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Remote Learning Day Thursday, December 17, 2020

posted Dec 16, 2020, 1:09 PM by Dan MacLeod   [ updated Dec 16, 2020, 1:10 PM ]

Office of the Superintendent

December 16, 2020

Hello Everyone,

Given the impending winter storm arriving later today into tomorrow, Thursday, 12/17/2020 will be a remote learning day for all students. Students will follow their typical school-day schedule within the remote learning platform. Additional information has been or will be provided from the building administration at each building with specific details necessary for tomorrow.

While the remote learning platform may present with challenges, we need to be prepared to switch to remote instruction for all students at any time related to COVID-19 cases. By providing this notification to caregivers, families, and staff early in the day, this will allow everyone to be better prepared for this shift tomorrow. Students will soon be heading into an eleven-da vacation break from school, and we are hoping to minimize additional disruption to teaching and learning in this manner.

Should the storm result in significant power outages leading to a different decision, you may hear from me again. However, at this time, staff and students will be remote tomorrow. Thank you all for your patience and understanding!


Susan E. Kustka, Ed.D.


Schools Closed Thursday, October 8th

posted Oct 8, 2020, 3:34 AM by Dan MacLeod

Dear Families:

Due to power outages and roads remaining blocked with trees and wires down, school will be closed today. Eversource indicating many houses are out of power, so we will not be able to be remote. We were hoping power might be back overnight, but I am hearing that roads are not cleared and power has not been restored. Sorry for the late notice. Stay Safe!

Dr. Susan E. Kustka

Interim Superintendent

School Start Dates Update (September 12, 2020)

posted Sep 12, 2020, 6:19 PM by Dan MacLeod

September 12, 2020

Dear Families:

Starting on Wednesday, September 16th, PreK-3 will begin a staggered start towards daily, in-person instruction. Grade 2 and Montessori Ages 6-8 at Placentino and Grade 3 at Miller will begin in-person instruction on September 16th.  Grade 1 will begin in-person learning on Thursday, September 17th.  Kindergarten will begin in-person learning on Friday, September 18th and Preschool will begin in-person instruction on Monday, September 21st.

In grades PreK-1, while they await to begin in-person instruction, students will meet with their teachers remotely for a series of activities and virtual orientations. Teachers will start the day at 8:45 for a whole class meeting and will then virtually meet with smaller groups of students throughout the day to orient them to the classroom, review arrival procedures, and to explain what they should expect for their first In-person day. The purpose of these interactions is to help orient students to the classroom and school environment while also building relationships with their teacher and classmates.

Starting on September 21st, Grades 4-12 hybrid students will begin a staggered start towards daily in-person instruction. The district is aiming to begin in-person instruction by cohort in Grades 4 & 5 and Grades 6-8 on Monday, September 21st.  Then on Tuesday, September 29th, we will aim to begin in-person instruction by cohort at Holliston High School in Grades 9-12.  In order to reach this timeline, the district will be doing everything in its power to recruit and hire for open positions, and to deploy administrators and other non-teaching staff to support supervision and safety needs in creative ways. Below you will see additional detail by grade level start dates. We appreciate your patience and understanding, as we forge ahead during uncharted times in education.

However, should staffing needs not be resolved so that proper safety protocols are able to be ensured, it may be necessary to delay the in-person start dates for grades 4-12 a bit longer, but this is not our intention at this time. Should this need to occur related to safe staffing needs, we will communicate this to families as early as possible. We are not alone, as many school districts are competing to find additional staff for safety positions and/ or to fill positions created from late resignations or leaves of absence related to Covid-19. 

As you know, we have asked for parent volunteers to support the in-person start dates, and there are still about 25 open school positions, and many bus monitor openings. These are available for new hires to apply for or volunteers to temporarily fill, to aid this process. Here is the survey link for volunteers and the Schoolspring link to apply for a position. As stated the other night, “It takes a village to raise our children/ educate the students” of HPS, and they/we need you.


Dr. Susan E. Kustka

Interim Superintendent

Full In-person 

Wednesday, September 16th:

In-Person Learning Schedule:

  • Grade 2 and Montessori Ages 6-8 will begin in-person instruction at Placentino.

  • Grade 3 will begin in-person instruction at Miller.

Thursday, September 17th: 

In-Person Learning Schedule

  • Grade 2 and Montessori 6-8 will continue with in-person learning

  • Grade 3 will continue  in-person instruction at Miller.

  • Grade 1 will begin in-person learning

Friday, September 18th:

In-Person Learning Schedule

  • Grade 2 and Montessori 6-8 will continue with in-person learning

  • Grade 1 will continue with in-person learning

  • Grade 3 will continue  in-person instruction at Miller.

  • Kindergarten will begin in-person learning 

  • Preschool will continue to meet with their teachers remotely as described.

September 21st:

  • Preschool will begin In-person learning (joining grades K-2)

Hybrid Model Grades 4-12

Wednesday, September 16- Friday, September 18

  • Grades 4-12 would all begin hybrid remotely 

    • Grades 4 & 5 hybrid would be remote for the first 3 days

    • Grade 6-8 would be remote  for the first 3 days

    • Grades 9-12 would be remote  for the first 3 days

Monday, September 21 

  • Miller Grades 4 & 5 and RAMS Grade 6-8 hybrid will aim to begin in-person learning by cohort.

  • Holliston High would remain remote for the week

Tuesday, September 29

  • Holliston High School in grades 9-12 will aim to begin in-person learning by cohort. 

  • All schools are in full hybrid mode.

Staff Safety Manual (August 27, 2020)

posted Aug 31, 2020, 8:51 AM by Dan MacLeod

Notice of Destruction of Student Records

posted Aug 6, 2020, 12:46 PM by Tom Reeve

The Massachusetts Student Record Regulations authorize public school districts to destroy student records within seven (7) years of a student’s graduation, transfer or withdrawal from the school district. The Holliston Public Schools, Department of Student Services, will be complying with these regulations. The persons affected are those who received special education services in Holliston and terminated services during the 2012-2013 school years.

The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may contact the Student Services Office at 508-429-0661 to make arrangements to pick up their records or you may contact us in writing at the following address:

Holliston Public Schools
370 Hollis Street
Holliston, MA. 01746
Attn: Student Services

Unclaimed records will be destroyed on Friday, October 2, 2020

Draft Fall Reopening Plan (August 3, 2020)

posted Aug 6, 2020, 11:56 AM by Dan MacLeod   [ updated Aug 6, 2020, 12:35 PM ]

Draft District Plan (8-3-2020)



COVID Entry Form for Extended School Year (ESY) Students

posted Jul 6, 2020, 6:22 AM by Dan MacLeod   [ updated Jul 7, 2020, 5:56 AM ]

Please complete this form daily if your child is participating in the Summer 2020  Extended School Year program.

Lunch & Breakfast Program Continues Through August

posted Jul 1, 2020, 8:54 AM by Tom Reeve

Photo credit: Marco Verch /CCBY 2.0

Holliston Public Schools Food Service is pleased to announce that we have been approved to continue to provide free breakfasts & lunches to all community members under the age of 21 through July & August, beginning next Tuesday 7/7. This is open to all families, you do not need to be on free or reduced lunch to participate. 

Our distribution days are changing to Tuesday & Thursday from the Miller Elementary School from 11:30 - 12:30

On Thursday in addition to individual food packs we will be offering USDA produce boxes to all families who come for lunch. Can't come for pick up but you still have a need? The Holliston Lions are able to deliver to you. For delivery or questions please email foodservice@holliston.k12.ma.us

Please feel free to spread the word about this valuable program.

Let's Talk About What's Next: June 9, 2020

posted Jun 10, 2020, 1:50 PM by Tom Reeve

Please be sure to join us for the Zoom Panel Presentation
Honoring the end of the year and transition to summer:
Rituals, routines, and resources

Brought to you by Holliston Public Schools and HPS MindsShare. A brief presentation and Question and Answer featuring both Holliston Public School staff and town folks.

David Keim, Principal - Miller Elementary School
Akshara Shankar, 11th grader -Student, Holliston High School
Jackie Winer, LICSW - Director of Holliston Youth and Family Services

If you missed the presentation, you can check out the slide show and recording here:


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