Message From Supt. Swenson

Message from Supt. Swenson
Posted on 09/03/2020

Dear BRRSD Families & Staff,

I hope this message finds you and your families well.  Please know that we have been working diligently over the course of the last several weeks here in the BRRSD in preparation for the opening of the 2020-2021 academic year.  The purpose of this message is to share the follow important information regarding COVID-19 and plans for the reopening of school:

BRRSD Fall Reopening Parent/Guardian Presentation & Video

Assistant Superintendent Mr. Ryan Powers has created a detailed BRRSD Fall Reopening Parent/Guardian Presentation & Video as means of proactively answering questions that BRRSD parents/guardians many have regarding the reopening of school.  Links to both Mr. Powers’ presentation & video are posted below. 

First Week of School

The first week of school in the BRRSD will run from Wednesday, September 16, 2020 through Friday, September 18, 2020. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020:  Cohort A & C students in person instruction / Cohort B 

                                                         remote instruction

Thursday, September 17, 2020:     Cohort B & C students in person instruction / Cohort A 

                                                         remote instruction

Friday, September 18, 2020:          Cohort C special education students in person instruction 

                                                         for 2.5 hours / Cohort A & B remote instruction

The first week will be different because we want all students to experience a day of in person instruction as a welcome to the new school year. The true Cohort A, B, & C schedules will go into effect during the following week of Monday, September 21, 2020 – Friday, September 25, 2020. 

Teacher / Team Assignments

Teacher / Team assignments will be released via email on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 after 5:00 p.m.  This will be for both Hybrid & B-R at Home remote learners. 

Special Education

  • Special Education Town Hall Meeting:

Our team from the Office of Student Services has worked to put together this informational video that focuses on providing further description of services for students with disabilities across the district.  The content of this presentation came from a survey conducted by our BRRSD Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) and will, hopefully, provide further information and clarity around the reopening plan for our special education students.  ThSpecial Education Town Hall Meeting link is posted below. 

  • Special Education Transportation:

We are once again encouraging parents to consider transporting their child to and from school each day if at all possible.  We are making this request as transportation routes are being impacted by social distancing requirements.  If transportation by a parent or guardian is not a possibility for your family then we are committed to providing transportation, if needed, but we are asking for your consideration and support once again.  Also, if your child is eligible for van transportation through their 504 Accommodation Plan or Individualized Education Program (IEP) then you will be eligible for mileage reimbursement if you choose to provide transportation.

Bus Transportation Assignments

Bus transportation assignments will be released via email on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, after 5:00 p.m.  This information will be provided in a separate email from that of the Teacher / Team assignments.  As a result of Massachusetts & Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) guidelines, each student that is eligible for transportation and has opted to ride the bus, will be assigned a specific seat and must remain in that seat only.  Once again, due to Massachusetts and DESE guidance, we have limited capacity on each bus and will not be able to accommodate any alternate/daycare changes.  We hope you understand.  We ask that you please review the transportation email as stops may have changed from previous years.  If you have any questions and/or concerns regarding bus transportation, you are encouraged to contact our Administrative Assistant of Transportation Mrs. Ellen George at

Sharing of School-based Facilities & Operations Plans:

Later this evening, BRRSD Principals will be sharing their schools’ Facilities & Operations Plans with families & students.   These plans will provide more detailed information in regards to COVID-19 and school-base procedures & protocols.  Each building’s Administrative Team will then release a Town Hall Meeting format video, next Thursday, September 10, 2020, detailing the plan and answering any questions provided to them by parents/guardians & students.  

In closing, we realize this is a very stressful time for families, students, faculty & staff.  Please rest assured, however, that all the decisions made over the course of this summer were focused on one clear and concise goal, “Doing right by our students & staff.”  With that being said, I ask that we all give this school year the opportunity to be amazing.  Please refrain from throwing a label on it prior to its beginning.  It may just surprise all of us in big & beautiful ways.  Do so not because I ask, but rather, do so because it is what our children deserve.  We will all get through this and we will do so together.

As always, if you have any questions and/concerns please feel free to contact me at 508-279-2140 ext. 113 or via email at  Thank you & enjoy your weekend.


Derek J. Swenson, Superintendent of Schools


Translation Instructions Link:

BRRSD Fall Reopening Parent/Guardian Presentation Link:

Parent Presentation Fall Reopening 2020 (9-3-20).pdf 

BRRSD Fall Reopening Parent/Guardian Video Link:

Special Education Town Hall Meeting Link:

2020-2021 Academic Calendar:

2020-2021 Approved Academic Calendar.pdf 

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