Request Bedford School to Provide Bedford Based Remote Learning

As parents and community members, we recognize and appreciate the hard work that went into these plans for the Bedford Public Schools education during the COVID-10 pandemic. However, we feel that the DESE goal of getting as many students as possible into schools is misplaced given the level of COVID-19 infection in our country.

As a group, we feel that we must choose remote learning for our children because of the high risk of illness, and even death, to our family members from COVID-19. While we appreciate that normal in-person school is better for our children’s social, emotional, and academic development, we feel that the risk of transmitting COVID-19 to our family members will be even more disruptive than remote learning. Further, the requirements for social distancing and masking will limit the benefit of in-person schooling.

The current Bedford plan for our students to use the LMK asynchronous learning approach. This is less effective than the Remote Learning option that the rest of our children’s classmates will receive if the risk is deemed high. These students will receive a combination of synchronous (i.e. zoom classes taught by teachers) and asynchronous learning. As parents and taxpayers, we feel that our children should have a learning option that is comparable to this Remote Learning option that will be provided to their classmates.

Our neighboring town of Lexington has proposed a Remote Learning Academy, where students receive daily synchronous learning combined with asynchronous learning, and we feel that this model is more appropriate and comparable to what the rest of the Bedford student population will be receiving. This will allow students who must quarantine a way to keep up academically with their peers. If there are about 250 students who will utilize this option, that is about one class per grade that would need to be taught remotely. Surely there are at-risk teachers who would be able and eager to teach in this manner. Further, having a Bedford-led Remote Learning option for this group of students will provide experience that will help the transition to Remote Learning for the entire school if that option is exercised.

We request that the School Board formally direct the school system to provide a learning opportunity comparable to our children’s classmates will receive under the Remote Learning Option, such as Lexington’s Remote Learning Academy, for our children.
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