Hello BSE Community!
On this fine Thursday evening, I am reaching out with a couple of details. In this issue you will find:
- A flyer for a free baseball clinic happening at Mohawk Trail Regional School!
- A letter from our new PE teacher with a request
- Info to buy BSE gear!
- A letter from Superintendent Stanton about pool testing
- Picture day will be 9/30/21, when we get the order forms from the photographers they will go in backpacks
- Open House will be 9/28 6-7pm
- The next PTO meeting will be Tuesday 9/14 at 7:30, googlemeet link: meet.google.com/hfs-hhcd-mve
We are smoothing out the last bumps in arrival and dismissal. Expect that the timing will speed up a bit as we go. Thank you for your patience.
If you have not returned paperwork, check your student's backpack, please. There is a packet of forms in your students backpack that need to be signed and returned. Please attend to this as soon as possible.
Please reach out if I can be of any assistance.
Letter From Julia Keane, PE Teacher
Hello BSE Caregivers,
My name is Ms. Keane and I am so excited to be teaching your kids P.E. this year!
In all the classes, we are introducing the rules and expectations in these first few weeks. In grades K-2 we are also working on moving and keeping personal space. In grades 3-4 we are introducing team building activities, as well as in grades 5-6.
*All P.E. classes will be held outside unless the weather doesn’t allow. Please, if you are able, send your child in with an extra pair of sneakers in case shoes get wet in the grass.
Always feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
The BSE PTO is selling t-shirts, sweatshirts, and water bottles with the winning designs of our school wide contest last year. All designs will be printed with white ink on a blue background. Please consider purchasing a BSE shirt, sweatshirt and/or water bottle to help support the PTO this year. If you have any questions, please reach out to Missy Finn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or David Conlon (email@example.com). Both cash and checks made out to Buckland-Shelburne Elementary PTO will be accepted. ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 1st!
Please return completed forms to your child’s teacher. The shirts will be Hanes EcoSmart 50/50 T-shirts. They are available in sizes Youth Extra Small to Adult 4XL. If the specific size you are looking for is not listed on the ordering sheet, please put it under the notes. They will be blue in color with white print. The sweatshirts will be Hanes EcoSmart 50/50 Pullover Hoodie. The same color and size options apply to that. As for the water bottles, they will be blue 26 oz screw top metal bottles. There will also be a carabiner attached to the lid and the design will also be printed in white.
The form is below if you need another (one came home in the backpack this week).
Mohawk Trail Regional School System
Abbott-BinaxNOW and Surveillance “Pool” Testing Program
With the arrival of the more highly contagious Delta variant, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s position on pool testing has changed since last spring. This is due to the significant increase in transmissibility of the Delta variant, as well as the likelihood of vaccinated individuals being asymptomatic should they get COVID-19. In order to keep our school community healthy and safe, the COVID-19 School Planning Task Force and Administration determined pool testing would be another mitigation strategy to complement the FAB FIVE: vaccination; mask wearing; washing hands frequently; physical distancing; and staying home when unwell. MTRSD has been accepted into the state’s COVID-19 testing program including BinaxNOW and weekly surveillance “pool” testing program. The program is funded by the state at no cost to the District. Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee approved the testing program at Wednesday evening’s school committee meeting and the Hawlemont Regional School District School Committee will discuss the program on Monday, September 13th.
The testing program will begin in late September once the District receives all necessary supplies. To implement the testing program, the following protocols were discussed and approved by the Mohawk Trail School Committee on September 8, 2021. Under the pool testing program:
Any MTRSD student or staff member may voluntarily elect to be tested weekly for COVID-19 using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) pooled testing procedures outlined below. A PCR test is a diagnostic test that determines if you are infected with COVID-19 by analyzing a sample to see if it contains genetic material from the virus.
Any MTRSD student or adult involved with district before- and after school programs, athletics, or extracurricular programming will be required to participate in the weekly testing program.
Pool testing will be administered in school buildings. Under the surveillance pool testing protocol, MTRSD school nurses will administer the tests, which involve collecting anterior (shallow) nasal swab samples from a group (or “pool”) of 6-10 individuals. These samples will be combined and sent to Cambridge Innovations Center Health (CIC), a Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) contractor, to conduct the lab analysis. The PCR test results will be available for review by the District Nurse Leader within 24-48 hours.
The Results: What Happens Next?
If a pooled sample generates a positive result, each individual in the pool will have a second anterior nasal swab and a BinaxNOW test performed at the school.
– If results from the second individual test are negative, the individual will continue to attend class or regular duties without any limitations.
– If results from the second test are positive and the individual is a student, the student’s caregiver will be notified of the need for immediate pick-up.
– If results from the second test are positive and the individual is a member of our district staff, the employee will be notified immediately and asked to leave the school building.
**The District Nurse Leader/COVID-19 nurse and/or the local Board of Health will contact the caregiver/individual to review isolation requirements for the positive person per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and DESE policies.**
When a positive case is identified, contact tracing begins immediately to determine those deemed a “close contact.” Close contacts are defined as individuals who have been within six-feet of a COVID-19 positive person while indoors for a cumulative of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
All close contacts who were exposed within the school community (at school, on a bus, etc.) are able to participate in the “TEST and STAY” protocols.
What is “Test and Stay?”
The Test and Stay program allows those who are identified as a “close contact” and exposed within the school community (students, staff, coaches) to test immediately for COVID-19 using the BinaxNOW antigen test. Testing is conducted by the school nurse upon their arrival at school each day for one week (7 consecutive days). BinaxNOW test results are available within 15 minutes.
If the person deemed as a close contact remains asymptomatic and continues to test negative daily, they may continue performing and participating in regular school activities. This allows for a safe way to monitor close contacts and increase time in the classroom.
If you have any questions surrounding the process, procedure, or need additional information, please reach out to our district Nurse Leader Donna Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org or Superintendent Sheryl Stanton at email@example.com.
TO SIGN UP ONLINE: https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma?district
Select: Consent Now → Mohawk Trail → (select your school)
For staff, coaches, or anyone over 18 years of age, please select “Sign consent form for yourself.”
For caregivers who need to give consent for their child/ren, please select “Sign consent form for a minor.”
If you are unable to complete the online sign-up/consent, please contact Donna Weber for a paper copy to complete.