Information from the Office-1/26/2021
Dewing School Happenings
Next week, we will be transitioning to in-person learning on alternating Wednesdays. Please see the calendar link below with information about cohort days.
We wish you a wonderful end to the week!
Mrs. Gerrish and Mrs. Bosworth
In this newsletter:
- Cohort Calendar
- Kindergarten Information
- Picture Retakes
- Update on Mandated Vaccinations
- Attendance reminder
- TPS COVID Dashboard
February 12-Early Release-Report Cards Available
February 15-19-No School-February Recess
March 10-No School-Teacher PD Day
March 24-Early Release-Teacher PD Workshop
Please click on this link for access to the Wednesday schedule for Cohorts A and B.
Influenza Vaccination Information
January 19, 2021
Good Morning Parents and Guardians,
Please be aware that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) has just removed the requirement that all students receive the influenza vaccine for attendance in public schools this year. In summary, if your child(ren) has not yet received the influenza vaccination, it is no longer required, however, DPH still encourages it. Please see the email below that we received on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. We truly appreciate your ongoing compliance with the mandates DESE and MA DPH roll out to us; we also acknowledge the inconvenience this MA DPH change may have caused you.
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021
Subject: IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR SCHOOL NURSES RE INFLUENZA VACCINE REQUIREMENT
Greetings from the School Health Unit:
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.
The updated schedule can be found here.
Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of the young people and families of our Commonwealth,
Karen Robitaille, MBA, MSN, RN, NCSN
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Director of School Health Services
Division of Child/Adolescent Health and Reproductive Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington St. 5th floor, Boston, MA 02108
Dewing School-Picture Retakes-02/04/2021 (Thu.)
Absentee & Picture Retakes
Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!
Date: 02/04/2021 (Thu.)
Location: Gym ~ 11 - 2
When your child is working at home on a remote day, your child must login to the scheduled meets in order to be marked present. Your child must remain on screen for the entire session. We understand that there may be some extenuating circumstances. Please discuss these with your child's teacher.
As indicated in the recent email to parents from Assistant Superintendent Regan, the district will now be sharing positive COVID-19 case data by school on the new TPS COVID-19 Active Case Dashboard which can be found on the TPS website by clicking on the yellow COVID-19 Resources & Updates banner bar at the top of the home page. The link below will be included in my weekly principal's message to allow for quick access to this dashboard. If a new case does occur at the school, parents or caregivers of any student considered a close contact will be contacted by the nurse.
See below for information sent in previous newsletters. This information is still important for us to share!
Interested in registering your child for preschool? Please see these important updates.
Important Health and Travel Information
Tewksbury Public Schools are following all of the Department of Public Health Guidelines regarding travel outside of Massachusetts. If for any reason your Dewing School student has to travel to a high risk state, you must follow the guidelines for testing and quarantine. This is to ensure the health and safety of all Dewing School students and staff. The states that are determined to be low risk can change weekly so you need to keep that in mind in when traveling. These guidelines are located on the Massachusetts DPH COVID -19 website and the low risk states are listed on the link below:
CDC website: https://www.mass.gov/flu-facts
Visitors to the Dewing/Late arrivals/Nurse Dismissals
Late Arrivals-If your child is dropped off to school after 8:45, you must park in an assigned parking spot (not the bus drop off lane) and walk your child to the door. Please ring the bell and wait for a staff member to greet your child in person.
Nurse Dismissals-If your child is dismissed by the nurse, the dismissal area is now through the gym door (last door, closest to the C-wing). The gym is located on the right side of the building as you are facing the building. This is also the parent drop off area. You must call the nurse from your car to inform her of your arrival 97-640-7858 x303
We know that these procedures are different from other years and we appreciate your adherence to them. Every change we make is done to support the health and safety of our community. Thank you.
Should your child be dismissed for school, due to illness, you will receive the following notice.
Please see this important information regarding school breakfast and lunch during this period.