December 18, 2020
Message from Principal Cullinane
Dear Nashoba Students and Families -
We have a few important updates for you to be aware of:
Due to the nature of our remote learning model, we have eliminated mid-term exams this year. Second quarter will run through January 29th. We will not need to utilize the late-start days previously scheduled. January 22nd, 25th, 26th, 27th will follow our usual schedule. We will update you when we have more information about final exams.
Additionally, this past Wednesday the NRSD School Committee voted in favor of implementing a hybrid plan at the high school, starting on March 1st. We will update you with more information as we work on implementing that model.
Lastly, as previously mentioned in an email this week there has been a lot of discussion in the community about winter sports. While it was a discussion topic at this week’s school committee meeting, it was decided to stay the course. Winter sports will continue as planned.
Have a safe and happy holiday.
From the Nurse's Office
A Holiday Season of Good Health - Tips for the Pandemic Holiday
When the pandemic hit in late winter 2020, many people thought it would be over by Easter. Then the Fourth of July. Then Labor Day. Now we are facing a winter holiday season with escalating COVID-19 rates throughout the country and in our own communities.
The reality is, the pandemic is not abating any time soon - even with vaccines and improved medical treatments on the horizon. The better news is the outlook for a more normal holiday season 2021 is promising.
Do not travel. This is not the year for traveling to see relatives. The risk of exposing relatives to the virus and vice-versa is not worth it, especially with different generations gathering, including seniors and new babies who both may be at high risk. If you must travel, go by car with family members you live with, take your own food to avoid using restaurants, and make sure you wear your masks and sanitize your hands whenever you use public rest areas, gas stations, etc. Always refer to and abide by health and government policies when traveling across state lines. These guidelines frequently change so be sure you know the latest guidelines before you go. You can find them on state government websites by clicking on the Travel Order.
If you do travel out of the state or country, NRSD will follow the travel order guidelines in order to return to work or school. You must do one of the following:
Quarantine for a full 14 days, or
Produce a negative PCR (not antigen) test result within 72 hours and you must quarantine until test results are obtained, or
Testing for children, 10 years and younger, who are traveling with an adult from their household is not required as long as the adult provides their negative PCR test results within 72 hours upon arrival or return to MA
Celebrate with people with whom you live. This is the safest, least risky way to celebrate this holiday season. Whenever you have other people join your circle, it invites new and plentiful opportunities for the virus to come, too. Best to play it safe and stick with those with whom you live.
Use the three standards: Masks. Social Distance. Sanitize Hands. If this year’s holiday season can be wrapped up in three phrases, these are the ones to rely on! And here is a fourth for good measure – get a flu shot
Holidays and Stress
Being away from family and friends during the holidays can be hard. When you talk with your friends and family about plans, it’s okay if you decide to stay home and remain apart from others. Doing what’s best for you includes eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep. Take care of your body and stay active to lessen fatigue, anxiety, and sadness.
Consider Other Winter Holiday Activities
Schedule a time to eat a meal together virtually.
Host a virtual “ugly” holiday sweater contest.
Schedule a time to meet virtually to open gifts together.
Build gingerbread houses, decorate cookies, or make holiday crafts and decorations.
Drive or walk around your community to look at decorations from a safe distance or drive through a local holiday light display.
Throw a virtual dance party.
On December 7th, DESE announced that students in grade 11 (class of 2022) will no longer participate in MCAS testing this January. ELA and Math MCAS exams for 11th graders are being postponed until later in the year.