WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 3 things to know in Wilmington on Wednesday, September 16, 2020:
#1) Wilmington Public Schools 2020-2021 School Year Begins Remotely Today
Below is a recent press release from Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand:
WILMINGTON, MA — The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) set forth extremely challenging circumstances when it required school districts to approve school reopening plans by the beginning of August. The Wilmington School Committee voted to approve a reopening plan in early August centered around a phased in hybrid plan leading to the implementation of a full hybrid learning model beginning on September 28, 2020.
School districts throughout the Commonwealth have been asked to work through a number of complex issues pertaining to staffing, health and safety and operational logistics within a veryshort period of time. DESE’s requirements on reopening school obligated school districts toresolve a number of issues before school could open, including but not limited to ensuring that all buildings are safe for students and staff; thoroughly cleaning all buildings; and, modifying the manner in which education will occur this fall. The District has been working seven days a week to prepare for the start of the school year and this has included working with its employees to address the myriad issues that impact working conditions for all employees.
The District is still working collaboratively through a number of remaining issues with all of our stakeholders. These issues include staffing, related HVAC improvements and other impacts on working conditions. As a result, we have been forced to adjust our original plan from a late September hybrid opening to full remote with the hybrid plan opening taking place in mid-October. We will begin operations under a fully remote model as we continue to work through these issues.
#2) REMINDER: Town’s Water Main Flushing Program Continues
On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, the Water Department of DPW will begin its annual water main flushing and valve exercising program. The flushing program will be conducted Monday through Friday, from 8:00pm to midnight. The program will take approximately 8 weeks to complete.
Flushing the water mains aid in removing sediments that collect in the pipe line resulting in improved water quality. Unforutnately, this work may temporarily cause some discolored water but should become clear after running your cold water for a few minutes. The water will remain safe to drink during this program.
If you have any questions or problems with your water, please call the DPW — Water Division Office at 978-658-4711. The DPW wishes to thank residents in advance for your patience in this endeavor.
#3) Wilmington Library To Hold Virtual ‘Time For Twos’
The Wilmington Memorial Library is hosting a storytime for two year olds featuring books, rhymes, music and movement at 10am via Zoom. Register HERE.
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