QUINCY -- Quincy Public Schools students in kindergarten through fifth-grade will need the same supplies no matter which learning community they attend in the 2018-19 year.
The K-5 transition team, in conjunction with the K-5 teachers and Superintendent Roy Webb, has released a universal supply list by grade level.
"It was part of the K-5 transition plan to work collaboratively across all five new learning communities to limit the number of supplies that parents would have to provide for their students," QPS Director of Student Services Carol Frericks said.
"We've also used this as an opportunity to provide equitable resources across all schools," she said. "We definitely see it as a win-win for students and families, teachers and schools."
The universal lists standardize what supplies are needed for students instead of the individual supply lists previously used for QPS K-3 buildings and Baldwin Intermediate School.
The supply lists also are available earlier in the summer than usual which should benefit parents and community groups preparing for the coming year.
"The opportunity to share communication across all K-5 schools has been very rewarding as we put policies and practices in place for all the new learning communities," Frericks said. "We've been able to send out a consistent message and in a timely manner."
Looking at school supply needs was one of many items involved in the transition to the five new learning communities, and work continues to shift classrooms items and the teaching staff to new locations for the coming school year.
"Everything is in full execution mode," Frericks said. "So many wonderful people are doing such amazing work to make the transition a success -- the teachers, the principals, the PTAs, the custodians, the maintenance people, the architects, the construction people. It's just such an amazing effort to make a dream become a reality."