Wildcat Nation - Issue No. 4
Weymouth Public Schools' District Newsletter - January 2021
Upcoming Reminders & Important Dates:
- School Committee Meeting Thursday, February 17
- Monday, February 21 - Friday, February 25: No School Winter Break
- Sunday, February 27 - *optional At-Home COVID test (return from break)
- Monday, February 28 - Mask Requirement Lifted - masks required ONLY on school transportation per federal public health order
Chapman Update January 2022
Chapman Classrooms & Neighborhood
Entrance Town Square & Media Center
Theatre Arts & Culinary Lab
COVID-19 Updates & Information
Masks: Effective Monday, February 28 masks will be optional in all Weymouth Public Schools, pre-K through Grade 12, for all staff, students and visitors, with the exception of while riding school transportation (per federal public health order). Any individual who chooses to continue to wear a mask in school, including those who are at a higher risk of contracting COVID, will be supported in that choice.
Testing: Weymouth Public Schools will begin participating in the new at-home testing program following February vacation. The criteria of the program includes:
Every student and staff member who voluntarily opts-in to the program will be issued an iHealth 15 minute rapid antigen kit (two tests) biweekly. (*iHealth antigen tests are FDA available under the Emergency Use Authorization)
To participate and receive free at-home tests, you must complete the opt-in form.
Those in the program will self administer one test weekly on Tuesdays.
The test and stay program will be discontinued, and we will no longer contact trace in our schools. This means if your student is a close contact in school (regardless of vaccination status or participation in at-home testing) they will not be required to quarantine or test and stay. Unless your child is sick or tests positive for COVID-- they may come to school.
Positive test results will be submitted on an electronic form, and school staff will follow up to discuss results and return to school dates.
At-Home Testing Resources:
- Opt-In Form for students and staff
- WPS At-Home Testing Information & FAQs
- About the Test: iHealth is a 15-minute at-home rapid antigen test
- Video: How to Administer an At-Home COVID Test
- Text Guide: How Do I Administer an At-Home COVID test?
- Coming Soon! Submit Positive Test Results - This is where you'll report a positive test result from your school administered at-home weekly test.
District Administration - Meet the Team:
Robert Wargo, Superintendent
Melanie Curtin, Assistant Superintendent
Brian Smith, Assistant Superintendent
Rich Bransfield, Executive Director of Elementary Education
Allyson Bell, Director of Special Education
Meg Verlicco, Asst. Special Ed. Director
Maggie Murphy, Special Ed. Coord.
Teri Fleming, Curriculum & Instruction Director
Brett Lindholm, Director of Educational Technology
Maryann Foley, Human Resources Director
Gena O’Hara, Coordinator of Health Services
Robert O’Leary, Athletic Director
Julieanne Gamache, CTE Director
Alyssa Haggerty, Communications Coordinator
Elizabeth Sauro, Food Services Director
Robin Howard, Director of Transportation
Eileen Pitts, Assistant to Superintendent Robert Wargo
Kelly Powers, Administrative Asst. to Brian SmithKaren Spellman, Administrative Asst. to Melanie Curtin
WELCOME TO OUR SCHOOLS!
Frederick C. Murphy Primary School
Thomas Hamilton Primary School
Wildcats who ROAR
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