Dear Deerfield Community,
We are so excited to welcome all our fifth-grade students back to in-person learning and have students in all grades, K-5, transition to in-person learning five days a week. The following reminders will help facilitate a smooth transition to this updated learning model:
Full In-Person Learning Model
The full in-person learning model will mean five days of in-person learning with no hybrid model offered. Students who are currently enrolled in the fully remote learning model may remain fully remote for the remainder of the school year. Students in grades 4-5 will be able to attend class remotely only when a COVID-related absence or period of quarantine is required and approved by the WPS COVID Monitoring and Response Team. Students in grades K-3 will continue to have access to the Remote Learning Coach only when a COVID-related absence or period of quarantine is required and approved by the WPS COVID Monitoring and Response Team. K-5 students in the full in-person learning model will otherwise not have access to remote instruction for non-COVID-related absences.
School Day Schedule (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays)
There will be an adjustment to the school day schedule beginning on Monday, April 5th. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, the school day hours will be lengthened to 8:45am - 2:30pm. Morning arrival will continue to begin at 8:30am and students will be marked tardy, if they arrive after 8:45am. Dismissal will begin at 2:15pm, which is 15 minutes later than our current schedule. Please do not arrive in the front circle prior to 2:15pm. We cannot begin dismissing students before then and need to avoid cars backing up onto Deerfield Avenue.
School Day Schedule (Wednesdays)
Students will transition from remote Wednesdays to in-person learning on Wednesday, April 7th. All Wednesdays will be early-release school days for students and the school day hours will be 8:45am - 12:45pm. Lunch will not be served in school on Wednesdays. Dismissal will begin at 12:30pm. Please do not arrive in the front circle prior to 12:30pm.
Lunch Plan (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays)
Students will continue to have a scheduled lunch period during the school day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. All students will maintain 6ft of physical distance from one another with eating or taking mask breaks. Our lunch periods will continue to be held in the gymnasium or outside on the field or blacktop areas when the weather permits.
Lunch Plan (Wednesdays)
Due to the early dismissal time, students will not have a scheduled lunch period during the school day on Wednesdays. All students will maintain 6ft of physical distance from one another with eating or taking mask breaks. Our lunch periods will continue to be held in the gymnasium or outside on the field or blacktop areas when the weather permits. A “Grab and Go” lunch will be available to elementary students on Wednesdays. Parents will need to preorder on LINQ and select Classroom as the pickup location. Our Food Service staff will bring the lunch to the student’s classroom before dismissal.
Ordering School Lunches
If your child is ordering a school lunch, please order the lunch online. School lunches are free to all students through the end of the school year. However, families must use LINQ to pre-order lunches. Typically, menus for the coming week will be available for ordering on Fridays. It’s easiest to order for the entire week. In order for our Food Service staff to prepare the lunches in time, we ask that all orders be placed before 2PM the day before the lunch is needed.
If you have any questions or concerns. Please email us at email@example.com or call us at 781-326-7500 ext 1301. For directions on ordering school lunches, please click the following link: WPS Lunch Ordering Directions.
Families are able to register their children for the bus by completing the Bus Registration Form. The fee has been reduced to $60 per student for the remainder of the school year. Unfortunately you cannot pay on-line because the system will charge the full year fee. Please pay by mailing a check along with your registration form. Checks should be payable to the Westwood Public Schools. Payment and forms can be sent to:
Westwood Public Schools
Attention: Barbara Moore
220 Nahatan Street
Westwood, MA 02090
If you are comfortable doing so, we encourage you to consider registering your child for the bus to help with our morning arrival and dismissal times. Bus capacity guidelines have returned to full capacity for bus rides. Windows will be open during all rides, weather permitting.
Thank you for reading through these reminders. Please feel free to contact me, if you have any questions.
Thank you so much,
Deerfield Elementary School
72 Deerfield Avenue
Westwood, MA 02090
Deerfield PTO Updates
The Deerfield PTO would like to thank all our families, students and staff for a great first half to this unique 2020-2021 school year! We have several fun, enriching activities planned to connect our community throughout the remainder of the school year.
If you have questions about the Deerfield PTO, please refer to the 2020-2021 Deerfield PTO Welcome Packet please click here for a copy.
Upcoming Events and Fundraisers
As always, check AtoZ Connect for the most up to date information on volunteer opportunities.
- Deerfield's Escape Room Challenge - March 16th 6:45 - 8:00PM Click here to sign up by Friday, March 12th!
- Puppet Showplace Theater's Production of Word Play - March 23rd 7:00 - 8:00PM Click here to sign up
- Drive-Thru Ice Cream Celebration - April 9th 4:00 - 6:00PM Click here to RSVP
- Original Works Fundraiser - Orders due April 13th Details to come!
- Deerfield Family Trivia Night! - April 13th at 6:45PM Click here to RSVP
More Info about the Deerfield PTO
To learn more about your PTO, please visit the PTO section of the website, follow @DeerieldPTO on Instagram and join the Deerfield PTO Facebook Group (for members of the Deerfield Community only).
Email us at DeerfieldPTO@westwood.k12.ma.us.