COVID Testing Forms, Equity Office Launch, Teacher Vaccinations

COVID Testing Forms, Equity Office Launch, Teacher Vaccinations
Posted on 08/31/2021

Greetings CPS community -

We’re almost there! This week, CPS’s educators and staff will return to school buildings to prepare for an exciting first day of school next week.

Dr. GreerIn this week’s video message I share a preview of my recommendation to the School Committee that all CPS staff be required to be fully vaccinated. Vaccination is the best way to stay healthy, protect our community, and end the pandemic. CPS must take all actions available to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and maximize safe in-person learning.

If you haven’t already, please log in to the CPS Family Portal to complete your annual back-to-school forms. The portal now includes the NEW COVID-Testing Consent Form. Please sign this form to allow your student to participate in CPS’s comprehensive COVID-19 testing plan.

This week I will also be kicking off Conversations with Superintendent Greer to discuss the future of CPS. This week, I'll be meeting with Bengali speakers, Arabic speakers, Spanish Speakers, PK, JK, K, Grade 1 Families, Grades 2-5 Families, and Grades 6-8 Families. Register now to join me and share your perspective!

Below is some important information for you:

  • Chief Equity Officer Manuel J. Fernandez shares an update about the launch of the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.
  • Save-the-Date: CPS’s First Youth Equity Leadership Summit (September 25)
  •  In Case You Missed It: Video from my interview with My Brother’s Keeper Cambridge

Make it great!

Dr. Victoria L. Greer
Interim Superintendent

COVID-19 Update: City Expands Testing Sites
The City of Cambridge has expanded its free walk-in testing sites, beginning September 8:

  • Sundays | 2 - 6PM | 50 Church Street
  • Mondays | 4 - 8PM | CambridgeSide mall (Closed on 9/6 for Labor Day)
  • Wednesdays | 2 - 6PM | 2254 Massachusetts Ave, St. John the Evangelist Church
  • Thursdays | 11AM - 3PM | CambridgeSide mall

Advancing CPS's Equity Work
Chief Equity Officer Manuel J. Fernandez Launches the Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Please read this message from Interim Chief Equity Officer Manuel J. Fernandez about the of CPS’s Office of Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.

SAVE-THE DATE: CPS’s First Youth Equity Leadership Summit (September 25)
The Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (OEIB) is excited to announce that CPS will host its 1st Youth Equity Leadership Summit on Saturday, September 25, 2021. The Summit is designed to explore “What does equity sound like, look like, and feel like?” from the youth perspective.

The OEIB team recruited CRLS youth leaders to plan, host, and facilitate the Youth Equity Leadership Summit. The feedback, ideas, and lessons gained from the summit will be used to inform CPS’s equity work moving forward.

CRLS youth leaders are hard at work finalizing event details. and will share more information. Questions? Are you a youth interested in participating? Contact Kini Udovicki, Youth Advocacy Specialist.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

  • SY2021-22 School Calendar
  • September 9 | First Day of School, Grades 1 - 12
  • September 13 | First Day of School, Preschool, JK, Kindergarten
  • September 22 | Early Release Day, Grades Preschool - Grades 8 (schools dismiss 2 hours early)
  • September 25 | 10AM - 12PM, CPS Community Fair
  • October 16 | 10AM - 12PM, CPS Community Fair
Picture of the Week
Brother's KeeperLast week, Superintendent Greer joined My Brother’s Keeper Cambridge’s Tony Clark for an engaging discussion about her vision for CPS. Watch a recording of the discussion, which was live streamed on YouTube.
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