Friday, October 29, 2021

Superintendent's Report to SC 10.27.21

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Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee

October 27, 2021

International Travel Presentation:

  • Jessica Gahm-Diaz - Foreign Language Department Chair

  • Trips to Portugal and Spain - April 2022

District Crisis Team Update:

  • October 7, 2021 - Topics included

    • Distribution of 21-22 building Crisis and Medical Response Plans to town departments.

    • Improved drop off at the Middle School

    • Crossing guard shortage and issues

    • Go Guardian Teacher and Go Guardian Beacon alert systems reviewed for new members of the team.

MA Family-School Partnership Initiative:

  • “Events of 2020 have only highlighted what we have known for decades: engaging with families and caregivers is essential to student success. Recognizing families as assets and creating intentional pathways for collaboration are key to creating learning environments where students can thrive.”

  • Our district has been selected to participate in the spring cohort

  • DESE pays for the cost of training, coaching, and strategic support.

Vaccine Clinics 

  • Tentative dates: November 23rd and December 16th

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for students ages 5-11 (approval date is set for Nov. 3)

  • Also, COVID boosters for adults and common flu vaccines

  • More details with be forthcoming

Calendar Change - Professional Development Days

  • After the last two years of disrupted learning, I have rethought the Professional Development Days we proposed on the school calendar this year. 

  • I recommend that the School Committee modify the calendar to do away with the Early Release Days previously scheduled for professional development.

  • The following days would now be regular school days: 

    • Dec.8 (Middle School would still have ER for conferences)

    • Jan. 12 

    • Feb. 9

    • March 9

    • May 25

Mask Mandate Extension

Human Resources Manager 

  • This School Department position was posted on October 18, 2021

  • We have nine applications to date

  • We will begin reviewing these applications, an interview team, and then schedule interviews. 

  • HR Manager Job Posting

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