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March 19, 2021 // Superintendent's Update

Dear SPS Community,

Warmer weather and the first day of Spring always bring changes to the landscape. Maybe as sure as we can count on those changes, we should expect shifts in guidance from the State and Center for Disease Control (CDC).  

Last week, Commissioner Riley issued new guidance to school districts amending what qualifies as Student Learning Time (SLT) in the Hybrid model. The guidance provides a rationale for the change and the requirements. SPS has been planning for the increase of in-person learning and is well-positioned to meet the new requirements. Please visit this link to review the guidance.

The CDC amended their distancing guidance to three-feet for students in classrooms and aligns with the recommendations from the World Health Organization, American Association of Pediatrics, and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. In addition, the CDC recommends using multiple mitigations, such as hand hygiene, updating ventilation systems, and using surveillance testing. In reviewing the updated guidance from the CDC, our district has implemented or is planning to implement the recommendations. You can find the full guidance on the CDC website.

I would like to thank those who have recently provided consent to your child’s participation in our pooled testing program. The District has reached the 80% threshold of students participating in the program! We continue to accept students in the testing program and the consent form for each school is available on the Sudbury Public Schools Website.  

This week our country experienced yet another senseless tragedy.  Eight individuals were murdered in Atlanta, six of whom were women of Asian descent.  It has been reported at the national level that there has been an increase in hate crimes directed at persons of Asian descent due to misinformation regarding COVID-19.  As a district, we are committed to ensuring a safe learning environment for all students and are cognizant of the disproportionate impact of incidents such as this on our students of color.  As a district, we are also committed to a program of study that directly addresses bias, prejudice, and racism and celebrates the unique contributions of each member of our school community.  We are prepared to support families in whatever ways we can.  The SPS Mental Health Team has curated a robust set of resources that is available on their website.  Please reach out to your building principal, teacher, and/or guidance counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Brad Crozier

Superintendent of Schools