COVID-19

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19
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This page is updated with information about COVID-19 and the Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District.
Scroll down to find information about School Committee updates and messages home to families.

Click a link in the menu on the right for important documents relating to STGRSD and COVID-19.
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State of Massachusetts COVID-19 Quick Links:
The link below brings users to the State's COVID-19 response reporting webpage that includes the Weekly Public Health Report(Town Data) as well as the County Level Positivity Report. Scroll to find all reports.
These reports are updated weekly.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting#covid-19-weekly-public-health-report-


The link below brings users to the State's COVID-19 vaccination data and updates.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-covid-19-vaccination-data-and-updates

The link below brings users to the State's COVID-19 Travel Order Information
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order



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Email Updates from the District

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Letter from Superintendent Willard on September 17, 2021 notifying families about the weekly COVID-19 positive cases in STGRSD.


September 17, 2021

Dear STGRSD Community,

This year, all confirmed COVID-19 cases will be reported to families weekly in one letter. Anyone identified as a close contact will continue to be notified immediately.

This week, we had two people in our Woodland School Community test positive for COVID-19. The cases were unrelated and school-based contact tracing has been completed and anyone affected has been notified.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter from Superintendent Willard on September 16, 2021 notifying families about the Learning Acceleration Survey and requesting feedback. Survey closes on October 1, 2021


September 16, 2021


Dear STGRSD Families,

This year, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provided an Acceleration Roadmap for Districts to use and it is designed to provide a focused and phased approach to supporting students as they begin the 2021-2022 school year, a year that will lay the foundation for accelerated learning over the next several years. The roadmap is organized around three overarching priorities, which are grounded in research and were developed through extensive stakeholder feedback. These priorities are to: 
1. Foster a sense of belonging and partnership among students and families.
2. Continuously monitor students’ understanding, 
3. Ensure strong grade-appropriate instruction with just-in-time scaffolds when they are needed. 

The great news for STGRSD is that we have already begun using the “accelerated approach to learning” which we have referred as "just in time teaching". In August of 2020, district teachers began receiving professional development around "just in time teaching" and have been implementing it since the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Acceleration or "just in time teaching" refers to giving our students just the right amount of help or support to move forward with grade level content by weaving in the prerequisite skills to make them successful with that grade level content. We know not everyone will need the same supports to access the content; therefore, it is our responsibility to identify what students need and to ensure they get the supports required to succeed. 

As part of the Acceleration Roadmap, we are asking parents to please complete the Learning Acceleration Survey. The purpose of the Learning Acceleration Survey is to collect your feedback so that our school and district leaders can understand and respond to what is happening in classrooms, schools, and across our district this fall and identify next steps under each priority. 

Your responses are completely anonymous and will be combined with other responses to help us understand what is happening in our community right now.

Please use the link below to complete one survey per student by October 1, 2021.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5RM59FL

Sincerely, 
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter from Superintendent Willard on September 14, 2021 notifying families about Test&Stay beginning on October 4, 2021.


September 14, 2021
Dear Parents, Caregivers and Guardians,

Thank you for your continued support as we kick off the 2021-2022 school year. At Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District, keeping your students safe and in school is our top priority. We have learned a great deal over this past year and our current guidance and procedures reflect the most updated 
recommendations from the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

For the 2021-2022 school year, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has partnered with CIC Health to provide free COVID-19 testing to students, teachers and staff who have been identified as a close contact through school-based contact tracing. Called Test&Stay, we are pleased to offer this testing program at STGRSD beginning on October 4, 2021.

What is Test&Stay?
Test&Stay is a FREE rapid COVID-19 antigen test that uses a shallow nasal sample collected under the supervision of a school nurse or trained health care provider. Unlike some other COVID-19 tests, these are not uncomfortable and easy for students to do themselves.

Test&Stay allows students who have been identified as a school-based close contact to stay in school if they are not showing any symptoms. Instead of needing to quarantine and miss school, these students can take a daily rapid test while they remain in school as long as they are not symptomatic.

The duration of the Test&Stay program is seven (7) days from the date of exposure. Some of these days could be non-school days (i.e., weekends or holidays). Testing is only required on school days, unless the individual participates in school-sponsored sports or extracurricular activities that fall on a non-school day. If the seventh (7
th) day falls over a non-school day, the individual must be tested on the morning of their return to school. Students must continue to monitor for symptoms through day fourteen (14) from exposure.

For school-sponsored events and sports that take place on non-school days, testing is necessary on those days for close contacts to participate. If these close contacts do not consent to testing, or if specialized home testing kits are not available, individuals may not participate. Coaches and activity advisors will require the results of the test for the student to participate.

Test&Stay is NOT pooled testing.


Who is eligible for Test&Stay?
Test&Stay is a voluntary program that is only available for students and staff that have been identified as school-based close contacts by the district and are not showing symptoms. Students must have permission from a parent or guardian to participate in Test&Stay. Students displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are not eligible to participate in Test&Stay.

What if a student tests positive through Test&Stay?
If a student tests positive for COVID-19 using the rapid antigen test, parents will be called to pick the student up and the student will be required to stay home pending the results of a PCR test. The school nurse will provide additional information at that time.

When will Test&Stay testing being at STGRSD?
Beginning on October 4, 2021, Test&Stay will be available at STGRSD for all students and staff who have a completed consent form.

How do I give my child permission to participate in Test&Stay?
For students to participate in the program, a parent or guardian must complete a one-time consent form which is available online at: https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma?district=null

Additional information, along with instructions for completing the form are available on the District website on the COVID-19 page. https://www.stgrsd.org/about_s_t_g_r_s_d/c_o_v_i_d-19/test__stay

Consent forms may be completed at any time. Parents who wish to remove their consent may do so by submitting a request in writing to the school nurse.

More information about the COVID-19 testing program is also available through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s website: https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/testing/

It is our hope that these measures will work together to keep our schools safe and your student in school. If you have additional questions regarding the program, please contact our Lead Nurse, Marcia Lamoureaux at (413) 569-6171.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent

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Letter from Superintendent Willard on September 10, 2021 informing families of COVID-19 notification protocols for 21/22 school year.

September 10, 2021

Dear STGRSD Community,

As our first full week of the 21/22 school year comes to a close, I would like to thank all of you for your support during the school reopening. This year’s return to school was filled with the usual excitement and energy and we could see the smiles in everyone’s eyes. Students continue to do a wonderful job following the necessary COVID-19 protocols, including mask wearing, and that makes it easier for everyone to focus on the importance of getting back to learning. Below is some important information related to COVID-19 protocols.

Positive COVID-19 Cases
This year, all confirmed COVID-19 cases will be reported to families weekly in one letter. Anyone identified as a close contact will continue to be notified immediately. This week, we had two people in our Woodland School Community test positive for COVID-19. The cases were unrelated and school-based contact tracing has been completed and anyone affected has been notified.

Test & Stay
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has partnered with CIC Health to provide free COVID-19 testing to students, teachers and staff who have been identified as a close contact through school-based contact tracing. Next week, we will have more information for families about how they can consent to this optional testing program.

Thank you again for your continued and support of our students and staff. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter from Superintendent Willard on August 26, 2021 notifying families that masks are now mandated indoors in schools.


Dear Families,

Yesterday afternoon the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley released updated mask requirements for the reopening of schools for the 21/22 school year. The following COVID-19 protocols will be effective immediately for the Southwick-Tolland Granville Regional School District:

  • All students (age 5 and above) and staff in all grades are required to wear masks indoors in schools, except as noted below. Masks are not required when outdoors.

  • The mask requirement applies when students and staff are indoors at school, except when eating, drinking, or during mask breaks. Masks are not necessary outdoors and may be removed while eating indoors.

  • All visitors are expected to wear a mask in school buildings.

  • The mask requirement will be in place until at least October 1, 2021. The Commissioner will revisit the requirement in the near future to revise it as warranted by public health data.

  • After October 1, 2021, if a school demonstrates a vaccination rate of 80% or more of students and staff in the school, then vaccinated individuals in that school would no longer be subject to the DESE mask requirement. More information to come.

  • By federal public health order, masks are required on all school buses.

  • Previously implemented COVID-19 mitigation strategies will continue.

  • Staff and students/parents will be required to self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms daily and staying home when they are sick.

  • Frequent hand washing and hand sanitizer will be encouraged.

  • Student cohorting will take place when feasible.

  • Physical distancing requirements have been lifted, but STGRSD will implement physical distancing to the extent possible.

  • STGRSD will be implementing “test and stay” BinaxNOW testing, additional information to follow.

We will continue to notify families as COVID-19 protocols are updated.

I look forward to seeing all students in grades 1-12 for the first day of school next week: September 1, 2021.

Sincerely,
Jennifer C. Willard
Superintendent of Schools


Click here to read the full press release from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Letter from Superintendent Willard on August 24, 2021 notifying families that the Board of Education has given Commissioner Riley the authority to mandate masks in schools.

August 24, 2021


Dear Families,

This morning the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education granted Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley the authority to mandate masks for all public K-12 students, educators, and staff through October 1 to ensure schools fully reopen safely and to provide time for more students and educators to get vaccinated. As a result of the Board’s action, we anticipate the Commissioner will release new guidance this week for all Massachusetts public school districts for the 21/22 school year.

As soon as updated guidance is received, we will notify families of its impact on the Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District.

Sincerely,

Jennifer C. Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter from Superintendent Willard on August 20, 2021, notifying families that Commissioner Riley has ask the Board of Education to give him the authority to mandate masks in schools.

Dear Families, 

At last night’s School Committee meeting, the Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School Committee voted to follow the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) mask guidance for the fall 21/22 school year. The current guidance from DESE “strongly recommends” masks for all students in school buildings for the upcoming school year. 

Today however, DESE notified school leaders that Commissioner Riley has asked the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to meet on Tuesday, August 24, “to grant him the authority to mandate masks for all public K-12 students, educators, and staff through October 1 to ensure schools fully reopen safely and to provide time for more students and educators to get vaccinated. After October 1, the commissioner’s policy would allow middle and high schools to lift the mask mandate for vaccinated students and staff only if the school meets a certain vaccination rate – at least 80 percent of students and staff in a school building are vaccinated. Unvaccinated students and staff would still be required to wear masks.”

Because the State’s requirement for school districts is expected to change after their meeting on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, we will have updated information for families on masking requirements and COVID protocols next week.

Thank you for your continued patience as we await further guidance. 

Sincerely, 
Jennifer C. Willard
Superintendent of Schools

Click here to read the full press release from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Letter from Superintendent Willard on July 30, 2021 notifying families of fall 2021 guidance released by Governor Baker and Commissioner Riley.

July 30, 2021

Dear STGRSD Community,

This afternoon Governor Baker and Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Jeffrey Riley released guidance for districts and schools for fall 2021.

Under the guidance, all districts and schools are still required to be in-person, full-time, five days a week this fall and other previously-released DESE health and safety requirements, including social distancing, will be lifted.
Additionally, new recommendations on masking and COVID-19 testing have been issued:
- Masks are "strongly recommended" for students in grades K-6 when indoors
- Masks are "strongly recommended" for any unvaccinated staff and any unvaccinated students in grades 7-12
- Masks are required for students and staff on school buses
- Masks are required for students and staff in health offices/areas of schools
- Masks are not required when outdoors or when eating
- Districts and schools are highly encouraged to maintain or establish a robust plan for COVID-19 testing in schools, including both diagnostic testing and screening (pooled) testing for students and staff.

The Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District is actively reviewing the new recommendations and working as quickly as possible to identify the impacts for our school community. We will in touch in the coming days and weeks as reopening plans are finalized and will continue to keep you informed as new guidance from the State is released.

I thank you for your continued patience as we continue to navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sincerely,

Jennifer C. Willard

To read the full guidance released by the Commissioner of Education, visit the website: https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/on-desktop.html


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Letter from Superintendent Willard on July 20, 2021 seeking stakeholder feedback on ESSERIII survey.

July 20, 2021


Dear STGRSD Families, Staff and Stakeholders, 

The Federal Government has provided financial support for districts and schools through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to address the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District intends to use federal ARP ESSER resources in accordance with the established parameters to address student learning needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to promote health and safety for all who use the district campuses. STGRSD is seeking feedback from stakeholders to understand community priorities for the use of ESSER funds as we move into the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below is a link to a survey for you to provide your feedback on the use of ARP ESSER III funds:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/59HS833

Please contact the District office at 413-569-5391 if you have any questions.

Sincerely, 
Jennifer C. Willard 
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on June 8, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 vaccination clinic for STGRSD families.

June 8, 2021


Dear STGRSD Community,

I am happy to inform you that STGRSD, in conjunction with the Southwick Board of Health, will hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for all STGRSD families, including students who are at least 12-years-old. The decision to hold the clinic is based on the results of the vaccine survey that families completed at the end of May. 

Vaccination Clinic Information
Vaccine: Pfizer-BioN Tech COVID-19 Vaccine
When: Dose 1: Tuesday, June 15, 2021
                       3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
           Dose 2: Tuesday, July 6, 2021
                       3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Southwick Regional School (7-12)
             Auxiliary Gym
             93 Feeding Hills Road
             Southwick, MA 01077
Who: All STGRSD community members and their family members
            *Must be 12 years of age or older at the time of the first shot. Children under 18 must have parental consent.

Free ice cream cone courtesy of Moolicious Farm for all those who receive a vaccine. 

Sign up today: Click the link below to register for the vaccination clinic. Registration guarantees you a spot at both clinics for the first and second doses.
https://curative.com/sites/29463

Sincerely,

Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on June 3, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding end of year activities.

June 3, 2021

Dear STGRSD Families,

As we approach the end of the 20/21 school year, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincerest thanks to all of you for your continued support of students and staff throughout all of the different learning modes and changing protocols. This year has been filled with many challenges but our STGRSD community continued to exemplify strength and perseverance from the very beginning. Thank you!

The next few weeks will be busy with end of year celebrations and close of school activities. Below is a summary of some important dates. Please watch for communication from your child’s teacher and building principals for additional details.

I hope you all have a wonderful end of the school year and enjoyable summer!

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools
June 4, 2021 – Class of 2021 Senior Drive Around
Everyone is invited to please join us as we send off the Class of 2021 with a Senior Drive Around. The drive around begins at 4:00 p.m. and route information is on the District website.
June 12, 2021 – Class of 2021 Graduation
10:00 a.m. Southwick Regional School
June 14, 2021 – Registration closes for STGRSD Summer Learning Recharge Camp
Visit the District website for more information.
June 15, 2021 – Powder Mill Device Return for in-person students
June 16, 2021 – Woodland Device Return for in-person students
June 18, 2021 – Southwick Regional (7-12) Device Return for in-person students
June 18, 2021 – Transportation forms returned to school offices for upcoming school year
We will notify families when forms are available for download from the District website.
June 21, 2021 – PreK Last Day of School
June 22, 2021 – Remote Student Device Return
Woodland: 12:00p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Woodland School loop
Powder Mill: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Powder Mill main entrance loop
Southwick Regional (7-12) 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – SRS main office loop
June 22, 2021 – K-11 Last Day of School
Half-day for students
June 22, 2021 – Final report cards emailed to families
June 23 – August 25 – Summer Meal Kit Distribution
We are pleased to be able to continue the 5-day weekly meal kit distribution throughout the summer. Meal kits contain 5 days of breakfast and lunch and will be distributed on Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Southwick Regional School. Visit the the District website for additional information.


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Letter to families on May 27, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding vaccine interest survey.

May 27, 2021

Dear STGRSD Community,

We have the opportunity, in conjunction with the Southwick Board of Health, to hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for all STGRSD families, including students who are at least 12-years-old. Parental consent would be required for anyone under the age of 18.

Before we can schedule the clinic, we need to gauge interest level and we are asking families to please complete a brief survey, linked below.
Completion of this survey and participation in a vaccine clinic is voluntary.  The survey will close at the end of the day on June 1, 2021.

Only if we have enough community interest will a clinic be scheduled and additional information would be provided for signing up. 

We appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey. Once the results are received we will let families know if a clinic will be planned.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

STGRSD COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Survey Link
Survey closes the end of the day June 1, 2021
https://forms.office.com/r/kZqzuW64ZU




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Letter to families on May 18, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 positive case in Powder Mill School community.


May 18, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Powder Mill School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases we have reported. School-based contact tracing has been completed and anyone affected has been notified.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Email from David Sanschagrin, Director of Athletics, on May 18, 2021 regarding the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Administration (MIAA) vote to approve new COVID-19 guidelines

May 18, 2021

This morning the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Administration (MIAA) issued the following statement in response to yesterday's EEA announcement regarding wearing masks outdoors:

Dear Member Schools:

The announcement by Governor Baker and the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) on May 17, 2021 regarding the removal of mandatory masks/facial coverings was reviewed and discussed by the MIAA Sports Medicine Committee (SMC) Monday afternoon. The SMC voted unanimously to recommend the approval of the May 17, 2021 EEA guidelines effective May 18, 2021. This recommendation was forwarded to MIAA President Jeffrey Granatino, MIAA Executive Director Bill Gaine and Task Force Chairs, Thom Holdgate and Dr. Keith Crowley. Commissioner Jeffrey Riley and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) also reviewed this recommendation. All constituents provided full APPROVAL. You may view the updated EEA guidelines HERE.

To clarify, this means:

 • Athletes on spring teams in active play outdoors are not required to wear a mask/facial covering.

 • Athletes when they are on the bench or in a dugout are not required to wear a mask/facial covering.

• Athletes in low-risk sports when indoors where a distance of at least 14 feet or more is consistently maintained between each participant, are not required to wear a mask/ facial covering.

• Spectators and chaperones, coaches, staff, referees, umpires and other officials who can social distance while outdoors, are not required to wear a mask/face covering.

• Visitors, spectators, volunteers, and staff while indoors are required to wear mask/facial covering.

• All athletes participating in high school sports are considered youth and fall under youth guidelines.

Additionally, there are no changes to individual MIAA sport modifications other than the mask/facial covering mandate. As restrictions are lifted, a review of the EEA guidelines will continue through the MIAA governance process guided by the MIAA Sports Medicine Committee.

As has been the case throughout the year, the final decision for a school to partake in a particular sport and/or to follow more stringent guidelines belongs at the local level.

This announcement, and this Guidance, do not impact Indoor team sports, like Volleyball. Our established protocols remain in effect for those indoor games. 

We also ask that spectators for outdoor events continue to maintain social distancing where possible. 

Thank you, 
 
David Sanschagrin, 
Director of Athletics
Southwick Regional School 

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Letter from Superintendent Willard on May 17, 2021 outlining the impact of new State COVID-19 guidance on STGRSD.

May 17, 2021

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

Today, Governor Baker released important updated COVID-19 guidance for Massachusetts and K-12 schools. Under the new guidance, face coverings will remain a requirement for staff and students of K-12 schools and early education providers when they are indoors. Face coverings will also remain a requirement for all individuals on public and private transportation systems. However, effective May 18, 2021 guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Early Education and Care will be updated to no longer require masks for outdoor activities like recess and to allow for the sharing of objects in classrooms, in both K-12 and childcare settings. Under the new guidance, students no longer have to wear masks when outdoors, even if distance cannot be maintained.


What does this mean for STGRSD?
The School Committee has rescinded policy EBCFA Face Coverings to allow the District to follow the DESE Guidance. This means STGRSD will continue COVID-19 safety protocols, including mask wearing, for all individuals when they are indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will continue to be required on all District transportation. When students are in outdoor setting like recess and outdoor classrooms, masks will not be required, even if distance cannot be maintained.

What about athletics?
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) oversees STGRSD participation in athletics programs. The District will adhere to the MIAA guidance and protocols for spectators and athletes alike. As soon as new guidance is release by MIAA, families will be notified.

We recognize and appreciate how hard the student body and staff have all worked to closely adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols in an effort to keep schools open to the maximum extent possible. With only a few weeks left of the school year, we are optimistic these safety protocols will allow us to finish the year without further interruption.

As new guidance is released, the District will continue to evaluate protocols and communicate changes to staff and families.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


For Governor Baker’s full press release: 
https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-to-lift-covid-restrictions-may-29-state-to-meet-vaccination-goal-by-beginning-of-june

For the DESE FAQ released on May 17, 2021 2021: https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/faq/




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Letter to families on May 17, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 positive cases in Woodland School and Southwick Regional School (7-12) communities.

May 17, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that on person in our Southwick Regional School(7-12) community and one person in our Woodland School community has tested positive for COVID-19. One of the cases is related to a previously reported case but there is no evidence of in-school transmission. School-based contact tracing has been completed and anyone affected has been notified.


As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools




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Letter to families on May 14, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 positive case in Southwick Regional School (7-12) community.


May 14, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Southwick Regional School (7-12) community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases we have reported. School-based contact tracing has been completed and anyone affected has been notified.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on May 4, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 positive cases in Powder Mill School and Southwick Regional School (7-12) communities.


May 4, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that two people in our Powder Mill School community have tested positive for COVID-19. One of the cases is related to a previously reported case but there is no evidence of in-school transmission. School-based contact tracing has been completed and anyone affected has been notified.

One person in our Southwick Regional School (7-12) fully remote community has also tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases we have reported. We have determined that there is no need for school-based contact tracing due to the last time the individual was in the building.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on April 30, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 positive cases in Powder Mill School community.


April 30, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that two people in our Powder Mill School community have tested positive for COVID-19. One of the individuals is a member of the fully remote cohort. These cases are unrelated to any other cases we have reported.
School-based contact tracing has been completed and anyone affected has been notified.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on April 28, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 positive cases in Southwick Regional School (7-12) community.

April 28, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Southwick Regional School (7-12) community has tested positive for COVID-19.
This case is unrelated to any other cases we have reported. We have determined that there is no need for school-based contact tracing due to the last time the individual was in the building.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools



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Letter to families on April 27, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 positive cases in Southwick Regional School (7-12) community.


April 27, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that four people in our Southwick Regional School (7-12) community have tested positive for COVID-19. Three of the individuals are members of the fully remote cohort. These cases are unrelated to any other cases we have reported. We have determined that there is no need for school-based contact tracing due to the last time the individuals were in the buildings.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on April 23, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 positive cases in Woodland School, Powder Mill School and Southwick Regional School (7-12) communities.


April 23, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Woodland School community, two people in our Powder Mill School community and two people in our Southwick Regional School (7-12) community have tested positive for COVID-19. Some of the cases are related to a previously reported case but there is no evidence of in-school transmission. We have determined that there is no need for school-based contact tracing due to the last time the individuals were in the buildings.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on April 22, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 positive cases in Southwick Regional School (7-12) and Powder Mill School communities.


April 22, 2021


Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that two people in our Southwick Regional School (7-12) community and one person in our Powder Mill School community have tested positive for COVID-19. One of the cases is related to a case we reported last week and the other two cases are unrelated to any other cases we have reported. School-based contact tracing has been completed and anyone affected has been notified.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on April 16, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 positive case in spectator at athletics event.

April 16, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that a spectator at one of our athletic events has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases we have reported. School-based contact tracing has been completed and anyone affected has been notified.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on April 14, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 positive case in Woodland School community.

April 14, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Woodland School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases we have reported. We have determined that there is no need for school-based contact tracing due to the last time the individual was in the building.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on April 12, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 positive case in Powder Mill School community.

April 12, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Powder Mill School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases we have reported. School-based contact tracing has been completed and anyone affected has been notified.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools



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Letter to families on April 9, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 positive case in Woodland School community.

April 9, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Woodland School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases we have reported. We have determined that there is no need for school-based contact tracing due to the last time the individual was in the building.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on April 6, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 positive case in Southwick Regional School (7-12) community.

April 6, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Southwick Regional School (7-12) community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases we have reported. School-based contact tracing has been completed and anyone affected has been notified.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on April 5, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 positive cases in Powder Mill and Southwick Regional School (7-12) communities.


April 5, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Powder Mill School community and one person in our Southwick Regional School (7-12) community have tested positive for COVID-19. The two cases are related to each other but not to any other cases reported by the District. School-based contact tracing has been completed and anyone affected has been notified.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on April 1, 2021 with Updates and Reminders for Five Day Return to In-Person Learning


Dear Families,

Please see below for important updates and reminders for the return to five day in-person learning. Schools will be reaching out as necessary with details specific to each building.

Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions.

Enjoy the long weekend!
Southwick-Tolland-Granville
Regional School

STGRSD Return to Five Day In-Person
Updates and Reminders
April 1, 2021

Five Day In-Person Learning Begins

Grades PreK-6: Monday, April 5, 2021
Grades 7-12: Monday, April 26, 2021

 

Wednesdays

Effective immediately, all Wednesdays will be FULL learnings days of school for ALL students, K-12. This includes students attending school in-person and remotely.

 

Students in Grades K-6

All remaining Wednesdays will be full in-person days for all in-person students; students are expected to be in school for the entire school day.

All students enrolled in STGRSD Online Full Remote learning will follow a full day learning schedule with teachers as well.

 

Students in Grades 7-12

Students in Grades 7-12 will remain in their assigned hybrid cohorts until April 26, 2021, the only difference being Wednesdays will be a full day of instruction with teachers for ALL students, regardless of whether they are in-person or remote. All students, including remote learners, will be expected to attend classes from 7:30 a.m. - 2:10 p.m. with a 30 minute lunch period.
For example, during the weeks of April 5, 2021 and April 12, 2021 SRS students will attend according to the following schedule:

Monday & Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday & Friday

Full day of instruction

7:30 am – 2:10 pm

 

In-Person

Cohort A, Cohort C

 

Remote Learning

Cohort B

STGRSD Online Full Remote

Full day of instruction

7:30 am – 2:10 pm

 

In-Person

Cohort C

 

Remote Learning

Cohort A & Cohort B

STGRSD Online Full Remote

Full day of instruction

7:30 am – 2:10 pm

 

In-Person

Cohort B, Cohort C

 

Remote Learning

Cohort A

STGRSD Online Full Remote

 

Beginning on April 26, 2021, hybrid cohorts A & B will no longer exist and all students will attend in-person five full days per week.

All students enrolled in STGRSD Online Full Remote learning will remain fully remote and will be expected to follow a full day schedule as well.

 

Updated District Calendar

The School Committee approved an updated calendar for the 20/21 school year. A copy of the calendar is available to download from the District website:

https://www.stgrsd.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_914208/File/Community/Calendars/STGRSD%2020202021%20Calendar%20v6.0.pdf

 

Student Devices

Students in grades 5-12 should plan to bring their device with them to school each day. The majority of district owned devices have been distributed to students for remote learning and now schools only have a limited number of available devices for classroom use.

 

COVID Protocols

The District response protocols to staff and students reporting symptoms or diagnosis of COVID-19 have been updated. The updated protocols are located on the District website: https://www.stgrsd.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=914292&pageId=28053176

 

Key changes were made regarding quarantine guidelines for non-household close contacts and siblings of close contacts. Additionally, the new protocols specify that the District will only accept PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test results.

Please contact your school nurse with any questions relating to the requirements.

 

Schools will continue to practice the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

  • Practice Social Distancing – During the return to five day in-person learning, staff and students will strive to maintain six-feet of physical distancing whenever possible. Lesser distances will be utilized as needed. During school lunches, and mask breaks, unmasked students will adhere to the minimum six-foot distance.
  • Wear a Mask – Mask wearing will be required for all students and staff for the remainder of the school year regardless of vaccination status. Vaccination is not an alternative to mask wearing.
  • Wash Your Hands Often – Students will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizer will be provided when hand washing is not available.
  • Clean Surfaces – We will continue our COVID-19 cleaning protocols at all buildings.
  • Ventilation – Windows will be open and ventilation systems will continue to be set to maximize air exchange.
  • Stay Home If You Are Sick – Students and staff must monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home if they are not feeling well.

 

Students Who Stay Home From School

Under the new requirements, students are only able to participate in remote learning under the following conditions:

  • Enrolled in STGRSD Online Full Remote Learning Model
  • District determined COVID-19 related absence such as: COVID-19 related symptoms or illness, identified as a close contact, or quarantine. All of these situations will require student to meet District criteria prior to returning to school.

 

Lunch & Breakfast

FREE breakfast and lunch meal service will continue to be available for all students for the remainder of the school year.

In-Person

  • So that school nutrition staff can plan for meals upon the return of students to five day in-person, we kindly ask that you please pre-order using SchoolCafé www.schoolcafe.com .

Remote Curbside

 

Transportation

The transportation department has contacted families who have requested a change to their child’s transportation. Route adjustments have necessitated bus number and time changes and affected families will receive additional information.

 

Travel Advisory

As of March 22, 2021 Massachusetts has lifted their COVID-19 Travel Order and now advises all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts to follow the Commonwealth’s new travel advisory as detailed on their website:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-advisory

At this time, we encourage families to tell us if they are traveling and urge you to test or quarantine, as recommended under the guidelines, upon return from your trip. If you would like remote learning set up for post travel quarantine, please notify your child’s school at least 48-hours prior to the start of the need for remote learning.




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Letter to families on March 31, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 cases in Woodland and Powder Mill School communities.


March 31, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that two people in our Woodland School community and one person in our Powder Mill School fully remote community have tested positive for COVID-19. The cases are unrelated to each other or any other cases we have reported. School-based contact tracing has been completed and anyone affected has been notified.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on March 26, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding Five Day Return to In-Person Learning and Frequently Asked Questions.


Dear Families,

We are excitedly preparing for the transition back to five day in-person learning beginning on April 5, 2021. We know you have questions and hope to answer many of those questions in the FAQ below. If you are looking for additional information, I encourage you to reach out to your building principals who can provide details specific to their schools.

It has been a long year of adapting and adjusting and I thank all of you for your continued support and patience. We have truly been “in this together”. I am optimistic that we can continue to work together to make this return to in-person as successful as possible.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

STGRSD Return to Five Day In-Person
Frequently Asked Questions
March 26, 2021

When does five day in-person learning begin?
Grades PreK-6: April 5, 2021
Grades 7-12: April 26, 2021

Will Wednesdays be full days or half days?
With School Committee approval of the new calendar, Wednesdays will be FULL days of school for ALL students, K-12, beginning on April 5, 2021. This calendar change is necessary to meet the new student learning time standards set by the Commissioner of Education.
All students attending school remotely will also have full day Wednesdays beginning on April 5, 2021.
School Committee is scheduled to take action on the new calendar on March 30, 2021.

Should my student bring their computer to school with them each day?
Students in grades 5-12 should plan to bring their device with them to school each day. The majority of district owned devices have been distributed to students for remote learning and now schools only have a limited number of available devices for classroom use.

What if my child needs to stay home from school, can they participate in classes remotely?
Under the new requirements, students are only able to participate in remote learning under the following conditions:

  • Enrolled in STGRSD Online Full Remote Learning Model
  • District determined COVID related absence such as: COVID related symptoms or illness, identified as a close contact, or quarantine. All of these situations will require student to meet District criteria prior to returning to school.

How will social distancing, mask wearing and COVID protocols be handled?
Schools will continue to practice the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

  • Practice Social Distancing – During the return to five day in-person learning, staff and students will strive to maintain six-feet of physical distancing whenever possible. Lesser distances will be utilized as needed. During school lunches, and mask breaks, unmasked students will adhere to the minimum six-foot distance.
  • Wear a Mask – Mask wearing will be required for all students and staff for the remainder of the school year regardless of vaccination status. Vaccination is not an alternative to mask wearing.
  • Wash Your Hands Often – Students will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizer will be provided when hand washing is not available.
  • Clean Surfaces – We will continue our COVID-19 cleaning protocols at all buildings.
  • Ventilation – Windows will be open and ventilation systems will continue to be set to maximize air exchange.
  • Stay Home If You Are Sick – Students and staff must monitor themselves for COVID symptoms and stay home if they are not feeling well.

What lunch and breakfast options are available?
FREE breakfast and lunch meal service will continue to be available for all students for the remainder of the school year.

In-Person

  • So that school nutrition staff can plan for meals upon the return of students to five day in-person, we kindly ask that you please pre-order using SchoolCafé www.schoolcafe.com

Remote Curbside

Weekly Meal Kits

What if our family travels?
As of March 22, 2021 Massachusetts has lifted their COVID Travel Order and now advises all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts to follow the Commonwealth’s new travel advisory as detailed on their website:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-advisory

At this time, we encourage families to tell us if they are traveling and urge you to test or quarantine upon return from your trip. If you would like remote learning set up for post travel quarantine, please notify your child’s school at least 48-hours prior to the start of the need for remote learning.




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Letter to families on March 23, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 case at Southwick Regional School (7-12)

March 23, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Southwick Regional School (7-12) community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases we have reported. We have determined that there is no need for school-based contact tracing due to the last time the individual was in the building.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on March 19, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 cases at Woodland School.


March 19, 2021
Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Woodland School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases we have reported. We have determined that there is no need for school-based contact tracing due to the last time the individual was in the building.

I would also like to provide an update on a COVID-19 case reported for Woodland School on March 15, 2021. Additional testing has been completed and it has been determined that a false positive was initially reported for that individual. Our COVID summary document will now identify this case as a negative test result.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools




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Letter to families on March 18, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 case at Southwick Regional School (7-12)


March 18, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Southwick Regional School (7-12) community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases we have reported. School-based contact tracing has been completed and anyone affected has been notified.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools



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Letter to families on March 15, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 cases in Woodland School and Southwick Regional School (7-12) communities.

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Woodland School Community and two people in our Southwick Regional School (7-12) community have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are unrelated. School-based contact tracing has been completed and anyone affected has been notified.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on March 12, 2021 from the District regarding transportation form submissions for families needing a change as a result of five day in-person learning.

Dear Families,
 
If your student has a change in transportation needs as a result of the five day in-person learning, you must complete a transportation form by Thursday, March 18, 2021.
 
Who needs to complete a transportation form?
Only families of students who were previously transported by their parent/guardian or were fully remote and now need District transportation must complete a transportation form.
 
What if my child currently utilizes District transportation as part of hybrid learning and will continue to use District transportation?
Students who currently utilize District transportation as part of hybrid learning, or in-person learning, do not need to complete a transportation form. Their transportation will continue on the other days of the week once five day in-person learning begins.
 
Where can I find the transportation form?
The transportation form is available to download from the District website. Go to Departments -> 20/21 Transportation Form.
https://www.stgrsd.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_914208/File/Departments/Transportation/2021_03_04%20LPVEC%20Transp%20Form-%20Mid%20Year_return%20to%20Karen.pdf
The completed form can be scanned/emailed to the transportation department: kwzorek@lpvec.org or returned to the school office.
 
What is the deadline to return the transportation form?
Please return the completed transportation form by March 18, 2021.
The form can be scanned/emailed to the transportation department: kwzorek@lpvec.org or returned to the school office.
 
REMINDER: If you haven't completed your Return to In-person Learning Enrollment Selection, please do so today.
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=7J1o1m5JbkiK5ut2K-7JN1KPJ-EOUhxIiMHDm4rzilhUQVhQR0M4QkM2RVExSFQ0RzY0STVPNlYzMy4u
 
Thank you,
Southwick-Tolland-Granville
Regional School District

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Letter to families on March 10, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding guidance released by MA Commissioner of Education on five day in-person learning beginning in April.

March 10, 2021



Dear Families, 

On Monday, March 8, 2021 we notified you that the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education stated that schools will be required to shift their hybrid learning models to in-person instruction five days per week, beginning in April, when hybrid instruction will no longer count toward structured time on learning. The Commissioner also stated that parents and guardians who wish for their children to learn in a fully remote learning mode will still have that option.

As a result of this new requirement, STGRSD plans to phase out the hybrid learning model for ALL students, K-12, in the coming weeks. During this time, the hybrid learning model will be replaced by five day in-person learning. Families will still have the option to choose fully remote learning for the remainder of the 20/21 school year. 

We know that many of you have questions about this transition to five day in-person learning. Yesterday, the Commissioner released initial Guidance on In-Person Learning and Student Learning Time Requirements related to this change. A copy of that guidance is available on the State website: https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/on-desktop.html 

It is important to note that the dates listed in the Commissioner’s guidance are deadlines for implementation. STGRSD has not yet set it’s timeline and may choose to accelerate the implementation of full-time, in-person instruction. The STGRSD timeline will be established after the data is received from families via the STGRSD Return to In-person Learning: Enrollment Selection (linked below). All families must complete the Enrollment Selection so the District can finalize plans. Any student who does not have a completed enrollment selection will be placed in their current learning mode. This means that hybrid students will automatically transition to five day in-person learning and fully remote students will remain in the fully remote cohort until the end of the 20/21 school year.

Please visit the District website today to complete one enrollment selection per student. The deadline for completion is March 14, 2021.
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=7J1o1m5JbkiK5ut2K-7JN1KPJ-EOUhxIiMHDm4rzilhUQVhQR0M4QkM2RVExSFQ0RzY0STVPNlYzMy4u


Thank you for patience and support. 
Sincerely, 
Superintendent Willard


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Letter to families on March 8, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding a change by the MA Commissioner of Education to the student time on learning.


Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

On Friday, March 5, 2021, the State Board of Education granted the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education the authority to determine when hybrid and remote models no longer count toward meeting the required learning hours. The Commissioner has indicated that beginning on April 5, 2021, hybrid and asynchronous models will no longer count toward the time on learning requirements for grades K-5. Families will still have the option to choose fully remote learning for the remainder of the 20/21 school year.

STGRSD will prioritize five day in-person learning for ALL students K-12 and plan to phase out the hybrid model in the coming weeks.

In order to accomplish in-person learning for all students K-12 we need definitive commitment from parents about their child’s learning mode for the remainder of the school year so we can plan for class size, transportation, etc.
Please visit the District website by the end of the day March 14, 2021 to complete one enrollment survey per student:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=7J1o1m5JbkiK5ut2K-7JN1KPJ-EOUhxIiMHDm4rzilhUQVhQR0M4QkM2RVExSFQ0RzY0STVPNlYzMy4u

The schools will open five days in-person under the following conditions:
The STGRSD Hybrid Learning Continuum will be replaced by a return to in-person learning five days per week. The hybrid option will no longer be available.
Social distancing requirements will match DESE recommended (3 feet minimum).
Masks will still be required.
DESE recommended cleaning protocols will continue.
New DESE Transportation Guidelines will be followed. These new guidelines lift capacity limitations and physical distancing requirements for students on school buses.
NOTE:  The transition back to in-person learning may result in scheduling adjustments which could mean changes in teachers and teaching assignments.

STGRSD Online Full remote option will still be available for the remainder of the 20/21 school year.

Please contact your building principal if you have any questions about learning modes or schedules at your child’s school.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on March 8, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 case in Powder Mill School Community. 

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,


I am writing to inform you that one person in our Powder Mill School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case does not affect learning modes for any students at Powder Mill School and we have determined that there is no need for school-based contact tracing due to the last time the individual was in the building.

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the District’s top priority and we appreciate your cooperation and diligence during this time.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter from Superintendent Willard notifying families that in-person/hybrid learning will continue until further notice.


February 26, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am happy to inform you that ALL students enrolled in the STGRSD Hybrid/In-Person Learning Continuum, grades PreK-12, will continue with in-person/hybrid learning until further notice (students enrolled in the STGRSD Online Full Remote Learning will remain fully remote through the end of the school year).

Because the COVID-19 positivity rate in Hampden County is below 5% and none of our three towns are “red” on the State Community COVID-19 Level Data Map, any new COVID-19 cases in the District will be handled on an individual basis. If a situation occurs where it becomes necessary to close a classroom or building, we will be in touch with families. Continued vigilance and adherence to the COVID-19 prevention protocols will help protect our community members and keep our school buildings open for student learning: wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands often and stay home if you are sick.

As many of you are aware, the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education has reported that he is working on a plan to return more students to in-person instruction and is going to ask the State Board of Education to give him the authority to determine when hybrid and remote school models no longer count for learning hours. Commissioner Riley has indicated that he will first focus on elementary school students and is targeting an April timeline for five day in-person learning. The District is actively exploring options to meet potential new requirements. We will provide information as soon as it becomes available.

Enjoy your weekend!

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on February 18, 2021 from Superintendent Willard about continuation of in-person/hybrid learning for February 22-26, 2021, and important updates to the Hampden County positivity rate, revision to our MOA, and about a positive case of COVID-19 in our school community.


Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I hope you are all enjoying the February Vacation! I am pleased to let you know that we will be continuing with in-person learning/hybrid for the upcoming week of school (February 22-26, 2021) for ALL students. Students enrolled in the STGRSD online full remote learning, will remain fully remote through the end of the school year.

Please see below for important updates to the Hampden County positivity rate, revision to our MOA, and about a positive case of COVID-19 in our school community.

Hampden County % Positivity Rate
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 County-Level Data Reporting for February 17, 2021 identified the Hampden County Percent Positivity Rate as 4.86%. This drop below the 5% threshold means that we are no longer in the exclusionary period identified in item 3 of the Memorandum of Agreement COVID-19 School/District Closure Metrics 2.0. This, coupled with the low incident rate of COVID-19 in our in-person/hybrid population, means that even if we have new positive cases in our in-person/hybrid population, our schools can remain open for in-person/hybrid learning.

Revised MOA Affecting Closing Metrics
At Tuesday’s School Committee Meeting, the Memorandum of Agreement with the Southwick-Tolland-Granville Education Association (teacher’s union) was approved that modifies the Memorandum of Agreement COVID-19 School/District Closure Metrics 2.0 to define “incident” for COVID-19 cases in a school as someone who has been in the building during their “infectious period”. This means that if the District is in the exclusionary period (item #3 in the MOA), a COVID-19 positive for someone who has not been in the buildings will not result in automatic school or program closure.

Copies of both the old and new MOAs are available on the District website:
https://www.stgrsd.org/about_s_t_g_r_s_d/c_o_v_i_d-19

COVID-19 Positive Case at Southwick Regional School (7-12)
We have been notified that one person in our Southwick Regional School (7-12) community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported and this person was not in the building during their “infectious period”.

As always, we thank you for your continued vigilance and adherence to the COVID-19 prevention protocols which help protect our community members and keep our school buildings open for student learning: wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands often and stay home if you are sick.

We are in this together.

Enjoy the rest of the week. I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on February 12, 2021 from Superintendent Willard about travel during winter vacation.


Dear STGRSD Staff and Families,

As we conclude our first week of in-person learning for all students enrolled in the STGRSD Hybrid Learning Continuum, I want to express to all of you how exciting it was for our students to be back in the buildings. Their enthusiasm and energy reminds us all why we are in education!

Approaching the upcoming winter vacation next week, we understand that many staff and families have travel plans. In our efforts to maintain in-person learning, I would just like to remind you that anyone who travels must adhere to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order that went into effect on August 1, 2020. The Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order can be found: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order .

Additionally, we are requesting any families traveling to international destinations to adhere to the CDC COVID-19 Travel Recommendations for International Travelers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html .

If you have any questions, or your child will be unable to return to school due to travel quarantine, please contact your building principal. Regardless of your plans for winter break, I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable time. Please remember that daily meal service will not be available but we will be offering the weekly meal kit for pick up on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on February 11, 2021 from School Nutrition regarding meal distribution schedules.

Dear STGRSD Families,

Please read below for important updates from the School Nutrition Department regarding meal service during vacation week and a schedule change for "Weekly Meal Kit" pick-up.

Weekly Meal Kits Are Available During Vacation Week
During the week of February 15-19, 2021, schools will be closed for winter vacation but the District will continue the “Weekly Meal Kit” distribution. 
Weekly Meal Kits will be available for pick-up:
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
at Southwick Regional School (high school)
from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Pre-order your kit by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 12, 2021 by clicking the link below:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=7J1o1m5JbkiK5ut2K-7JN2gSmLjJ1PBIsC8U2GQPOVRUQkhOTUdYMlBTWVNFOEk1UjdGWEFTNTZTRC4u

Curbside Meal Service Unavailable During Vacation Week
Daily curbside meal service will be unavailable from February 15, 2021-February 19, 2021, but will resume on February 22, 2021

Schedule Change for “Weekly Meal Kits”
Effective immediately, the “Weekly Meal Kit” pick-up day is being changed to Wednesday’s. The pick-up location and times will remain the same: Southwick Regional School (high school) 4:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.. Pre-orders are still due at 10:00 a.m. the Friday prior to pick-up. This schedule change will enable our School Nutrition Department to meet the needs of all of our STGRSD community members.

If you have any questions, please contact the School Nutrition Department.

Thank you,
Southwick-Tolland-Granville
Regional School District

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Letter to families on February 8, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding the possibility of remote learning on February 9, if road conditions prevent in-person learning.

Dear Families,

Looking ahead to tomorrow and the likelihood of snow, I would like to inform you that, if tomorrow’s weather results in road conditions that prevent us from holding school in-person, we may have a full remote day for all students. This option for a remote day is feasible because staff have the opportunity to plan ahead of time and buildings may be open for them should they choose to work from their classrooms.

A decision has not yet been made and I will notify families if an in-person learning day is not possible.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools




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Letter to families on February 5, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding a planned return to in-person/hybrid learning for all students beginning February 8, 2021.

Dear STGRSD Students and Parents/Guardians,


The District Safety Committee met today to review COVID-19 data in our community and discussed the possibility of reopening our schools for in-person learning for the coming week. After thorough review of the data, I am pleased to notify you that ALL students enrolled in the Hybrid/In-Person Learning Continuum, grades PreK-12, will return to in-person/hybrid learning effective February 8, 2021 (students enrolled in the STGRSD Online Full Remote Learning will remain fully remote through the end of the school year).

Because the State metrics have Southwick in “Red” and Hampden County over 5%, ONE positive case of a student or staff member in an in-person cohort will necessitate a pivot to full-remote learning for their building.
**If any positive cases are reported over the weekend that result in any school closure, we will notify families immediately.***

The return to in-person/hybrid learning for Southwick Regional School (7-12) will also allow our athletic teams to begin practicing.

We are excited for the opportunity for all students in our hybrid/in-person program to return to in-person instruction and thank you for your continued flexibility and patience as we strive to return to school in the safest way possible.

Sincerely,   
Jennifer Willard 
Superintendent of Schools



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Letter to families on February 2, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding return to full remote learning for Southwick Regional School students effective 2/3/2021.


Dear Families,

Despite our efforts to return all students to in-person/hybrid learning, SRS will need to remain in full remote learning status for the remainder of the week. Today (Tuesday, February 2, 2021), the District was notified of another positive case of COVID-19 in a member of a Southwick Regional School in-person cohort. After consultation with the local Board of Health it is not recommended that we return to in-person/hybrid learning at this time.

Woodland School, Powder Mill School and substantially specialized programs will open for in-person/hybrid learning as planned.

We understand the disappointment this causes and we will be in touch with families on Friday, February 5, 2021 with information about learning plans for next week.


Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools



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Letter to families on February 1, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 cases in the Southwick Regional School Community.


February 1, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that two people in our Southwick Regional School community have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported and, because they have not been in our buildings, they do not impact learning modes for the week of February 1-5.


We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID-19 testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools




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Letter to families on January 30, 2021 about continuation of FREE meal service options. 


Dear Families,

As in-person/hybrid students prepare to return to campus on Monday, we would like to assure you that the following FREE meal service options are available:

  • Free school lunch for all students attending in-person classes

  • Daily curbside pick-up at Powder Mill School, Woodland School or Granville Town Hall. Pick-up times at Powder Mill have changed, please visit the School Nutrition webpage for more information: https://www.stgrsd.org/departments/school_nutrition

  • Weekly Meal Kits available for pre-order on the School Nutrition webpage. Pick-up on Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Southwick Regional School.   https://www.stgrsd.org/departments/school_nutrition

All of the above meal options are available to students and are FREE through the end of the school year. Contact the School Nutrition Department at 569-6870 if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Southwick-Tolland-Granville
Regional School District



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Letter to families on January 29, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding a return to in-person/hybrid learning for all students beginning February 1, 2021.

January 29, 2021

Dear STGRSD Students and Parents/Guardians,

The District Safety Committee met today to review COVID-19 data in our community and discussed the possibility of reopening our schools for in-person learning for the coming week. After thorough review of the data, I am pleased to notify you that ALL students, grades PreK-12, will return to in-person/hybrid learning effective February 1, 2021. We are able to do so because the SRS cases reported on Monday, January 25, 2021 were for positive tests that were administered the previous week.

Because the State metrics have Southwick in “Red” and Hampden County over 5%, a positive case of a student or staff member who is a member of an in-person cohort and has been in our buildings will necessitate a pivot to full-remote learning for that building. If any cases are reported over the weekend that result in any closure, we will notify families immediately.

The return to in-person/hybrid learning for Southwick Regional School will also allow our athletic teams to begin practicing.

 

Our ability to return to in-person/hybrid learning is a result of the combined efforts of everyone in our District community and I want to thank you for your diligence and commitment to adhering to the protocols that prevent the spread of COVID-19. I ask you to please continue those efforts and look forward to seeing staff and students on Monday.

 
Sincerely,  
Jennifer Willard 
Superintendent of Schools 

CLARIFICATION UPDATE

Dear Families, 

For clarification, the return to in-person/hybrid learning on February 1, 2021 is for all students who selected the Hybrid/In-Person Learning Continuum for Semester 2. Students enrolled in the Fully-Remote Cohort will remain fully remote. 

Contact your child's school if you have questions.


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Letter to families on January 27, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding inclement weather remote learning days.


Dear Families,

In October, I sent you a letter stating:

“Due to a delay in our technology order, we will continue with the typical “snow day” as in the past. If the school district closes, it will be a cancelled day of school and will be made up in June. If this practice changes, we will alert you.”

This morning, instead of cancelling school, we had a full remote day because of inclement weather. Normally, today’s snowfall would have resulted in a two-hour delay, however, because it is a Wednesday split day, we opted for a full remote day for all. I apologize for changing the practice without alerting you ahead of time.

Going forward, because the previous device shortage has been resolved, it is possible that, instead of a typical “snow day”, we will have a full remote learning day due to inclement weather. Because there are numerous factors involved in making these decisions they will be handled on a case-by-case basis, but I ask that you please be prepared for the possibility of remote learning due to inclement weather.

Again, I apologize for not communicating with you earlier. Thank you for your continued support and flexibility.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools




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Letter to families on January 25, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 cases in the Southwick Regional School community.


January 25, 2021


Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that two people in our Southwick Regional School community have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported and do not impact learning modes for the week of January 25-29.


We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID-19 testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

  • Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

  • Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

  • Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

  • Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on January 22, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 cases in the Woodland School Fully Remote Cohort.


January 22, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that two people in our Woodland School fully remote community have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported. Because these cases are in the fully remote cohort, they do not impact the plans for learning modes for the upcoming week.

We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID-19 testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:
Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others
Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings
Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care
For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on January 22, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding Learning Modes for January 25 -29, 2021.

STGRSD INFO REGARDING LEARNING MODES FOR JAN. 25-29

January 22, 2021

Dear STGRSD Students and Parents/Guardians,

The District Safety Committee met today to review COVID-19 data in our community and discussed the possibility of reopening our schools for in-person learning for the coming week. After thorough review of the data, it has been determined that:

  • Our students who participate in substantially specialized education programs and students at Woodland School in grades PreK-2 will continue to attend in-person.
    As a reminder, if we get just ONE positive case of a student or staff member in our in-person population we will have to pivot to full-remote learning again. If any cases are reported over the weekend that result in the closure, we will notify families immediately.
  • The remainder of our students in grades 3-12 will continue to participate in full-remote learning through January 29, 2021

 

It is my hope that all of our students have the opportunity to return to in-person learning as soon as possible. We will continue to monitor the data and make decisions on a weekly basis.

On Friday, January 29, 2021, we will notify families of the status of in-person/hybrid learning for the upcoming week. 

 
Sincerely,  
Jennifer Willard 
Superintendent of Schools 




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Letter to families on January 19, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 cases in the Southwick Regional School community.


January 19, 2021


Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that two people in our Southwick Regional School community have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported and do not impact learning modes for the week of January 19 - 22.


We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID-19 testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

  • Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

  • Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

  • Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

  • Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

 


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Letter to families on January 18, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 cases in the Powder Mill School and Southwick Regional School communities.


January 18, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Powder Mill School community and one person in our Southwick Regional School community have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported and do not impact the plans for learning modes for the upcoming week.

We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID-19 testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on January 15, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding full remote learning for all students, except Woodland School and substantially specialized educational programs, through January 22, 2021.
 

January 15, 2021 

Dear Families,
 

The District Safety Committee met last night to review COVID-19 metrics in our community and discussed the possibility of reopening our schools for in-person learning for the coming week.  

After thorough review of the data, it has been determined that, we are able to bring all Woodland School students, preK-2, back to in-person learning on January 19, 2021. As a reminder, if we get just ONE positive case of a student or staff member in our in-person population we will have to pivot to full-remote learning again. If any cases are reported today or over the weekend that result in the closure, we will notify families immediately. We understand that this is not ideal for planning purposes but we are working to provide as much in-person learning as possible for students during this COVID-19 pandemic. 
We are also able to continue with a small number of students who participate in substantially specialized educational programs for in-person learning. Those same students were in-person this week. 

All students in grades 3-12 will continue to participate in full-remote learning through January 22, 2021.

As we have previously stated, we will continue to monitor the data and make decisions on a weekly basis. We hope to provide the best opportunity to bring students back to in-person learning at the earliest possible date while prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and students.

On Friday, January 22, 2021, we will notify families of the status of in-person/hybrid learning for the upcoming week.

Sincerely,   
Jennifer Willard 
Superintendent of Schools 




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Letter to families on January 13, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 case in the Powder Mill School community.


January 13, 2021


Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Powder Mill School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.


We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID-19 testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

  • Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

  • Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

  • Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

  • Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools






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Letter to families on January 12, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 case in the Powder Mill School community.

January 12, 2021


Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Powder Mill School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.


We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID-19 testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

  • Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

  • Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

  • Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

  • Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools




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Letter to families on January 11, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 cases in the Southwick Regional School community.


January 11, 2021


Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that two people in our Southwick Regional School community have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.


We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID-19 testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

  • Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

  • Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

  • Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

  • Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

 

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Letter to families on January 10, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 case in the Powder Mill School community.


January 10, 2021


Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Powder Mill School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.


We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID-19 testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

  • Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

  • Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

  • Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

  • Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

 



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Letter to families on January 8, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 case in the Powder Mill School remote  community.


January 8, 2021


Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Powder Mill School remote community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.


We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID-19 testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

  • Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

  • Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

  • Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

  • Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

 


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Letter to families on January 8, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding full remote learning for all students, except substantially specialized educational programs, until January 19, 2021 
 
January 8, 2021 
 
Dear Families, 
 
The District Safety Committee met this morning to review COVID-19 metrics in our community and discuss the possibility of reopening our schools for in-person learning for the coming week.  

After thorough review of the data and in consideration of significant increased positivity rates in Southwick and Granville, it has been determined that we are only able to return a small number of students who participate in substantially specialized educational programs to in-person learning. Those families will be contacted individually. All other students in the Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District will participate in full-remote learning until at least January 19, 2021. This full remote learning includes all grades PreK-12. 

We are working to bring as many students back as soon as possible, which is why we will continue to monitor the data and make decisions on a weekly basis.  We understand the uncertainty is difficult for families; however, we believe this process will provide the best opportunity to bring students back to in-person learning at the earliest possible date while prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and students.  

On Friday, January 15, 2021, we will notify families of the status of in-person/hybrid learning for the upcoming week. 
 
Si
ncerely,   
Jennifer Willard 
Superintendent of Schools
 

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Letter to families on January 7, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 case in the Powder Mill School   community.

January 7, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Powder Mill School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.

We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID-19 testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on January 7, 2021 regarding "Weekly Meal Kit" pilot.

January 7, 2021
Dear STGRSD Families,

The School Nutrition Department is excited to pilot “Weekly Meal Kits” beginning Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Each free meal kit will contain breakfast and lunch for one student for 5-days, the equivalent of a week’s worth of meals. Meal kits will be available for pick-up on Tuesday evenings, from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., at the Powder Mill School Main Entrance. Kits will contain information about storage and preparation. Attached is a flyer with menu information.

These free kits must be reserved ahead of time each week, by 10:00 a.m. the Friday prior to pick-up. Make your reservation
today using the form on the District website: https://www.stgrsd.org/departments/school_nutrition

Daily free meal service will continue without interruption.

Free meals are available to all students during the 2021/2021 school year, whether in-person or learning remotely, regardless of financial means. If you have questions about accessing school meals, please contact our School Nutrition Department at 413-569-6870 or via email at food@stgrsd.org.

Sincerely,
Southwick-Tolland-Granville
Regional School District


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Letter to families on January 4, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 cases in the Woodland School, Powder Mill School and Southwick Regional School communities.

January 4, 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Woodland School community, one person in our Powder Mill School community and one person in our Southwick Regional School community have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.

We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID-19 testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:
     Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others
     Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings
     Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
     Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.


We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on January 1, 2021 from Superintendent Willard regarding full remote learning for all students beginning on January 4, 2021


January 1, 2021

Dear Families,

The District Safety Committee met this morning to review COVID-19 metrics in our community and discuss the possibility of reopening our schools for in-person learning for the coming week.

The analysis showed that in addition to the community metrics, one person in our Powder Mill School community and one person in our Southwick Regional School Community have tested positive for COVID-19. Also, several members of our Woodland School Community have been identified as close family contacts of individuals with COVID-19. 

After thorough review of the data and in consideration of current trends, it has been decided that ALL students in the Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District will participate in full-remote learning beginning on January 4, 2021. This full remote learning includes all grades PreK-12 and all programs. We will continue to monitor data daily and will provide you with updated information on Friday, January 8, 2021.

I wish you and your families a Happy New Year!

Sincerely, 

Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools



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Letter to families on December 22, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 cases in the Southwick Regional School  community.


December 22, 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that two people in our Southwick Regional School community have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.

We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID-19 testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on December 18, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 case in the Southwick Regional School community.


December 18, 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Southwick Regional School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.

We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID-19 testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on December 15, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding return to full remote learning for all students at Powder Mill School effective 12/16/2020.


Dear Families,

Today (Tuesday, December 15, 2020), the District was notified of a positive case of COVID-19 in a member of a Powder Mill School in-person cohort. In accordance with the MOA, beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, December 16, 2020), Powder Mill School will transition to full remote learning, for all students, through the month of December. The affected individual has not been in the buildings and no contact tracing is required for this case. 
Woodland School remains open for in-person learning.

We will be in touch with families over the winter break with information about reopening plans for January 4, 2021.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on December 11, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding partial return to in-person learning for students in preK-4 and cohort C in grades 5 and 6.

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our three towns. This week, Southwick remains in the “red” and Granville is seeing an increase in positive cases. The good news is that our STGRSD community currently has only two positive cases in our hybrid/in-person population, both at Southwick Regional School.

Prioritizing the safety and well-being of students and staff along with the importance of in-person learning, the safety committee recently met and reviewed the current metrics in our District in accordance with the MOA. Based on that lengthy discussion, I have concluded that all students in grades PreK-4, and students in Cohort C (5-days per week ) in grades 5 and 6 at Powder Mill School WILL return to in-person learning on Monday, December 14, 2020. Students remaining in a full-remote learning status through December 18, 2020 will include Cohorts A and B (2- days per week) in grades 5 and 6 and all students in grades 7-12.

For students who are returning, we will continue to strictly adhere to the mitigation strategies of proper mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing, and staying home when you have any symptoms. As you are aware, Governor Baker has announced that effective Sunday, December 13, 2020, all communities in Massachusetts will return to Step 1 of Phase 3, of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan. This is an important step and a reminder to all of us that we must work together as a community to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and maintain in-person learning. If we get just ONE positive case of a student or staff member in our in-person population at Woodland or Powder Mill, that school will have to transition to full-remote learning again. If any cases are reported over the weekend that result in the closure of either Woodland or Powder Mill School, we will notify families immediately.

It is my sincere hope that, after the holiday break, we can return to our hybrid/in-person learning continuum for all grades. Working together and remaining vigilant is the only way we accomplish in-person learning. As always, I appreciate your support and cooperation and wish each of you a very happy holiday season and optimism in the new year.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of School.


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Letter to families on December 11, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 case in the Southwick Regional School remote community.

December 11, 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Southwick Regional School remote community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.

We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID-19 testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools




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Letter to families on December 9, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 case in the Southwick Regional School community.


December 9, 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Southwick Regional School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.

We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID-19 testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

  • Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

  • Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

  • Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

  • Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on December 8, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 case in the Southwick Regional School community.


Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that one person in our Southwick Regional School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.

We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID-19 testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on December 4, 2020 from Superintendent Willard notifying them that remote learning will continue until December 14, 2020.


Dear Families,

The District Safety Committee met this afternoon to review COVID-19 metrics in our community and discuss the possibility of reopening our schools for in-person learning. After thorough analysis, it was decided the Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District will remain in full-remote learning for the upcoming week. We will continue to monitor cases daily and will provide you with updated information next week on whether a return to in-person learning can begin on December 14, 2020.

We appreciate the work you are doing at home with your children while we are in a full-remote setting and acknowledge how difficult it
can be. Our interest is getting our students back as soon as possible and know it will take all of us to reopen the school doors.

Thank you for your continued support during this surge in COVID-19 and your efforts to mitigate its spread. 

Sincerely, 
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools



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Letter to families on December 3, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 cases in Woodland and Southwick Regional School communities.


December 3, 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that two people in our Woodland School community and one person in our Southwick Regional School community have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.

We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on December 2, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 cases in Southwick Regional School community.

December 2, 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that two people in our Southwick Regional School community have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.

We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on December 1, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding COVID-19 cases in Southwick Regional School community.

December 1, 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that four people in our Southwick Regional School community have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.

We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:
Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others
Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings
Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care
For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on November 30, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding Criteria for Reopening

November 30, 2020

Dear Families,

I hope you all had a relaxing and safe Thanksgiving. When reflecting on one of the things I am so thankful for, it is working with families and staff that put children first and prioritize the value of in-person teaching.

Last Tuesday, at our School Committee Meeting, I presented the conditions of the new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that was passed by both the Southwick Educators’ Association and the School Committee. In the original MOA, a Hampden County COVID-19 Positivity Rate of 3% was the single metric determining school closure. The new MOA specifies multiple data points and criteria for school closure. Under the new MOA, in order to close, two of the three criteria below must be met:
•  Hampden County at a 5% or higher COVID-19 Positivity Rate for a 14-day period
•  Southwick, Tolland, or Granville, becomes red on the Community-Level COVID-19 Data Reporting map for two consecutive weeks
•  1% or more (more than 11 people) of the in-person/hybrid District (students and staff) are absent due to a positive COVID-19 test

Additionally, the new MOA provides the following exemptions to automatic closure:
•  If one of our three schools has no cases of COVID-19 in their in-person/hybrid population, they CAN remain open if it is deemed safe by the safety committee
•  If one of our substantially separate special education programs has no cases of COVID-19 in their in-person/hybrid population, they CAN remain open if it is deemed safe by the safety committee

The new MOA also allows for closure of a school, or the District, in the event that a “cluster” is identified in one or more buildings. A cluster is defined as:
•  Two or more students/staff within the classroom group develop COVID-19 within 14 days, and transmission/exposure occurred in the classroom
•  More than 3% of the cohort/grade (at least 3 individuals) develop COVID-19 within 14 days, and transmission/exposure occurred in the school
•  More than 3% of the school develops COVID-19 within 14 days, and there is evidence of transmission within the school
•  Three or more staff within the same school develop COVID-19 within 14 days, and there is evidence of transmission among the staff

I continue to emphasize that my interest is in getting our students back to in-person learning as soon as it is safe to do so. The safety committee will continue to meet weekly to monitor COVID-19 trends and positive cases in our STGRSD community. It is our greatest hope, that we can reopen some of our buildings and/or programs as early as Monday, December 7, 2020. Please understand, due to the timing of data released from the State, notification about school building reopening will happen on either the Thursday or Friday preceding a Monday reopening date. We acknowledge this is not ideal timing for planning purposes, but must ensure we are reopening our schools with the most current data for the safest return to learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

To locate Hampden County or local COVID-19 data, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting#covid-19-weekly-public-health-report-

The STGRSD safety committee includes the following individuals: Superintendent of Schools, Union President, School Nurse Leader, School Committee Chairperson, Director of Finance and Operations, Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds, Southwick Public Health Nurse, Southwick Board of Health Director, Granville Selectboard Chairperson

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Letter to families on November 30, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding Semester 2 Enrollment

Dear Families, 

When selecting an enrollment option last fall, you made a commitment for the first semester of the 2020/2021 academic year. It is now time to select your child’s enrollment option for second semester. The second semester begins on Monday, February 1, 2021 and enrollment options are a commitment for the full semester: February 1, 2021 – last day of school in June 2021.

STGRSD will continue to offer both STGRSD On-Campus Hybrid/In-Person Learning Continuum and STGRSD Online Full Remote learning options for the second semester of the 2020-2021 academic year for all students K-12. Families may choose to remain in the learning status they are currently in when buildings are open or, they may choose to change to a different learning environment (ie. full remote to hybrid/in-person or hybrid/in-person to full remote). The enrollment period will begin on Monday, November 30, 2020 and remain open through Friday, December 18, 2020. Any forms not received will categorized as “No Change”.

Families changing from Full Remote to Hybrid/In-Person will be required to indicate their need for District transportation. Families indicating a need for transportation will be contacted separately to complete a transportation form later in December.

If you have specific questions about the enrollment options at your child’s school, please reach out to your child’s teacher or the school office for information. 
We appreciate your continued partnership in education during this unprecedented time. 

Thank you,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of School

Click the link below to visit the STGRSD Semester 2 Enrollment page on the District website and to access the form:
https://www.stgrsd.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=914292&pageId=29425967



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Letter to families on November 25, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding positive COVID case at Southwick Regional School

November 25, 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that a person in our Southwick Regional School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.

Though we cannot provide specific information about our school community members who tested positive, your child was NOT a close contact (defined as being within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes) of the affected school members. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms, and keep your child home if he/she/they shows any symptoms or is not feeling well.

Parents of students who were in close contact with the community members will be notified privately. All close contacts should be tested but must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive, regardless of test result. We are also following all Department of Health protocols, including collaborating with our local board of health to complete contact tracing.

We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care


For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on November 25, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding continuation of remote learning until at least December 7, 2020.

November 25, 2020

Dear Families, 

When I wrote to you on November 5, 2020 notifying you of the need for the District to go to a full remote learning status for all students, I noted the agreement between the District and the Teacher’s Union and the metrics in that agreement that used the Hampden County Weekly COVID-19 Positivity Rate of 3% as its benchmark. I am pleased to notify you that the District and the Teacher’s Union have successfully negotiated a new agreement that utilizes multiple data points, including town specific data, to drive decisions about opening schools for in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. I cannot thank the teachers enough for their dedication to our students and their desire to get back to in-person learning. 

As I am sure you are aware, during the past two weeks, we have seen a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country and our towns are no exceptions. When we closed on November 6, 2020, our town COVID-19 Positivity Rate was far below that of Hampden County. However, this past week, Southwick’s rate surpassed Hampden County’s Positivity Rate. Therefore, after consultation with the Southwick Public Health Nurse, and data that indicates that COVID-19 cases in our communities continue to rise and Southwick is expected to be “well into the RED” for the second consecutive week, I am making the difficult decision to extend full remote learning for all students until at least December 7, 2020. 

I know for many families, as well as myself, we had hoped to reopen sooner. There is no replacement for in-person learning but the active COVID cases in our school community prevent reopening at this time. The District will continue to work with the STGRSD Safety Committee, which includes the Director of the Board of Health and Public Health nurse, to monitor community metrics and we will keep you updated on a return to in-person learning as soon as we feel it is safe to do so. 

As we prepare for Thanksgiving celebrations, no matter how different they may look this year, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to each of you for your continued dedication to our students and our STGRSD community. 

I wish you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on November 24, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding positive COVID case at Woodland School

November 24, 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that a person in our Woodland School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.

Though we cannot provide specific information about our school community members who tested positive, your child was NOT a close contact (defined as being within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes) of the affected school members. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms, and keep your child home if he/she/they shows any symptoms or is not feeling well.

Parents of students who were in close contact with the community members will be notified privately. All close contacts should be tested but must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive, regardless of test result. We are also following all Department of Health protocols, including collaborating with our local board of health to complete contact tracing.

We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools



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Letter to families on November 23, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding positive COVID cases at Woodland School and Southwick Regional School

November 23, 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that a person in our Woodland School community and also a member of our Southwick Regional School  have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.

Though we cannot provide specific information about our school community members who tested positive, your child was NOT a close contact (defined as being within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes) of the affected school members. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms, and keep your child home if he/she/they shows any symptoms or is not feeling well.

Parents of students who were in close contact with the community members will be notified privately. All close contacts should be tested but must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive, regardless of test result. We are also following all Department of Health protocols, including collaborating with our local board of health to complete contact tracing.

We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:
Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others
Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings
Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on November 16, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding positive COVID cases at Powder Mill School and in remote cohort at Southwick Regional School

November 16, 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that a person in our Powder Mill School community and two members of our Southwick Regional School  School remote cohort have also tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are unrelated to any other cases that we have previously reported.

Though we cannot provide specific information about our school community members who tested positive, your child was NOT a close contact (defined as being within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes) of the affected school members. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms, and keep your child home if he/she/they shows any symptoms or is not feeling well.

Parents of students who were in close contact with the community members will be notified privately. All close contacts should be tested but must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive, regardless of test result. We are also following all Department of Health protocols, including collaborating with our local board of health to complete contact tracing.

We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:

Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others

Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings

Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care


For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools
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Letter to families on November 13, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding positive COVID cases at Powder Mill School and in remote cohort at Southwick Regional School

November 13, 2020
Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that a person in our Powder Mill School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is potentially related to a Powder Mill School positive case you were informed about previously and school-related transmission cannot be ruled out. Additionally, two members of the Southwick Regional School remote cohort have also tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are unrelated to one another.

Though we cannot provide specific information about our school community members who tested positive, your child was NOT a close contact (defined as being within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes) of the affected school members. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms, and keep your child home if he/she/they shows any symptoms or is not feeling well.

Parents of students who were in close contact with the community members will be notified privately. All close contacts should be tested but must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive, regardless of test result. We are also following all Department of Health protocols, including collaborating with our local board of health to complete contact tracing.

We appreciate the communication that families have maintained with the District and ask that, even during a fully remote learning status, you please continue to report COVID testing and results to your child’s school nurse. This information helps us inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience. 

While we continue to provide remote learning for all students, community vigilance in practicing the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community will aide in a return to in-person learning. These include:
Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others
Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings
Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on November 12, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding positive COVID cases in remote cohort at Southwick Regional School

November 12, 2020
Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that three people in our Southwick Regional School remote cohort have tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are potentially related to one another but transmission occurred out of school. 

As COVID cases are rising in our towns, we are asking all families and community members to please remember and practice the important protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community:
Practice Social Distancing – limit in-person contact as much as possible, stay at least 6 feet away from others
Wear a Mask – wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings
Wash Your Hands Often – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
Stay Home If You Are Sick – if you aren’t feeling well, stay home except to get medical care


For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on November 11, 2020 from Superintendent Willard Regarding Schools Remaining In Full Remote Status Until At Least November 30, 2020

November 11, 2020

Dear STGRSD School Community, 
Additional time is needed to negotiate a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the District and the Teachers’ Union. Therefore, full remote learning will continue for all students until at least November 30, 2020. 

We recognize the impact that this has on students and families and hope to have an agreement soon that keeps our students and staff safe. 

Thank you for your continued support and patience. 

Sincerely, 
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools
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Letter to families on November 10, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding positive COVID cases in Powder Mill School and Southwick Regional School

November 10, 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that a person in our Powder Mill School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is potentially related to a Powder Mill School positive case you were informed about previously and school related transmission cannot be ruled out. Additionally, a member of the Southwick Regional School community has also tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to other cases previously reported.

Our first responsibility is to keep our students and staff safe. As stated in previous correspondence, we have been planning for this scenario during our reopening planning process and have a comprehensive plan in place to sanitize the school, inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact, and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

Our student body and staff have been closely adhering to the safety protocols including mask wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing. We are grateful to our families for their continued efforts to keep students home at the first sign of symptoms. These measures, taken in combination, greatly reduce the risk of additional transmission.

Though we cannot provide specific information about our school community members who tested positive, your child was NOT a close contact (defined as being within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes) of the affected school members. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms, and keep your child home if he/she/they shows any symptoms or is not feeling well.

Parents of students who were in close contact with the community members will be notified privately. All close contacts should be tested but must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive, regardless of test result. We are also following all Department of Health protocols, including collaborating with our local board of health to complete contact tracing. Additionally, we are asking those parents whose students are tested for COVID-19 to please report the results to the school nurse. We are working hard to understand the impact of the virus on our school community and this information is a critical piece of that puzzle.

To further prevent transmission of the virus to other staff and students, we have sanitized the school with a focus on those areas frequented by the community member that tested positive. We will continue to be vigilant in adhering to all of the protocols that have been put in place in an effort to return to in-person learning. We will continue to provide remote learning for all students required to quarantine at home to continue to provide instruction, structure, and an emotional connection to the classroom during a time that we know will be challenging for those children and families involved.

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on November 9, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding positive COVID cases in Powder Mill School resulting in remote learning extended until November 30, 2020


November 9, 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that two people in our Powder Mill School community have tested positive for COVID-19. The cases are potentially related to a Powder Mill School positive case you were informed about last week and school related transmission cannot be ruled out. Because of this, Powder Mill School will remain in a full-remote learning status until at least November 30, 2020. An update on reopening of all schools will be released as soon as more information is available.

We have reached out to the MA Department of Public Health to request a mobile testing unit come to our school this week. Only children in the same classroom as affected individuals would be eligible for testing. If the State approves a mobile unit for our school, the families of eligible students will be contacted separately.


Our first responsibility is to keep our students and staff safe. As stated in previous correspondence, we have been planning for this scenario during our reopening planning process and have a comprehensive plan in place to sanitize the school, inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact, and support the affected families as they navigate this stressful experience.

Our student body and staff have been closely adhering to the safety protocols including mask wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing. We are grateful to our families for their continued efforts to keep students home at the first sign of symptoms. These measures, taken in combination, greatly reduce the risk of additional transmission.

Though we cannot provide specific information about our school community members who tested positive, your child was NOT a close contact (defined as being within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes) of the affected school members. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms, and keep your child home if he/she/they shows any symptoms or is not feeling well.

Parents of students who were in close contact with the community members will be notified privately. All close contacts should be tested but must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive, regardless of test result. We are also following all Department of Health protocols, including collaborating with our local board of health to complete contact tracing. Additionally, we are asking those parents whose students are tested for COVID-19 to please report the results to the school nurse. We are working hard to understand the impact of the virus on our school community and this information is a critical piece of that puzzle.

To further prevent transmission of the virus to other staff and students, we have sanitized the school with a focus on those areas frequented by the community member that tested positive. We will continue to be vigilant in adhering to all of the protocols that have been put in place in an effort to return to in-person learning. We will continue to provide remote learning for all students required to quarantine at home to continue to provide instruction, structure, and an emotional connection to the classroom during a time that we know will be challenging for those children and families involved.

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools


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Letter to families on November 7, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding positive COVID case at Powder Mill School

November 7, 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that a person in our Powder Mill School 
community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to the Powder Mill School positive case you were informed about on Thursday, November 5, 2020 and there is no evidence of transmission in the school.

Our first responsibility is to keep our students and staff safe. As stated in our previous letter, we have been planning for this scenario during our reopening planning process and have a comprehensive plan in place to sanitize the schoolinform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact, and support the affected family as they navigate this stressful experience.

Our student body and staff have been closely adhering to the safety protocols including mask wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing. We are grateful to our families for their continued efforts to keep students home at the first sign of symptoms. These measures, taken in combination, greatly reduce the risk of additional transmission. 

Though we cannot provide specific information about our school community member who tested positive, your child was NOT a close contact (defined as being within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes) of the affected school member. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms, and keep your child home if he/she/they shows any symptoms or is not feeling well.

Parents of students who were in close contact with the community member will be notified privately. All close contacts should be tested but must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive, regardless of test result.  We are also following all Department of Health protocols, including collaborating with our local board of health to complete contact tracing. Additionally, we are asking those parents whose students are tested for COVID-19 to please report the results to the school nurse. We are working hard to understand the impact of the virus on our school community and this information is a critical piece of that puzzle.

To further prevent transmission of the virus to other staff and students, we have sanitized the school with a focus on those areas frequented by the community member that tested positive. We will continue to be vigilant in adhering to all of the protocols that have been put in place in an effort to continue in person learning. We are also providing remote learning for all students required to quarantine at home to continue to provide instruction, structure, and an emotional connection to the classroom during a time that we know will be challenging for those children and families involved.

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing
, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.  

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families.  If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse.  If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely, 
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on November 5, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding transition to full remove learning, effective November 9, 2020

November 5, 2020 

Dear parents, caregivers, and guardians, 

I have never been so proud to be part of a school district that prioritizes what is best for students. Our District has the highest percentage of students participating in in-person learning in Western Massachusetts. It was a collaborative effort to open schools in early September and in order to do so, we needed to create a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the District and the Teachers’ Union to ensure that safety measures were put in place as we reopened our doors during a pandemic. As we were ahead of other districts, we crafted our MOA with the best available data at that time, which was on county positivity metrics. As such, we agreed that if Hampden County reached a 3% positivity rate our district would pivot to a remote learning model. Today, the Hampden County Positivity Rate is 3.74%, therefore, starting Monday, November 9, 2020, we will be shifting to a full remote teaching model.   

Since the MOA was executed, additional guidance has been received from DESE and the parties have agreed to resume negotiations. We are optimistic that a new agreement will be reached that will utilize metrics that are more directly reflective of our school community. Execution of a new agreement could alter the timeline for reopening. We strongly believe that there is no replacement for in-person learning and the connections between students, teachers and peers. Please know we are working as fast as we can to once again provide in-person learning. 

We know that for many of you, this will be an additional hardship as you juggle work with supervising your children at home. Many families have expressed challenges around technology– whether that is having the device they need or the ability to connect to the internet. We are here to help. If you have notified the District that your child needs a device, we will be distributing them on Monday, November 9, 2020. Families will receive an email about their device pick up time.  

I just want to assure you, our staff spent the summer and early fall developing plans and receiving training on remote learning, Microsoft Office and Zoom. Teachers will use a combination of best practices, including live, whole class instruction, teacher-led small group work, and independent student work to help keep your children engaged. 

You will receive specific information about schedules, assignments and expectations from your child’s teachers. 

We need your help in making this a smooth transition. There is no doubt that our students will be disappointed. It is important for them to know that we are eager to return to our school buildings as soon as an agreement can be reached and it is safe to do so. We will be updating you regularly on our plans and are asking that you reach out to your teacher or principal with questions and concerns. They will be in touch shortly with information on their specific plans around the transition. 

We appreciate your partnership as we navigate this unprecedented year.

Sincerely, 
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools
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Letter to families on November 2, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding positive COVID case in the Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District Community

November 2, 2020



Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,


I am writing to inform you that a person in our Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District community has tested positive for COVID-19.  Our first responsibility is to keep our students and staff safe. As stated in previous correspondence, we have been planning for this scenario during our reopening planning process and have a comprehensive plan in place to sanitize the school, inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact, and support the affected family as they navigate this stressful experience. 


Our student body and staff have been closely adhering to the safety protocols including mask wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing. We are grateful to our families for their continued efforts to keep students home at the first sign of symptoms. These measures, taken in combination, greatly reduce the risk of additional transmission. 


Though we cannot provide specific information about our school community member who tested positive, your child was NOT a close contact (defined as being within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes) of the affected school member. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms, and keep your child home if he/she/they shows any symptoms or is not feeling well.


Parents of students who were in close contact with the community member will be notified privately. All close contacts should be tested but must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive, regardless of test result.  We are also following all Department of Health protocols, including collaborating with our local board of health to complete contact tracing. Additionally, we are asking those parents whose students are tested for COVID-19 to please report the results to the school nurse. We are working hard to understand the impact of the virus on our school community and this information is a critical piece of that puzzle.


To further prevent transmission of the virus to other staff and students, we have sanitized the school with a focus on those areas frequented by the community member that tested positive. We will continue to be vigilant in adhering to all of the protocols that have been put in place in an effort to continue in person learning. We are also providing remote learning for all students required to quarantine at home to continue to provide instruction, structure, and an emotional connection to the classroom during a time that we know will be challenging for those children and families involved.


For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.


You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.  


We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families.  If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse.  If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.


Sincerely, 
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on October 13, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding positive COVID case at Woodland School


October 13, 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that a person in our Woodland School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is unrelated to the Southwick Regional School positive case you were informed about yesterday. Our first responsibility is to keep our students and staff safe. As stated in our previous letter, we have been planning for this scenario during our reopening planning process and have a comprehensive plan in place to sanitize the school, inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact, and support the affected family as they navigate this stressful experience. 

Our student body and staff have been closely adhering to the safety protocols including mask wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing. We are grateful to our families for their continued efforts to keep students home at the first sign of symptoms. These measures, taken in combination, greatly reduce the risk of additional transmission. 

Though we cannot provide specific information about our school community member who tested positive, your child was NOT a close contact (defined as being within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes) of the affected school member. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms, and keep your child home if he/she/they shows any symptoms or is not feeling well.

Parents of students who were in close contact with the community member will be notified privately. All close contacts should be tested but must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive, regardless of test result.  We are also following all Department of Health protocols, including collaborating with our local board of health to complete contact tracing. Additionally, we are asking those parents whose students are tested for COVID-19 to please report the results to the school nurse. We are working hard to understand the impact of the virus on our school community and this information is a critical piece of that puzzle.

To further prevent transmission of the virus to other staff and students, we have sanitized the school with a focus on those areas frequented by the community member that tested positive. We will continue to be vigilant in adhering to all of the protocols that have been put in place in an effort to continue in person learning. We are also providing remote learning for all students required to quarantine at home to continue to provide instruction, structure, and an emotional connection to the classroom during a time that we know will be challenging for those children and families involved.

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#where-can-get-a-test?-.

You can also find a map of testing sites at https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13. Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.  

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families.  If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse.  If there is additional transmission as a result of this case or a separate case, we will send out another message immediately. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely, 
Jennifer Willard
Superintendent of Schools

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Letter to families on October 12, 2020 from Superintendent Willard regarding positive COVID case at Southwick Regional School

October 12, 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that a person in our school community has tested positive for COVID-19. Our first responsibility is to keep our students and staff safe. We have been planning for this scenario during our reopening planning process and have a comprehensive plan in place to sanitize the school, inform families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact, and support the affected family as they navigate this stressful experience. 

Our student body and staff have been closely adhering to the safety protocols including mask wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing. We are grateful to our families for their continued efforts to keep students home at the first sign of symptoms. These measures, taken in combination, greatly reduce the risk of additional transmission. 

Though we cannot provide specific information about our scho