Message from Superintendent Greer: December 6, 2021

Message from Superintendent Greer: December 6, 2021
Posted on 12/06/2021

Greetings CPS community!

 

I would like to reiterate our commitment to student safety. It is of highest priority that we safeguard our students’ wellbeing. Below I share more details about our work to address short term needs and long term solutions regarding alleged misogyny, discrimination (including gender discrimination), sexual harassment and sexual assault at CRLS.

 

The Cambridge Public Health Department will be holding a third vaccine clinic on Wednesday, December 15 at CRLS from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Please note that an appointment is required. Additional information and the registration link are below.


As we finish out 2021, please check out all of the amazing celebrations and performances on the CPS District Calendar. We hope that you will be able to attend and experience our talented students!


Thank you for your continued support. I hope you have a wonderful week.


Make it Great!


Dr. Victoria L. Greer

Interim Superintendent

Cambridge Public Schools



Update: Action Plan to Promote Safe and Responsive Learning Environments

In recent years, there have been several efforts to elevate and address issues of misogyny, gender discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault in Cambridge Public Schools, including the Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention Action Plan Recommendations developed in 2017 and follow-up School Committee order #21-141 in 2021.


Building on the steps that have already been taken at the school and district levels, we will move forward to ensure consistent implementation and monitoring of progress. In the coming weeks, we will:

  • Review the status and impact of actions implemented over the last several years;
  • Designate 2 CRLS staff members to receive specialized training and serve as in-house investigators;
  • Launch a formal, independent assessment of alleged misogyny, discrimination (including gender discrimination), sexual harassment and sexual assault at CRLS, as well as related policies, procedures, and practices; and
  • Based on that assessment’s findings and recommendations, implement improvements across the district.
See this update on our current action plan. We will continue to share updates as we progress through this work.


COVID-19 and Flu Vaccine Clinics

 

CPHD Pfizer and Flu Vaccine Clinic at CRLS

CPHD is hosting a 3rd vaccine clinic next Wednesday, December 15 at CRLS.

  • Appointments are required. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
  • Anyone 5 and older can receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. This clinic cannot accommodate those who need their second dose.
  • Booster Vaccines will not be available.
  • FluMist will be available to people ages 2 to 49 at the Dec. 15 clinic who have an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.

**A follow-up clinic will be held on Wednesday, January 5 to provide the second dose of vaccine to children and adults who received their first dose at the December 15 clinic.**

 

Wednesday, December 15 | 3:30-7:30PM

 

Register


VaxAbilities is hosting disability-friendly vaccine clinics around the state. Additional staff will be at these clinics to provide skilled support to individuals with disabilities and sensory support needs.

 

Most of the clinics will offer the COVID vaccine to children 5+, adult vaccines as well as boosters. While the clinics are tailored to support individuals with disabilities, please note that anyone can visit the clinic.

 

**Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged.**

 

Register


Student Vaccinations

See the full FAQ about student vaccinations here.

 

If you have not done so already, please upload proof of vaccination or submit exemption requests through the secure Family Portal as soon as possible. As a reminder, please do not share this information via email with school staff.


Nutrition Corner 

A reminder that for the month of December, Food and Nutrition Services will publish a weekly menu, rather than a monthly menu, due to continued national shortages of food and packaging materials, labor and vendor delivery delays and cancellations, This will ensure the menu is as accurate as possible. A weekly menu also means there will be fewer last minute menu changes.


For any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Food and Nutrition Services office at 617-349-6858.


Transportation

Our Edulog bus tracker system has a new app!

With the new Edulog Parent Portal app you can:

  • See the location information for your child’s bus
  • Receive notifications as the bus approaches the bus stop
  • Receive time-sensitive messages from the Transportation Department

Scan the QR Code above or to the right to download the NEW

app and create a NEW account.

 

For more information, visit CPS’ Transportation webpage.

Caught Doing Good 



Students in RSTA’s Carpentry Program
built 17 benches

for Cambridgeport School! The benches have quickly become a place for students and families to gather, play and learn. Thank you for making a difference CRLS!

 

Are you proud of something happening in your school,

classroom or program? Share your “Caught Doing Good”

story with [email protected].


Featured Events


2022-23 JK/K Lottery

 

The JK/K Lottery for the 2022-2023 school year opens on January 3, 2022 and closes promptly at 4PM on January 31, 2022. All registrations must be fully completed, including all language testing to determine eligibility for Program Language Bonus points.


Cambridge Families of Color Coalition (CFCC): Community Gathering

Tuesday, December 14 | 6:30-8PM

Register

Cambridge Families of Asian Descent (CFAD) Upcoming Meeting

The Cambridge Families of Asian Descent will hold their next meeting on Thursday, December 16. CFAD is a group of parents, guardians and caregivers who advocate for the increasing visibility fo Asian-Americans in the school curriculum and community.

Thursday, December 16 |7:30-8:30pm

Register

 


Calendar

CPS 2021-22 School calendar

 

Sunday, November 28-Monday, December 6 | Hanukkah

Friday, December 24-Friday, December 31 | Winter Break

Sunday, December 26 | Kwanzaa Begins


In Case You Missed It

December CPS Lunch Menu: Week 2 (December 6-December 10)

COVID-19 Testing Consent Forms: Log in to the Family Portal

CPS Quarantine & Testing Protocols: English | Amharic | Arabic | Bengali | Haitian Creole | Spanish

Holiday Gathering Guidance: Safety Tips

Student Vaccination Requirements Information: FAQ
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