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COVID 19 Update – October 27, 2020

Hello Georgetown Community! I hope you are well and hanging in there with all that is going on in this world right now. This is a very challenging time and I have been hearing a lot about “COVID fatigue” lately which is something we need to resist especially given the significant increases in COVID cases and more deaths within our state and throughout the country. We can’t lull ourselves into a false sense of security even though our average number of daily cases per 100,000 and the percent of positive cases has been low in our town for many weeks. This past week, Georgetown was listed as yellow which in and of itself will not change our plan for our schools, however we will be watching these numbers over the next couple of weeks to determine if further action will be needed. We need to pull together and more strictly adhere to the safety measures of social distancing , mask wearing, proper hand hygiene and staying home if sick. This is how we have kept the numbers low and need to continue to make these safety precautions a priority. Additionally, I want to pass along the advice regarding large gatherings and travel restrictions. If you are planning to travel to a place that is not on the Massachusetts safe list, be sure you are tested before returning or quarantine for 14 days. Large gatherings even with family and close friends may not be completely safe if members of the group are going to work and moving throughout their lives. As you have seen recently, there have been a number of high schools that have been forced to go to remote learning because of large parties. We can’t be too careful if we want to keep our schools open so I sincerely appreciate your help and assistance. We’ve got this Georgetown!

I am writing to let you know that over the past several days we have received confirmation that two staff members, one at Penn Brook and one at the MHS and one student have tested positive for COVID 19. Contact tracing is continuing and close contacts (7 staff and 10 students) are quarantining and being tested. We are tracking the test results to determine if any further tracing will be required. We are using the most recent guidelines as to what defines a “close contact” and everyone we have contacted has been very responsive and cooperative. Many people have asked us to share more information and I understand the reasons behind this request however due to privacy restrictions we are limited in the information we can provide only to people who are directly affected. HOWEVER I can assure you that all close contacts will be contacted directly and we will do everything possible to keep COVID out of the schools and, most importantly, from spreading cases within the schools. I am proud to say that we have the necessary precautions in place in our schools that will significantly reduce and virtually limit close contacts within the school. That is our goal.

If you missed the School Committee meeting last Thursday, you may not be aware that we are working with a medical team that has presented a flow chart and the metrics that we will use to make decisions about moving from one model to another ( remote, hybrid). This information will be posted on our website for your information. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at jacobsc@georgetown.k12.ma.us .

Carol

2020 John and Abigail Adams scholarship recipients

Congratulations to the following students for receiving the 2020 John and Abigail Adams scholarship. The scholarship is based on high MCAS scores and recipients are eligible for a merit-based scholarship at any Massachusetts State College or University.  

Ellen Bancroft
Cooper Anderson
Joshua Barosin
Bridget Cannata
Olivia Clare
Patrick Clough
Ainsley Corriveau
Charles Goldey
Katherine Hermanson
Erin Irons
Iain Kantorski
Margaret Kosciuszek
Sean Lavelle
Cooper Lekborg
Beckett Medwid
Lillian Mullen
Ryan Phillips
Charis Ryan
Madeleine Mogavero
Elle Schneider
Garrett Sedgwick
Grace Sousa
Luke van Galen
Benjamin Weightman
Connor Young
Cole Zadina
Maria Zimirowski

COVID 19 Update – October 19, 2020

I am writing to inform you that a student at the MHS has tested positive for COVID 19.
The Georgetown Public Health Nurse spent the weekend contact tracing and today that process was
completed. The eight students who are close contacts have been notified and will be quarantined
and tested. This process included both contact tracing within the school and outside of school.
The GMHS nurse and Principal Richards worked with the Public Health Nurse today to determine
if there were close contacts within the school and the result was there were no close contacts
within six feet of the COVID positive person for 15 minutes or more. The exposure occurred outside
of the school. The faculty and staff have been notified and spaces have been cleaned for added
precaution. We will continue to follow our safety protocol of six feet of social distancing,
mask wearing and proper hand hygiene. I urge you to work with your children to use this safety
measure when outside of the school to avoid potential spread within the school and the community.
If you have questions, please let me know at jacobsc@geogetown.k12.ma.us. Carol

COVID 19 Update, October 16, 2020

COVID 19 Update # 24 October 16, 2020

Hello Georgetown friends! We were very excited to be starting our third week of hybrid learning. I am pleased with the way our teachers made remote learning work as school began and I have confidence that if for any reason we have to return to remote learning we can seamlessly transition since the procedures and structures are already in place. I have had the pleasure to spend time in classrooms watching the remote learning process firsthand and, in the past three weeks, see how things changed when the in person students came in. I am very impressed with the way the teachers were dedicated to using the technology tools while trying to maintain the attention of students whether learning in school or remotely. I am sure you can imagine that this is not an easy task but our teachers and staff are working diligently to make this work and I know they are very committed to ALL of their students and they will find their rhythm as the weeks roll along. We are also mindful of the challenges parents are facing managing the remote days and the asynchronous learning while they may also be trying to work or manage the school day at home. I know that the Principals and teachers have been communicating with you about procedures and expectations. As you can imagine there has been a lot to consider. I am sure as we move ahead in the transition back to school, we will find out things we had not thought about or considered and we expect there will be adjustments to be made. Again, we thank you for your patience and, as always, if you have any questions, please send them along to jacobsc@georgetown.k12.ma.us .

 

1. Clarification Letter to Parents About the Hybrid

This is a whole new world for all of us and we have been working on a document that defines how we will navigate this hybrid world. We have consulted with administrators, teachers and staff and the questions and feedback we have received from many parents who have reached out to us. With this in mind, I have written a letter that discusses the state of why we are implementing the hybrid model. I hope you find it useful and please let me know if you have any questions.

 

2. Medical Guidance on Managing COVID 19

Many people have asked how the school will respond to COVID cases and our medical team has developed a document that is based on the CDC and DESE guidelines to share with you. Thankfully as of today, we have had only one confirmed case of a student who is learning remotely that has tested positive for COVID and the town’s Public Health Nurse is handling the contact tracing for this case. It has been determined that there is no risk of transmission in the school because the child is not attending in person school.

In addition, the medical advisory group has been developing a set of metrics in addition to the weekly tracking of average daily cases per 100,000 people and/or percent of positive cases to track and use when making decisions about when to move from one model to another. The School Committee will be meeting with the medical team to discuss this document this Thursday October 22nd at 6:30 PM via zoom. The link is below.

One of the things that will be discussed is the fact that this document assumes that the goal is to maintain the hybrid model at least until January but perhaps longer depending on the metrics. I mention this because the School Committee and I have been receiving more inquiries recently about when we are playing to go back into school full time especially since the numbers are staying low. It is the consensus of the medical team, the administrators and, I suspect, most teachers in the district that we need much more time in the hybrid model to be sure it is working to control spread of the virus before taking a chance. As challenging as the hybrid model can be for all of us, we believe that the success we are having is because of the reduced numbers and the ability to maintain the safety protocols. The School Committee will be discussing this on Thursday and the medical advisory team will be on the call but we are not expecting to even consider a return to full in person learning for many months if not most or all of this year. This is why we appreciate having a document to which we can refer when making our decisions. Safety will always be our highest concern! Thanks to everyone for your help in keeping our schools and our students safe!

3. Social Justice Initiative

The School Committee and the Leadership Team are launching an initiative that we want you to know about and perhaps become a part of as we establish working groups within the next month. Last spring, the School Committee and I were presented with a petition signed by 300 people expressing their concern about the district’s commitment to social justice, inclusion and anti-racism. They cited experiences from many current or former students to illustrate their point. After a number of meetings with a core group of alumni, the School Committee developed a public statement and a process to work on some of the major areas that were cited in the petition. Central to this work is the establishment of five working groups that are going to be operating simultaneously. The first meeting of these working groups is scheduled for November 9th at 6:45 PM via Zoom. We are looking for people from all groups including middle and high students, parents, teachers and staff, SC members and community members to participate in this project. The working groups will be facilitated groups who will be assessing the current situation and making recommendations and action plans for improvement which will be presented to the School Committee and district leaders. We would love to have you join us so if you are interested, complete the form at the bottom of the link and return it by October 27th. . We are hoping to see a lot of interest in this initiative and thanks for your consideration.

Check out this link to see the statement, the summary of the working groups and the signup sheet. https://www.gssapp.org/GeorgetownPublicSchools/school-committee/social-justice- initiative/

 

4. SEPAC Trick or Trunk Rolling Spooktacular

I hope all of your ghouls and goblins are able to come out tomorrow Saturday October 17th to enjoy a little Halloween fun sponsored by the SEPAC. They are hosting a drive through Halloween trick or treat event where families can wear costumes and decorate their cars and receive safely packaged goodies from 6 local businesses as they roll by in their cars. To add to the fun, they are encouraging families to decorate or carve pumpkins which will be on display in the “pumpkin patch” by the PB School main entrance for everyone to enjoy as the cars roll by. I want to applaud the creativity of this group for coming out with a new version of their annual Trick of Trunk which could not be held due to COVID this year. What a great way to bring the community together and enjoy some Halloween fun! Here is the schedule:

– Drop Pumpkins Off at the School between 9-10 – The Spooktacular Rolls On from 2-4
– Retrieve pumpkins from the school between 6-7

 

5. Free and Reduced Lunch for All

I want to be sure everyone knows that breakfast and lunch is FREE for EVERY student this year. The staff and federal government have passed a waiver to allow all students and families to take advantage of this opportunity. There is information about the logistics. We hope you will take advantage of this because every meal is reimbursable from the state. Since we are not collecting any revenue, this funding is being used to pay our staff that is preparing and serving these meals.

 

Message From the Director of Food Services Sean Riley:

As of October 1st breakfast and lunch at GMHS will be available daily for all students free of charge. Monday (no students on campus) Breakfast and lunch pick up will be at GMHS from 7am-9am outside the cafeteria per usual or inside during poor weather. Students will have a grab and go breakfast available to them upon entry of school from 7:00am-7:45am Tuesday-Friday. Lunch will be in the cafeteria per usual during assigned lunch times. Upon dismissal of the school day students will be offered a bagged breakfast and lunch for their remote learning day.

Have a wonderful weekend! Stay safe and enjoy the waning days of October! We are making history and together we are reinventing education though a global pandemic. Who would have ever thought? Stay strong and stay in touch. As always, if you have questions let me know at jacobsc@georgetown.k12.ma.us

Carol

SAT Day @ GMHS, Tuesday, October 27th – 7:30 a.m. Perley Gym

SAT School Day Announcement

After much negotiation with the Collegeboard I am happy to announce that we will be offering the SAT school day testing on Tuesday, October 27th.  This test is only being offered to GMHS students in the class of 2021.  The SAT will begin at 7:30am in the Perley school gym.

The only way to register is in person in the guidance office, do not register online via Collegeboard. Only checks will be accepted and should be made out to the Town of Georgetown for $52.00.  The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 14th.

*Testing will adhere to all COVID guidelines and students are required to wear masks to the test and maintain social distancing rules.  GMHS reserves the right to cancel the test due to health concerns or other extenuating circumstances.  Refunds would be given if necessary*

Please contact the guidance office at 978-352-5790 if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Julia Robinson

Meal Service during Hybrid Learning, starting October 1, 2020.

MEAL SERVICE DURING HYBRID LEARNING GMHS

As of October 1st breakfast and lunch at GMHS will be available daily for all students free of charge. Monday (no students on campus) Breakfast and lunch pick up will be at GMHS from 7am-9am outside the cafeteria per usual or inside during poor weather. Students will have a grab and go breakfast available to them upon entry of school from 7:00am-7:45am Tuesday-Friday. Lunch will be in the cafeteria per usual during assigned lunch times. Upon dismissal of the school day students will be offered a bagged breakfast and lunch for their remote learning day.

We are encouraging all families to fill out a 2020-2021 MA Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals for when this program expires.    (Please see attached)