Wamsutta Family Update 03/13/2020

Wamsutta Family Update 03/13/2020
Posted on 03/13/2020

Good afternoon, Wamsutta Families.  This is a long update.

 

I’ll begin with the Superintendent’s message that you should have received already via email, but in case you didn’t receive it, or it went directly to your junk/clutter inboxes:

 

Today we learned a student at one of our schools was placed into self-quarantine pending test results, which we expect early next week. The student has no known risk factors but was tested due to yet-attributable symptoms. The student has not been in school since Tuesday, so there is no threat of contagion today as all of our schools are cleaned thoroughly each night.

In consultation with the Health Department, Mayor, and School Committee Chair, Attleboro Public Schools will be closing for the entire week of March 16 through March 20. This action is taken as a mitigation measure to halt person-to-person spread of the Coronavirus as part of a city effort to prevent sustained community spread in Attleboro. We will continue to assess conditions and make a decision next week about whether to end or extend the cancellation past the 20th.

In accordance with state regulations, these days will be made up at the end of the year through June 23. This will now be our last day of school regardless of any further cancellations. Families can plan confidently for this to be the final day of our school year.

We fully understand the disruption this causes to everyone’s normal routines, but ask for everyone’s patience as we navigate the quickly evolving circumstances of this global crisis. The decision to put public safety ahead of our educational mission reflects our commitment to protect not only our students, but the families and especially their vulnerable members, as well as the dedicated staff who serve this community so capably.

 

BACKPACK ALERT AND DIGITAL NOTICES:

There is a lot going home on paper today.  Notices from ABACUS Summer Registration and Spring Picture Day envelopes (which will obviously be rescheduled) are going home as part of the normal routine around here.  The same can be said of the digital flyers which includes an invite from the APS to take part in the “Be Heard” coalition dinner, an Easter Egg Hunt, and Titans Youth Lacrosse.

 

There is also a great deal of non-routine paper headed as well.

1.       All students received a letter from Assitant Superintendent Regan about at-home learning opportunities with ideas for extended learning options on the back.  You can also view them by clicking the following links:  Ms. Regan’s Letter and 5-8 ELA Extended Learning Opportunities.

2.       Other resources are available here and will be updated depending on how long we are out:  For Families tab – Extended Learning Resources

3.       All students received enrichment work from all their teachers to keep students’ brains active and hopefully school focused while we are out.  I have copies of every assignment here in the  office for any student who was absent today.  If I am allowed in the building Monday, I will be here and will be able to get it to you.  I’ll update Monday morning on whether or not I’ll be allowed to do this.  I have no idea yet what I can and can’t do in this regard, but my goal will be to announce when our office will be open as soon as I can Monday morning.  I hope that the families of all absent students can find time to pick these enrichment activities up, especially if our closure lasts longer than one week.

4.       Grades were supposed to close today and report cards were supposed to go home next week.  This is postponed.  I’ll let you know the new dates as soon as I can.

5.       PTO:  There will be a planning meeting for our Color Run taking place offsite (Bandido’s) on Tuesday night.  If you are feeling healthy and wish to go, the PTO has set up a link to sign up for this meeting here.  We could use the help planning this event, and even if we have to move it, it will be planning that will help no matter when we actually do the Color Run.

6.       I have omitted my “Dates to Remember” section today as many activities and events are very much up in the air at this point, including the MCAS schedule.  I will update next week.

Two other things are worth mentioning in this update.  First, this morning I gave the teachers the impossible task of providing meaningful activities for students in the event of a school cancellation of an unknown length by the end of today.  They rose to the occasion and delivered while still making today’s school day as normal and learning-focused as possible.  We are in their debt for their effort.  Lastly, please stay tuned next week for updates from either me or Central Office.   

I hope next week’s cancellation will be the only one.  Cross your fingers.

 

Joseph Connor, WMS

Principal

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