Category: 2020

Aerial Adulticide Application for EEE

To whom it may concern:

You are receiving this email because you have been identified as an entity that requires notification prior to an aerial spray or wide area emergency operation under M.G.L. c. 252, Section 2A. Following the issuance by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health of both a “Determination of Elevated Risk of Arbovirus” and a “Certificate of Public Health Hazard That Requires Pesticide Application to Protect Public Health,” the State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board (SRMCB) has voted to conduct an aerial adulticide application to control mosquitoes carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

The date, time, and location of the spray area, as well as a fact sheet about the product to be applied and other relevant information, is posted at

Please note that you may be receiving this notification because your contact address is located in a city or town identified to be sprayed, but your farm, apiary, land, school, or general location may not be within the actual area to be sprayed. Also, some towns or cities may only be partially included in the spray area. To see a detailed map of the spray area once it is posted, visit

Also, please note that if you previously requested to be excluded from applications under 333 CMR 13.03 by filing an exclusion request with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, your exclusion request will not be honored because of the application is being made under a Certification of a Public Health Hazard by the Department of Public Health.

If you have previously requested to opt out of aerial spraying or other wide area emergency operations under M.G.L. c. 252, Section 2A, the SRMCB has voted to exercise its authority to waive any opt out under its authority set forth in M.G.L. c. 252, Section 2A and as further authorized by 333 CMR 13.03(3) when the Commissioner of Public Health certifies that an application needs to be made to protect public health.

PEBT Update

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 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.

Click here for more information.

Old Colony RVTHS Transportation Bid

The District School Committee of Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School District invites the submission of sealed bids, although originally the bids were for a one year contract with an option for two, one-year renewals and the contract was to begin on July 1, 2020 and end on June 30, 2021, the district has revised this bid.
The District now invites submission of sealed bids for a five year contract with an option for two, one-year renewals.  Services to be provided are: regular route pupil transportation service, late runs, athletic trips, student activity trips, field trips, and other transportation as needed.   Start date of the contract will follow a vote for award at the District School Committee meeting on August 19, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
Please see the link below for the revised Invitation for Bids and all addenda issued to date.

Pupil Transportation Services 2020-2021 Addendum No 1

Pupil Transportation Services 2020-2021 Addendum No 2

Pupil Transportation Services 2020-2021 Addendum No 3

Pupil Transportation Services 2020-2021 Addendum No 4

Revised IFB Pupil Transportation Services 2020-2021 Addendum No 4

Pupil Transportation Services 2020-2021 Addendum No 5





  • Our families are encouraged to utilize the following link for meal and nutrition resources:
  • Supplemental food and nutrition programs are constantly being introduced, expanded and changing.
  • Please be sure that the information on your household school meal application(s) school year 2019-20 remains current.  An  approved application now ensures continuation of school meal benefits during the 30-day carryover period next school year. The approved school meal application also makes the household immediately eligible for P-EBT benefits.

PEBT Updates/Facts

 Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline-1-800-645-8333

  • In May the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) will be mailing a letter to eligible households. Households that are eligible and do not receive a letter by the end of May should call the Project Bread Hotline.
  • One card will be issued for each eligible child: $5.70 per day: $28.50 per week.
  • Once you receive a card. Hold onto it. Funds may be added in the future.
  • Funds carry over from month to month.
  • P-EBT cards can be used at any store accepting SNAP. Most retailers have SNAP/EBT signs.
  •  A specific list of  what can be purchased can be found at:
  •     P-EBT benefits supplement grab and go meal sites: they do not replace them.
  • If you need food now call Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline
  • For more information about P-EBT Program go here.


MCAS Update

May 1, 2021

Dear Old Colony Households,

The Department of Education has released new information concerning MCAS testing. Students in grades 9,10 and 11 will be tested this academic year.  These testing cycles will provide opportunities for our students to receive Competency Determinations in the required subjects.

The following are the testing windows for our students:

Grade 11 Opt -In ELA/Math May 10-14
Grade 10 Computer based test Math/ELA May 3,4,6,7
Grade 9 Paper Based Biology June 7,8

The tests will be a computer based with the option for grade 11 students to do paper based ELA in May if they are not successful during the January testing window.  Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 are not required to test or retest in Science, as DESE is accepting a passing grade in an approved Science course as Competency Determination.

Old Colony’s administration and staff are committed to the continued academic success of all our students and we are dedicated partners in the process of their individual preparation and achievement. In addition to targeted assistance through Title I programming, our English and Math Departments will be incorporating continuous content review and practice test exercises. Teacher office hours and Open Library are also venues to receive extra support and review time. We  encourage students to utilize MCAS practice materials at Pearson Access Next and the resources at DESE.

If you have questions or concerns please contact us.


Thank you,

Michael Parker, Principal

Catherine Tuiccinardi, Academic Coordinator

Johanna Kaufman, Data, MCAS, Title I Director: Grants Coordinator/Writer