The Oxford Update

Oxford Elementary School

Back to In-Person Learning on Monday, November 30th

We are excited to be back to in-person learning starting Monday, November 30th. We look forward to welcoming staff and students back to school after our six days of remote learning. While remote learning was not what any of us had hoped for, we appreciate how quickly our OES students and their families adapted to the new learning format. The new Chromebooks certainly helped make this learning experience much different from our emergency schooling in the Spring of 2020. A huge thank you to the technology department for getting the Chromebooks ready for students so quickly.

The building is cleaned and ready and teachers have reviewed all of our safety protocols to ensure that we are doing everything we can to keep our students and our staff safe and healthy. By adhering to our safety guidelines of mask-wearing, social distancing, and proper hand hygiene, we are confident that we are taking all necessary precautions to increase our chances of many more weeks of in-person learning moving forward.

Again, we look forward to being back in the building with students on Monday, November 30th. As always, do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.

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Students (parents/caregivers) and school staff must conduct self-checks for symptoms prior to boarding buses or entering school buildings each day.

We recognize the strain it puts on families when children need to stay home from school. However, we must follow the district and CDC guidelines regarding illnesses which does mean students and staff cannot come to school if they have at least one of the most common COVID-19 symptoms which are:

  1. Cough
  2. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  3. Fever of 100 or greater
  4. Chills
  5. Sore throat
  6. New loss of taste or smell

If you answer 'yes' to any of the 4 questions on the Pre-Screening Tool below, please keep your child home and call your Primary Care Provider for guidance. Any person showing symptoms must report their symptoms to the school and must not be present at school. Please call the school nurse, Arica Monahan, if you have any questions.

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Please see the following guidelines regarding mask breaks while at school. The most significant change for schools is that students will now need to keep their masks on while at recess even if they are 6 feet apart.

Per the Governor- Increase structure around mask breaks:

In addition to the time during which students may be eating or drinking with a minimum of 6’ physical distancing, school staff should offer only highly structured and well-supervised mask breaks during the school day. Such mask breaks should be limited to 5 minutes each, up to a maximum of 15 minutes per day. Breaks should take place in a classroom cohort when possible.

During mask breaks, individuals:

  • Must be stationary, ideally seated – or standing still if outdoors.
  • Mask breaks should no longer take place during free-play/recess.
  • Must be at least 6 feet from one another
  • Should be facing the same direction
  • Should not engage in conversation or other activity that could spread the virus (silent reading or a writing prompt or other individual activity is ideal).
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Important Dates

Tuesday, 12/1- Picture Retake Day, please call for if your child needs retakes

Wednesday, 12/2 - Early Release Day, dismissal one hour early

Thursday, 12/3 - Ms. Guerrette's class to Roberts Farm

Oxford Elementary School

Tiffany Karnes, Principal

Denise Bourgoine, Assistant Principal

Arica Monahan, School Nurse

Jill Knight, Secretary

Christine Merrill, Secretary