Byam Newsletter

December 10, 2021

Video Message from Principal Fredette and AP Dolan

Parent Newlsetter

Report Cards

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.

Reminder Test-And-Stay

Please remember if your child is not part of our Test-And-Stay program, they would need to quarantine at home if they are determined to be a close contact of a positive case. We encourage all our families to sign up for Test-And-Stay, so that if they are identified as a close contact to a school member, they would be able to continue to come to school and be tested in our school system each day. Negative results each day would allow them to stay and continue their schooling. More information that has been shared previously in Dr. Lang's newsletters and the sign up link is below.

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

Reminder to our Byam families that our nurse coordinator Peggy Gump has arranged for a visit to all our CPS schools on a monthly basis. The visit to Byam School will be on December 21st. Please reach out to Nurse Regan at if you need to opt your child out of this opportunity for medical reasons.

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.

The collective health of our school community, and our community at large, relies on a collaborative partnership with our families. This partnership requires our families to follow the best practices and guidelines that we know will decrease the spread of the virus.

Peggy Gump, M.Ed BSN RN

Coordinator of Nursing Services



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:

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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:

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2/16/2022: Bandingo

3/16/2022: Byam Paint Night with Mrs. Brown

3/26/2022: Byam's Hootenanny Talent Show

5/21/2022: Byam's WALK-A-THON!

Stay Connected to the Byam School Association

Our next BSA meeting will be January 12, 2022

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Weekly Announcements Dec 9TH

Weekly Announcements

Downloadable December School Lunch Menu Below

School Committee

School Committee: December 7, 2021

CPS SY2122 District and Academic Calendar link below

About Us

Byam Principal and AP Email Contact:

Principal Fredette:

Assistant Principal Dolan:

Chelmsford Public Schools Website:

Byam Website Page:

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