Wednesday's Words

September 15, 2021

Welcome Back!

Dear Norfolk School Families,

We hope your children had a wonderful first week of school and are off to a great start! It was such a pleasure to have our students back in the buildings and to hear their voices and see their excitement as they settled into classrooms and got to know their new teachers and classmates. We look forward to a rich, rewarding new year of learning and are excited to partner with families to build strong home/school partnerships.


While we all hoped that we would be starting this new year with the Covid 19 pandemic firmly behind us, unfortunately it appears that we are not quite on the other side of it yet. In Norfolk, we continue to strive to create as much normalcy as possible for our students throughout the school day and to offer consistent opportunities for social interaction, individual, small and whole class academic instruction, as well as learning opportunities in art, music, library and physical education. With many Covid restrictions lifted, our students are now able to safely engage in many more dynamic, live, in-person learning experiences across all areas of the curriculum!


We recognize that information about Covid 19 is changing quickly and that our parents and families continue to have questions. In order to streamline and simplify communication, we will be resuming sending out a weekly ‘Wednesday Words’ newsletter. We will do our best to limit the number of separate ConnectED and other communications sent out to families and will try to incorporate as much relevant information as we can into the single newsletter. ‘Wednesdays Words’ will be sent out each week on Wednesday in the late afternoon. All newsletters are also archived on our district website at www.norfolk.k12.ma.us if you wish to reference past letters.


Enjoy the beautiful weather and have a great week,


Sincerely,

Dr. Ingrid Allardi

Norfolk Public Schools Superintendent

Bus Schedules

As you are aware, there is currently a critical shortage of school bus drivers across the state and Governor Baker has recently activated the National Guard to assist with school transportation. The Norfolk Public Schools are fortunate at this time to have sufficient staffing and drivers have been assigned to all of our district bus routes. At this time we are aware that a few of our buses have been running behind schedule and students are arriving between 5-10 minutes late. Per our bus contract, we do share drivers with both the King Philip Regional Schools and the Franklin Public Schools. As students in both districts are adjusting to new arrival and dismissal routines, getting familiar with assigned bus seats and new bus stops, a couple of routes have been running late. We are actively monitoring this situation and administrators are logging arrival and dismissal times for all buses daily. Holmes is also aware of this situation and are also monitoring these routes closely. If the delays do not correct by the end of the week, we will be working with Holmes to make changes to the routes and hire additional drivers. We appreciate your patience as we work to correct this situation.

Family Wellness Resources

Looking for resources to support the wellness of your children and family? The Family Wellness website provides information and resources on a variety of wellness topics, including those for meeting basic needs such as food access, counseling, mental health, staying healthy at home, and more. The events page will include information for wellness education events for parents and caregivers in the regional districts and in other locations. You are encouraged to visit the site regularly. Family Wellness Resources can be found on the district website under the Families tab or by clicking on the link below.

Help Wanted- Flexible Hours- Willing To Train!!!!!

The Norfolk Public Schools are hiring talented individuals for the following positions.


  • Full-time Integrated Technology Specialist (DESE certification is required)
  • Full-time Permanent Building Substitute - grades PreK-2 (DESE certification is required)
  • Full-time Permanent Building Special Education Substitute - grades PreK-6 (DESE certification is required)
  • Full-time Math Interventionist Educational Support Personnel (ESP)
  • ABA / RBT Educational Support Personnel (1) (ESP)
  • Educational Support Personnel (2)
  • Long Term Substitute for Grade 5 - eight to 12 weeks (DESE certification is required)
  • Part-time Program Assistants for the Norfolk Before and/or After School Program
  • PER DIEM substitute teachers, educational support personnel, and nurses


Employees in positions that are over 20 hours a week are eligible for sick time, personal time and health, dental, vision, and life insurance, a 403b, and a 457 Smart Plan. Depending on the position, the employees can also contribute to either the Norfolk County Retirement (NCRS) System or the Massachusetts Teacher Retirement (MTRS) System.


To see the complete list of jobs and required qualifications, visit the school's website at www.norfolkk12.a.us Click on departments, click on the Human Resources link, and then click on EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. The list of positions provides an active link for each position to apply by clicking on it.

Covid 19 Test and Stay Parent Information Night

COVID-19 School Testing Program

Recently, Norfolk School sent out information related to participation in School COVID-19 Test and Stay, and Symptomatic Testing. This information also included a link to an online consent form for those who would like their child to be tested when symptomatic, or a close contact at school of an individual who is positive. We understand that you may have questions about the program and the testing process. Our goal is to provide a safe environment at school that allows students and staff to maintain in person attendance as much as possible.


On Tuesday, September 21st from 6:00 pm-6:30 pm, we will offer an opportunity for you to learn more about this program and have your questions addressed. To help us prepare, you may submit questions in advance to COVID-19 Testing Program Questions.

The meeting will be held virtually.


Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/axt-hmvv-nvj

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 424-282-9966‬ PIN: ‪851 627 583‬#


Click below to view the FAQ document about the Norfolk Test and Stay Program.

Making Sense of the Massachusetts Department of Education Safety Guidelines

We recognize that there has been a lot of information sent home in the past few weeks regarding the Covid 19 safety guidelines published by the Massachusetts Department of Education. Below you will find a brief 4 minute video that reviews key elements of the state health and safety protocols. We hope this video will help to answer some of the questions families may have.

Covid 19 Pop Up Vaccine Clinic

A pop up vaccination clinic will be held on Monday, September 20th from 3-6:30 pm in the bus loop of King Philip Regional High School.


This clinic will provide 2nd doses of the Pfizer vaccine for those students, 12 and up, and any family members who received their 1st dose at the clinic on August 30, 2021. For those interested, 1st dose Pfizer vaccines for ages 12 and up, and one dose J & J for those 18 and up, will be available as well. To register in advance and provide consent for a minor, Register.

You may also register onsite.

Sixth Grade Class Explores Fossils

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