2020-2021 School Year Reopening Plans and Updates

Update, posted March 15, 2021:
Beginning Wednesday, April 28th, 2021, Cotting School will resume in-person learning on Wednesdays. There will no longer be a remote Wednesday or hybrid option for students. (The full update letter is available here.)

Update, posted November 16, 2020:
Monday, November 30 – Friday, December 4, and Monday, January 4 – Friday, January 8 will now be  fully-remote weeks for all students. This includes the Cotting School day program and HOPEhouse. (The full update letter is available here.)

Update, posted October 26, 2020:
Cotting School will continue a Phase 2 in person school schedule and will not move to Phase 3 on November 3, 2020. (The full update letter is available here.)

Cotting School Reopening Plan, posted August 12, 2020:
This school year won’t look like any we have experienced in our 127-year history, but if any school can do this, COTTING CAN! Cotting’s Reopening Team works closely with MA DESE, MA DPH, The Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Special Education Schools (maaps), colleagues at other schools, and with Cotting School’s Medical Director to develop well informed plans for moving forward. Click here to read the plan that outlined our vision for the coming school year(posted 8/12/20)

🗓 View the Cotting School Year Calendar, 2020-2021 

COVID-19 Protocols
Cotting School will follow MA DESE issued protocols for responding to COVID-19 scenarios in school, on buses/vans, or in community settings. Click here for full protocol information and testing resources.

Helpful Resources and Links
Educators and professionals at Cotting School continue to develop language and create tools to introduce and explain school-related schedule and procedure changes brought on by the coronavirus outbreak. Please feel free to access and share these resources:
Talking with Students About Coronavirus – A Guide for Cotting School Parents (Posted 3/11/20)
A Social Story About Coronavirus – A Communication Tool for Families (Posted 3/11/20)
Talking with Students About School Closure Due to the Coronavirus (Posted 3/13/20)
Cotting School Educators Round Up – Online! A Cotting Connects Blog (Posted 3/13/20)
An Update to Cotting School Parents from Cotting’s Mental Health Team (Posted 3/17/20)
Mask Etiquette – A Resource for the Cotting School Community (Posted 7/16/20)
Staying Connected with Friends – A Communication Therapy Summer Social Sendoff (Posted 8/7/20)