Posted by Jennifer Buller on 11/16/2020 8:00:00 AM
Hello Ruffin Ridley Families and Friends,
Our hive has certainly been buzzing with activity over the last few weeks. Now that we have transitioned fully into our hybrid plan we are starting to find some rhythm and routine in the day to day structures and schedules that make teaching and learning possible this year. Of course we are still working on improving practices and fine tuning certain procedures (such as lunch ordering and delivery) and along the way our staff and students have shown tremendous flexibility, commitment, and resolve in meeting each challenge we have faced.
Below are some updates and reminders including information about:
All school Family Forum: November 19th 8:00 - 9:00pm
Safe practices for driving to and from school
Travel restriction reminder
12/2 School Council Meeting
All School Family Forum
This Thursday, November 19th, at 8:00pm I will be hosting a Family Forum for all our PreK-8 families. The below topics will be covered at the forum:
Practices and procedures for notifications of positive cases and close contacts
Approaches to supporting students who need to quarantine and are absent from in person learning opportunities
Updated information about current mitigation practices and how they have been working
Examples of in person and remote learning experiences at FRR
As a reminder there is NO driving in the front loop off Harvard Street during the drop off window (7:45 - 8:05am) and the pick up window (2:15 - 2:45pm).
Families who arrive on Stedman Street should carefully pull over and park on the left side of the street. It is suggested that students exit/enter their vehicles from the curbside of the car as traffic is busy both during pick up and drop off times. When leaving your parked position the left side of Stedman Street please use extra caution pulling back out into the road as their may be bicycles and other pedestrian traffic that are moving up the street at these times.
Travel Restriction Reminder
On November 2, 2020, Governor Baker issued COVID-19 Order #54. This order reduced the size limit for gatherings at private residences in Massachusetts. Indoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 25 people. This order includes Thanksgiving celebrations.
The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that travel increases your chance of getting and spreading Covid-19 and that staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. It is imperative that you are aware of, and adhere to, the latest Massachusetts travel restrictions and advisories.
Per the travel order issued by Governor Baker on August 1, 2020, all families traveling from out-of-state and internationally must self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. More information can be found here.
Please know that if you intend to travel outside the country or to one of the high risk states over Thanksgiving weekend, you and your child should quarantine and not return to school for 14 days, or until receiving a negative Covid-19 test. For information about free Stop the Spread testing facilities in other communities, visit Mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread.
In addition, please remember the health agreement that all PSB staff and families signed for this school year. You must continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and check for fever (100 or higher) daily for everyone in your household. Stay home if you feel ill and keep your children home if they feel ill.
School Council Meeting (December 2nd 7:00pm)
Our next FRR School Council Meeting will be on Wednesday December 2nd, at 7:00pm. This is a public meeting and all are welcome to attend. A tentative agenda for the meeting is below:
Budget: planning for the 2021-2022 school year, current budget implications
Access and Equity: Family PAC and Staff group updates and work
Hybrid Model: report on current practices and opportunities for improvement
As we get closer to the Thanksgiving season it is so difficult to make the tough decisions that will ultimately keep us all safe and healthy. I want to thank everyone who has continued to adjust their schedules, made sacrifices in the interest of keeping us all healthy, and shown incredible flexibility and patience with our ever evolving situation this school year. There is much that we have needed to pause, skip, and reimagine as we face this pandemic together. We have endured so much over the past 8 months and it has worn on our patience and spirit. Yet we must continue to be strong, make the tough decisions and sacrifices, and follow the guidelines and precautions that are shared by the doctors and scientists helping us battle this virus.
It is in these difficult and trying times that we must be the light in each other's lives in order to lift up each other and our community. Let's all try and make a point to take some time this week to pause and share (either in writing or out loud) gratitude with one another for the many gifts that are shared in our community each day. This year is so incredibly difficult on many levels and by taking the time to express our appreciation for each other we can bring hope and happiness to someone who may really be struggling.
I hope to see many of you on Thursday evening at our Family Forum and around the building at drop off and pick up this week!