Below are some of the relevant points but not the entire letter.
With the increase in COVID cases across the Commonwealth and in our community, the district has made some decisions regarding changes to our programming that will be implemented beginning this coming MONDAY, December 14th.
- Due to staffing challenges, THE HIGH SCHOOL ONLY will move to REMOTE LEARNING next week until the break.
- Students will no longer be able to stay for lunch.
- High needs students may return after they go home for lunch – optional.
More specific details for your school/program to follow in communication from your building principal.
COVID NOTIFICATION LETTERS:
- We have heard from many of you that the letters we are sending per DESE guidance, regarding COVID cases in your child(ren)’s school, families are not finding helpful and because they are receiving them frequently are now holding less meaning and frankly, sometimes, being ignored.
- We have heard you and our Occupational Health Nurse (OHN) along with our Director of Technology are working on a data dashboard to be posted on our website with COVID school and community numbers. We are working on this dashboard and will get it posted as soon as possible.
HYBRID MODEL UPDATES:
- The district is beginning to face challenges of in-person learning even in this model right now with the number of positive cases and close contacts rising significantly and impacting both students and staff. In recent days, staffing issues are becoming a daily challenge.
- Additionally, we are monitoring the classroom temperatures and our Director of Facilities is examining those classroom spaces where the temperature is extremely low even with the heat on and the windows only opened minimally. As a result, as we make our way through the winter months and extremely cold days – we might have to call a “remote” day at the elementary and middle school levels because of potential classroom temperatures.
- Outdoor tents are being taken down and stored for the winter months. Please have your students dress appropriately for the weather.
- We are working on improving our learning plans for remote learners, in-person, and synchronous instruction. More information will be provided in early January.
- I have attempted many times, to articulate the challenges we face with increasing the number of in-person students. These are challenges faced by my colleagues across the Commonwealth. Please see the letter sent to the Governor this week on behalf of all Superintendents and School Committees MASS/MASC Letter to Governor Baker
MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS AND RESOURCE:
- As the number of mental health visits and hospitalizations of students across the Commonwealth has increased significantly this fall, we continue to remain concerned about our students. ● Our faculty and staff are lasered focused on your children and their well-being but we also count on parents, guardians, and caregivers directly to principals and counselors at each of our schools if you have concerns about your child(ren).
- In addition, this is a resource that families might find valuable: HandHold
UPDATED QUARANTINE GUIDANCE FROM THE STATE:
- Earlier this week, the state released updated quarantining guidance.
- Please note: Due to the increase in COVID cases in our community and the School District is NOT ALLOWING THE 7 DAYS OF STRICT QUARANTINING OPTION at this time. ● We have modified our protocols to adhere to the 10-day quarantining period with two modifications noted in red in the chart above.