CPS Superintendent's Update


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Superintendent's Update - 9.17.2021

Dear CPS Community,

As the first full week of school ends, I want to remind you there is still time to sign-up for our COVID Pool Testing program, Test and Stay protocol, and provide your child’s vaccination status (if they are age-eligible). As you can see from the weekly CPS COVID Dashboard posted to the district website, we had some positive COVID cases this week. Our response protocols worked well, however it would be incredibly helpful for parents to decide ahead of time, that if your child is identified as a close contact of a COVID positive individual, if you would like them to remain in school (if asymptomatic) and participate in the daily Test and Stay protocol. Absent valid parent consent on file to participate in the Test and Stay protocol at the time your child is identified as a close contact, unvaccinated children must remain home and adhere to the quarantine protocol. Your child may need to quarantine until consent is provided and verified by our school nursing staff if you later decide to participate at the time of close contact identification. Please keep this in mind when making your decision about participation and how your child may be affected.

Below please enjoy some highlights from this past week of our CHIPs PreSchool Program and middle school music programs. It’s great to see our students return to full in-person learning and a more traditional schedule of learning. I hope you have a nice weekend.

Yours truly,

Jay Lang, Ed.D

Superintendent of Schools

CPS District COVID Dashboard

The district COVID dashboard represents the number of positive COVID-19 cases involving students and staff in the Chelmsford Public Schools during the reporting period specified.

Please note the following definitions:

  1. Reported positive cases for students: Number of confirmed positive cases for students in our schools (excludes students not in the school building during the 48 hours prior to a confirmed positive case).
  2. Reported positive cases for staff: Number of confirmed positive cases for staff members in our schools (excludes staff not in the school building during the 48 hours prior to a confirmed positive case).

A weekly report will be posted each Thursday on our website.

Lions PRIDE Preschool Learning Fun

Coordinator of the Chelmsford Integrated Preschool (CHIPS)

CHELMSFORD, MA (Sept. 15, 2021) – Megan McGuirk, a native of Clinton, Mass., was named the Coordinator of the Chelmsford Integrated Preschool (CHIPS), announced Superintendent Jay Lang and Director of Student Support Services Amy Reese. Ms. McGuirk has been an administrator at Chelmsford Public Schools since 2019 as the Team Chairperson for Special Education at the Byam and Harrington elementary schools as well as the Parker Middle School. She came to Chelmsford following 11 years as a preschool teacher and the last four years as an early childhood education administrator. To read more about Ms. McGuirk, please visit our website.

Welcome Back CHIPS Students

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International "DOT" Day

International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009. The author, Peter Reynolds is a graduate of Chelmsford Public Schools.

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe. For more information about International Dot Day, please visit the website.

CPS Fine and Performing Arts Students

Science Safety First At CPS

CPS Science Safety

McCarthy (Outside) Lobby Band

Spark Photonics/Spark Alpha CHS Visit

Kevin McComber of Spark Photonics and Spark Alpha working with our CHS students today discussing the core principles of problem identification in Mr. Tom Sousa's Introduction to Entrepreneurship class today. Our educators are always thinking outside the box.

CHSTV - Lions Live is Back

Tune into this week's episode to hear ways to get involved at CHS and the Chelmsford community. All Lions Live episodes can be found on the CHSTV site.

2021-22 COVID Pool Testing Information

CPS Will Continue with its free COVID Pool Testing in schools. Please see more about COVID pool testing on our website.

MS and HS Open Houses

Families, please join each of our schools for curriculum night this September. Each school will send out specific information about this event. Be on the lookout for this information in your school newsletters. Dates and times for each school can be found on our website.

Community Education Course Catalog

As we begin our Fall 2021 session, we are excited to return to in-person programming and are offering a diverse collection of courses. We provide a balance of programs to support academic, social, and physical growth. We strive to meet the interests of all of our patrons. The goal of Community Education has always been to bring people together, and now more than ever we are committed to that mission. Please see the course catalog to sign up today.

CPS Employment Opportunities

The Chelmsford Public Schools utilizes School Spring to advertise job postings and the online application process. To apply for any of our positions, please visit our website.



The mission of the Chelmsford Public Schools is to educate, engage, prepare, and empower well-rounded and knowledgeable learners who PERSEVERE through challenges, demonstrate RESPECT and INTEGRITY in their words and actions, are DEDICATED to their community, and display EMPATHY as global citizens while discovering and pursuing their full potential.