Superintendent’s Update - May 15, 2021
Dear Monomoy Families,
The good news is that COVID cases continue to decline throughout the state and our region. While positive cases are decreasing dramatically, the risks are still present. We were pleased that the handful of cases at our high school following break were contained and did not spread further within the school community. There have been a couple of cases at Harwich Elementary this week, resulting in some classes pivoting to remote learning. We are hopeful that these occurrences will continue to decrease as more people get vaccinated.
We will hold a COVID vaccine clinic at MRHS next week, on May 20. Since the Pfizer vaccine is now approved for everyone ages 12 and up, this clinic will be open to all MRHS students, and any staff who have not yet been vaccinated. You can sign up here. We also plan to hold a similar clinic at MRMS soon.
The Monomoy School Committee recently held a second forum to continue discussions on the configuration of our elementary schools, following the recommendation of the leadership team to consider a lower/upper elementary model. The recommendation for lower/upper elementary schools, from our Elementary Principals, Director of Curriculum, Director of Student Services, and the majority of our elementary teachers, is for the model that will provide the best educational access and social-emotional support for all students and teachers, offering curricular consistency, peer connections, and broader and deeper programs and relationships. Our website has a great deal of information on this issue, starting with the initial conversations in 2017 through today, including survey results, data, and more. You can find that information here.
I will be holding a Conversation with the Superintendent on Tuesday, May 18, at 6 p.m. This will wrap up that series for the year, and while all topics are open for discussion, we will include information on our planning for next year and some updates to our COVID procedures. We’ll also be looking for input on priorities for the use of the federal ESSER funds, which are earmarked to support students following the past year of learning during a pandemic. The links to join the Conversation are here.
As we move toward resuming a more “normal” way of life, we must continue to follow the guidance from local, state, and federal officials, and maintain the flexibility that has served us so well this year.
Dr. Scott Carpenter, Superintendent
Monomoy Regional School District