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Superintendent's Update - December 18, 2020

Dear Monomoy Families -

As we wrap up our last full week before winter break, I wanted to take a moment to thank our amazing teachers, staff, students, and families. Our teachers and staff have shown great flexibility and innovation as they navigate new ways of educating our students. Our students and families have adapted and collaborated under challenging circumstances. Together, we have been able to offer students some semblance of normal during this tumultuous time, while continuing to support their academic, social-emotional, and physical growth.

We have taken a conservative, proactive approach to COVID-19 from the beginning, and while there is a light at the end of the tunnel with a vaccine that will be increasingly available over the coming months, that approach will continue as long as necessary. As you know, our high school students (as well as our Grade 7 team) have been learning remotely this week due to possible exposure to individuals testing positive, combined with the staffing challenges that quarantines present. As we have 6-foot spacing and masks worn by all in our buildings, very few individuals within MRSD meet the CDC definition of a close contact (thus requiring quarantining and testing), but we have opted to ask entire classes/cohorts to temporarily learn from home in order to minimize any potential risk of spread in our schools.

Thank you to all of the elementary and pre-elementary families who participated in our recent elementary school reconfiguration survey. We had a robust response from current and future elementary families, as well as from our elementary teachers and staff. The results indicate that most respondents support some type of elementary reconfiguration. To read the full report of the results, click here.

The winter holidays are typically a time of family celebrations, get-togethers with friends, and communal merriment. This year, for the health and safety of our entire community, most of those activities are not encouraged. I hope you all can take some time over break to rest, relax, and continue to stay safe.

Take care.

Dr. Scott Carpenter, Superintendent
Monomoy Regional School District