Superintendent's Update - March 5, 2021
Dear Monomoy families,
This week marks the one year anniversary of the first COVID case recognized in Massachusetts, which rapidly altered what teaching and learning looks like in schools across the state and here at Monomoy. Throughout this past year, Monomoy has led the state in proactively implementing best practices during unprecedented times. And, over the past year, our students, teachers, staff, and families have persevered and kept learning and growing together, even when a pandemic often forced us to be apart. I am immensely proud of the hard work, commitment, and flexibility I have seen over this past year, from our staff, students, and our families.
Many thanks to all who participated in our first week of pooled testing -- we had nearly 60% participation, which will give us some good (although not perfect) data on the rates of COVID-19 in our schools. The results have come back, and I’m pleased to share that all pools were negative. Please remember that negative test results do not mean we can let down our guard -- we need to continue mitigation measures such as masking, distancing, and avoiding gatherings in order to prevent spread and keep our students, staff, and families safe. Even if you did not participate this week, you can still join in future weeks by submitting the consent form to Toni London at email@example.com.
Last night the Monomoy Regional School Committee held a Community Forum on Monomoy’s Elementary Schools. There was a vibrant discussion about the ideal size for an elementary school, and how to address enrollment decreases. You can watch a recording of the forum here, and also find additional information and data about the issue. A variety of Chatham parents and residents spoke, and the School Committee would like to hear from Harwich parents and residents as well. Stay tuned for upcoming forums.
We were pleased to hear Gov. Baker move educators up on the vaccination eligibility schedule, to March 11. We are working to hold a clinic for our teachers and staff locally, however, that is dependent on being able to get a supply of the vaccine from the state and many may be able to schedule appointments sooner on their own.
Thank you all for your support over this past year. I am incredibly proud to be a Shark.
Dr Scott Carpenter, Superintendent
Monomoy Regional School District