MURSD District Update
From the Office of the Interim Superintendent
November 15, 2021
THIS WEEK IN THE MURSD
November 15, 2021
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The FDA and CDC have approved COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 years old. We’d like to provide you with current information and resources about this vaccine and we encourage you to have your child vaccinated to protect themselves, your family, and the school community.
While COVID-19 is generally less serious for school-age children than for older adults, children can become infected, and some may get very sick or suffer serious complications. Children can spread COVID-19 to others. Fortunately, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for individuals ages 5 and up. The COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective against infection, serious illness, hospitalization, and death. Over 70 percent of Massachusetts youth ages 12-17 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Getting your child vaccinated will help limit COVID-19 spread in our school and community, and it can help keep your child and their schoolmates in school.
Please speak to your child’s doctor about their plans to administer the vaccine and raise any questions or concerns you have about the vaccine and your child. For further information, you may click on this link to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Stefan Riedel, Dr. Jeffrey Lukas and the MURSD school nurses from 10/19/21.
Memorial ES will be hosting a mobile clinic on November 23 from 4:00-8:00pm for students 5-11. A parent/guardian must be present for the vaccination.
Here is a link to sign-up for this clinic. The second clinic for the second dose is scheduled for December 14, 4:00-8:00pm.
Miscoe Hill MS will be hosting a clinic on December 2 from 8-12.
Uxbridge is also hosting a clinic on November 20. Here is a link to sign up.
Moderna Booster Clinic. Sutton Town Hall – 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton, MA. Saturday, November 20th 1:30-4:30.
VaxAbilities is hosting disability-friendly vaccine events across Massachusetts. These events will have extra staff on hand to provide skilled support to people with disabilities and/or sensory support needs. Most of these events will offer COVID vaccinations for children ages 5 and up, as well as adult initial vaccines and boosters. People with and without disabilities can get vaccinated – including the whole family ages 5+ or staff that may come supporting people with a disability.
Step 1: Sign up for one of our events Go to www.VaxAbilities.com to find dates and locations.
For more information visit: www.VaxAbilities.com
There are also hundreds of vaccination sites across the state that have indicated their willingness to vaccinate children 5 to 11. Many accept walk-in appointments, including CVS and Walgreens pharmacies, Market Basket and other grocery chains, and community health centers. More information on these sites, as well as safety information and helpful questions and answers, are all available at www.mass.gov/covidvaccine.
As a reminder:
The COVID vaccine is free for all, and no ID or insurance is needed to be vaccinated;
You can get vaccinated even if you are undocumented. Getting a vaccine will not impact your or your family’s immigration status. The Public Charge rule does NOT apply to getting the vaccine.
Getting your family vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones. We appreciate your help to keep all of our students, faculty, staff, and volunteers, as well as our community, safe and healthy this fall and all year long.
MURSD School Health Team
We are very honored to have received an invitation to play our annual Thanksgiving football game versus Blackstone Valley Tech (BVT) at Fenway Park. This invitation is part of the Fenway Gridiron Series which will include three other high school football games. Our game will be played on Wednesday, November 24 at 4:00pm. We are extremely excited to have this opportunity as Nipmuc and Valley Tech are the 1st two teams outside of eastern Massachusetts to be able to play at Fenway Park. We are appreciative to the Fenway Sports Group, in particular point of contact Brett Miller who serves as Senior Manager of Special Events, for this incredible opportunity for our student-athletes, fan base, and school community.
General admission tickets are available for purchase on https://www.mlb.com/redsox/tickets/events/high-school-football , starting at $20/ticket for each individual game, with 25 percent of every ticket sold given back to the school each patron is supporting. Additionally, Dell Technologies Suites will be available for high school football games and can be purchased for $880 (22 people at $40 per ticket) by contacting email@example.com.
For more information about this year’s high school football games at Fenway, including how to purchase tickets, and any additional schedule updates, please visit https://www.mlb.com/redsox/tickets/events/high-school-football.
Fans will be allowed into the stadium starting one hour prior to game time (3:00pm)
We Want Your Feedback
Please consider providing feedback on our recent conferences as well as our website/app. These are brief bite-sized feedback surveys which should only take a couple of minutes to complete. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
November 2021 Conferences Feedback
MURSD STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES FAMILY ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
MURSD SEPAC December Meeting - December 1st at 6:30pm
Are you a loved one of a child who currently is or in the future may need special education services? Are you looking to better understand the special education processes within our school district? Would you like to help make positive changes for all students and families? Look no further! Please join the MURSD Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) on 12/1/21, 6:30pm via zoom or in person @ the Nipmuc Professional Development Center. During the December SEPAC meeting, we will be voting on a new board and bylaws, as well as reviewing the recent SEPAC survey, and discussing other topics. Come in person at Nipmuc, or join via Zoom here. You can view the meeting agenda here. And, if you plan to vote on bylaws, please review the proposed updated bylaws here ahead of time.
Follow Mendon Upton SEPAC on facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out this document which includes a description of open board positions. Please spread the word!
What is a SEPAC? It stands for ‘Special Education Advisory Council’ It’s designed as a support system and forum for loved ones of children who currently are or in the future may need special education services.
Why SEPAC? SEPAC works to encourage understanding, respect, acceptance, and inclusion of all students. SEPAC provides opportunities for parents and guardians to share experiences, exchange information, and learn more about challenges facing today's students. SEPAC’s also work directly with the district's Student Support Services department to provide feedback on a variety of topics.
- November 15: School Committee Meeting
- November 19-20: Miscoe Hill Youth Theatre
- November 24: Early Release (No After School Program)
- November 25-26: Thanksgiving Recess (No School)
- December 10: Early Release (Teacher PD)
- December 23: Early Release (No After School Program)
- December 24-31: Winter Break (No School)
Please refer to school websites and newsletters for additional school events taking place.
Saturday, November 20th at the Memorial Elementary School (parking lot) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
YOU INSPIRE ME: Heather McCourt, MS Math Teacher
Heather is an exceptional teacher. She creates and crafts lessons that are engaging, creative and are accessible to all students. She has the ability to increase confidence in students that struggle while also providing rigorous and challenging curriculum for her high flyers. Heather is an even better human and always makes sure her team is taken care of.
YOU INSPIRE ME: Jennifer Field, HS Science Teacher
Every time there is a new challenge that the department (in part or as a whole) has to problem solve to overcome, Jen is always there in the thick of it with the rest of the science department. Very often she will volunteer to give up a prep to help. She makes tasks that seem insurmountable initially much easier to work through. Through it all, Jen maintains a calm, positive, and matter-of-fact attitude. Her leadership inspires me on a daily basis.
YOU INSPIRE ME: Kathy Guertin, ES Counselor
Kathy goes beyond her daily role to always make sure ALL students needs are met. Her work does not go unnoticed and we thank her for supporting the SEL needs of all our students and staff at Memorial.
YOU INSPIRE ME: Cora Fior, MS ABA Tech
Cora always goes above and beyond and does it with a smile!
Send in your #MURSDInspires notifications and we will highlight some in our newsletters and we will send the messages to the recipients to let them know they make a difference. Thanks!
The following is the Fall 2021 District COVID-19 Protocols. School-specific protocols and FAQs have been developed and will be shared with families.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
- DESE/DPH Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios - SY 21-22
- DESE/DPH COVID-19 Guidance for Districts and Schools: Fall 2021-English
- DESE COVID Flowchart on COVID/Exposure/Testing
- DESE Decision-Tree for Identifying Close Contacts
- DESE Extension of Mask Requirements
- DESE Policy on Vaccination Threshold