December 10, 2021
Video Message from Principal Fredette and AP Dolan
Report cards for grades 1-4 will be available in the X2 Family Portal on Wednesday, December 15. You will receive an email from our clerk, Mrs. Murphy when they are ready to be viewed. Please not that our kindergarteners will be receiving their report cards in late January.
COVID-19 Test and Stay Program
In the event your child(ren) is identified as a “close contact” to a COVID positive individual in our schools, you must have previously provided consent and completed the registration for your child(ren) to participate in the district’s Test and Stay Program. Even if you are unsure if you would like your child(ren) to participate in the Test and Stay Program if identified as a close contact (instead of remaining home in quarantine), you must have consent and registration on file at the time of close contact identification. You may still register your child(ren) to participate in future weeks. To do so, please complete the COVID-19 Test and Stay Program registration form.
District Therapy Dog coming to Byam
GoFundMe in Support of Byam familiy
We received approval from one of our Byam families to share a GoFundMe page to support one of our student's family who sadly lost a parent to illness. Any contribution of any amount would be greatly appreciated. The Gofundme link is below:
December Calendar Dates
- Grades 1-4 Report Cards Available- December 15th
- CPS therapy dog visit to Byam-Dec 21st
- December Recess Break-Dec 24th-Dec 31st
Previously Shared Reminder on Covid Vaccine Information
Now that children ages 5-11 are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, there are changes in testing and quarantine protocols for these students.
An individual is considered fully vaccinated once they have received 2 doses of the vaccine and they are 14 days past the second dose. If a vaccinated individual is subsequently identified as a close contact, and is asymptomatic, they are exempt from the testing and quarantine protocols, including Test and Stay. A vaccinated individual who is identified as a close contact should monitor for symptoms of Covid for 14 days. If a vaccinated individual experiences Covid symptoms, they should isolate from others, inform their healthcare provider, and schedule a Covid test.
The CDC and the Chelmsford Board of Health, recommend the following people test for COVID:
- Individuals who experience symptoms of Covid-19 (regardless of vaccination status)
Fully vaccinated people, who are identified as a close contact, should test 5-7 days after their last exposure (recommended not required)
Unvaccinated individuals should test immediately (recommended not required). If the test result is negative, they should test on Day 5 after their last exposure or immediately with a PCR if symptoms develop.
Unvaccinated individuals must follow testing and quarantine protocols, including home quarantine (if exposed in the home or community setting) or may participate in Test and Stay (if exposed in the school setting and the individual meets the protocol requirements).
Please note, if a student is fully vaccinated, they are not eligible for Test and Stay. The Test and Stay protocol is intended for unvaccinated, asymptomatic individuals identified as a close contact to a positive case in the school setting. DESE has strict testing criteria for the Test and Stay protocol so that we are unable to test vaccinated individuals.
Please continue to follow our Covid-19 protocols, which includes completing wellness checks prior to coming into school, to not send your child to school if they are not feeling well, and to let us know if they are identified as a close contact outside of school.
We strongly recommend those eligible to be vaccinated!! Covid-19 vaccines have undergone, and will continue to undergo, intensive safety monitoring. Covid 19- vaccines are effective and can reduce the risk of getting and spreading the virus that cause Covid-19. There is strength in numbers! Getting the vaccine can protect families, communities, and our schools.
Peggy Gump, M.Ed BSN RN
Coordinator of Nursing Services
BSA NEWS AND UPDATES
BYAM'S LITTLE SHOPPERS WINTER STORE @Harrington!
12/11/2021, 10AM-2PM: Byam & Harrington's Little Shoppers Winter Store at Harrington School! There will be gifts for family, friends, and pets. Gifts are reasonably priced from $3 to $15. Please attached flyers for more information.
We are also in great need of Winter Store adult volunteers, please sign up using this link:
BYAM HOOTENANNY PROGRAM ART COVER DESIGN!
Do you show your talent through Art, rather than on stage? Artwork Deadline January 24, 2022! Submit your cover artwork entry that represents Byam's All Together Hootenanny an enter the program cover contest! Questions? Email: ByamHootenanny@gmail.com
Weekly Announcements Dec 9TH
Downloadable December School Lunch Menu Below
CPS SY2122 District and Academic Calendar link below
Byam Principal and AP Email Contact:
Principal Fredette: email@example.com
Assistant Principal Dolan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chelmsford Public Schools Website: https://www.chelmsford.k12.ma.us/
Byam Website Page: https://www.chelmsford.k12.ma.us/Domain/8
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