Nixon Elementary School

Notables From Nixon!

Up and Coming Dates

February

2/4/21 Nixon Spirit Day - Pajama Day - Cohort A

3:00-5:00 Remote Student Materials Pick Up

6:30-7:30 p.m. Math Exploration with the Apps from Bridges (and the Math Learning Center) -

for K-5 Parents & Caregivers (Please CLICK HERE to let us know that you’ll be

able to attend! We’ll send the Google Meet link to you prior to the date of the

event.)

2/5/21 Nixon Spirit Day - Pajama Day - Cohort B

2/10/21 11:45 Early Release Day

3:00-5:00 Remote Student Materials Pick Up

2/11/21 PTO Staff Appreciation - Chocolate Goodie Bags

2/15-2/19/21 No School - February Break

2/24/21 Food Pantry Collection

11:45 Early Release Day

School Meeting Video Release - Friendship Theme

3:00-5:00 Remote Student Materials Pick Up

2/25/21 Food Pantry Collection

2/26/21 Food Pantry Collection

March

3/2/21 11:00-12:00 Cohort B Coffee Talk

2:35-3:35 School Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting

3/3/21 11:45 Early Release Day

3:00-5:00 Remote Student Materials Pick Up

3/4/21 Nixon Spirit Day - Dream Job Dress-up Day - Cohort A

3/5/21 Nixon Spirit Day - Dream Job Dress-up Day - Cohort B

3/10/21 11:45 Early Release Day

3:00-5:00 Remote Student Materials Pick Up

3/11/21 PTO Staff Appreciation - Coffee & Donuts

9:00-10:00 Cohort A Coffee Talk

3/12/21 Professional Day - No School

3/16/21 11:00-12:00 Cohort B Coffee Talk

3/17/21 11:45 Early Release Day

3:00-5:00 Remote Student Materials Pick Up

3/22/21 Nixon Spirit Day - Effort - Cohort A

3/23/21 Nixon Spirit Day - Effort - Cohort B

3/24/21 Food Pantry Collection

11:45 Early Release Day

School Meeting Video Release - Resiliency Theme

3:00-5:00 Remote Student Materials Pick Up

3/25/21 Food Pantry Collection

9:00-10:00 Cohort A Coffee Talk

3/26/21 Food Pantry Collection

3/30/21 11:00-12:00 Cohort B Coffee Talk

3/31/21 11:45 Early Release Day

3:00-5:00 Remote Student Materials Pick Up

Nixon - Pooled Testing Family Letter

Dear Nixon Families,

Thank you for your continued partnership during this school year. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have been working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to implement a free COVID-19 pooled testing program for students and staff at our school.

The purpose of this letter is to ask your permission to regularly test your child as part of a pooled testing program at Nixon School. Pooled testing involves mixing several individuals’ test samples together into one “pool” and then testing the pooled sample for COVID-19. This approach increases the number of individuals that can be tested at one time and allows us to regularly test our school community for COVID-19.

The pooled tests will be performed at least once per week (Monday and Tuesday) with a shallow nasal swab for all participating students and staff members. Nixon School will receive the pool results within 24-48 hours. If the result of the pool is negative, then all individuals are presumed to not have COVID-19. If the result of the pool is positive, then all individuals in the pool must be retested individually. Because pooled testing does not give individual results, you will only be notified if your child requires follow-up testing. Nixon School will be providing the Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Tests for follow-up testing, so that students in a positive pool can be tested as soon as possible and receive individual results in 15 minutes. After a positive individual is identified, we will proceed with our protocol for contact tracing.

Nurse Chabot and staff have been thoroughly trained on how to administer pooled testing, as well as the Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Tests, if they are needed for follow-up testing. Nurse Chabot will call you if your child is part of a positive pool and/or requires follow-up testing. Nurse Chabot will also notify you of the individual follow-up test results and if your child is positive or negative and what to do in each scenario. The results of all follow-up test results will be reported to DPH and Sudbury Health Department.

Timing is of the essence to quickstart our ability to begin testing, which could be as early as the week of Monday, February 8th. It is required to give permission for your student to participate in the COVID-19 Pooled Testing Program at Nixon School, including consent to transmit information via the pooled testing technology platform, consent for any necessary follow up tests, and consent to share the test result information with the Department of Public Health. Please fill out the consent for each of your children.


Please follow this link to the consent form.


Nixon School is extremely grateful to our committed staff and families that continue to show great flexibility and resilience as we navigate through this school year. It takes all of us working together to contain the spread of this virus. We are excited to add pooled testing as another mitigation strategy for our school community, as we continue to work together toward the safe return of all students and staff to school.

If you have questions regarding the COVID-19 Pooled Testing Program or if you would prefer a paper permission form, please reach out to Nurse Chabot.

Thank you,


Susan Woods

Principal


Anne Chabot

Nurse


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COVID-19 Travel Advisory

Please carefully consider your travel plans over the holiday season as it could potentially impact our school community and our ability to have students remain with in-person learning. Please be aware that the CDC has urged all Americans not to travel and to keep celebrations within single households.


Massachusetts residents are urged against traveling Out-Of-State

All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:


If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test result. Documentation of results must be submitted to your school nurse before your child can return to school.

If you travel to a higher-risk state, a molecular diagnostic COVID-19 PCR test result is required. A rapid test or a serology test will not be accepted.


The MA Travel Order is for anyone entering Massachusetts from out-of-State and includes Massachusetts residents returning from second homes or weekend trips to any state not considered to be lower-risk.

Scenario Per MA Travel Order: I am a MA resident returning home after traveling to a state that is not considered lower risk. I have proof of a negative test result on a sample taken before my out-of-state travel, and because I was out of state only for 48 hours, I am returning within 72 hours of the time the sample was taken. Can I use my negative test results taken before I left to satisfy the 72-hour testing rule and avoid quarantine? Answer: No, you must quarantine or obtain a new test upon return, unless you meet another exemption.
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Valentines Day

Teachers will, or have already, shared about our Valentines Day experience this school year. In the era of COVID, we will participate in a paperless variation of this day of sharing care. Please connect with your classroom teacher to learn how the grade level will participate.

A Note About Nixon Coffee Talks

We will pause our coffee talks until March as participation has been low over the past weeks. Please reach out to if you need to connect:

Assistant Principal Murray - elizabeth_murray@sudbury.k12.ma.us

Principal Woods - susan_woods@sudbury.k12.ma.us

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