Parent Communication 4-1-21

Parent Communication 4-1-21
Posted on 04/01/2021
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April 1, 2021

Dear CBRSD Families,

We are excited to welcome both of our K-5 cohorts back to a full in-person return this Monday, April 5! Staff have been busy reconfiguring classrooms and creating schedules that maximize safety and take into consideration that our students will need additional opportunities to engage with each other. As we transition to full in-person,  please keep in mind the following:

  • Participating in Pooled Testing is a state sponsored effective way to maximize safe learning settings. Please see below for our Pooled Testing process:
  • If you have not signed your student up for Pooled Testing, please consider doing so. The process for doing so is described below:
    • You can go to Project Beacon at https://app.beacontesting.com/login to complete the process. Contact your students' school to obtain the pooled testing code.
    • If you have a Project Beacon account: In the Project Beacon website log in---->drop down menu--->create a patient profile---->enter your child's information, enter your student’s school code--->consent. 
    • If you do not have a Project Beacon account: In the Project Beacon website, go to Register for Account (under log in). Once you register you will be sent an email and/or text message requesting you to Activate your Account---> Activate your account--->Create your students profile using your students information and school code--->consent.
  • If you are planning to travel over April break (or in the near future), we ask that you read over this information regarding CBRSD adherence to the MA travel advisory.
  • COVID-19 Case Report by School
    • Please see below for the most recent case report of COVID-19 positive cases in Central Berkshire. These numbers reflect both staff and students and are reported to MA DESE as we receive the information. To date, we have not had any cases of transmission within our school settings. 
  • April 5, all elementary students will be returning to a full in-person instructional model
  • April 27 all middle school students will be returning to a full in-person instructional model.
    • April 26 will be a full remote day for all middle school students-Cohort A and B in order for us to ensure classroom spaces are ready for our full reopening the following week.  
  • May 3 is the targeted date for all high school students to return to a full in-person instructional model. This date is pending additional guidance from the MA Commissioner. 
    • April 30 will be a full remote day for all high school students-Cohort A and B in order for us to ensure classroom spaces are ready for our full reopening the following week.
  • Safety Measures
    • 3-6ft. of social distancing in classrooms. 
    • Masks are required (Mask breaks will be scheduled.) 
    • 6 ft. of social distancing during unmasked times such as lunch and snack.
    • Masks are required on buses.
  • Reminders...
    • COVID-19:  Symptomatic Checklist
      • Do not send students to school if they are exhibiting any of these symptoms. You can call our school nurses if you have questions regarding.
    • Inform the School Nurse if your child becomes a close contact of a positive individual, regardless if the exposure occurred in the home or out in the community.
      • Close contacts should immediately stop all activities, begin quarantining and discuss with the School Nurse and/or Public Health Nurse the optimal time to have your child tested. The timing of the test is crucial when determining release from quarantine.
      • Communicate all positive test results as soon as possible to your child’s School Nurse or Principal, as well as any part time household members that attend school in our district that may be affected.
      • Continue to keep your student home if they are experiencing any of the symptoms listed on the Daily Home Screen checklist and inform the School Nurse.
    • Please find all important CBRSD Kindergarten Registration information here.
    • Important Dates
      • April 1:  3rd Quarter Ends
      • April 2:  No School
      • April 19-23:  Spring Break

Have a nice weekend,

Leslie
Superintendent

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