March 12, 2021
School Committee Approves the Exploration of a Plan to Increase In-Person Learning for Middle and High School Students
On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, Commissioner Riley delivered In-Person Learning Guidance to all Superintendents and District Leaders. Since that time, we have been working to once again pressure test every area to these requirements. Within the guidance, Commissioner Riley announced a timeline for full in-person learning for all elementary and middle schools in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The dates districts are required to implement full in-person learning are April 5 for elementary schools and April 28 for middle schools. High school dates have not yet been created. It is anticipated that decisions will be made in regards to high schools at some point in April. Please see the image below for a depiction of this timeline. We are happy that our March 1 return to full in-person learning at the elementary schools and our proposed April 5 return to full in-person learning at the middle school and high school are well ahead of this timeline.
Surveys were sent out to all families of middle school and high school students gauging their interest in moving forward with a full in-person learning model given conditions that need to be considered. We have also sent out a survey to families in the hopes that we can offer full busing for students in the middle and high school who require busing.
There will be a presentation at the March 17, 2021 Cohasset School Committee Meeting highlighting the results of these surveys and providing a preliminary plan for full in-person implementation. We encourage input from families, students, and staff, and we look forward to working as a school community to make the best decisions to help our students.
Timeline for Possible Full-time In-Person Return for Middle School and High School Students
March 3: Public introduction of intent regarding possible return to full in-person learning for middle and high school students on April 5, 2021
March 4: Continue discussions with faculty; begin work with CTA (meeting already set for next week) and other unions
March 4 - 9: Send survey to families to gauge interest in full in-person learning at the middle and high school level
March 4 – 17: Start formulating scheduling, plans for drop-off / pick-up, lunch, etc...; begin moving furniture into middle and high school for pressure testing purposes
March 17: Deliver presentation to School Committee, asking for preliminary approval of plans
March 18 – March 31: Continue collaborations with all stakeholders and unions
March 31: Deliver final presentation for Vote (special School Committee Meeting)
April 5: Implement full in-person return pending approval by School Committee
Results of Research on 3 feet versus 6 feet of distance released
Looking ahead...We will be offering ways to fill any potential learning gaps. Information is fothfoming on programs that will be offered to students and families.
Vaccine Roll-Out for Educators
Cohasset Community Health Update
Cohasset Community is now in the Yellow Category...Please continue to be vigilant regarding Covid-19 protocols and safety measures
Please see the information below regarding the town of Cohasset’s positive COVID 19 rate and case count over the past 14 days.
As of March 11, 2021, the Department of Public Health (DPH) reports that the town of Cohasset’s positive COVID-19 test rate over the past 14 days is 1.48%, with 16 positive cases out of 1218 tests reported. Under the DPH metrics, the town of Cohasset is in the "Yellow" category for communities who have a population of under 10,000 who have less than or equal to 25 positive cases over the last 14 days. The “Green” category is less than or equal to 15 positive cases over a 14 day period.
It is imperative that we all follow the protocols of handwashing / hand sanitizing and wearing face-covering masks when appropriate to do so. Here is the complete report that was issued on Thursday, 3/11/2021.
COVID-19 Case Update:
In addition, we have been informed today that one (1) person in our Deer Hill School Community has tested positive for COVID-19. All close contacts were identified, contacted, and provided with quarantining information. If you were not contacted, then you / your child was not a close contact. Our thoughts go out to this School Community Member.
For your information, please find below a summary table of all confirmed positive COVID cases in the District as of today, Friday, March 12, 2021.
NEW TRAVEL RULES:
Persons Who Have Been Completely Vaccinated for COVID-19: Individuals who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Janssen vaccine, more than 14 days ago and who do not have symptoms, do not need to obtain a negative test prior to traveling to, or quarantine upon arrival to, Massachusetts. COVID-19 vaccinated individuals arriving in Massachusetts must have documentation of their vaccination(s), including the date(s) of administration, available if asked. This exception does not include COVID-19-recovered individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19, who must follow all testing and quarantine guidance outlined in the travel rules.
IMPORTANT TRAVEL REMINDERS (other than as stated above):
- Travelers arriving in Massachusetts are required to immediately begin the 10-day quarantine until a negative test result has been received.
- COVID-19 test must be administered up to 72-hours prior to the arrival in Massachusetts.
- If you took a test prior to your arrival but have not received your negative result, you MUST quarantine until you receive the negative result.
- If a test is not obtained before entry in Massachusetts, a test can be obtained after arrival, but you MUST quarantine until you receive a negative result.
- According to the MA DPH regulations, one must obtain an approved molecular PCR test. Please note, a rapid-antigen test is not an acceptable test to end a travel quarantine.
- If choosing not to be tested after traveling, one must complete a 10-day quarantine upon arriving in Massachusetts.
As there are signs that our infection rates are stabilizing, please try to avoid travel, if possible. If you must travel, please be sure to follow all travel orders.
Please click on the link to review the Massachusetts COVID-19 travel order
March is the New September at Joseph Osgood and Deer Hill Elementary Schools!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...Here are some images from our full in-person openings at Osgood and Deer Hill last week.
Coming Soon... Announcements Regarding Events for Seniors and Graduation
BE THE CHANGE
Please visit our website for resources regarding the promotion of diversity.
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Assistant Superintendent Leslie Scollins, Ed.D.
Professional Development Days
DESE District and School Report Cards
We are pleased to share with you the 2020 school report card from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. You can access a link to our District and School Report Card at:
Student Opportunity Act (SOA)
Osgood: Dave Vinton firstname.lastname@example.org
Deer Hill: Laurie Dolan email@example.com
Robyn Costa firstname.lastname@example.org
CMS: Emily Manewal email@example.com
CHS: Leanne McCarthy firstname.lastname@example.org
RISE Before and After School Program
Looking for a way to avoid the lines at drop off and pick up at Osgood and Deer Hill?
Finance and Operations Update
FISCAL YEAR 2022 SCHOOL BUDGET
A public hearing took place on March 3, 2021 at 5:30 pm. Thank you to all who attended this hearing. After the deliberation on and certification of the proposed Fiscal Year 2022 School Budget, the plan was unanimously voted to move forward to the town for consideration. Thank you to the Cohasset School Committee, our Director of Finance and Operations (Susan Owen), to the District Leadership Team, and to everyone who helped collaborate regarding this data-based budget.
Kindergarten Registration is now Open for 2021 - 2022 School Year
Kindergarten Registration Information
Kindergarten Registration Timeline
Cohasset Middle School to Start Cross-Country Team
Courtesy of Principal Mills:
"We are now taking the small first step of offering the CMS Cross-Country/Running Club to ALL interested students. The club will begin Monday March 22 and conclude just before April vacation. The CMS Cross-Country/Running Club will be supervised by Coach Ron Ford and Asst. Coach Sage Belber, the CHS Cross-Country coaching team.
The CMS Cross-Country/Running Club is open to ALL, whether new to running or advanced. The CMS Cross-Country/Running Club will follow the MIAA COVID Modifications and Guidelines in order to keep members safe and healthy. The course will utilize the school campus and the Milliken Field area. Students will not leave the immediate school area and will not be exposed to traffic.
This is a great opportunity for students to get outside and be active, make new friendships, and be part of a new tradition at CMS." Information is forthcoming to CMS families regarding this exciting opportunity.:
Cohasset Football Season Schedule
Visit Cohasset Athletics to Get Updates on All of Our Teams
Images of the Week
Please click on the image below to view a trailer for an episode of Chronicle, hosted by Anthony Everett from Cohasset. This episode highlights college student experience throughout the pandemic and includes footage and interview with Jason Conforti, filmmaker and Cohasset grad (Class of 2020).
Please click on the image below to access information about how you can help fund the Cohasset Education Foundation fundraiser for our Project Adventure Grant
This week, Dr. West (CHS Science teacher) set up algae growing labs at CHD for his Environmental and Marine Science classes. Dr. West and students are also prepping the organic gardens this week. Thank you, Dr. West, students, and Holly Hill Farm for your great collaboration.
Deer Hill Visit
This week we celebrated National Womens Day 2021! #internationalwomensday2021
SAFE HARBORS UPDATES
The "Don't Wait" video provides insights on why it’s essential for parents to talk to their kids early and often; how to best approach these conversations; and what to do if you spot the signs of drug and alcohol use in your child. This now available, for a limited time, for you or anyone you can share this with, to watch at your own convenience, through a Promo Code listed below. This is a film every parent and caring adult must see! Availability to watch this video is now through March 10, 2021.
Here are the directions to follow to log in to the video:
- Go to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/dontwaitpromo
- Click on "Rent $10.00" You won't be charged; it's already paid for
- You will be asked to log in or to create a Vimeo account by entering your name, email and password
- Enter the Promo Code: DFPG2021
Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition’s “Our Safe Home” campaign is about addressing the issues of youth access of alcohol in the community, which involves parents, guardians, merchants, and youth themselves. Parents pledge their commitment to joining other parents in providing a fun, safe, and substance-free environment for our children. Merchants pledge to comply by following the law and regulations, to not sell alcohol to young people under 21 years old. Youth are increasing awareness of the issue by talking to adults in their community.
We recognize that we cannot supervise our teens 24/7, nor can we always control the choices they make. However, we will do our part to discourage underage drinking and we will do our best to help each other support and monitor our teens.
Please see the link below for more information:
Please Click on the Image Below for a Video Regarding the "Our Safe Home Pledge"
Please Click on the Image Below to Access an Important PSA Regarding Dangerous "Pressed Pills"
Health Reminders and Protocols
Update on FLU Vaccine Requirement for Students
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education. Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19. Given the intensive Commonwealth-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing our COVID -19 vaccination efforts.
DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year.
Quarantining Guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)
Here is the recent guidance from the CDC regarding quarantining:
"Reducing the length of quarantine may make it easier for people to quarantine by reducing the time they cannot work. A shorter quarantine period also can lessen stress on the public health system, especially when new infections are rapidly rising.
Your local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine. Options they will consider include stopping quarantine
- After day 10 without testing
- After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)
After stopping quarantine, you should
- Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
- If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.
- Wear a mask, social distance from others, wash their hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
CDC continues to endorse quarantine for 14 days and recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of spreading the virus. CDC will continue to evaluate new information and update recommendations as needed." (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html)
The Important Role Families Play In Stopping the Spread of COVID-19
Families will play an important role in helping to create a culture that prioritizes health and safety. Families should check their children daily for signs of COVID-19 and should keep them home from school if they are not feeling well or if they have been in close contact with a person who has been recently diagnosed with COVID-19. It is also important that families support students wearing masks in school and on the bus. We are strongest when we work together to stop the spread (Initial Fall School Re-entry Guidance, 2020).
CPS Pledge: Healthy and Responsible Behaviors Regarding COVID-19
By coming into Cohasset Public Schools, I pledge I am following:
State expectations for social and physical distancing
Regulations regarding the wearing of facial coverings over your nose and mouth when in public settings (for students from grades PK– 12 and for all staff)
Quarantine directives put forth by the Massachusetts Department of Health and the Cohasset Department of Health
Guidance that has students and staff stay home from school / work if they are experiencing symptoms of fever, fatigue, difficulty breathing, or dry cough or if they have exhibited any symptoms relating to COVID-19
Cohasset COVID-19 Protocols and COVID-19 Information
One Year Ago Today....
I am so appreciative to be working in this wonderful school community.
Patrick Sullivan, Ed.D.
Cohasset Public Schools