Pembroke Community Middle School

May 3, 2021

Hello PCMS Families, Here’s the PCMS news for the week.

Upcoming Dates

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

  • 5/5: Early release day (10:55 dismissal)

  • 5/6: Infrastructure Trial (MCAS Practice Test)

  • 5/18: Term 4 progress reports grades close

  • 5/21: Term 4 progress reports distributed

  • 5/20: ELA MCAS (Grades 7 and 8)

  • 5/25: MATH MCAS (Grades 7 and 8)

  • 5/27: STE MCAS (Grade 8 only)

PCMS MCAS

PCMS has scheduled an MCAS Infrastructure Trial for all 7th and 8th graders. This trial (practice test) will be held on Thursday, May 6th during Period 3 classes. Students will practice logging into TestNav (MCAS testing website), then take practice questions in both ELA and Math. They will also receive a tutorial on how to use the 'on-line' features needed while they take their actual MCAS exam.


Important MCAS dates:

May 6th-Infrastructure Trial (Practice Test)

May 20th- ELA MCAS (Grades 7 and 8)

May 25th-MATH MCAS (Grades 7 and 8)

May 27th-STE MCAS (Grade 8 only)

MCAS TESTS: COHORT D students

Next week, Mr. Walsh will be surveying all families of remote students to determine who will be choosing to have their child testing remotely from home and who will be testing from school (in the cafeteria). It is important that all families communicate with us and let us know how their child will complete their MCAS testing this May for planning purposes.


Once we determine who will be testing in each location, we can begin to send out specific instructions, schedules, and protocols needed to complete testing. Students who test from home will be given specific instructions and receive protocols as we approach the testing dates in late May. Students who decide to test from school will also be receiving instructions, schedules, etc. as we get closer to the testing dates in late May.


Practice tests available at mcas.pearsonsupport.com/student


Any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Walsh

TRANSITIONING TO PCMS

Last week, we began the course registration process for the 6th-grade students who will be moving to the middle school next year. Here are several links that families of future 7th graders may find helpful:


Parent Presentation: Parent Night: Transitioning to the Middle School 2021

Course registration tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdreSbJRatE

PCMS Program of Studies: PCMS Program of Studies 2021-2022

Update to Quarantine Guidance for Close Contacts at School

Effective 4/26, after a series of published studies and updated guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the CDC, and multiple medical advisory boards, and supported by our own case data and quarantine data for the entire school year, students seated in the classroom and on the bus, when wearing masks, who are at least 3 feet apart, will no longer have to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 in the classroom.

In all classrooms PreK-12, student desks are spaced at greater than 3 feet apart.

This means at our elementary level, we will no longer be quarantining entire classrooms when a positive case is reported. Moving forward we will be notifying families of classroom cases, but there is no quarantine requirement. The exceptions to this would be our preschool program as well as our district-wide special education programs. In these classes, due to the nature of the educational environment and movement around the classrooms, there may be a need for identification of close contacts. These instances will be handled on a case-by-case basis through consultation with our school nurses, classroom staff, and families.

At the secondary level, we will be informing families if their students were in proximity of a positive case, but there is no quarantine requirement as no students are seated less than three feet apart.

This updated guidance does not apply to exposures related to household members, social activities, extracurricular activities, or sports.

Also, note that:

  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine or test for 90 days as long as they are not showing any symptoms.

  • Individuals who have had confirmed COVID-19 (diagnosed by a positive PCR test) do not have to quarantine or test for 90 days if they are fully recovered and remain without symptoms.

  • Students may be seated at less than three feet from one another on the school bus so contact tracing resulting in quarantine is still possible from a school bus exposure.

Travel Testing

International Travel:

If you have traveled outside the country, you are required to provide a negative test result for your student before they can return to school. Children 10 and under do not need to test, as long as their accompanying adults have a negative test, or are exempt from testing because they are either fully vaccinated or within 90 days of a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. Due to testing inconsistencies with the rapid antigen tests, we are requesting that families supply a negative PCR test result.

Domestic Travel:

If you have traveled out of state we request that you schedule a COVID-19 test. Children 10 and under do not need to test, as long as their accompanying adults have a negative test, or are exempt from testing because they are either fully vaccinated or within 90 days of a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. Testing is no longer mandatory, according to the governor’s revised travel advisory, but is highly recommended.

As always, if you or your child are experiencing any symptoms of illness, even if very mild, please stay home and contact your school nurse. Please continue to remain vigilant - wear a mask in public, avoid large gatherings, wash your hands often, maintain 6-foot distancing whenever possible and get a vaccine if you qualify.


STUDENT ABSENCE

If your child is going to be absent, please leave a message on our absence line (781-293-8627 and enter ‘4’). Please leave specific information regarding the absence, even if the child would be attending remotely that day. The nurse is the only staff that accesses the attendance line. Students should bring in absent notes when they return to school. If you ever need to speak to the nurse, Mrs. Earner can be reached at 781-293-8627, enter ‘3’ or via email at joanne.earner@pembrokek12.org.

PCMS STUDENT CLUBS

It’s never too late to join a club! All clubs are being held virtually and are free for our students. The list of clubs, their descriptions, and joining links can be found here: PCMS Clubs 20.21