pm
Ends: 04/16/2020 @ 8:00 pm
Ends: 04/28/2020 @ 8:00 pm
Agawam Public Schools
1305 Springfield Street, Suite 1
Feeding Hills, MA 01030
Phone: 413-821-0551 | Fax: 413-789-1835
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
During the school year:
Central Office is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
CANCELLED: Field Trip to Broadway Workshop
Due to recent development and recommendations to restrict travel as much as possible; the High School Field Trip to the Broadway Workshop in New York City scheduled for April 1st is canceled.
Event Updates during School Closure ending May 4h:
Canceled - Kindergarten Information Night scheduled for March 26th
Canceled - Kindergarten screenings at the elementary schools. You will be notified of future dates for these events as they become available.