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Meal Service during Hybrid Learning, November 13-30, 2020.

 Meal distribution times during 2 week full remote @ GMHS

11/13-11/30

Meals will be available to pick up on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7am-9am in the cafeteria of GMHS.

Days and dates we will be offering meals:

Monday  11/16

Wednesday  11/18

Friday  11/20

Monday  11/23

Wednesday  11/25

Monday  11/30

Thank you for helping keep our families safe, please feel free to contact the food service department with any questions.

978-352-5777 x 105

Rileys@georgetown.k12.ma.us

GMHS returns to full remote learning starting on Friday, November 13 through Monday, November 30.

It has been brought to our attention that a large group of Georgetown High School students attended a large party on Tuesday night, November 10, 2020 where they were not wearing masks or social distancing. This evidence was seen on social media and was reported to the administration who investigated the situation and consulted with the School Resource Officer.  

Like other schools and districts when these types of large scale parties have occurred, we have decided to return to full remote learning for the Middle High School beginning tomorrow Friday, November 13, 2020.  I regret the short notice, but since we are not able to identify all of the students who made this poor decision to engage in this reckless behavior, we are not able to effectively contact trace and be sure that the virus will not come into the school and infect other staff students as early as tomorrow.  Their safety will always be our highest priority!

I am deeply sorry for the inconvenience that this will cause staff, families and students who are following the rules and keeping themselves and others safe.  The last thing I want to do is reinforce this behavior, but we simply do not know how far this might spread and we are not willing to take the chance. 

I am imploring parents to impress upon your teenagers that they are not invincible and their choice to attend parties and large group gatherings without safety measures is not only selfish but dangerous.   You should also know that this is not the only time this has happened based on the pictures that were brought to my attention today but if we want to remain in school and keep this virus from spreading, it has to stop.  I ask that you know where your children are when they leave your house because their actions may not be ones of which you would approve.   

It is simply not fair for the bad decisions of some to affect a school full of others who want to be there to learn with their friends and their teachers.  With that said, we will return to in person hybrid learning the week of November 30th.  I appreciate your understanding and please help us commit to keeping everyone safe by wearing masks and socially distancing.

Superintendent Jacobs

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

Explaining Communications Processes and Procedures: Letter from Superintendent/Principal

Dear parents, caregivers, and guardians,

Our first responsibility as we begin this school year is to keep our students, teachers, and staff safe. We have spent the summer months getting the school building and staff ready to execute all of the safety guidelines and best practices based on guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the medical community. From sanitizing and utilizing space in new and different ways to purchasing extra masks for students who might lose or forget theirs, we have been working hard to make sure our school buildings are as safe as possible. This year, like never before, will require partnership between schools and families to ensure that students are wearing their masks, washing their hands, and physical distancing. However, the most important thing you can do as a parent/caregiver is to keep students at home at the first sign of a symptom or exposure to the virus.

Our planning process has included thinking ahead about what we will do and how we will communicate with you should a student or staff member show symptoms at school or test positive for COVID-19. We want to share those with you in advance so that you have a clear understanding of what to expect. While some specifics may vary depending on the situation, there are some common steps that will be taken if someone in our school community is symptomatic, comes in contact with an affected person, or tests positive:

  • –  Evaluate the person’s symptoms
  • –  Separate them from others
  • –  Clean and disinfect spaces visited by the person
  • –  Test for COVID-19 and stay at home while awaiting results
  • –  If the test is positive:

o Remain at home for at least 10 days and until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever and improvement in other symptoms

o Watch symptoms

o Notify the school nurse and personal close contacts

o Answer the call from local board of health or Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative to identify close contacts and help them prevent transmission

o Secure release from contact tracers (local board of health or Community Tracing Collaborative) for return to school

o Any students or staff who were close contacts will be notified immediately

– If the test is negative for someone who was a close contact of someone who tested positive:

o They can return to school after the required 14-day self-quarantine period.

 

– If the test is negative for a person who is symptomatic but was not in close contact with someone who tested positive:

o They can return to school once 24 hours have passed with no fever and improvement in symptoms, without the use of fever reducing medications.

 

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, please visit:

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-

 

Please contact us immediately if you or someone in your home begins to show the following symptoms:

  • –  Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
  • –  Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • –  Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • –  New loss of taste or smell
  • –  Sore throat
  • –  Headache when in combination with other symptoms
  • –  Muscle aches or body aches
  • –  Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • –  Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • –  Congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies), when in combination with other symptomsThe best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to keep your children home when they don’t feel well or when they demonstrate any of the above symptoms. We are committed to continuous communication with our families and will continue to update you if potential cases occur. If you have any additional questions, please contact the school nurses.

Thank you for your continued support.

Georgetown School Royal Reopening Plan

Please use this link.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/14KWDV3tJ3E5ptTSTREEkQi–OfiCfnvEv21-5bEvffo/edit