Raise the Bar

 

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.