Milestones: Exciting Next Steps with Remote Learning

April 3, 2020

Dear families,

As we head into the weekend, we wanted to thank you for your continued efforts and involvement helping to facilitate our students’ remote learning. The support, questions, and feedback you’ve shared directly with your student’s case manager and faculty as well as the parent survey responses we received this week have been especially helpful. Each day our team is celebrating our students’ successes as they navigate this new learning environment with us, and throughout each week we are collaborating both within Milestones and with our private and public school colleagues to reflect upon and share new ideas and resources to best reach our students.

  • Next Steps for Instruction: Last week we explained that schools will be rolling out additions to our remote learning plans in light of the extended temporary school closures and new guidance that was provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Our team at Milestones is very excited about these next steps! Please see the attached letter from Kirsten Esposito Balboni (Principal) and Gillian Warwick (Special Education Administrator) for a detailed description of what to expect. You will note that our next phase will begin on Wednesday of next week (April 8th), and you’ll be provided with individual scheduling information by Tuesday (April 7th).
  • Letter from Commissioner Riley to All Massachusetts Parents: In addition, this week the Commissioner of DESE, Jeff Riley, provided all schools (both public districts and approved private programs) with a letter that can be shared with parents to offer context regarding the State’s general expectations for remote learning. We have attached it here for your review. Beyond adhering to regulatory guidelines, each school is encouraged to adapt recommendations to best match the unique needs and profiles of our schools. Today DESE shared that they are also planning to issue a separate letter and toolkit for parents that will be specifically related to special education, so we’ll look forward to sharing that with you as well once it becomes available.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions, and we are sending you well wishes for the weekend. For those of you who are active on social media, you may be encouraged by following Milestones during our temporary closure. This week our social media team members resumed posting on Facebook and Twitter, and our goal is to continue to provide you an “inside scoop” about activities happening at Milestones while spreading positivity during a time when it is especially valued.