SchoolMessenger Update:

March 27, 2020
From: EPS Superintendent
Subject: Supt. March 27th Update

Dear Parents, Staff, and Students of the Enfield Public Schools,

As you already heard, Governor Lamont has extended the executive order for Connecticut schools to remain closed until at least April 20th. This new directive will take us up to the conclusion of our regularly scheduled spring break. In the coming days, you or your child will be receiving additional materials from your child’s school, which will provide students with enough distance learning opportunities to get them through this closure. I’d like to clarify the expectation the district has for your children during this time.  

These additional assignments will provide learning opportunities through April 9th, which is the day before Good Friday. We will still be recognizing Good Friday as a holiday, and April vacation will remain as planned during the week of April 13th to April 17th. I believe everyone - students, teachers, and parents - all deserve a break during this trying time, and we intend to honor these days off as originally planned. There is no expectation from the district that any work will be required by anyone (students or staff) during this time. It is my hope that everyone will use this well deserved break to take time to relax with family and engage in activities that will help everyone decompress from the circumstances we’ve needed to deal with over the past few weeks. Although this closure deadline is only extended through April 20th, we have to be prepared in the event it lasts longer. As more information is available, we will send additional information home for students so they are prepared to continue our distance learning plan for a longer duration, if necessary. 

Let me reiterate, although everyone has pulled together to create a distance learning plan in record time, we all realize it is not perfect. We also realize that the stress parents, students, and teachers are feeling is real. We are in uncharted territory. Since we’ve never experienced anything like this before, everyone is doing everything they can to make this situation work as best as possible for our students. Right now, our highest priority is everyone’s safety. The work we send home is important, but the safety of our students and staff is of the upmost importance; therefore, what we are asking is that everyone continue to do their best.

We realize there are still many questions regarding this approach to learning, and we will do our best to answer what we can, but please understand we all need to work together during these trying times. If we exercise patience and understanding, we will come through this stronger. I want parents, students, and staff to know our intention is to be very flexible with these distance learning materials in regards to completion and grading. As we await guidance on grading and credit from the Connecticut State Department of Education, we are currently working on provisions regarding exactly how these assignments will impact student performance measures. We understand the anxiety this situation has caused, and we intend to be as flexible as possible to help everyone get through this. Again, all we ask is that everyone do their best, and we will work together to make the best of this challenging situation. 

Lastly, I just want to remind everyone to stay safe. It seems like every day a new executive order or guidance is sent out that changes how we normally live our lives. I don’t have any inside information on when life will get back to normal, but our main priority is keeping everyone as safe as we can. Please adhere to the guidelines we are receiving, practice social distancing, stay home if you are able, and continue to practice good personal hygiene. Most importantly, please remain optimistic. The outpouring of support I’ve received on the behalf of our staff and the stories of how people are coming together during this difficult time reminds me of the best in all of us. We will get through this. As long as we support one another and remember our highest priority, our students, we will come out of this stronger than ever. 

Stay well, 

Christopher J. Drezek 

Superintendent of Schools

March 23, 2020

As you may have heard, Governor Lamont has ordered all Connecticut schools to remain closed until at least April 20th. I will send an update to everyone soon but wanted you to know as soon as I heard. 

Thank you 

Christopher J. Drezek 

Superintendent of School

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Subject: Important Info for Parents - Mar 18th

Enfield Public Schools would like to share with you the following:

  • We recognize that the current public health emergency is resulting in an increase of stress on families.
  • If you or your child are experiencing an immediate safety concern call 911.
  • If you or your child are experiencing a behavioral mental health crisis call 211.
  • If you would like to access support services, please contact the following:
  • For children over 8 years of age, please call  Youth and Family Services  at  860-253-6380.
  • For children under 8 years of age, please call the Family Resource Center 860-253-5214.
  • If you would like to contact your child’s counselor or social worker, please do so via their school email address.

From: EPS Notification System 

Subject: Helpful COVID 19 Tips w/ Children

When children and youth watch news on TV about an infectious disease outbreak, read about it in the news, or overhear others discussing it, they can feel scared, confused, or anxious—as much as adults. This is true even if they live far from where the outbreak is taking place and are at little to no actual risk of getting sick. Young people react to anxiety and stress differently than adults. Some may react right away; others may show signs that they are having a difficult time much later. As such, adults do not always know when a child needs help. This tip sheet will help parents, caregivers, and teachers learn some common reactions, respond in a helpful way, and know when to seek support.



Dear Parent/Guardian,

Recent events have raised concerns about the prevention of contagious infections like the flu and the coronavirus.  Hand washing has been identified by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as the most effective way to prevent the spread of these infections.  In our efforts to keep students healthy, proper hand washing techniques are being reviewed with students.  Healthy habits begin at home, and so we are hoping you will join us in our efforts and help your child maintain the most effective hand washing techniques at home as well. 

Below you will find effective hand washing skills outlined in the CDC’s Life is Better with Clean Hands campaign.

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Studies have shown that handwashing can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu.

Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

If soap and water aren’t available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

For more information on Life is Better with Clean Hands visit


Trisha Vayda, BSN, RN, NCSN

Enfield Public Schools



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