SchoolMessenger Update:

April 1, 2020
From: EPS Superintendent
Subject: Supt. April 1st Update

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

I wanted to provide a follow up from my last message on March 27th. Shortly, you will all be receiving a message from your child’s principal regarding phase two of our distance learning plan. JFK and Enfield High School have already reached out to all families and students about additional distance learning packets, which will provide materials for students until April 9th. Elementary principals will be sending a message today about the distribution of materials for our elementary students. We have arranged for each school to serve as a pick-up location for parents to obtain these materials this Friday, April 3rd. Details on pick-up times and procedures will be in the message you receive from your child's principal. Unlike last time, in order to limit large gatherings of people, we will not be able to have a central distribution site at the district office. If you are unable to pick up your child’s packet on Friday, each school will make arrangements to ensure all students receive their materials.

Phase two of our distance learning plan will provide enough instructional material for your children to get them through April 9th. As previously planned, the district will be observing Friday, April 10th as Good Friday. April vacation (April 13th-April 17th) will also remain intact, as previously scheduled. There will be no expectation that students or staff are required to continue working during this time, as we believe everyone can use a much-needed break. This information will also be posted on the district website. 


As of this moment, Governor Lamont’s executive order for schools to remain closed through April 20th is still in effect. Although we have reason to believe this date will be extended, we cannot confirm this at the moment. If the school closure does get extended, we will continue working to ensure all of our students have the necessary materials to continue distance learning for as long as this school closure is enforced. Staff will be working diligently over the coming weeks to continue to provide materials for students should we be out of school longer.


I appreciate everyone’s patience during this trying time. Please know we are doing everything we can as a district to ensure our students have the best experience possible during this unprecedented pandemic. In the meantime, we ask that you continue to honor the Governor's directive to stay home if possible, practice social distancing, and continue to use good personal hygiene. None of us could have ever fully prepared for what we are going through, and we realize this process is not perfect. However, if we all continue to exercise patience, work together, and support one another, I am confident we will get through this challenging time stronger than ever. 


Thank you - and stay well, 


Christopher J. Drezek

Superintendent of Schools

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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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