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McAvinnue's Weekly Newsletter: Week Of October 12th
McAvinnue's Principal's Message
Hello McAvinnue Community!
We hope that everyone is enjoying this amazing long fall weekend! We are excited to launch into another exciting week at McAvinnue! This is a very important week for the Lowell Public School District and in-person learning at all of the schools. Due to the continued rise of COVID-19 throughout Lowell in all areas of the city, the Lowell Public School Disitrict will likely transition to full remote learning for all students on Monday, October 19th. The decision will occur on Wednesday, October 14th at the School Committee Meeting when the next COVID-19 data dashboard update is released. If the Lowell community is in the "red" range for the third straight week...which seems highly certain...McAvinnue will join all of the schools in the Lowell Public School District and transition to full remote learning for all students.
Please see the important message below from the Lowell Public School District regarding the increase of positive COVID-19 cases in Lowell and how this impacts in-person learning. Please reach out to Mr. Domina if you have any questions.
"Dear Lowell Public Schools Community,
On Wednesday, we shared with you the latest numbers from the state’s weekly COVID-19 dashboard report and how the number of COVID-19 cases here in Lowell continues to rise. According to this Wednesday’s update, Lowell’s average daily case rate per 100,000 residents is 16.3, up from 10.9 last week. This puts Lowell in the “red” or “high risk” category for the second consecutive week. Our “percent positivity rate” (the percentage of tests that are positive here in Lowell) also increased to 3.57%, up from 2.71% last week.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has advised school districts to continually review three consecutive weeks of data from the Commonwealth’s Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report. On October 8, 2020, the Lowell Board of Health provided us guidance that “three weeks in the red is a considerable threshold to support remote learning.” Thus, we wanted to provide families with as much notice as possible that if Lowell is again coded “red” next week, the district will shift to a full remote learning model beginning at the start of school on Monday, October 19, 2020. We continue to study possible exceptions for smaller special programs and will communicate any potential exceptions next week after we review updated COVID-19 data.
Since the start of in-person learning, we have had only a few incidences of COVID-19 within our schools; however, this is a preventative health measure given the current levels of community spread of COVID-19 within Lowell. We appreciate the impact these difficult decisions have on students and families, so this letter is intended to provide as much notice as possible ahead of next week’s data release. At this point, there is only two weeks of data coding Lowell as “red", so in-person learning will continue next week as scheduled. We will reach out to you next Thursday morning with further information after we review the latest data provided by the Health Department and the Commonwealth’s Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report.
Thank you for your continued partnership and flexibility as we work to keep our students, families, and staff safe during these difficult and uncertain times.
John J. Leahy - Mayor
Dr. Joel D. Boyd - Superintendent of Schools"
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New Online Emergency Form
You can complete this form or complete a paper copy that we have used in previous school years. This form will be sent home with those students that will be at McAvinnue for in-person learning. However, the paper copy of the emergency form can also be picked up at McAvinnue for those families who will be working remotely to start the school year.
PLEASE COMPLETE ONE FOR EACH CHILD ENROLLED AT MCAVINNUE!
If you could like a paper copy of the emergency form, please contact Ms. Nancy in the Main Office and she will set you up with what you need to complete.
Important Dates To Remember
Here are important to remember for the next few weeks:
- Monday, October 12th: Columbus Day - No School
- Wednesday, October 14th: Updated COVID-19 Lowell Dashboard Is Released (After 5:00 PM)
- Friday, October 16th: Date in-person students will bring laptops and school supplies home at dismissal (If it is determined that all students transition to full remote learning)
- Monday, October 19th: Date in-person students will return to remote learning if Lowell remains "Red" on the COVID Dashboard
- October 19th - October 23rd: ELA iReady Diagnostic
- October 26th - November 2nd: Math iReady Diagnostic
iReady Diagnostic Assessment For Students
- October 19th - October 23rd - ELA iReady Diagnostic Assessment
- October 26th - November 2nd - Math iReady Diagnostic Assessment
Over the next few weeks, we will be including information about how you can help ensure that we get the information we need about your child to better target instruction to meet their individual needs. This week, please take 5 minutes to watch the video below as an introduction to the assessment and tips about how you can help.
Lowell Public Schools Student Handbook
Lunch Menu: October 12th - 16th
Remote Learning Daily Meal Service - UPDATED
- Students will receive two breakfasts and two lunches on Mondays and Wednesdays at these sites.
- Students will also receive meals for the weekend days on Fridays at all of our meal sites.
- All LPS students are eligible for meal service. All meals are free of cost. No student ID is required and students don’t have to be present to pick up a meal. A parent or neighbor can pick up the student’s meal.
- Meals will be served outside in a grab and go format at the front or back of the school, depending on the location.
- Please remember to wear a mask or face covering and follow social distancing protocols when visiting the meal sites.
Any updates to the remote learning meal service schedule will be posted here:
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We've Got Tech Support For You!
Lowell Public School District Tech Support
The LPSD IT Team will have a "Technology Tent" set-up at the following locations during the times listed below this up and coming week:
- Tuesday, October 13th from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at Lowell High School (50 Father Morissette Blvd. - Outside in front of the cafeteria)
- Wednesday, October 14th from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at the Morey Elementary School (130 Pine St.)
- Friday, October 16th from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at the Robinson Middle School (110 June St.)
Please note that these locations will change weekly.
You can also contact the Help Desk at (978) 674-2024 for assistance.
Chromebook Audio Solutions
Our Grade 3 and 4 students have been experiencing some serious trouble with the audio on their new Chromebooks. As everyone is well aware, it has been very frustrating for our students and teachers who are trying to have classroom conversations that become impossible due to audio issues being experienced. Google has come up with two possible solutions. Please try both of them on your computer. The steps are outlined below and the video shows how to do it.
- Click the time in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
- Click the icon that looks like a gear to access the Settings menu.
- Click the button that says "About Chrome OS" in the bottom left
- Click the button that says "Check for Updates" and then click "Install"
- Click the time in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
- Click the arrow pointing to the right that is on the right hand side of the menu next to the speaker icon.
- Adjust the microphone volume so that it is at 50%.
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Health & Safety Guidelines
Flu Vaccine Required For All Students In Massachusetts
Please see below for information about upcoming flu clinics for LCHC patients. As the information becomes available, we will share out as much information from local health providers to make things as easy as possible for you to get a flu vaccine this year.
If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Robin at McAvinnue.
Family Information & Resources
Community Resources and Daycare Options for Families
Here is a list of daycare options in Lowell:
Community Team Work (CTI) (978) 454-5100
Families who are already enrolled in a CTI program...
Call or text school-age coordinators to request a slot
CTI will have full and half day slots for CTI kids
Families who are not enrolled in a CTI program
If you’ve filled out a CTI application in the past...
Contact Karen (978) 729-7216, email@example.com to see if where you are on the waitlist
If you’ve never filled out a CTI application...
Fill out an application at 17 Kirk St., 126 Phoenix Ave
Or call the main CTI number (978) 454-5100 to request an email version of the application.
YWCA: (978) 454-5405 or (978) 458-9983; 41 Rock St in Lowell
The YWCA is offering full-day remote slots for families who are working with the Department of Children and Families (DCF)
Call your DCF worker and/or the YWCA to request a slot
YMCA: (978) 454-7825; 1 YMCA Dr in Lowell
Karen Espinola is the school-age director
Fill out a application online or at the YMCA to request a slot
Debbie Doben is the preschool director if your child is preschool age
Family Childcare: Call programs to see if they have openings near you
Bethel Family Childcare (978) 458-6577
Clarendon Family Childcare (978) 454-3026
Child Development and Learning (CDE) (978) 275-2843
ACRE Family Childcare (978) 937-5899
CTI: See above contact information
Girls Inc: (978) 458-6529, 220; Worthen St. in Lowell
Accept girls ages 5-14 years old
Accept Child Care Circuit vouchers, DCF vouchers, and private pay (income-based, sliding scale)
Call Pam Lerocque (Director of Finance & Administration) to check on openings
Girls Inc. has full and part-day options, but no transportation
Boys and GIrls Club: (978) 458-4526; 657 Middlesex St in Lowell
School-age openings for after-school only
Teens who are working with the Department of Children and Families can call BGC or DCF to see if they’re eligible
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