January 9, 2022

South Families,

I hope that everyone enjoyed the snow day!

I wanted to let you know that to keep students and staff safe, while still maintaining an environment that is welcoming and engaging for all of our learners, we

  • Continue to wash/sanitize hands our hands
  • Continue to wipe down/sanitize high touch areas
  • Continue to reinforce everyone wear their masks
  • Continue to utilize outdoor space when weather permits
  • Continue to maintain and encourage distancing when and where possible within reason
  • Continue to follow guidelines per the CDC for positive cases and close contacts

As always, please check for symptoms at home and send your child in with 1-2 extra masks. Thank you!

As a reminder, the school will be closed next Monday for Martin Luther King Jr Day. If your family participates in the APS Service Day below, I would love it if you could share any pictures!

Be Well,

Brenda Lee


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Dear South Families,

We are looking to share some of the wonderful and diverse cultures within our school, with the entire South community. We are looking for families to share their culture and expertise by filling out the Google forms that are attached. We will then be looking into activities and opportunities for the South community to possibly gather and share their culture, stories and experiences with others.

Culture Story:

Culture Celebrations:

If you have any questions you can reach out to our ELPAC district representatives:

Daijie Huang

Limor Soen

Or South ESL Teachers:

Sarah Rose

Noelle Matara

Thank you!


This week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provided new recommendations regarding isolation for positive COVID-19 individuals and quarantine for close contacts.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) updated school leaders this week on the new CDC recommendations for school districts. We would like to advise you of the guidelines that are effective for APS at this time.

As a reminder, all students, staff, and visitors at Andover Public Schools are required to wear masks while indoors per the School Committee mask policy. This is regardless of vaccination status and applies to all grade levels (PreK-12).

Positive COVID-19 test & isolation: regardless of vaccination status

DESE and DPH have adopted the CDC recommendations regarding positive COVID-19 tests & isolation, effective immediately.

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must continue to isolate at home for 5 days. (day zero is the day symptoms started prior to your COVID-19 test - or day zero is the day of your positive COVID test if you did not have any symptoms)
  • If you continue to have any symptoms beyond day 5, you must continue to stay home and cannot return to school until either your symptoms are fully resolved or you can provide a physician note indicating a non-COVID-19 illness.

Close Contact - Quarantine:

DESE and DPH have provided updated guidance on quarantine and close contacts and Andover Public schools will adhere to these revised protocols effective immediately. We recognize these protocols are complicated and recommend you contact your school nurse for additional information.

We anticipate a high volume of calls to the school clinics in the coming days and weeks and ask you to please be patient if there is a delayed response to your question.

COVID-19 guidelines and protocols continue to evolve, as do the virus and its variants. We expect there will be additional changes in the near future and will provide updates as this information becomes available.

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With the cold weather quickly approaching, please make sure students are appropriately dressed for the weather. Students are allowed to play in the snow if they have the right gear to keep them warm - jacket, snow boots, snow pants, hat, and gloves. If you need help with purchasing these items, please reach out to Andrea Goodman ( or Catherine Mangie (

We highly encourage students to have an extra set of clothes in their backpack or locker. This is especially needed with the upcoming weather. An extra mask or two should also be kept in their backpack. Thank you for your support on this!

Please click HERE for zoom link to ST Math Meeting.


To plan for the next five years, Memorial Hall Library is evaluating its services and programs. Please help the Library by completing the survey online which should take about 10 minutes. The deadline for all submissions is December 20, 2021. In addition, if you are willing, please share with other contacts, parents, friends who might like to help us. We would appreciate it. Thank you for being part of the process.


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All students are able to receive 1 free breakfast and 1 free lunch daily during the 2021-2022 school year. Lunches will need be preordered. Please see the FAQ linke below for further information and the menu.

FAQ for the Andover Nutrition Program



  • Monday, January 17th - Martin Luther King Day and APS Service Day ~ NO SCHOOL

  • Tuesday, January 25th - Term 1 Ends

  • Friday, January 28th ~ EARLY RELEASE

  • Wednesday, February 9th ~ Report Cards Posted