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School Messenger Update Information: 12/16/2020

From:EPS Notification System <no-reply@enfieldschools.org>
Subject:Snow Day - Thursday Dec. 17th

Good afternoon, 

This is Chris Drezek, Superintendent of the Enfield Public Schools with a message for the students, parents and staff of the Enfield Public Schools.  Tomorrow, Thursday December 17th will be a traditional snow day and students and staff will not be expected to participate in remote learning. There will also not be any out-of-town busses tomorrow.  I realize that last week I informed you that if there was inclement weather tomorrow, the district would switch to remote learning. However, with the magnitude of this impending storm, as well as the potential for power outages, I’ve made the decision to switch tomorrow to a more traditional snow day and give everyone a much-needed break. We will pick up remote learning again on Friday December 18th. I hope everyone takes the day to unplug and enjoy your normal snow day traditions. 

Snow Day Hours – Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands



1 EHS Confirmed Case Letter to December 15 2020.pdf



2 JFK Confirmed Case Letter to December 14 2020.pdf



COVID-19 Letter to families 12-13-20.pdf


HMS Confirmed Case Letter December 11 2020 .pdf

Superintendent's  Letter:  COVID-19 Letter to families 11-20-20.pdf

     Barnard Confirmed Case Letter November 20 2020.pdf



JFK Closed for in-person learning through  Monday,  11/30/2020.

     JFK Letter to families November 18 2020.pdf



      JFK Confirmed Case Letter to November 17 2020.pdf

     EHS Confirmed Case Letter to November 17 2020.pdf

     ETLA Confirmed Case Letter to November 17 2020.pdf


JFK Closed for in-person learning Monday,  11/16/2020.    

     JFK Confirmed Case Letter November 15 2020.pdf

     Parkman Confirmed Case Letter November 15 2020.pdf

      JFK Letter to families November 13 2020.pdf

     JFK Confirmed Case Letter to November 13 2020.pdf

     2 JFK Confirmed Case Letter to November 13 2020.pdf     

     SELC Confirmed Case Letter November 13 2020.pdf


     JFK Letter to families November 11 2020.pdf


EHS Closed for in-person learning Thursday, 11/12/2020

     EHS Letter to families November 11 2020.pdf
     1 EHS Confirmed Case Letter to November 11 2020.pdf
     2 EHS Confirmed Case Letter to November 11 2020.pdf



    Parkman Confirmed Case Letter November 6 2020.pdf



     Update Letter to families 10-30-20.pdf

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

As you may have heard, we are going to continue with our hybrid learning plan until Friday, November 27, 2020. It was my intention to attempt to begin full, in-person learning on Monday, November 9, 2020; however, the recent uptick in public health data supports remaining in our hybrid plan for the time being. As I stated at our regular Board of Education meeting this past Tuesday, the leading indicator for schools to begin reducing the density within our buildings is ten or more new COVID cases per 100,000 residents, by county. Currently, Hartford county, which Enfield is a part of, is at 13.1 new COVID cases per 100,000 residents, putting our county in the moderate risk level, where the recommendation is to begin reducing the amount of people in our buildings. Fortunately, Enfield is showing lower figures than the State of Connecticut, as well as Hartford county, coming in at 6.3 new COVID cases per 100,000 residents. Although we are doing better than our counterparts, this figure has increased over the past few weeks, but we are hopeful this number begins to trend downward. With cases rising and significant concerns from public health experts about the upcoming holiday, I believe it is in the best interest of the Enfield Public Schools to stay the course on our current plan until after the Thanksgiving holiday, when more information regarding this recent increase in cases is known. I also want to make you aware that we are closely monitoring the concerns shared with us from public health professionals regarding the anticipation of higher infection rates due to the Thanksgiving holiday. I may be forced to alter our plans once again, and although I do not have definitive information at this point, I wanted to make you aware that things may change.

I have said from the beginning that we have never experienced anything like this before, and we have to remain committed to being flexible, as circumstances can (and have) change daily. Our experiences over these first two months have tested our resilience each day. The daily struggle to keep our buildings open with enough staff is real, and the character of our staff members to provide the best opportunities for our students has never been better displayed. The health and safety of our students and staff has, and will remain, my highest priority; however, I cannot overlook the impact our current environment has on our students. I realize that no answer is perfect, but I have made it my second priority to try to provide as much “normalcy” for children as I can. As much as I want to bring our students back in-person full time, the prospect of having to close our schools down for extended periods of time can, in my opinion, be even more detrimental to them. I take no pleasure in saying this, but the reality is that the more people we have in our schools and the more positive cases we see, the likelihood of closing down for a long period of time drastically increases. I want to be clear—I fully understand that some people reading this will not agree, and that is okay. One thing we cannot dispute is that we all have our children’s best interests in mind, and though we may have different ideas on what that looks like, we all have to remain committed to doing what is best for the students and staff of the Enfield Public Schools. 

As I have said before, I hope this public health crisis will be over soon. Until it is, however, we all need to remain flexible in the midst of the circumstances we face, but we will never change our mission—providing the best and safest opportunities for our students.

Thank you - and stay well,

Christopher J. Drezek

Superintendent of Schools

 


HMS Confirmed Case Letter October 29 2020.pdf

Supt Update10-16-20.pdf

Parkman Letter to Families October 2 2020.pdf


Crandall Letter to Families October 2 2020.pdf


Barnard Letter to families September 24 2020.pdf

Barnard Confirmed Case Letter September 24 2020.pdf


EHS Confirmed Case Letter to September 23 2020.pdf

EHS Letter to Families September 23 2020.pdf