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.
“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.
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)
Mask Mandate Extension
Commissioner Riley announced yesterday that he is extending the mask mandate through at least January 15, 2022.
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.