It has been a busy week across the district as we prepare to return to in-person schooling at the elementary level on Monday, April 5th and at the middle school level on Monday, April 26th. We are grateful for the community’s support, with the myriad of associated details ranging from updating paperwork to assembling over 1,000 desks. We are anticipating the arrival of tents that will be used for outdoor learning opportunities and will be reaching out for additional volunteers to help with set-up.
This past week we experienced an uptick in students testing positive for COVID. Although it is difficult to trace the exact source of the positive cases, it is clear COVID is in Sudbury and is spreading. Dozens of other students have been identified as close contacts and are being required to quarantine. This impacts students, teachers and families. Our ability to fully reopen, and remain fully in-person, is dependent on strict adherence to in-school mitigation measures such as hand hygiene, masking, social distancing, sanitization, ventilation, surveillance testing, and contact tracing. It is also dependent on the community. We are imploring families to remain vigilant and observe the state’s masking and gathering orders as well as the Massachusetts Travel Advisory. Wearing a mask, limiting private indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 25 people, and testing or quarantining after travel will help us keep our schools open and our community safe.
To allow for much needed educator preparation and planning, elementary students will receive asynchronous instructional plans on Wednesday, March 31. Thursday, April 1 will be a full-day professional development day. School will not be in session for SPS students.
Families may register for in-school pooled testing at any time. Pooled testing is an essential component of our COVID mitigation strategy.
SPS and the Sudbury Board of Health will sponsor pooled testing during the April break on Wednesday, April 21st. Further details and a registration form will be shared next week.
I am so grateful to the Sudbury community and our wonderful staff for getting us to this point. For the health and well-being of all, let’s remain patient and commit to a safe and sustainable reopening.