MONDAY, October 19, 2020

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Dear Families,

We are incredibly excited to welcome Cohorts B and C back this week. Cohort B students will join for 10/19 and 10/20 and Cohort C students will join for 10/22 and 10/23. With all emails that have been shared weekly since July, with attention to the district and school websites, ( COVID information and click on schools - Nantucket Elementary School COVID information), and communications with your child's teacher. The children knew exactly what to do this morning - thank you!! They were so excited to be here, happy in their rooms, and with their peers!!

I want to also share a practice we believe strongly in at NES. If you have questions or concerns, I ask that you address them first with the teacher. If you still have questions or concerns after working with the teacher, you can bring them to NES administration - Assistant Principal Kimberly Albertson or myself for further resolution. If this still does meet with your satisfaction, then you could reach out to the Superintendent, Dr. Beth Hallett. We call this following the chain of command. I tell you this because I think this is a great way to problem solve situations at the level they exist before they become too big. This is in line with Responsive Classroom practices. All of us model this for students daily.

I am also very excited to share that all school lunches are free this entire school year. The costs are being subsidized by the Federal Government. Dr. Hallett did share this information in her letter to families last week. I just wanted to offer the reminder.

Cohorts are staying as is for now, we welcome back our Cohort B students on Mondays and Tuesdays and our Cohort C students on Thursdays and Fridays. Cohort A students will continue to come to school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesdays will be remote days for all students. Remember that when students are not present in school, the log in times and the independent work are required. It is necessary for students on remote days to share their work with their teachers. Attendance will be taken for students on their remote days when they are logging in to their synchronous times with the teacher and the in person students.

Soon, you will be receiving information about your child's virtual Open House evening. Teachers will share this information with you directly so you can log in to learn more about your child's year, their classroom, their expectations, and their work. Our NES Open House night will be held on Wednesday, November 4th.

As we continue to plan to bring students back for in person instruction, it will be very necessary for each family to do a check in with their child to review their health everyday. The document has been shared in our mailing and is posted on websites. It is also linked here. Home Screening Protocol Please know that we are working with our tech department to have each family receive an Aspen email and a remind message telling you to do this screening each day. I have done the mask wearing reminder. This is a mandate. It is required for all staff and students.

If your child is having difficulty with their devices, you must log on to the District Website - Once there, please go to Departments, then click on Technology in the drop down menu, and you will see the link for the NPS Technology Help Desk. This is where you put in your help requests. The tech department has been wonderful in replacing devices or fixing devices that have difficulties. The turnaround has been very quick.

I recognize that this is a lot to manage. This is not easy for any of us, and we understand that for you, too. It is so important to work together to support the students. We need you. You will want to set a schedule you can live with in your homes or the settings where your children will be. You decide when they are completing school work, when they are eating lunch, when they are doing recess, etc. They will need to join their online synchronous times. They will need a place to complete their work. They will need to share their work completed with the teacher. The classroom teachers will be supporting you in helping to clarify these expectations.

Our mantra at NES is patience, grace, and kindness. We are modeling this, practicing this, and providing it to each other regularly. You have shared this with us and we are so grateful. We need you and your partnership, along with your patience, grace, and kindness!


Kimberly Kubisch, Principal NES


Kimberly F. Kubisch


Kimberly F. Albertson

Assistant Principal

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Traveling to and From Massachusetts

  • Remember to be mindful of any travel you may have planned for August. You will be required to follow the regulations that went into effect on 8/1. These include:

    • All visitors and Massachusetts residents returning home — including students returning to campuses this fall — must fill out a “Massachusetts Travel Form” and quarantine for 14 days. People can also text MATraveler to 888-777.

    • Exemptions include travelers from lower-risk states and people who can show a negative COVID-19 test administered no more than 72 hours prior to arriving in the Bay State. The current low-risk states are New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Hawaii.

    • People must remain in quarantine until they receive negative test results, except for when going to get their test.

    • Failure to comply can result in a $500 fine per day.

    • Exceptions include people passing through or commuting across state lines for work, military personnel, critical infrastructure workers, and people seeking or receiving medical treatment.