April 7, 2021
April 7, 2021
It has been a fantastic week so far in the Norfolk Schools. We were thrilled to welcome our students back to full in-person learning and were very pleased that the weather cooperated for our first full week back! New safety procedures and protocols have run smoothly and efficiently and students are quickly adapting to schedule changes and different routines. If they were not all wearing masks, I am sure we would see smiles and happy faces throughout the buildings!
Students have begun their in-person specials and have adjusted to eating snacks outside and under the newly installed tents and designated outdoor spaces. Teachers are spending time this week rebuilding classroom communities and helping students in Cohorts A and B get to know each other and establish new relationships. They are also using this first week as an opportunity to review and reteach key concepts that students have found challenging and to support students social/emotional learning.
Many of our Kindergarten students began to participate this week in the Norfolk Recreation Kindergarten Enrichment program. This is a whole new adventure for our youngest learners, as they have been attending half-day Kindergarten all year and will be participating for the first time in full days of structured programming! We greatly appreciate Norfolk Recreation partnering with the schools to provide this fabulous opportunity for our children.
I would like to end by taking a moment to thank all of our parents, guardians and families for your continued support and patience as we worked to navigate this extremely difficult and unprecedented public health crisis. We know that this has been a very stressful and challenging year for you, as you worked to juggle the demands of jobs, home life, childcare and supporting your children’s learning remotely. We recognize what a Herculean effort this has been and truly value your feedback, collaboration and willingness to work together.
We are thrilled to be returning to a greater sense of normalcy in our classrooms and community and look forward to a rich and rewarding next few months of learning with your children!
Welcoming our New Regional Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
Free Meals for Students
Free meals are currently being provided for all students at sites across Massachusetts. These meals will continue to be provided through the end of June 2021.
All students are eligible for these meals, no registration or identification is required. The USDA and Department of Elementary & Secondary Education announced that student meals will continue to be free to all whether meals are through Grab and Go or while in school.
Students need to pay if purchasing a second meal ($3.00) we ask that students prepay through My School Bucks (www.myschoolbucks.com)
Your children are the reason we do our jobs, and we are here to make sure that they are fueled with good food!
If you have questions about receiving meals, please let me know.
Review of NPS’s Covid-19 Safety Protocols for Parents/Guardians
As the Covid-19 Public Health guidelines are shifting on the state level, we wanted to take this opportunity to review the Norfolk Public School’s Covid-19 protocols for screening and quarantining. We appreciate the diligent effort our families have been making this school year in keeping our schools safe. We hope you find this overview helpful as we enter the final stretch of the school year.
As outlined in the Covid-19 Family Handbook, in order to minimize the potential risk of Covid 19 transmission, all parents/guardians are required to diligently screen their child(ren) for symptoms of Covid 19 prior to sending him/her to school each day.
Please keep in mind as you review the questions in the screener that:
If you answer NO to ALL the questions on the list, the child MAY attend school. Please note that if the child shows signs of any of the symptoms indicated below during the day, the district will follow protocols outlined in the Norfolk Public Schools Reopening Plan and will call the child’s parent/guardian to come pick them up.
If you answer YES to ANY of the questions on the list, the child IS NOT ALLOWED to attend school. The child should remain home with their parent or caregiver.
The questions in the screener should also be used to guide the ongoing monitoring of children throughout the day. Please continue to complete the Daily Daily Screening every morning. You can access the screener through this link.
When to Keep Your Child Home:
Students with a temperature above 100.0 degrees should not attend school until they have been fever-free (under 100.0 degrees) for at least 24 hours and without the use of antipyretic medication, such as Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, or Ibuprofen. Also, if a member of your household is in the process of being tested for Covid-19, please keep your child home until you receive the results.
Symptoms of Covid 19 include:
● Fever or chills
● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
● Muscle or body aches
● New loss of taste or smell
● Sore throat
● Congestion or runny nose
● Nausea or vomiting
If students demonstrate any of the symptoms listed above or have been identified as a close
contact of an individual who has tested positive for Covid 19, they must remain at home.
Students who struggle with a chronic health condition or allergies, should consult their primary
care physician or our school nurses to determine if symptoms require absence from school. We advise all parents to err on the side of caution. If you have any concerns that your child may be sick or coming down with something, please keep them home.
If a student comes to school ill and presents with Covid 19 symptoms, it will impact all of the students and staff members who have come in close contact with that student. Keeping students home who are not feeling well is vital to protecting the health and wellbeing of the entire school community.
Thank you for your continued partnership in ensuring everyone's health and well being.