Hudson schools adjust parent teacher conference formats due to COVID-19

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By Justin Roshak, Contributing Writer

Hudson town iconHUDSON – Parent-teacher open houses are moving forward in an abbreviated format this fall due to elevated numbers of local COVID-19 cases, Superintendent Marco Rodrigues noted in an update to the School Committee on Sept. 21.

Elementary teachers will record videos for families to view online. These videos will be available on school websites on Thursday, Sept. 30.

High school teachers are also recording videos about their classroom format and expectations. Parents of high school students will further have access to a scheduled online question session. 

Middle school parents, meanwhile, have already met with their students’ teachers virtually through Google Meet sessions on Sept. 23.

“This format certainly isn’t the one we envisioned when we were planning the calendar this year,” Superintendent Marco Rodrigues said. “Looking at the COVID numbers here in Hudson, we continue to be concerned about how to bring parents in large quantities into our buildings.”

He added that the format of future parent-teacher conference events would be dependent on the number of local COVID-19 cases. A determination will be made as events approach. 

The Hudson Public School District had documented 20 COVID-19 cases among members of its school communities from Sept. 1 through Sept. 23, according to archived district notifications to families.

The town as a whole recorded 90 cases in a similar time span between Aug. 30 and Sept. 20, according to the Hudson Health Department.

That marked an uptick compared to points during the summer, which saw Hudson record just seven COVID-19 cases specifically between May 24 and June 28, according to Health Department data.