Plainville prepares for new school year

Published on Monday, 29 August 2022 12:17
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

PLAINVILLE – Superintendent of Schools Steve LePage said he aspires to make Plainville a “model school district” as students prepare to return to school Thursday, Sept. 1.

LePage said that the district has a good plan in place to make this school year successful.

One of LePage’s goals is to curb chronic absenteeism and make sure that “every student is here every day” if possible.

“I’m asking everyone to dig deep, push through and do the best that you can,” said LePage. “We have social workers and school psychologists in place that will help our students to understand and cope with hard times. Social emotional learning teaches students to identify what obstacles are keeping them from learning so they can address them. We are asking parents to do their best to get their kids to school. If they need help, I encourage them to reach out to us.”

LePage said that Plainville has done a good job to address learning loss that occurred during the pandemic. This past summer, they offered expanded programs to help students catch up.

Plainville schools also offer a “full, comprehensive pre-K program.”

In order to prepare high school students for their career paths, Plainville schools will be doubling the number of “learning adventure days” from two to four this year.

“They allow kids to choose from a variety of learning experiences,” said LePage. “They have included working with a car mechanic, outdoor survivalism and self-defense. There will be 35 different offerings this year.”

Plainville schools are also making security and safety a priority, LePage said.

“We have doubled the number of cameras in the district and put in new cameras at the Toffolon and Linden elementary schools and at the Middle School of Plainville,” said LePage.

The district has hired retired police officer Richard Marquis, who served for 27 years, for a Security and Safety Director position.

As a whole, LePage said, teachers and school administrators are “ready to go and do our best to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Monday, 29 August 2022 12:17. Updated: Monday, 29 August 2022 12:19.