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Parent Update 04/01/2021

Parent Update 04/01/2021

In this week’s Parent Update, we want to share important information and updates about:

  • Remote Learning Day on Tuesday, April 6 for staff vaccinations
  • Return to 5 day in-person learning
  • COVID-19 cases
  • Travel
  • Standardized Testing Schedule
  • Damaged or missing devices
  • Meals on Tuesday

APRIL 6 IS A REMOTE LEARNING DAY
Tuesday, April 6, will be a remote learning day so our staff can receive their second dose of the vaccine. A substantial number of people suffering side effects has been reported with all the vaccines, so we intentionally scheduled their vaccination day to be immediately prior to a regularly scheduled remote day. Our goal was to avoid any unscheduled, remote learning days due to staff illness.
That said, we urge you to have back up plans for April 8 on the small chance that our staffing, or the bus company staffing, is affected to the degree that we cannot transport or safely provide in-person services due to continued staff absences. We are not anticipating this, but we also do not want to surprise families.

RETURN TO 5 DAY IN-PERSON
The East Windsor Public Schools will return to in-person learning on Wednesdays beginning the week of April 26 – immediately following our April break. We will continue to have early release each Wednesday for the remainder of this academic year. The early release will allow staff to balance the needs of our remote learners while increasing in-person learning for students in our buildings.
Remote learning will likely look different for the remainder of the year as teachers will have in-person classes on Wednesdays. Staff will continue to provide a schedule of when our remote learners should log into their live-streamed classes and videos will continue to be posted. Broad Brook Elementary School families will receive instructions on how to access recorded lessons not posted in SeeSaw.

Anyone who is not able to log in during scheduled instructional time will need to access the online resources. Staff availability for individual support will also change as we readjust to in-person learning 5 days. Please be patient and flexible if your remote learner is reaching out for support.
If you intend to change from remote to in-person learning, we ask that you contact your child’s building as soon as possible, if you did not already complete the survey. If you have completed the survey AND intend to return in-person, you do not need to call the schools.

COVID-19 CASES
We have had one positive cases since the last parent update.

TRAVEL AND QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS
We know that staff and families are planning to travel during the April break. Please be reminded that leisure travel is not recommended even though the Governor’s travel advisory has been lifted.
In the East Windsor Public Schools, we are still requiring quarantine for any unvaccinated staff or students following travel or exposure to a known positive case of COVID-19.

We have made modifications to our quarantine requirements:

  • Your child can quarantine for 10 days and return to school on day 11 if they feel well without being tested or,
  • Your child can get tested between days 3 and 5 following exposure or return from travel and return to school no sooner than day 7 with a negative test and if they are feeling well. Students must quarantine while waiting for test results and they are expected to access remote instruction during that time.
  • If your child is tested, both the results of a PCR test or a positive rapid test are acceptable. A negative rapid antigen test is not accepted because there are too many false negative results with those tests.

This is also the time of year when we see many students with seasonal allergy symptoms. Some seasonal allergy symptoms can mimic COVID-19 symptoms. If your child has seasonal allergies, please provide your school nurse with documentation from your primary care physician stating your child has seasonal allergies. This will assist the nursing staff in making appropriate nursing assessments on when to send students home during this pandemic.

Any middle and high school student athletes who travel outside of Connecticut for more than 24 hours are required to quarantine for 14 days. Per the Connecticut State Department of Health, there is no way to test out of the quarantine for athletes.

MEALS ON TUESDAY APRIL 6
We will be serving “to go” meals from East Windsor Middle School. Families will be able to pick up meals for both Tuesday and Wednesday at that time.

SPRING STANDARDIZED TESTING
Please look for communication from your child’s school regarding spring SBAC, NGSS, and PSAT/SAT testing. There will be information regarding testing schedules, remote options for testers, and specific details relating to each school. Please feel free to contact your child’s assistant principal with any questions related to this information.

SCHOOL DEVICES
If you have a school owned laptop or other electronic device that has been damaged or is missing, we need you to contact the school as soon as possible. Devices should be looked at and repairs addressed as soon as possible. We will also work with families to replace missing devices and arrange for payment. We will need to collect all school owned devices prior to the end of school.

Thank you and enjoy the long weekend.

Christine

Parent Update 1-22-2021

Parent Update 1-22-2021

Good afternoon,

I apologize for sending the update a day later than usual. In this update, we have updates about:

  • Returning to 4 days

  • Critical COVID-19 rules

  • Sports update

  • Vaccines

  • Budget update

  • Free meals for all students

RETURN TO 4 DAYS

First, we will return students to a 4-day-per-week schedule on January 25, 2021. Wednesdays will continue to be a remote day for all students. This return to a 4-day-per-week schedule is for students who have been attending two days-per-week since our return from Winter Break. If your child has been a remote learner, they can continue as a remote learner.

If you plan to move your child from distance to in-school learning, the school requires at least three days notice to arrange for their return. And, as always, please remember that the instructional format (full remote/hybrid etc…) can change with little notice based on rates of infection in the schools or community, staffing, or directives from the Governor or Departments of Health or Education.

CRITICAL RULES REGARDING COVID-19

We have had 4 positive cases since the last Parent Update. Most of those who tested positive had already been quarantining, so we were fortunate to have had few close contacts identified in these cases. Please remember, if you or your child is identified as a close contact as defined by DPH, you will receive a personal phone call from us.

As we return to 4 days per week in school, it is more critical than ever that families and staff follow the established mitigation strategies. DPH has emphasized that all of us need to “double down” on mask-wearing due to the overall rates of infection and the addition of the new strain of COVID-19. The goal is for our students to remain at 4 days per week; however we must follow a few critical rules:

  • All students and staff must wear cloth face coverings that are over both nose and mouth at all times – this includes when being transported by buses

  • All staff and students who are waiting for test results must remain at home until they receive a negative PCR test result. A positive rapid test can be used to identify COVID-19, but a negative result must be from a PCR test, as recommended by DPH.

  • All students and staff who receive a positive test result – regardless of the type of test – must remain at home

  • All students and staff who are identified as close contacts or who travel to any state listed on the Connecticut Travel Advisory must quarantine for 14 days.  As previously stated, East Windsor is maintaining the 14 day quarantine at this point. This decision was made in conjunction with the health district and in an abundance of caution for the health and safety of students and staff.

  • All students and staff who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must remain at home and all are asked to inform the school nurse. Please try to provide accurate dates of symptom onset or testing as those help us determine who may be a close contact.

I realize that following these rules is getting harder to do the longer the pandemic goes on, however, we cannot let our guards down and risk increased exposure in school. The East Windsor School community has been working hard and doing a great job, we can keep doing it!

Please contact your school nurse if you have any questions.

SPORTS UPDATE

The CIAC sent guidelines for districts regarding winter sports last week. East Windsor High School and East Windsor Middle School will begin on Monday, January 25. This date is for indoor track at EWHS and both boys and girls basketball for EWHS and EWMS. Any students who are interested must sign up on Family ID at https://www.familyid.com/east-windor-high-school-athletics.  Additional information about practice times and schedules will be on the EWHS Athletics page of our website.

Students must attend school in-person to participate in sports. Last week’s update included additional information about why that decision was made.

As we did in the fall, we will not host spectators at either EWHS or EWMS. We do not have the physical space to have spectators and players in the bleachers to maintain the spacing mandated by CIAC. We are also following CIAC’s position that fans should not be allowed for contests or practices.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We are working on ways to share access to the competitions and I will provide additional information if that becomes available.

Please contact Steve Burndrett, our Athletic Facilitator at sburndrett@ewct.orf with any questions.

VACCINES

We have been informed that vaccination clinics for school staff have been moved to a later time period within the current round of vaccinations. The focus is currently on those age 75 or older.

That said, we are still coordinating the plan for vaccinating school staff so that we are ready when it is time. The vaccination roll-out may require one or two days of remote learning so please continue to have a back up plan should that occur. My goal is to provide as much notice as possible when the vaccinations will be available for school staff, but I’d like to give you a “heads up” now for planning purposes.  We do not yet have a date.

BUDGET UPDATE

This is the time of year when the first version of the budget is created. At this point, it is referred to as the Superintendent’s Budget because it is created by the Superintendent and building administrators, identifying what staff, materials, and programs we believe should be included for next year.

Some of the things that we consider are:

    • numbers of teachers needed based on student needs, which can also include extra help (such as math or reading intervention)

  • class size

  • new classes required by the Department of Education

  • replacing old materials

  • what materials/supplies are needed to keep our buildings clean and safe, and what supplies our nurses need to meet the health and wellness needs of our students

We also have to review our technology. This includes our physical computers for sure, but also the software we use, the licensing for programs that allow us to keep track of state and federally required student data, create student schedules, allow online payment for meals, and keep our computer systems and networks running well and secured. And these are only some of the items.

We also consider the special education needs of our students. The need to provide these services is based in federal law and are mandated. This can include special books, computer-based programs, special equipment to help students function in the building. It may also include additional staff, or all the way to tuition at schools designed to meet highly specialized needs. Some of these items cost very little (such as books). Others can cost more than $100,000 if we are paying tuition for required services.

We also look at what programs and classes our students and families value and enjoy. This includes our athletic program, afterschool clubs, certain elective courses such as Baking and Automotive, or higher level classes at EWMS such as Math O and Performance Lit.

Just like in your homes, we also have to budget for utilities, insurance, transportation, and paper goods like paper towels. Some of the items we have to include are determined from contracts, such as the cost of our busing and snow plowing, as well as salaries for our staff.

Once all of those factors are determined, the Superintendent’s budget will be presented at a Public Hearing on February 2, along with the First Selectman’s budget. The Superintendent’s budget represents the plan that administrators believe is needed for our district to run and for us to meet the needs of our students. The Public Hearing will give community members and other stakeholders information to use so you can make suggestions to the Board of Education about the budget. A calendar of public hearings and workshops, when the BOE hears specific needs from each department, will be posted on the EWPS website.

I will continue to provide information about the budget process in each of the Parent Updates, so please feel free to email me questions.

FREE MEALS

Just a reminder that East Windsor Public Schools provides free breakfast and lunch to all of our students – even those doing remote learning!  Please encourage your child to get a free meal and to try something new from the menu.  We also have meals available for those who are on remote learning days. They are available each morning at the schools – parents with students at more than one building can pick up at one school. Please contact Greg Powers, Food Service Director at gpowers@ewct.org with any questions.

All the best,

Christine

Parent Update 1-22-2021

Parent Update 1-14-2021

Dear Families,

We have a number of important updates for this week, and to make it easier for you to find the information you’re looking for, we’ve summarized the topics below:

  1. No school

  2. Reminder of student schedule

  3. Mitigation strategies

  4. Vaccination for Staff

  5. Athletics

  6. Quarantine requirements

  7. Case numbers

NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

This is a reminder that students have no school on Friday, January 15, for teacher professional development and no school on January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day. Student meals will not be available.

QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS

As you may know, the CDC and DPH in Connecticut had provided recommendations regarding updated quarantine options. These recommendations were in addition to the 14-day quarantine period, and were for people who are exposed but do not have symptoms of COVID-19. The new options from the CDC and DPH include a quarantine for 10 days if there are no symptoms or 7 days if people receive a negative PCR test and have no symptoms.

At this time, and in consultation with our local health district, the East Windsor schools will continue to require a 14-day quarantine for anyone who is identified as a close contact to a person positive for COVID-19. This is due to the current case data in the community and region. People who are identified as close contacts will need to quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to school (assuming they are not ill at day 15).

We are choosing to act more conservatively at this time in the interest of our student and staff health, and we will keep families and staff updated if we determine the 14-day quarantine is no longer in place.

STAFF VACCINATION AND POSSIBLE STUDENT SCHEDULE CHANGES

Local health districts in Connecticut are beginning to plan for staff in educational settings to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The process to administer the vaccine will require a highly organized plan which will allow the health district and district nurses to vaccinate approximately 200 people in a short time due to the lifespan of the vaccine itself.  When we receive notice that East Windsor staff will be vaccinated, we may need to move to a remote learning day(s). Staff would need to be out of classrooms for a period of time and we need to ensure that appropriate supervision will be available for students on that day or days. I’m sharing this possibility now as I know it can create an inconvenience for families who have students needing daycare.  I would like for you to have enough notice to establish a plan should we need to move to remote learning with short notice. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

UPDATE ON ATHLETICS

Today the CIAS sent an update about the winter sports plan.  Our in-district athletic committee – which is composed of myself, the high school and middle school administration, nursing staff, the athletic trainer, the athletic director and coaches – will meet to review the specifics of the  plan. Once we have reviewed the CIAS plan,  I will provide an update with our district plan as soon as possible.

Based on initial review of the information from the CIAS, practices may not start before January 19 and games may not start any sooner than February 8.  East Windsor does not anticipate being ready to start practices on January 19, but we have a target date of January 25 for our athletic practices to begin.  More information will follow regarding East Windsor’s plan after we are able to completely review the specifics and formulate our next steps.

We want to remind you that, in the fall, we determined that only students who attended school in person were eligible to participate in extracurricular activities. This includes athletics. Families generally reported being concerned about exposure to COVID-19 if students were in school, and those families with those concerns elected to keep students as remote learners.  Any students who did not attend school would be at a heightened risk of exposure to COVID-19 if they came into the schools for athletics, particularly in light of new clarifications from the DPH.

Recently, the DPH clarified the heightened risk of exposure with athletics. Students who are engaging in athletics are in closer, more extended contact with others, and are also exerting more than when they are sitting in a classroom or walking in hallways with controlled distance.

Combined with the knowledge of a higher positivity rate of infection and the fact that winter sports are indoors, students would have the potential for greater exposure to COVID-19 with athletics than with regular school attendance. Therefore, we will continue the policy established in the fall to limit participation to those who are attending school in-person.

MITIGATION STRATEGIES

This is a reminder to all families that multiple factors influence our ability to stay in school 4 days a week, move to a hybrid model of instruction, or need to move to full remote learning.  The continued wearing of masks, hand hygiene, and maintaining as much distance as possible are several of those strategies.  We also need to have anyone who is waiting for COVID-19 test results remain at home until a negative result is received. Attending school while waiting for results is increasing exposure to all other students and staff in the building unnecessarily.  Anyone who tests positive must remain out of school.

STUDENT SCHEDULES

We also realize that mask wearing and maintaining social distance out in the community is a challenge. However, our older students have frequently shared that they are not utilizing the mitigation strategies outside of school and are at increased exposure due to social activities they engage in.  We are monitoring the rate of positive cases in school, especially at East Windsor High School and will make a decision regarding a return to 4 day in-person learning for EWHS specifically. At this time, we anticipate all students returning to 4 day per week learning on January 25, but that decision is contingent on numbers in the community and the region as well as review of other factors, such as the lack of cohorts possible at the high school level.

CASE NUMBERS

Since returning from the winter break, there have been 13 positive cases of COVID-19 spread across the district.  Because of the hybrid model and the fact that many of these people had already begun quarantine, we had few close contacts in school.

Parent Update, 12/18/2020

Parent Update, 12/18/2020

Good afternoon!

We wanted to remind all of our families that next week  is a short week due to the upcoming school vacation, and there are a few dates to note. On this coming Tuesday, December 22, there will be a district-wide festive clothing day. Students are encouraged to wear their favorite holiday clothing whether they participate in-person or remote on this day. Wednesday, December 23, will follow an early release day schedule. All students are scheduled for remote learning on this day.  All schools will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Student schedules can be found on each school’s portal.         

Returning from school vacation in a hybrid model

Students are scheduled to return from school vacation on Monday, January 4, 2021.  Upon their return, our schools will continue to follow our hybrid learning model. This hybrid model is currently scheduled to continue through January 18. There are no changes to the way hybrid learning is scheduled — it is the same format we are currently using. Students whose last names begin with A – K will attend in-person learning on Mondays and Tuesdays. Students whose last names begin with L – Z will attend in- person on Thursdays and Fridays. All students will continue to learn remotely on Wednesdays. Parents continue to have the option to have their students learn fully remote. Some of our students with additional services will continue with their current schedule as previously messaged by Dr. Tudryn last week.

If any families would like to change the learning model for their children (in-person to remote or remote to in- person) we ask you to contact the main office of your child’s school.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.

Important COVID-19 testing and quarantine information

Parents, please ensure you have updated your school nurse if your child tested positive for COVID-19 or is self-quarantining based on an exposure to ensure that school nurses have accurate information.  If your child is tested for COVID-19 — whether it be COVID-19 testing for travel or for illness — your child cannot return to school until their school has received the results of their COVID-19 test.

We also need to remind families that anyone who travels to a state listed on the Governor’s travel advisory must quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to school. Please check the CT travel ban website (https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel). The states under travel advisory are color-coded in red. If the state turns red while you are traveling, you must quarantine before returning to school.

Following these protocols are critical to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and we ask that you not return to school after travel without observing the quarantine. Thank you for your assistance. 

We had two positive student cases at Broad Brook School since the last parent update.  In addition, there was one staff positive case at the Broad Brook School building.  None of the positive cases had any close contacts.  Our current practice is to notify anyone personally who is determined to be a close contact.  Anyone who is not a close contact will need to continue to utilize the same mitigation strategies as we do every day – mask wearing, hand washing, and maintaining personal space as able. We continue to monitor our ventilation systems as well as clean and disinfect our buildings.  At this time, the Department of Public Health is delayed in notification to districts but we have had one case reported this week. 

Parents are encouraged to reach out to their child’s teachers or building administrators if their child is disengaged from their school work during the pandemic. We want to collaborate with you to support your child. We ask if you receive a phone call or email from a teacher or administrator, please respond as soon as you are able. We realize that families are very busy but would love to work with families to keep our students successful in their academics. 

Finally, I want to wish everyone a truly relaxing winter break.  I hope everyone is able to make the best of this holiday season.    

Take care!

 

Patrick Tudryn, Ed.D

Assistant Superintendent

Parent Update, 12/18/2020

Parent Update and Hybrid Reminder, 12/10/2020

Good afternoon,

A reminder to all families that beginning Monday, December 14, we will return in our hybrid learning model. This model will be the same as it was earlier in the academic year. Students whose last names begin with A – K will attend in-person Mondays and Tuesdays. Students whose last names begin with L – Z will attend in-person on Thursdays and Fridays.  All students will continue to learn remotely on Wednesdays.  Parents still have the option to have their students learn fully remote.  Some of our students with additional services received a message from Dr. Tudryn earlier this week – those students are able to attend 4 days per week.

If any families would like to change the learning model for their children (in- person to remote or remote to in- person) we ask you to contact the main office of your child’s school.  And if you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.

Parents please ensure you have updated your school nurse if your child tested positive for COVID-19 or is self-quarantining based on an exposure. It is imperative the the school nurses have accurate information as we return to our hybrid form of learning.  We also need to remind families that anyone who travels to a state listed on the Governor’s travel advisory must quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to school. This is critical to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community and we ask that you not return to school after travel without observing the quarantine. Thank you for your assistance.

District-wide updates about COVID-19 cases will be provided in the weekly Parent Updates going forward. Anyone who is determined to be a close contact will still be personally contacted, as is our current practice.  Anyone who is not a close contact will need to utilize the same mitigation strategies as we do every day – mask wearing, hand washing, and maintaining personal space as able. We continue to monitor our ventilation systems as well as clean and disinfect our buildings.  At this time, the Department of Public Health is delayed in notification to districts but we have had one case reported this week.

Please remember that there are two district-wide pajama days for the CCMC fundraiser – Dec 15 for students with last names A – K and Dec 18 for students with last names L – Z.

Parents are encouraged to reach out to their child’s teachers or building administrators if their child is disengaged from their school work during the pandemic. We want to collaborate with you to support your child.  We ask that if you receive a phone call or email from a teacher or administrator, please respond as soon as you are able. We realize that families are very busy but we want to work with families to keep our students successful in their academics.

Finally, I will be out on a medical leave due to surgery beginning December 17. I will be unavailable for approximately two weeks.  During that time, Dr. Patrick Tudryn, Assistant Superintendent will be overseeing district operations.  Please feel free to contact the Central Office at 860-623-3346 ext 7404 with any questions.

I hope everyone has a relaxing winter break.

Take care,

Christine

Parent Update, 12/18/2020

Remote Learning Update, 11/28/2020

Good evening,

The East Windsor Public Schools – all grades – will be remote learning as of Monday, Nov 30 through Friday, Dec 11.  There has been an increase in cases affecting school community members in the past week to 10 days including the Thanksgiving holiday.  This has resulted in a number of students and staff who are required to quarantine and affected the staffing in our buildings to various degrees.

Combing the impact of staffing, and in an effort to reduce the impact any travel or family gatherings during the Thanksgiving break may have upon our return to school, I have made the decision to move all students to remote learning. This change is being made in an abundance of caution regarding the health and safety of students and staff in the East Windsor schools.

Meals will be available for pick up at all three schools Monday – Friday from 8 am – 10 am.

I will provide an update to families later in the week. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we move through a very challenging time.

Christine

Parent Update, 12/18/2020

Temporary move to remote learning for EWHS

Good afternoon.

We have had another positive case of Covid 19 at EWHS. At this time, the number of staff in quarantine results in our need to move to remote learning as we are unable to adequately staff the building. Remote learning will continue until Dec 7 as of now. Students who need materials should contact the office.

Note, This is due to staffing and not due to a high number of cases. EWMS and Broad Brook will continue to attend in person.

Thank you for your understanding,

Christine

Important Update About COVID-19

Important Update About COVID-19

Good afternoon,

We have a positive case of COVID-19 at East Windsor High School.  All of the contact tracing has been conducted and we are following all of our process and protocols.  If you or your child have not heard from the nursing staff then students and staff are able to return to school tomorrow.

I need to remind the EWPS community of multiple points that are critical in our mitigation of COVID 19.

First it is required for students to wear masks at the bus stops and on all buses  as well as at all times in school buildings or on school grounds unless it is during an approved break from mask wearing (meals, etc…).

Anyone who has been tested for COVID-19 must stay home until the test results come back and are negative.  Also, if someone tests positive, the school nurse absolutely must be informed.  I understand that some families may be hesitant to share health related information but if a student tests positive then the health district will also inform us. A delay in the school being notified could result in many students or staff being exposed to COVID-19 unnecessarily therefore we ask families to contact us immediately of the positive test.  We do not want to rely on notification from the health district as they are increasingly busy as cases across Connecticut increase. We have also been asking in the Parent Updates for families to contact the school nurse if students are home with any signs of COVID-19. Those symptoms are on our website and also available through Department of Public Health.  We are requiring the same steps of our staff.

I realize that it is very challenging to have students wear masks when they are outside of school but I need to ask for all of your help in encouraging students to wear masks any time they are outside of their homes.  Not wearing masks outside of school could increase the numbers of students and staff exposed and needing to quarantine for 14 days.  We appreciate your help with this.

Today’s case is the 5th positive case for people who work in/attend our schools.  I have sent an email and text through School Messenger for each case and plan to continue to do so at this point.  We have been prepared to respond to cases and all staff, especially our nursing staff and custodial staff, have been responding very quickly and efficiently to any cases of suspected or confirmed COVID.

The Governor, the Commissioner of Education and the Department of Public Health have continued to share that there is little evidence that COVID is spreading in schools.  Certainly cases come into schools from community exposure but spread in schools is very low.  They are all strongly encouraging districts to remain open and to provide high quality, in-person learning for our students.  My plan, based on our current situation, is to remain open for in-person learning – this could change day by day based on the numbers of staff or students who need to quarantine and if we are able to staff our buildings.  Please encourage your children to have their laptops with them every day as the decision to move to remote learning could occur with little or no warning particularly if it is due to lack of staff.

In addition, the CIAC Board of Control has postponed winter sports until January 19.  We will keep you updated about East Windsor sports as things change.

Please check your email next week in case there are any changes or updates.  I do not plan to send a Parent Update next week due to the Thanksgiving break.

I wish all of you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

Best regards,

Christine

Parent Update, 12/18/2020

Parent Update, 11/05/2020

Good afternoon,

We were pleased to welcome students in grades K, 1, 2, 5, 6, 9 and 12 back to 4 day per week in-school learning.  Our plan is to have the remaining students return to 4 days on Nov 16.  This is only for students who have chosen to attend in-person; if you have opted out, you do not need to attend in-person learning.

As you all are aware, the cases in Connecticut, and in East WIndsor are increasing. You can find updates regarding the status of COVID cases and other related information for the Town of East Windsor on the town website at: https://www.eastwindsor-ct.gov/home/pages/updates-first-selectman-jason-bowsza.

The numbers of cases in the EW schools has remained at only 1 as of today, so at this time we are not planning to make any changes to our schedule or plans to increase in person learning. However, please be aware, that I may change that plan if circumstances in the town or schools change significantly. I encourage families to have a plan should we need to change our in person learning schedule or require your child, a class, grade, building etc… to quarantine for 14 days. Thank you for your assistance in planning for all possibilities.

Please find attached the “sick child protocol” for East Windsor.  This is the process for any student who is ill during the pandemic.  We suggest all families take a minute to review this protocol and reach out to your child’s school if you have any questions: student sick protocol

We would like to remind everyone of the travel advisory before you make plans for Thanksgiving.  East Windsor is requiring the 14 day quarantine, following advice from our local health district and due to the increasing numbers of local and state-wide COVID cases.  Students who need to quarantine will be able to access remote learning during that time.

Finally, the winter sports season has been postponed pending updated recommendations from DPH. We will provide updates as soon as they are available but at this time, the Nov 21 start date for winter sports has been postponed.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Christine

Parent Update, 10/30/2020

Parent Update, 10/30/2020

Good afternoon,

I have a few quick updates to share with all of our East Windsor school community.

In- person learning: First, a reminder that grades K, 1, 2, 5, 6, 9 and 12 will begin attending school 4- days per week beginning Monday Nov 2. This only applies if your child is attending in-person classes.  If you have decided that your child will do full remote learning, they do not need to come in to attend classes.  If you would like to change the model of instruction your child has (in person or full remote) we need you to contact your child’s school; this is especially true if your child will change to in-person learning – we need to hear from families prior to their return so we can appropriately plan for them to be with us.

Travel for Thanksgiving – the East Windsor schools are requiring any student or staff who travels to a state identified on Gov. Lamont’s travel advisory to quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to school.  We are following the advice of our health district to require the 14 days rather than allowing folks to provide a negative test.  We are making this decision erring on the side of safety for our students and staff.  Thank you for your understanding, especially in light of the increasing positive test rate in CT. .

Weather – I had not planned on having to address the issue of inclement weather in October but Mother Nature had other ideas.  The Department of Education has given Superintendent’s the ability to decide if we will have remote learning days rather than traditional snow days for this school year.  I intend to use that option and we will be reminding students to take home laptops when poor weather is in the forecast.  Please encourage your children to remember their laptops as well.  If we have remote learning days, rather than traditional snow days, we will not have to extend the school year in June.

I would like to remind families that resources related to COVID 19 can be found on the Reopening Information page of the website.

Thank you and enjoy the weekend

Christine