October 1, 2021
Dear Mohawk Trail & Hawlemont Families,
This week we have a lot to cover, so here's what's happening in this issue:
* COVID-19 mask mandate updates
* COVID-19 School Planning Task Force updates
* MTRS seeks new principal
* Educators in action: Instructional Leadership Team prepares for the year ahead
* MTRSD strategic plan update
* Rural Roundtable - recap and links to full video presentation
* Food services supplies
* Community Corner: Buckland to host flu clinic
* School Spotlights: Colrain writers; Sanderson Mountain Day (photos)
COVID-19 mask mandate updates
Earlier this week the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley announced an additional month-long extension of the mandatory mask mandate for schools from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1. The full announcement can be read here: https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/on-desktop.html
As we have throughout this pandemic, any updates or changes related to COVID-19 are brought to the COVID-19 School Planning Task Force for discussion. This week the group discussed the updated state mandates, which will remain in effect. Prior to the start of this school year, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District school committee voted to keep our mask mandate in place, extending it beyond the state's mandate.
As more information is available or changes, I will be sure to keep our community informed. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly at email@example.com.
Click this link to visit the official DESE announcement regarding mask mandate extension through Nov. 1.
COVID-19 School Planning Task Force updates
Pool testing update:
There has been a slight delay in the roll-out for the pool testing program due to a back-up in providing supplies and training from the state's testing agency (CIC). COVID-19 Nurse Leader Donna Weber expects a trial roll-out for Mohawk Trail Regional School to begin around Oct. 7. According to Weber, when pool testing was offered by the state, they anticipated sign-ups to be around 800 districts. To-date, the state has received well over 2,000, thus delaying the roll-out process for numerous districts across Massachusetts.
As a reminder, POOL TESTING is required for athletics, extracurriculars, and before- and after-school programs. ALL information can be found on the district’s COVID-19 Information page at www.mtrsd.org/covid-19-information OR by clicking on the “Helpful Links” drop-down from any of the school websites. If you participate in one of the above activities (including coaches and volunteers) -- you MUST sign-up for testing! If you have any questions surrounding the process, procedure, or need additional information, please reach out to our district Nurse Leader Donna Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org or Superintendent Sheryl Stanton at email@example.com.
TO SIGN UP ONLINE: https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma?district
Select: Consent Now → Mohawk Trail → (select your school)
For staff, coaches, or anyone over 18 years of age, please select “Sign consent form for yourself.”
For caregivers who need to give consent for their child/ren, please select “Sign consent form for a minor.”
If you are unable to complete the online sign-up/consent, please contact Donna Weber for a paper copy to complete.
Be sure to check our data dashboard on the district's COVID-19 Information page each week for an updated snapshot of COVID-19 cases for the state, Franklin County, and the district. IMPORTANT TO NOTE: District numbers are not exclusive to cases within the schools, but represent all community members from our nine towns.
Practice the FAB FIVE to help keep our communities healthy and safe!
Trust the facts and get the vax; wear a mask; wash your hands; practice physical distancing; and stay home when you're feeling unwell.
Click here to visit the district's COVID-19 information page and data dashboard.
MTRS seeks new principal
We're excited for next steps in the principal's search as this new leader will help students and staff continue to blaze their trails to excellence at MTRS. I will keep you updated as we go along and of any potential changes to our timeline.
Educators in action: Instructional Leadership Team prepares for the year ahead
Empowering our educators to be leaders is important and has a direct impact on the student experience at MTRS. Educators help to lead professional development; take learning walks within the buildings to observe peer classrooms and ensure students "let the learning in;" and provide support to one another.
We're excited to hear more about the ILTs work this year as these educators take on this role and blaze THEIR trails at MTRS!
MTRSD strategic plan update
I'm excited for the work ahead as our strategic plan outlines our district's core priorities and values; helping us to set a clear vision for our future. Once the plan has been presented at the school committee meeting, a copy of the final document will be included on our district's website.
Rural Roundtable held Sept. 23 at MTRS
To watch the welcome/overview with Superintendent Stanton and wrap-up session with Sen. Adam Hinds, you can watch the full video below:
Sanderson Academy celebrates Mountain Day on Sept. 27
Colrain first graders practice sentence writing
Food services supplies: a message from our co-directors
The Mohawk Trail/ Hawlemont Regional School Districts Food and Nutrition Department
is asking for your patience and support as we navigate new challenges. As you may be
aware, we are currently faced with unprecedented shortages of food and packaging
materials, massive delays or cancellations of deliveries, and department labor
shortages. Nationwide shortages and delays have affected availability of certain food
items, leading to substitutions of menu items we’ve been able to offer regularly in the
past. These supply issues are occurring throughout the country and are especially
challenging for school systems, due to the quantity of meals we serve and the nutrition
standards we follow.
What does this mean?
As a result of these shortages, we may need to make quick substitutions to our menus based upon what we are able to acquire. We know that this affects students and we are doing our
best to provide updates about menu changes whenever possible and as soon as we identify an
Our priority continues to be providing your children with healthy, nutritious,
and appetizing meals at school. We love seeing them every day and appreciate
your support and patience as we continue to offer meals at no charge for all students.
A reminder: free breakfast and lunch will continue throughout the school year,
so please stick with us while we face yet another challenge. Your participation helps our
program stay strong, and we look forward to serving you!
--Debbie-Ann Plante and Tammy Wheeler
Mohawk Trail / Hawlemont Food Services Co-Directors
Click here to visit the food services page on the district website. Links to school menus are located on this page.
Community Corner: Buckland to host flu clinic - Pre-registration is REQUIRED
A free flu clinic will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16 (time TBD) at Mohawk Trail Regional School. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and a COVID-19 self-screen is required prior to attending. Face masks and physical distancing also required.
For full clinic details and to pre-register, please visit the FRCOG website at: https://frcog.org/flu-clinic/ *Please visit the site regularly as information is updated frequently.
Please click here to visit the FRCOG flu clinic website for full details.
REMINDER: THIS WEEKEND ~ Colrain bottle and can drive
Mark your calendars for Oct. 2!
The SEPAC is a self-governing body (creates its own by-laws and operational procedures) and is open to all parents of children with disabilities and other interested parties. All are welcome.