September, Back to School Edition: September 20, 2020

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This Newsletter updates on all matters connected to Cohasset Public Schools. This letter is sent as part of a District initiative focusing on communication.


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The protocols are created. The safety signage is in place. The tents are up. The rooms are prepared. Custodians and facilities have worked tirelessly to create a new landscape for our students, keeping safety and optimal learning paramount. Our principals and leaders continue to inspire, lead, reflect, and collaborate. Teachers, Counselors, Support and Service Staff have learned the protocols, received professional development (which will be ongoing) in safety, social-emotional support of students, trauma sensitivity, our curricula, cultural competency and antiracism, and Remote Learning. WE HAVE GOT THIS!

Over the next week students will be entering our buildings, and the heartbeat of our schools will once again begin. We missed the students beyond words, and everyone is excited to see them. Our schools are joyous and warm places filled with learning, social and academic growth, growth mind-set development opportunities, empathy, and joy. This year is certainly a new adventure for all of us, but we pledge to provide safe environments for our students and staff, opportunities that promote innovative learning, thinking, and problem solving, and we will keep the joy in everything we do! Welcome to the 2020 - 2021 School Year.

Please click on this link to access the Cohasset Public Schools Fall School RE-Entry Road Map 2020 - 2021


Please click on the link to access the 2020 – 2021 calendar. The vacation, holiday, and professional development days have been balanced to create equitable in-person time for each cohort throughout the year. In addition, here is a link to the basic schedule (times and cohorts / grades) for the week of September 22- 25. Detailed information regarding these schedules was communicated from building principals and can be found in this newsletter as part of the information posted for each individual school.


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Cohasset Public Schools Safety Pledge & The Important Roles Families Play in Stopping the Spread

The Important Role Families Play in Stopping the Spread

Families will play an important role in helping to create a culture that prioritizes health and safety. Families should check their children daily for signs of COVID-19 and should keep them home from school if they are not feeling well or if they have been in close contact with a person who has been recently diagnosed with COVID-19. It is also important that families support students wearing masks in school and on the bus. We are strongest when we work together to stop the spread (Initial Fall School Re-entry Guidance, 2020).

CPS Pledge: Healthy and Responsible Behaviors Regarding COVID-19

By coming into Cohasset Public Schools, I pledge I am following:

  • State expectations for social and physical distancing

  • Regulations regarding the wearing of facial coverings over your nose and mouth when in public settings (for students from grades PK– 12 and for all staff)

  • Quarantine directives put forth by the Massachusetts Department of Health and the Cohasset Department of Health

  • Guidance that has students and staff stay home from school / work if they are experiencing symptoms of fever, fatigue, difficulty breathing, or dry cough or if they have exhibited any symptoms relating to COVID-19


The following information was compiled by our district nurses and provides supplementary information to the protocols stated in the Cohasset Public Schools Fall School Re-Entry Road Map. A big thank you to Kelly Gildea (lead nurse) and our district nurses for compiling this information and for their leadership and guidance during this difficult time.

Cohasset Public Schools Medical Frequently Asked Questions

Cohasset Public Schools Decision Tree Regarding Health Situations Related to COVID-19

COVID-19 Symptom Checklist for Parents and Guardians to utilize with their children

Here are some useful videos regarding Mask Wearing, When to Stay Home, and Hand Washing / Hand Sanitizing prepared by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN).

Sample Safety Signage and Hand Sanitizer Placement

Sample Safety Signage
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All of the hallways in our schools have safety directional signage to enhance social distancing practices

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ALL Schools and Busses are Outfitted with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Masks will be readily available to students if needed, and staff have been outfitted with protective equipment as needed. Thank you to Glenn Pratt, Cohasset Director of Emergency Management, and to all the school and town leaders who worked to outfit our students and staff so well. Below is a picture of a portion of the first shipment of PPE that was delivered to the schools.
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All Schools now have Medical Waiting Rooms for students or staff who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, which are separated from the nurses' offices

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Tents are up at all schools to facilitate mask breaks and outdoor dining and learning when possible

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Our Classrooms are Ready and Student Desks are Social-Distanced.

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Our cafeterias are prepared and students will be safely socially distanced. All seats are marked with a number and we are tracking students seating at lunches in all schools for contact tracing purposes

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Our amazing bus drivers have placed social distancing signage at each bus stop. Thank you, Bus Drivers!

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Thank you, Principal Farrell and Mr. Vinton for making the videos linked below for students and families to show that although there are some changes, the caring, empathy, learning, and joy remains the same at Osgood School.

Here are some of the communications sent to Osgood families regarding the start of school

The Osgood Teachers and Staff miss the students. We are excited to see you this week!

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Please see below for an excellent video made by senior Jake Gowell and some Deer Hill friends. One note on this video, we have adjusted our cafeteria routines so that lunches will be placed on cafeteria desks for those students who are buying lunch. The same protocol will be implemented at Osgood. Thank you, Jake, Principal Sullivan, and Deer Hill friends for this excellent video.

Here is some coverage of school re-openings that includes Deer Hill in the Patriot Ledger.

Deer Hill Band Keeping the Joy! We are so excited to see our students!

Principal Sullivan explains the Deer Hill Remote Team Schedule in this useful video on Loom (please click on the image below)

Here are some communications sent to Deer Hill families regarding the start of school

The Deer Hill Teachers and Staff miss their students and they are excited to see them this coming week. Please click on the image below to enjoy a FlipGrid video, which shows the Joy the Deer Hill staff has for their students.


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The link below shows a concise presentation regarding Hybrid Learning at CMS.

The link below shows the CMS schedule rotation

The Link Below Contains Important Technology Information for CMS Students

Sixth Grade Information

Seventh Grade Information

Eighth Grade Information

Cohasset Middle School Faculty and Staff missed their students, and they are so happy to see you this week!

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The Safety Video below (created by senior Jake Gowell and friends) shows some of the safety considerations that will be in place at Cohasset High School. Nice job, Jake, Assistant Principal Noyes, and everyone who worked on this video.

Cohasset High School Safety Procedures Fall 2020

Principal Scott's Newsletter Explaining Protocols and More...


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We are excited for the year to come in sports! Thank you to Athletic Director Steve Rotondi and all of our amazing coaches for the work they have done to prepare for the upcoming season.

COVID-19 Safety Standards

Fall 2020 Sports Registration Communication


The following communications have been sent by Barbara Cerwonka, Director of Student Services


Message from the Director of Food Service, Marilyn Haraden

2020-21 School Year Meals Information:

The Office of Food and Nutrition has been working hard to prepare for the year and to safely welcome back students into our school buildings. During this unprecedented pandemic closure, we have been busy providing meals for families and elderly residents in town to ensure that every person who needs a meal receives one.

We are excited to announce that the USDA has extended free meals for all through December 31, 2020, or until we are notified of a change in federal policy. This allows every Cohasset Public Schools student access to breakfast and lunch at no charge. We encourage families to take advantage of this opportunity that will provide nutritious meals to both in-person and remote learners.

Menus will be posted on our website,, under the “Nutrition” tab. Students can choose either a hot meal or cold meal for lunch each day. All meals will be pre packaged and placed in bags for easy grab-and-go service. Each meal bag will contain the entrée, fruit, vegetable, and drink.

In-person learning. When students are in the buildings, they will come to the cafeteria to get their meals. Because meals are now free for all students, they will move through the lunch line without having to enter their ID numbers into the computer. Grab-and-go breakfast will be available in every building daily.

Remote learning. When students are on the remote schedule, families have the option to pick up free to-go meals (breakfast and lunch) Monday-Friday. Pick-up for all students will be at the Middle/High School, 143 Pond Street, at the loading dock behind the Middle School, each day from 12:00-1:00.

Although meals will be free at the beginning of the year, families should still fill out the free or reduced price eligibility forms so that information is on file if the USDA switches back to the traditional system of charging families for meals. Forms were sent out to parents by each school, and they are available on our website under the “Nutrition” tab.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Marilyn Haraden, Director of Food Services, at or 781-383-6107.


Bus Routes are posted on the website’s Transportation Department Tab. Families of students signed up for buses have been mailed information, including bus routes, bus stops, and bus passes. Thank you to Mrs. and Mr. Laird, Missy Parfumorse (Transportation Supervisor), and Lisa Tokarz for their amazing work with these bus routes and bus stops.


Information Regarding Before and After School Programming

We are excited to announce our collaboration with the Cohasset Recreation Department to provide Before and After School Care through their RISE program for students K-5. The RISE program is available for Osgood and Deer Hill students on their in-person days only. This program will take place at the Osgood School 7:00am – 9:00am and 3:30pm - 6:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The Recreation Department is also providing a Before School program at the middle and high school from 7:00am-8:00am in the middle and high school gymnasium. This program will be available for middle and high school students on their in-person days on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Please see the Cohasset Recreation Department website for more detailed information and registration process.


We will continue to engage students and staff in the meaningful discussions necessary to promote change. We are committed to promoting anti-racism and cultural competency.
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Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Assistant Superintendent Leslie Scollins, Ed.D.

Google Classroom

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Google Classroom is the learning management system (LSM) that all teachers are using. All students K-12 have Google accounts. All assignments and work are housed in Google Classroom. Teachers will provide information for students and families. If you need some help logging into Google account click on this link.

Math Center Bridges Elementary Math Program

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The elementary schools will be using the Math Learning Center Bridges program. Teachers will provide resources for families. The website isn family friendly and offers great resources. The Math Learning Center worked with staff virtually for 2 days and also provide a library of trainings for staff to use to create professional development geared to their needs.

Parent Workshop on Remote Learning

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Wondering what remote learning will look like this year? Join us virtually on Tuesday, September 29 as Greg Kulowiec from gives an overview of remote learning and the pedagogy behind it as well as answers your questions.

Elementary Families at 6:00pm

Middle and High School Families at 7:00pm

Access information will be sent this week.

Professional Development Update

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These times have presented many challenges, but also have presented many opportunities. One such opportunity are the additional days for more professional development for the staff before the start of school. We appreciate this delay may have been difficult for families, however the additional days were filled with presenters, time for collaboration, and adjusting to the changes needed to teach this year.

The CPS Professional Development Committee worked over the summer to access the needs of the staff and then create a First 12 Days of Professional Development Calendar. The three areas that stood out in the staff survey were Remote Learning, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) related to trauma from COVID-19 and the civil unrest in the country, and Cultural Competency.

Dr. Steven Golden, the District physician, along with Mary Goodwin, the Town Nurse and Pam Fahey, from the Board of Health shared some current information about COVID-19 and its relation to the the schools as well as answered questions for families and staff. Here is the parent presentation.

CPS partnered with to learn about remote learning and teaching in a digital world. All staff participated in 3 two hour workshops which included an introduction to remote learning, Google Classroom set-up and design as well as creating engaging lesson for students within a digital platform.

Dr. Bonuato and Dr. Plummer presented to both staff and families about strategies to help children return to school and Lauren Dargan, LICSW, worked with schools to address the stress of returning to school for both staff and students and gave strategies to aid all as they come back to school.

In addition, Monica Belton from also worked with staff to discuss the trauma of racism and foundational information about trauma and racism. Our last presenter, Dr. Kalise Wornum of KW Diversity Inc. engaged staff in meaningful dialogue about racism and how do we address it by making sure we know our students through building relationships and reflecting on our own implicit bias that impact our daily interactions with people. We will continue our work with Dr. Wornum on October 30th when we have a full day of workshops on learning to become more culturally competent.

Take Care of Yourself and Take Care of Each Other

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Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can do anything to help your student or your family during this difficult time. Most important is the physical and mental health of everyone, and we will stay focused on making that a priority. Please take good care.


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Please click on the following link to access even more information on the Cohasset Public Schools Web Site.

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