Principal's Newsletter

April 29, 2021

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Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up

Parent Teacher Conferences are May 6th and May 11th. Sign-ups are live for families as of today.

Please sign up here: WHS Spring Family Conferences 2021 Website

Tues, 5/4 & Wed, 5/5 - Regular School Days

Next week, Tuesday (5/4) and Wednesday (5/5) are regular, in-person school days for all students. This is a shift from our previous communication that these days were asynchronous. 10th grade students and 11th grade students that choose to will be taking MCAS during the day.

Guidance Update

Please read the guidance newsletter for information about:

  • MCAS Testing
  • Scheduling for Next Year
  • Special Opportunities (including the Watertown Community Foundation internship program and the Race Amity Conference)
  • College Rep Visits in May
  • Financial Aid Resources
  • AP Exams

Mandatory Student Covid-19 Pooled Testing

COVID-19 pooled testing is mandatory for all students who are learning in-person. In order for your student to return to full in-person learning on Monday, April 26th, you must complete a consent form for testing. This is a requirement for return, and families who choose not to participate are welcome to continue their learning through our live streaming options from home. Students will come to the main entrance and be funneled through 4 lines to expedite testing.

COVID-19 universal surveillance pooled testing will be completed once a week on Mondays with a non-invasive anterior nasal swab testing protocol. Fully remote student athletes must still be tested, which will also take place on Mondays. All students who will be returning to full 5-day in-person instruction will be required to fill out the “Commitment to In-Person Learning, COVID Protocols, and Consent for Pooled Testing” form prior to returning to school. This additional safety measure is fully supported by the Watertown Health Department.

It is important to note that testing, combined with vaccinations, contact tracing, and isolation, helps control the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The availability of in-person instruction and the District's in-person health and safety implementation guidelines will be determined and continually assessed using up-to-date data and guidelines provided by the Watertown Health Department, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

For more information about pool testing, please refer to the following information video.

**If you or a member of your household has tested positive for COVID-19 or is in the process of being tested due to exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact the school nurse.

COVID Testing: How to Nasal Swab

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WHS COVID Protocols Handbook

We have updated the WHS COVID Protocols Handbook for the start of full in person learning on Monday, April 26, 2021. Please check the WHS Website for the most up to date COVID handbook, next week.