Jan
21
January, 21st 2022
This week, DESE Commissioner Riley and the Department of Public Health announced a new COVID-19 testing program option that we will implement for our school district beginning Monday, January 31, 2022. Districts participating in symptomatic testing may choose to continue those strategies and discontinue contact tracing and the test and stay program. This will allow us to move away from our test and stay program and contact tracing at all five schools. The district will provide all employees and interested families with home test kits from the state to monitor individuals and report back to the schools any positive cases. This flexible system should allow the safest and least disruptive plan to maintain our in person learning for the remainder of the school year. We should have more information out next week. The FLRSD website has reported 797 cases on the COVID District Dashboard for the 2021-22 school year, with 119 positive cases recorded this past week. We also continue to include school numbers, weekly town COVID information from the State, and updates from the DESE regarding COVID cases in the Commonwealth on our website as we continue to monitor COVID trends heading into the month of February. Just a reminder that last week, DESE Commissioner Riley also announced that he is extending the mask requirement in schools through Monday, February 28, 2022. The Department will continue to work with medical experts and state health officials to evaluate the mask requirement beyond February 28, 2022. The 80 percent threshold policy remains in effect, and documents related to that, are posted on DESE’s COVID-19 Guidance page. We have already safely completed 83 school days this academic year. The Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District FY 23 preliminary budget will be presented on February 2, 2022. We will need your continued support as we look to provide appropriate resources to meet our growing educational needs during these challenging times. I will keep all stakeholders updated throughout the budget season on upcoming meetings and events. The FLRSD will continue to use the One-Call Communication System to provide families with necessary safety updates and school cancellation or delay information. Please be aware that the state informed school districts that the current “snow day” plans will be for no school as we return to a more traditional “day off” approach. This may be adjusted by the state as we see the impact on school calendars. Our last day of school is now, Friday, June 24, 2022. The safety of our students and staff remains my top priority. The next Regional School Committee meeting will be Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call 508-923-2000 extension 1703 or email me at rmedeiros@freelake.org.
Jan
14
January, 14th 2022
As we celebrate and recognize the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. this long holiday weekend, please remember his famous quote, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically, intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.'' As a school community we must continue to work together for the future success of all of our children. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. We have safely completed 79 school days this academic year. The Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District FY 23 preliminary budget will be presented on February 2, 2022. We will need your continued support as we look to provide appropriate resources to meet our growing educational needs during these challenging times. I will keep all stakeholders updated throughout the budget season on upcoming meetings and events. The FLRSD will continue to use the One-Call Communication System to provide families with necessary safety updates and school cancellation or delay information. Please be aware that the state informed school districts that the current “snow day” plans will be for no school as we return to a more traditional “day off” approach. This may be adjusted by the state as we see the impact on school calendars. As a result of last week’s snow day, our last day of school is now Friday, June 24, 2022. The safety of our students and staff remains my top priority. The FLRSD website has reported 660 cases on the COVID District Dashboard for the 2021-22 school year, with 161 positive cases recorded this past week. We also continue to include school numbers, weekly town COVID information from the State, and updates from the DESE regarding COVID cases in the Commonwealth on our website as we continue to see upward COVID trends heading into the month of January. This week, DESE Commissioner Riley announced that he is extending the mask requirement in schools through Monday, February 28, 2022. The Department will continue to work with medical experts and state health officials to evaluate the mask requirement beyond February 28, 2022. The 80 percent threshold policy remains in effect, and documents related to that, are posted on DESE’s COVID-19 Guidance page. Last week’s school committee meeting was canceled. The next Regional School Committee meeting will be next Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call 508-923-2000 extension 1703 or email me at rmedeiros@freelake.org.
Jan
6
January, 6th 2022
The FLRSD will continue to use the One-Call Communication System to provide families with necessary safety updates and school cancellation or delay information. Please be aware that the state informed school districts that the current “snow day” plans will be for no school as we return to a more traditional “day off” approach. This may be adjusted by the state as we see the impact on school calendars. The safety of our students and staff remains my top priority. Stay tuned…. Happy New Year! As we safely begin the new year, please be reminded to review the important health information and updates to our guidelines that were sent out earlier this week. We have already completed 74 school days in this academic year. The United States Education Secretary Miguel Cardona stated last week, “The goal remains to keep all schools open for in-person learning five days a week throughout the 2021-22 school year and beyond”. We are confident in our plan to safely meet this goal. The FLRSD website has reported 478 cases on the COVID District Dashboard for the 2021-22 school year, with 202 positive cases recorded over the school break and this first week back. We also continue to include school numbers, weekly town COVID information from the State, and updates from the DESE regarding COVID cases in the Commonwealth on our website as we continue to see upward COVID trends heading into the month of January. DESE announced that the mask requirement in schools will be extended until January 15, 2022. The state will make a decision in early January after working with medical experts and state health officials to evaluate the mask requirement beyond January 15, 2022. Whether or not a school or district avails themselves of the 80 percent vaccination off ramp is a local decision to be made by school and district leaders in consultation with local health officials. This week’s school committee meeting was canceled. The next Regional School Committee meeting will be Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call 508-923-2000 extension 1703 or email me at rmedeiros@freelake.org.
Jan
3
January, 3rd 2022
Happy New Year! As we safely begin the new year, please review the important health information and updates to our guidelines in this edition of the nurses nook. We have already completed 70 school days in this academic year. The United States Education Secretary Miguel Cardona stated just this weekend, “The goal remains to keep all schools open for in-person learning five days a week throughout the 2021-22 school year and beyond”. We are confident in our plan to safely meet this goal. Just today, Gov. Charlie Baker supported this position as critical for our children in Massachusetts. The FLRSD website has reported 377 cases on the COVID District Dashboard for the 2021-22 school year, with 82 positive cases recorded over the school break. We also continue to include school numbers, weekly town COVID information from the State, and updates from the DESE regarding COVID cases in the Commonwealth on our website as we continue to see upward COVID trends heading into the month of January. DESE announced that the mask requirement in schools will be extended until January 15, 2022. The state will make a decision in early January after working with medical experts and state health officials to evaluate the mask requirement beyond January 15, 2022. Whether or not a school or district avails themselves of the 80 percent vaccination off ramp is a local decision to be made by school and district leaders in consultation with local health officials. The Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District will continue to use the One-Call Communication System to provide families with necessary safety updates and school cancellation or delay information. Please be aware that this week, DESE informed school districts that the current “snow day” plans will be for no school as we return to a more traditional “day off” approach. This may be adjusted by the state as we see the impact on school calendars. The safety of our students and staff remains my top priority. This week’s school committee meeting has been canceled. The next Regional School Committee meeting will be Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call 508-923-2000 extension 1703 or email me at rmedeiros@freelake.org.
Dec
23
December, 23rd 2021
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Please enjoy the holiday break safely with family and friends. As we prepare for the new year, this is a perfect time to reflect on all of our positive accomplishments and set new goals for 2022. We have already completed 70 school days in this academic year. The next Regional School Committee meeting will be Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library. Please be reminded we return to school on Monday, January 3, 2022. The FLRSD website has reported 290 cases on the COVID District Dashboard for the 2021-22 school year, with 51 positive cases recorded this abbreviated week. We also continue to include school numbers, weekly town COVID information from the State, and updates from the DESE regarding COVID cases in the Commonwealth on our website as we continue to see upward covid trends heading into the winter break. DESE announced that the mask requirement in schools will be extended until January 15, 2022. The state will make a decision in early January after working with medical experts and state health officials to evaluate the mask requirement beyond January 15, 2022. Whether or not a school or district avails themselves of the 80 percent vaccination off ramp is a local decision to be made by school and district leaders in consultation with local health officials. The Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District will continue to use the One-Call Communication System to provide families with necessary safety updates and school cancellation or delay information. Please be aware that this week, DESE informed school districts that the current “snow day” plans will be for no school as we return to a more traditional “day off” approach. This may be adjusted by the state as we see the impact on school calendars. The safety of our students and staff remains my top priority. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call 508-923-2000 extension 1703 or email me at rmedeiros@freelake.org.