In-Person Learning Expands, Remote Family Listening Sessions, “Stop the Virus” Video, Updated Travel Guidance

In-Person Learning Expands, Remote Family Listening Sessions, “Stop the Virus” Video, Updated Travel Guidance
Posted on 04/06/2021
Dear CPS Community,

It was wonderful to welcome back hundreds more elementary and Amigos students today for full time, in-person learning. Kudos to our elementary schools and Amigos for reaching this important milestone!
Stop the Virus Video
It’s more important than ever for our community to remain vigilant with all our COVID-19 safety protocols. Everyone - including individuals who have received vaccines - must continue to wear a mask, maintain physical distance, and wash hands frequently to prevent virus transmission.

For a fun, musical take on COVID safety, watch this "Stop the Virus," music video by Bobby Tynes (Interim Principal at the Peabody School) and Tracy Rose-Tynes (Associate Chief of Clinical Services at Cambridge Public Health.)

With April break around the corner, please remember that TRAVEL is a high risk activity.
While updated state guidance no longer mandates travelers to get tested and quarantine upon return to Massachusetts, CPS strongly encourages that travelers closely follow the state travel advisory:
 

Excerpt from Massachusetts Covid-19 Travel Advisory:

Residents returning from out of state travel are advised to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival.  Travelers in the following categories are exempt from this quarantine advisory:

  • Travelers who have received a negative COVID-19 result on a test administered not more than 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts.  Travelers may also test out of the quarantine advisory after arrival in Massachusetts, as long as they quarantine until receiving a negative test result.
  • Anyone who is returning to Massachusetts after being out of the State for fewer than 24 hour
  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated (i.e. who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago) and who do not have symptoms.

Our community has worked hard this school year to limit our students’ and staff’s exposure to the virus. Please consider the potential risks to your family and our community as you consider non-essential travel for this year’s April break.

See details below on:

  1. April 7-14: Family Listening Sessions for Remote Learners
  2. April 8: Interim Superintendent Search Update
  3. FY22 Budget Process Continues
  4. Upcoming Meetings & Events

Sincerely,
Kenneth N. Salim, Ed.D.
Superintendent

1. April 7-14: Remote Learning Family Listening Sessions

Join Director of Family Engagement Robin Harris to share your experience in remote learning.
CPS remains committed to providing effective remote learning for those families that have chosen to keep their children home for the remainder of the school year. The Office of Family Engagement is launching a series of listening sessions April 7-14 for remote families to gather feedback on the remote experience. Register here >>

Remote Listening Sessions
 
2. April 8 - Interim Superintendent, Candidate Forums:
The School Committee has announced three finalists to serve as Interim Superintendent for the 2021-2022 school year. They are:

  • Dr Victoria Greer, Superintendent of Schools, Sharon Public Schools
  • Dr. Monica Hanson, Interim Superintendent of Schools, New Hampshire School Administrative Unit #44
  • Dr. Brian Metcalf, Chief Executive Officer, Tindley Accelerated Schools

We invite you to watch the Virtual Candidate Forums live on Zoom on April 8th from 5-8PM:

  • Virtual Forum - Students
  • Virtual Forum - Staff
  • Virtual Forum - Families/ Community Members

Recordings will be posted on the website and played on CEA-TV, Channel 99 afterwards. Details here >> 

3. FY22 Budget Process Continues
Tomorrow we’ll present a preview of CPS’s Summer 2021 programming to the School Committee, as part of our plans to help all students Recover and Thrive next year. The School Committee will vote on the FY22 budget on April 13.
 
4. Upcoming Meetings & Events

  • April 6 | 6PM: School Committee, Regular Meeting
  • April 7 | 6PM: Grades 6-8 - Remote Learner Family Listening Session. Register here >>
  • April 7 | 7PM: High School - Remote Learner Family Listening Session. Register here >>
  • April 7 | 8PM: Middle & High School - Remote Learner Family Listening Session. Register here >>
  • April 8 | 5 - 8PM: Interim Superintendent Search: Virtual Candidate Forum
  • April 8 | 6PM: Special Start-Grade 2 - Remote Learner Family Listening Session. Register here >>
  • April 8 | 7PM: Families of Color - Remote Learner Family Listening Session. Register here >>
  • April 9 | COVID Conversations: Putnam Ave Upper School, Vassal Lane Upper School, CRLS, and High School Extension Program. Register here >>
  • April 10 | 11AM: All Learners - Remote Learner Family Listening Session. Register here >>
  • April 12 | 6PM: Spanish Speakers - Remote Learner Family Listening Session. Register here >>
  • April 12 | 7PM: Families of Asian Descent - Remote Learner Family Listening Session. Register here >>
  • April 15 | 7PM: Cambridge Families of Asian Descent (CFAD)
  • April 28 | Upper Schools launch full-time, in-person learning
  • May 19 | 10AM - 2PM: Together We RISE, A Virtual Conference for Allston, Brighton, and Cambridge High School Sophomores & Juniors, sponsored by the Harvard Ed Portal and the Harvard Public School Partnerships team. CRLS alum, Mohammed Uddin, CRLS ‘15, UMass Boston BA ‘19, MPA ‘20, will be a featured guest speaker.
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