For Immediate Release
Mansfield Superintendent Announces Elementary School Move-in Schedule
Mansfield, CT January 6, 2023 – Mansfield Public Schools Superintendent Peter Dart has announced to families that school will start for students at the new Mansfield Elementary School on Tuesday, April 18 for grades 2, 3 and 4 and on Wednesday, April 19 for students in PreK, Kindergarten and grade 1.
In a letter to families, Superintendent Dart acknowledged that the Certificate of Occupancy has not yet been issued, and therefore, “The April dates will give us plenty of time to best prepare staff and students while ensuring that the building is ready,” he shared. He also outlined that plans are under way for students to visit the building on fieldtrips with their classmates in March and that campus and building tours for families will be scheduled prior to the start of classes at the new school.
Superintendent Dart included a revised school schedule to amend days off for staff professional development which affects families’ schedules, and a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) with his letter to families. These FAQs will be updated in the coming weeks as additional details on move-in plans is finalized by the district and MES Principal Lauren Rodriguez. The FAQs addressed concerns about before and after school care, bus schedules, MES school hours, and how the community can support teachers in the move.
The district has also been producing a series of Video Visits, posted on the schools’ website and social media, to give the community a view into the final months of construction and finishing progress. Superintendent Dart encouraged families to watch these videos with their young children.
The Superintendent expressed his appreciation to staff and families who have been flexible, as the school completion date has been delayed. It was originally expected students would start school at the new elementary school building in September. “I truly appreciate all the support and flexibility that has been required to complete this project while best supporting our students. Families and staff have had to adjust to mitigate the many challenges that were caused by the delays in this project,” he says in his letter. He expressed to families, “We are excited to invite you to be a part of our team that delivers on the promise that we made to our students to unite our schools into one amazing campus. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming transition events that include campus walks and building tours.”
Despite the construction and move-in delays, the Superintendent reinforced that the school community has not lost enthusiasm for the new facility. “ I assure you that the wait will be worth it as the new building will fulfill the vision of creating a sustainable, state-of-the-art school that supports 21st century teaching and learning.”