LPS Update

November 20, 2020

Upcoming Events

November

21 Special Town Meeting - School Building Expansion Project- 1:30 PM LHS

23 LHS Report Cards Issued

23 LMS Annual Gift Drive Kickoff Begins through December 18

24 School Committee Meeting 6 PM

25 Early Release - Thanksgiving Break

26 No School - Thanksgiving Day

27 No School - Thanksgiving Break


December

2 Early Release - Professional Development

3 LHS PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

3 LHS Compass Core Training 8 AM - 12:30 PM

8 Town Election TBD

11 LMS First Trimester Grades Close

11 Chanukah Begins

15 School Committee Meeting 6 PM

16 LHS Winter Coffee House 7 PM Virtual

18 LHS Breakfast with Guidance 9:30 AM Virtual

23 Early Release- Holiday Break/LMS Report Cards Issued

24-1 No School - Holiday Break


January

1 No School - Holiday Break

4 School Resumes

6 Early Release - Professional Development

7 LHS PTO Meeting 6:30 PM

18 No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

27 Parent Workshop- Stress, Resilience and Self Care with Windi Bowditch

Happy Thanksgiving!

We would like to wish our families a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday! We know that many are not able to see family this year and we recognize how hard this is for us all. We are all concerned about our increasing numbers of Covid cases in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, and across our country. We want to remind our community to wear a mask, even when exercising outside, follow social distancing, and avoid any large gatherings.

Travel Policy

Please be reminded of the state's Travel Order and our Travel Policy. We ask that you inform your child's principal and our Covid Liaison, Toni Rebelo (rebelot@lynnfield.k12.ma.us) if you are traveling out of state for the holidays.


Travel Policy: If a student/staff member travels outside of the approved lower-risk states by the Commonwealth of Massachuesetts, either of the following two conditions must be met before a student/staff member can return to the school building:


1. Produce a negative COVID-19 test result from a test that is administered at least 5 days after arrival back into the state of Massachusetts. The result of this test must be given to the COVID liaison before returning to the building.


2. Quarantine for 14 days from the date of arrival back into the state of Massachusetts.

Student Attestation

Below is the link to the attestation that we sent home before school began in September. Please be reminded of the symptoms of COVID 19 and our protocols. We still have not received many of the signed forms from parents. Please return this form signed to the main office of your child's school. You can email a scanned form. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

COVID 19 Case Notification

Though we cannot provide specific information about our school community members who test positive, parents and/or guardians of students who are in close contact with the school community member are notified privately. All close contacts should be tested but must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive, regardless of the test result. We are also following all Department of Health protocols, including collaborating with our local board of health to complete contact tracing to ensure all close contacts have been notified.

Staffing Concerns

Our staffing remains a challenge as our educators are told to quarantine for a variety of reasons. When this happens, please know our first priority is to allow our teachers to teach remotely if this is a possibility. If not, we will continue to do whatever we can to provide a substitute teacher. We thank you for your patience and flexibility knowing that if and when we are not able to provide appropriate staffing, it is likely we may need to provide asynchronous learning as an alternative.

Snow Days

Please see the link to the School Cancellation and Delay Procedures 2020-21 document with all of the updates for 2020-21 School Year. For this year only we will be introducing the concept of a "remote snow day." This will allow us to cancel on campus school activities and events due to the inclement weather conditions but not miss the day of school as students and teachers will be able to participate remotely.


There are some conditions, such as a power outage, that would prevent us from having a remote day. Other factors will be considered as well that would allow for a typical "snow day" or "delay" to be called as they have been in previous years.


We believe that having these additional options this year will allow us to make the best choices when the conditions are unfavorable and still allow learning to continue remotely which will provide us flexibility in June at the end of the school year.


We will notify parents of a remote snow day or delayed opening via automated phone call, twitter and on local TV stations. We have included a one page document with information about that.

Email Response Time

Just a reminder that if you email a teacher with a question or concern about your child's assignments or learning during the school day, teachers are teaching, prepping and working with students and may not be able to respond to you immediately or even that day. Teachers have 24 hours to respond to emails. Thank you for your understanding.

Attention Parents of Incoming Kindergarteners 2021

If you have a child born between September 2, 2015 and September 1, 2016, we are looking for you. The registration process for the 2021-2022 School Year will begin soon. Please contact Annmarie McCormick by phone (781) 334-9202 or via email (mccormickan@lynnfield.k12.ma.us) if you have any questions or would like to be sure your child is on our preliminary list. If emailing, please provide your child’s name, date of birth and address. More information on Kindergarten Registration for 2021 will be announced later.

Lynnfield Public Schools

The Mission of the Lynnfield Public Schools is to support and challenge all students to meet their full potential as individuals and as citizens of the global community.