Dear Old Colony Community,
We hope this correspondence finds you well as we pay welcome to 2021. We continue to monitor CoVid-19 trends following the holiday break. We have seen an increase in positive cases in our sending communities and within our Old Colony community. In addition to the number of positive cases, we are seeing an increasing number of close contacts that have impacted our ability to staff the building for in-person learning. As a result, and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to pivot to our remote learning model effective tomorrow, Thursday, January 21, 2021 with tentative plans to return to our hybrid model on Monday, February 1, 2021. We will keep our community informed as plans and reports evolve. Staff are permitted to teach from the building given they meet all prerequisites associated with our CoVid-19 protocols. Non-teaching staff should report for duty as usual.
We are monitoring the number of positive cases, the number of close contacts associated with positive cases, and identifying whether or not these cases have an impact on our in-person learning and further transmission within our school community. We appreciate the regular communication that has taken place during your student’s remote learning cycle. Please continue to communicate CoVid-19 related news even when your student is remote. This alleviates the potential piling up of information upon our return to in-person learning. Timely communication has been an integral piece of our success to date.
Our student body and staff have been closely adhering to the safety protocols including mask wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing. We continue to deep clean on a daily basis. We are grateful to our families for their continued efforts to keep students home at the first sign of symptoms. We appreciate your ongoing communication with our team in the event of a positive case. These measures, taken in combination, greatly reduce the risk of additional transmission moving forward.
Flu Vaccination Update:
On Friday, January 15, the Department of Public Health (DPH) sent a message to school nurses removing the flu vaccination from the Immunization Requirements for School Entry.
We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact our school nurses Ms. Lindsay Mota and Mrs. Deb Levesque (508) 763-8011 ext. 130 and/or 176. You can also reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if I can be of assistance at any time. I am available around the clock if you have an issue that requires attention or clarification. Thank you for your continued support. On behalf of the entire Old Colony staff, we wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Aaron L. Polansky
On September 11, DESE announced the third round of pandemic EBT credits. This round will include only the month of September and is likely to be followed by a fourth iteration. Any student who is registered for Free/Reduced lunch will receive a credit to their PEBT account. The credit will cover only those September days when a student was a) not in school due to our calendar change for the start of the school year and/or b) was in remote instruction.
We will continue to keep our community members updated on changes and developments in DTA’s pandemic food program.
Please contact the School Nutrition Director Crystal Andrade(email@example.com) or the Assistant Principal, Gary Linehan(firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions or concerns.
The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) added $199.50 in food benefits to each Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) card at the end of June. The amount was automatically added to existing cards; families do NOT need a new P-EBT card, and they do NOT need to reactivate their card. Families can check their balance by calling the number on the back of their card.
Families should have received a P-EBT card if one of their children was receiving free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Program before schools closed for the pandemic and they do not actively receive DTA benefits (SNAP and TAFDC). If families lost their P-EBT card or believe they are eligible and did not receive one, they should visit www.MAp-EBT.org. More information and outreach materials are also available at that site.
Families who are still waiting to receive their P-EBT Card:
As of July 21, DTA has started the process of printing and mailing outstanding cards to families who are still waiting to receive them. Please note: not all families will receive their cards right away. They are continuing to print and mail cards over the next few weeks. Please be patient if you are waiting for yours, especially when you begin to see other families receiving their cards. If you do not receive your card in two weeks, check in with the FoodSource Hotline for an update: 1-800-645-8333. Monday-Friday: 8am-7pm. Saturday: 10am-2pm.
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