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Superintendent's Update - January 22, 2021

Dear Monomoy Families,

This week’s presidential inauguration ceremony featured National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman reciting her poem The Hill We Climb, and the closing lines can offer inspiration to us all during challenging times:

“For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it
if only we’re brave enough to be it.”

I can see the light on the horizon as the vaccine begins to roll out. Many of our first responders have been vaccinated, our school nurses are getting theirs tomorrow, and even my out-of-state mother has gotten hers. While the light is on the horizon, we can’t lose sight that we are still navigating a surge in COVID cases. We are committed to keeping our students safe and learning, and for many, that means “in-person” school, and we will need parents to bravely help us keep our school community’s COVID cases low enough to continue “in-person” learning. When needed, we will continue to temporarily pivot individual students or entire classes to remote learning in order to prevent school spread when there is a positive case. The COVID dashboard on the homepage of our website shares an overview of active cases across the district, and is updated weekly.

The spread of COVID within and between households is the largest factor that our nurses and  health departments are seeing in our population. With every playdate, sleepover, birthday party, or get-together comes a risk that COVID jumps from one household into yours. Curtailing these activities for the next couple of months greatly helps control the spread and keep schools open for “in-person” learning.

Our Conversation with the Superintendent earlier this week as well attended and covered a range of topics. Many thanks to all who participated. If you missed it, you can watch a recording here.

Even in a year that’s very different, some things remain constant, including the school budget cycle. It is currently budget season, and the Monomoy Regional School Committee will hold its FY22 Budget Public Hearing on Feb. 11. The link to that virtual session is on our website. With the vaccine on the horizon, I anticipate our educational program, athletics, and extracurricular activities will be poised to return to their pre-COVID status. The budget we are presenting has only a 1.5% increase, and enables use to return all services to where they were prior to COVID. You can find the draft budget here.

Please continue to wear your mask, maintain distance, and avoid indoor gatherings. If we all work together and make sacrifices now, we can look forward to better days ahead.

Dr. Scott Carpenter, Superintendent
Monomoy Regional School District