Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee, 11/17/21

Response to Incidents of Racism and Homophobia by Massachusetts High School Student-Athletes

Over the past several weeks, we’ve heard stories in the media about multiple allegations of racist and homophobic conduct committed by high school student-athletes from across Massachusetts.  The conduct by student-athletes from Danvers, Georgetown, Duxbury, and Xavierian Brothers to name a few of the schools involved in these allegations, is completely unacceptable and has no place in our schools or in our society.  What is even more troubling about many of these stories is the reported behaviors of the adults involved, who through their dereliction of their responsibility to properly supervise these student-athletes, or their unwillingness to intervene and address these behaviors, has allowed this toxic culture to perpetuate.  Unfortunately, the pervasive nature of these stories shows us that we have much work to do in creating the schools and society that we would like to have.

I want to reiterate our commitment to ensuring the Masconomet Regional School District is “a learning community where all members feel safe, respected and supported in examining identity, navigating difficult topics, developing critical thinking and listening skills, gaining perspective, and engaging in thoughtful discussions that improve emotional intelligence, growth mindset, empathy, care, and compassion.” (Masconomet School Committee Equity and Anti-Racism Resolution)

Over the last several days, I’ve had several conversations with our Athletic Director, Mr. John Daileanes, regarding how we are ensuring our culture is both positive and inclusive for all students and staff.  We’ve discussed our ongoing training for staff and students and our procedures around the supervision of our student-athletes.  Our work towards ensuring a positive culture includes:

  • Requiring all of our coaches to complete the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) training programs on Implicit Bias and Bullying, Hazing, and Inappropriate Behaviors
  • Reviewing expectations for locker room supervision and for student behavior during a meeting with all winter sport coaches.
  • Reviewing the Massachusetts Anti-Hazing Statute with all of our student-athletes. Coaches are required to submit an Anti-Hazing Form to the Athletic Department attesting this review has occurred.
  • The Northeastern Conference (NEC) athletic departments and student-athlete leaders also held a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training on September 25th at Swampscott High School.  Seven students from Masconomet were in attendance.

Any student or staff member who experiences or witnesses any acts of intolerance, harassment or bullying is encouraged to report this to a member of our district leadership team.  Individuals who wish to make an anonymous report can do so through our Safe School Helpline at: https://www.safeschoolhelpline.com/ 

Conversations on Race with Lisa MacDonald at the Masco High School Library on Thursday, November 18th at 7:30PM.

The Tri-Town Council is sponsoring “Conversations on Race” on Thursday, November 18 in the High School Library at 7:30 PM.  Lisa MacDonald is Director of Equity Compliance at MassBay Community College where she serves as the institution’s Title IX Coordinator and Affirmative Action Officer. In this program, we look forward to exploring the question “What can I do?” as it’s a question many are asking right now. Perhaps you’ve asked yourself, perhaps you’ve asked others. This program provides participants with an opportunity to discuss this exact question, listen to different perspectives, and better understand the implications of intention versus impact this question may have. Resources, book recommendations, and takeaway materials will be offered.  To register to attend, please go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4Cj4zV_L5FlhJdZ-ogODNQ__dXRxX1sN9ewo0Ol9nCYd4WA/viewform

COVID-19 Case Report

The number of COVID-19 cases in the District continue to remain low overall, but are slowly increasing relative to the number of cases in October.

COVID Case Counts by School and Month, 11/17/21New Cases
SeptemberOctoberNovemberTotal
High School Students164525
Middle School Students1203
Faculty1113
Totals187631
COVID Case Counts by WeekNew Cases
9/8/21 – 9/15/218
9/16/21 – 9/22/216
9/23/21 – 9/29/214
9/30/21 – 10/6/211
10/7/21 – 10/13/213
10/14/21 – 10/20/212
10/21/21 – 10/27/210
10/28/21 – 11/3/211
11/4/21 – 11/10/213
11/11/21 – 11/17/213
Total31

Masconomet Vaccination Rates

The percentage of vaccinated staff and students continues to hold steady around 78%.  We are still below the 80% threshold needed to apply for a waiver from the DESE Mask Mandate.

Masconomet Vaccination Rates*
GroupOct. 5, 2021Oct. 12, 2021Oct. 19, 2021Oct. 26, 2021Nov. 2, 2021Nov. 9, 2021Nov. 16, 2021
MS Students (1)68.74%68.91%69.08%69.08%69.24%69.24%69.41%
HS Students (1)79.14%79.22%79.41%79.69%79.64%79.62%79.87%
All District Staff (2)80.79%83.44%85.53%88.08%88.41%88.41%88.78%
All MASCO76.22%76.72%77.21%77.75%77.82%77.81%78.05%

* – Methodology follows DESE Policy on Vaccination Thresholds dated September 27, 2021

(1) Source: Direct data feed from Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS

(2) Source: Survey of District Employees requesting Proof of Vaccination Status

KINDNESS FRIDAY, November 26th 12:00 to 3pm (The day after Thanksgiving) Tri-Town Council – 7 Grove Street, The Station Building

Join TTC, The Tri-Town Rock Band, and community volunteers to spread some KINDNESS! TTC will be collecting gift cards of all amounts to share with families in need throughout the Tri Towns and beyond as part of the Community Assistance Program (CAP). All cards are welcome and appreciated, but Market Basket, Stop & Shop, Target, Walmart, and CVS are preferred. Also, in collaboration with community partner The Community Giving Tree, TTC will be collecting packages of diapers, all sizes, and wipes. Please stop by the TTC Office at 7 Grove Street, The Red Station Building and enjoy the music of the Tri Town Rock Band, take home your own decorated Kindness Rock and other crafts.  For more information, please go to https://storage.googleapis.com/pt05-2/messages/attachments/1253680d80d4069ed6b475383fb5d9f3/2021Community_Assistance_Request_Form_%25281%2529.docx.pdf

Asst. Superintendent Patty Bullard is Retiring

It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing that Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Patty Bullard is retiring from her position effective August 31, 2022.  Patty has spent the last nine years as the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services at Masconomet.  In her time here, she has proven herself to be a tireless advocate for our most vulnerable population of students.  Patty has also been an invaluable member of my Executive Leadership Team over the past three years.  Her guidance and insight have heIped us navigate this most difficult of times. On behalf of the entire Masconomet Community, I would like to thank Patty for her service to the district.

We will be launching our search for Patty’s successor at the beginning of December, with the advertisement of the position.  Per Massachusetts General Law Ch. 71 § 59, the School Committee ultimately appoints an assistant superintendent at the recommendation of the superintendent.  My timeline for this search is to have a recommended candidate presented to the School Committee at our March 2nd meeting. 

I’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Published by mascosuper

Superintendent of the Masconomet Regional School District

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