Local media have been circulating a rather sensational story about Mashpee School Superintendent Brian Hyde’s visit to a student’s home on Tuesday.
Superintendent Hyde provided the following statement to CapeCodToday.com at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday. It is published verbatim below:
"Please understand that our primary goal is to welcome all students who reside in Mashpee to our schools.
Mashpee Public Schools has a student registration practice of completing a home visit to all new or returning students and confirming residency. As a result of residency laws, school choice criteria, and regulations addressing the education of homeless students, the registration process for students is more complex and requires greater documentation than in the past. Yesterday's visit to the home was intended to help us determine whether our residency policy was being fulfilled in relation to the student.
The visits involve two people, usually two administrators. Occasionally an administrator and the school resource officer make the visit, as was the case yesterday. Contrary to published reports, I did not enter the home uninvited. I was invited into the house and asked to view a room identified as the student’s bedroom. There was no bed and the room did not appear to me to be occupied. I did not enter the room although I was invited to do so. I then asked if our School Resource Officer could enter. The mother of the student agreed. After further brief discussion we left the premises. Our whole visit lasted approximately five minutes.
As of today, Wednesday, September 30 the student is registered and attending classes. All necessary paperwork and records to complete the registration process have now been received. The high school principal met with the student and her family this morning and I believe any remaining issues have been resolved. As the matter relates to a particular student and family, we will have no further comment."