School Messenger Update Information 11/20/2020

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

     Barnard Confirmed Case Letter November 20 2020.pdf

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

I am writing to inform you that at the close of school today, the district will be moving to a completely remote learning program beginning Monday, November 23rd through Friday, December 4th, with a hope to return to our hybrid program on Monday, December 7th. I honestly cannot tell you at this moment if that will happen, but if I need to extend our virtual plan beyond the 7th, I will let everyone know as soon as possible. The extreme stress of staffing the buildings, the dramatic increase in cases in Enfield, the potential lack of bus drivers, and the upcoming holiday have made this decision inevitable. Although this message is disappointing to write, I can share that it was not unexpected. I have tried to communicate since the beginning that my main goal was to keep our kids in person as long as I could, and that has not changed. The fact that we made it this long without an extended closure is a testament to our staff, who have worked tirelessly to keep our buildings open; however, the lack of adult supervision has made it impossible to keep our buildings safely open at this moment. I remain hopeful that this is just another temporary setback, but the safety of our students and staff is and always will be my top priority. Your child’s principal will be sending remote schedules home to you shortly, and any school specific questions should be directed to your child’s principal.
I understand this decision may not be what everyone was hoping for, and believe me, I wish I didn’t have to make it. I also recognize that this year has not been perfect, but I have stated from the beginning that it was not intended to be. We are working every day to improve this experience for students and staff, and we are committed to working collaboratively to enhance how we deliver instruction for our students. I still hold out hope that in the near future, school can get back to some semblance of normalcy, and our kids can finish out the year the way they deserve to.
I realize this may not be the message you wanted to hear this close to Thanksgiving, but please take time next week to enjoy your families (even if it’s virtually) and take a much needed break from the chaos of the past few months. I want everyone to know that any decision on school reopening is, and will continue to be, based on the health and safety of our students and staff. I, like all of you, 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



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


RETURNING STUDENTS REGISTRATION UPDATE
FOR the 2020-21 School Year.

To our parents and guardians,

We are excited about the possibility for you to be able to update your student's information via the web.  Online enrollment for the upcoming school year is now available! This process replaces most of the paper forms sent home at the beginning of each school year. You will use the PowerSchool Parent Portal to access the forms.  Please review and update by September 15, 2020.


How do I get started?

 I have a PowerSchool Parent Portal Account:

.  Log into your account at https://enfield.powerschool.com  > Parent Sign-in

1.      Select the student you wish to update along the top.

2.      Select the Returning Student Registration Icon on the left side for 2020-2021, (it may be under quick links)

3.      Agree to the terms and conditions

4.      Click Begin Forms

 I do not have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account or login:

PS Parent Portal Login Creation

Please reference the helpful video and guides on http://www.enfieldschools.org/parent_support/pspp

Please contact the main office of your child’s school for your children’s “Access Codes” to link your account to theirs.

 Help! I am having technical difficulties.  For technical support, email: edtechhelp@enfieldschools.org.

Do I have to answer all the questions?
Required questions are marked as "Required".

What if I make a mistake?
If you would like to make a change prior to submitting the form, you can either navigate back to the page using the “< Prev” and “Next >” buttons or if you are on the Review page click on the underlined field.  If you have already submitted the form you will need to contact your student’s school so they can make the changes for you.

I’ve completed the form, now what?
Once you have finished entering your information click “Submit.” This will send all of the information you’ve entered to the school. If you cannot click on this button you will need to make sure that you have answered all required questions.

What if I have more than one student in the district? Do I need to do this for each child?
Yes you will need to provide information that is specific to each child.  We recommend that you complete and submit one form and then start another. This will allow you to “snap” (or share) selected family information, which saves you time.

Thank you!

Enfield School District

Topic: Coping with Uncertainty: Supporting the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Teens During the Pandemic

Date: Oct 29, 2020 06:17 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting Recording: Click Here

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CT PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT:
YOUTH SUICIDE
A CALL TO ACTION
THE TRAGEDY OF THE PAST FOUR WEEKS
Tragically, in the past four weeks Connecticut has lost four young teens to suicide.We share this alert so that during these uncertain times youth collectively receive increased support, and so adults understand that right now youth are:

1) Struggling with feelings of uncertainty

2) Feeling isolated and lonely
3) Experiencing losses and grief
4) Needing increased mental health support 
5) Impacted by world events



We are sharing important information with you today in an effort to increase awareness and vigilance to recognize and respond to the ongoing mental/emotional needs of youth.

If you, or someone you know,  is in crisis and needs help, please call 1(800)273-TALK (8255) or 211 in CT or text the Crisis Text Line: CT to 741741, and in an Emergency Call or Text 911. In addition, school and town staff have been trained to screen and respond to youth in crisis so please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time if you feel your child needs support.

Suicide Prevention Public Health Alert and Call to Action October 30, 2020.pdf



Nutrition Services Update

Dear Enfield Public Schools Families,

Due to a temporary waiver available from the USDA, beginning Monday, November 2, 2020 all children age 18 and younger are eligible to   receive a free breakfast and lunch through the National School Meals Program. This will apply to children who attend in-person learning, children in distance learning and children who do not attend school. This free meal program is available because of the Covid-19 pandemic and will be federally funded until the end of the current school year in June 2021.

In person students will receive full meals the same as they are now, but at no charge. There is still a charge for “milk only” purchases or if students at the Middle and High school purchase “a la carte” items.

Remote and Hybrid students and families of preschool aged children can pick up meals at Enfield High School the same way we are currently doing, on Monday and Wednesdays, between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., and must be ordered in advance. Please contact  rfrench@enfieldschools.org or at 860-253-6511 to arrange for meals. The deadline to order meals is 3:00 pm the day before meal pick up.

Please note, this is not a change to your current meal status. When the waiver expires at the end of this school year, your current meal status will be carried over for the first 30 days of the new school year. While all meals will be at no charge, you will still need to complete an application to be eligible for other  benefits associated with a Free or Reduced meal status – reduced student sport and iPad insurance fees, ERfC child care programs discounts, cable internet discounts, etc.


Smyth Bus Protocols

  • Monday & Tuesday A-K Riders must wear masks at all times;
  • AM Run - Gr. 6-12 Riders will load from the back of the bus to the front and should not touch any seat while getting to their seats – Students in grades K-5 will be assigned seats;
  • Siblings can sit together;
  • Students cannot change seats once they have been seated;
  • Arrive at the school AM - Riders will disembark from the front of the bus to the back and should not touch any seats while getting off of the bus;
  • Bus Drivers will disinfect the bus before the afternoon pickup;
  • PM Run – repeat the same steps above;
  • Wednesdays, buses will be all thoroughly disinfected;
  • Thursday & Friday AM/PM L-Z Riders (repeat steps above).


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