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Superintendent's Update - January 28, 2022

Dear Monomoy families and staff,

It has been a challenging few weeks for our school community, with the untimely passing of a current student and of a recent graduate. We have put a multitude of supports in place for our students and staff, and will continue to make those available, as we know that grief is not linear. A recent article in the Provincetown Independent gave a nice overview of some of the supports in place; you can read that here. We will also be sending out a comprehensive list of resources and organizations that can help families guide their students through grief, so keep an eye out for that. We encourage you to reach out to your school’s counselors if you have any concerns or need support. We are truly all in this together.

And speaking of being in it together, there are positive signs that we are on the downward side of this recent Omicron wave (see our current COVID-19 dashboard here). After managing new COVID infections following the New Year’s break where nearly 20% of students and staff were absent, the rate of new infections has dropped by over a third in just the past week. A week ago, we had over 30 positive pools in weekly COVID tests, this week the number dropped to 19. The combination of vaccinations and that so many of the unvaccinated have caught Omicron are positioning us to hopefully be in a much better place heading into the February vacation. We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated and boosted -- you can find locations on the state’s VaxFinder site here.

Earlier this week, I held a Conversation with the Superintendent, where there was a robust discussion of proposed changes to the regional agreement, the FY23 budget, and COVID protocols both currently and (hopefully!) moving out of the pandemic. If you missed it, you can watch a recording here

It appears that the elbow of the Cape is going to get hit with quite the nor’easter this weekend, with a forecast of 12-18 inches of heavy snow (and not the light and fluffy stuff). Events like this weekend’s storm are times when we need to rally together, keeping ourselves and our families safe, but also ensuring that our neighbors, particularly the elderly residents in our community who may need help, weather this storm safely too.

Take care.

Scott Carpenter, Ed.D.
Monomoy Regional School District