Dear Needham Public Schools Families:


Allow me to share some important updates about our plans to open school safely in September: 


On August 6th, I presented a draft Plan for Reopening Our Schools for the School Committee's consideration. I will ask the School Committee to approve our reopening plan on Tuesday, August 11th. We are working closely with public health experts, teachers, administrators, community members, and parents to plan for a safe and healthy reopening of school. In order to keep class sizes small and ensure social distancing, we are focused on implementing a hybrid model for all K-12 students that involves four full days of in person learning for half the students (Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday, Fridays) and five days of remote learning for the other half of the students. Each Wednesday students from both groups will interact together with their teacher remotely. Recognizing that no one hybrid plan is ideal, we believe this working model will best support our students during the period of the health emergency.  We are also strengthening our remote learning plan in the event we must begin school in a remote environment or pivot to the remote model due to the health emergency.


While we continue to refine the planned hybrid model (and thanks for all the feedback we have received), we are also offering families the opportunity to have their child participate in a fully remote learning experience. 


Changes to the plan may be necessary as we consider community feedback, additional guidance from the State, and continue to monitor COVID-19 trends. If you wish to comment on the plan, please email me at or the members of the Needham School Committee at


Finally, I understand the news, conflicting reports, pressure from the community to reopen schools (or keep them closed), social media, activism, and one's own personal concerns are prompting a roller coaster of emotions and perspectives about the upcoming school year.  It has been a challenging time, but our focus in the Needham Public Schools has been and will continue to be the health, safety, and wellbeing of all students and staff as we move forward and envision a new year of learning, growing, and achieving.


I hope you and your families are staying healthy and enjoying the weather and time together.




Dan Gutekanst

Superintendent of Schools

Welcome to the website of the Needham Public Schools! I hope you will find the information you need to learn about the people, programs, and activities that make our school system a dynamic learning experience for all students.

​The Needham Public Schools has developed a framework for educational excellence, innovation, and equity - a Portrait of A Needham Graduate - that will inform the district's work going forward. Needham Public Schools will support all our students in becoming creative thinkers and problem solvers, communicators and collaborators, socially and culturally responsive contributors, responsible and resilient individuals, and empowered learners. Our students' collective and individual success depends on developing these Portrait competencies in preparation for the future that awaits them. I encourage you to review the Needham Public Schools 2019 Performance Report for examples of current teaching practices aligned with this Portrait vision, along with ideas and challenges for boosting student learning around each of the district priorities.

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​Additionally, the Needham School Committee wishes to hear from members of the community about issues and concerns critical to the schools and its many programs. You may contact them at and ask a question or make a comment.

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Daniel E. Gutekanst, Ed.D.
Needham Public Schools
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