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Superintendent's Update - November 6, 2020

Dear Monomoy Families,

This has certainly been an historic week in our nation. I hope that you’ve used this opportunity to talk with your children about our form of government, our electoral process, and the importance of voting. It has also been an exercise in patience, as we watch the democratic process play out.

As you are aware, Monomoy had its third positive COVID-19 case earlier this week. We continue to follow very specific protocols in order to protect all of our staff and students, and are confident that our measures will limit additional cases. I want to reiterate that when faced with these events, we are taking a cautious approach, and quarantining entire classes, instead of only those identified as close contacts. By doing so, we are doing our part to minimize the potential risk of spread. I understand the inconvenience that this may present, but it’s our duty to do all we can, above and beyond the bare minimum.

With each passing week, the Massachusetts COVID map indicating town-by-town infection rates finds the “red zone” progressing towards the Cape. The high rates of COVID infections in eastern Massachusetts found Governor Baker issuing more stringent mandates in an attempt to slow the spread. As we approach the holiday season, we all want to celebrate with family and friends, and I’d encourage you to make plans with a level of caution in mind. By maintaining small social circles, limiting indoor gatherings, and wearing masks, we can protect ourselves, others, and our ability to continue in-person learning.

Heading into this year, I promised families the ability to shift learning mode mid-year, so in a few weeks we will be asking families to complete a form indicating their choice of learning mode for the second half of the school year. We will need your decision by mid-December in order to provide each school with the time to reallocate staff, space, and resources to maintain 6-foot spacing in our buildings and a strong educational program, both in-person and remote.

Take care and be safe.

Dr. Scott Carpenter, Superintendent
Monomoy Regional School District