Updates to COVID Guidance from DESE
On May 27th, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released “Updates to DESE COVID-19 Guidance.” In this document, DESE outlines that although many of the health and safety protocols for the general public ended on May 29th and that the State of Emergency in Massachusetts will end on June 15th, schools will be required to maintain their core mitigation strategies, including wearing masks, social distancing and hand washing through the end of the school year. The one exception to this is that individuals are not required to wear masks while they are outside. This document also states that schools should prepare for a return to full time, in-person learning in September with no health and safety requirements in place. This includes physical distancing. Districts will not be able to offer remote learning as an option for students to participate in school beginning in September.
On Monday, June 14th Masconomet Middle and High Schools will be administering the Panorama survey to all students in grades 7-11 during WIN Block. This survey is designed to measure students’ perceptions of their strengths relative to four social-emotional domains: “Self-Management,” “Self-Awareness,” “Growth Mindset, and “Self-Efficacy.” Results will be reported on a grade-by-grade basis and will be used by administration and faculty to develop and implement programming to address identified areas of need in the four social-emotional domains. This survey was originally administered to students in grades 7-11 in the spring of 2019. Students in the Tri-Town Union’s elementary schools will also take a similar survey in their own schools this month. If parents have questions regarding the survey, they should contact their building principal.
Congratulations to the Class of 2021
I’d like to offer my congratulations to the Class of 2021 and my thanks to High School Principal Pete Delani, Assistant Principals Katie DiNardo and Alyssa Schatzel, HS Office Staff Ann Curley, Cathie Daly, and Marcia Kilgallen, Senior Class Advisor Paul Massicotte, Music Department Head Randy O’Keefe, and Assistant Superintendent Jeff Sands and our Information Technology and Facilities Teams for their work in making the Commencement Ceremony a great success.
8th Grade Move-Up Day
Earlier this week, we announced that we have arranged for the tent on the football field to remain in place through June 21st. This will allow us to hold our 8th Grade “Move Up” Celebration under the tent. It will also allow us to accommodate three in-person guests per student for this event. Thanks to Asst. Superintendent Jeff Sands and Middle School Principal Phil McManus for your work in making this happen. Dr. McManus will be in touch with families with additional details later this week.
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Masconomet on June 23rd from 3:00 to 6:00 PM
Masconomet Regional School District has partnered with Curative to provide a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for staff and students 12 and older to be offered at Masconomet High School. Curative is a national biotech company that provides vaccination and testing in Massachusetts and across the nation. Locally, Curative runs the Danvers Doubletree Vaccination site. The Pfizer vaccine will be administered to all registered participants. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for emergency use authorization (EUA) by the FDA for individuals 12 and older. Please follow this Link to complete your Curative patient registration. Completing the registration will enter the patient into the system for both first and second dose appointments. Please go to https://mascosuper.school.blog/2021/06/02/covid-19-vaccination-clinic-at-masco-june-23-2021-300-pm-to-600-pm/ for more information.
Thanks to Middleton Town Meeting
On Saturday, June 5th, Middleton Town Meeting approved both the Masconomet Regional District Budget and the Warrant Articles regarding our proposed Amendments to the Masconomet Regional Agreement. Thanks to the voters of Middleton for their support!
Tiered-Focused Monitoring Report
I’m pleased to announce that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has completed its audit of our Special Education and civil rights programs and found that we are in compliance in all areas they audited and no corrective action is required at this time. Thanks to Patty Bullard and the Student Services Department for their work in preparing for this audit.