Message from Superintendent Greer: January 5, 2022

Message from Superintendent Greer: January 5, 2022
Posted on 01/05/2022

victoria greerGreetings and Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful and safe holiday! I want to thank you again for your patience and flexibility following our decision to delay the return to school as we conducted staff and student testing. I would also like to share my deep appreciation for our exceptional custodial staff who distributed COVID tests over the weekend, our wonderful nursing team, who administered approximately 3,500 tests on Monday, and the family liaisons and clerks who helped families get checked-in.


I am so excited to begin a New Year and continue the important work we are doing to improve the educational experience of all of our students.


We have a lot of exciting opportunities ahead of us. Our FY23 budget process is underway and the community engagement sessions are quickly approaching. The first of our community meetings is scheduled for next Thursday, January 13th at 7 and 8 PM. I hope you will engage with us in this important work. We are also planning to launch our multi-year district planning process and look forward to sharing more with you soon.


Congratulations to Mayor Siddiqui, who was elected to a second term, and our returning and newly elected School Committee members, who were sworn in on Monday. We look forward to our continued collaboration in moving the district forward.

Have a wonderful week.


Make it Great!


Dr. Victoria L. Greer

Interim Superintendent

Cambridge Public Schools
  


City Offering Free COVID-19 Testing Everyday in January

On Monday, the City of Cambridge expanded its free COVID-19 testing program to seven days a week during the month of January for anyone who lives or works in the city.

Testing by appointment only at CIC Health (295 Third Street):

  • Monday – Friday: 5 - 10PM
  • Saturdays: 8AM - 8PM
  • Sundays: 2 - 8PM

To schedule an appointment, visit https://www.cic-health.com/cambridge. You will need to create an account and select one of the available appointment slots through CIC’s system.


CPS Staff and Student Vaccination Data Now on COVID-19 Dashboard
Our staff and student vaccination rates have been added to the COVID-19 Dashboard. The data will update daily.
REMINDER: Vaccination Deadlines for Various CPS-Sponsored Activities

A reminder that Monday marked a vaccination deadline for various CPS-sponsored activities, including practices, rehearsals, meetings, gatherings, performances, games and competitions. Please review the varying vaccination deadlines here.


PLEASE COMPLETE: Test and Stay Consent Form for Unvaccinated Students

Please complete a consent form for the Test and Stay program if your child is unvaccinated. To complete a consent form, login into the Family Portal or send a signed paper copy of this form to school with your child.


COVID Question of the Week: Learning in Quarantine

Please review learning expectations when students or staff are in quarantine.

 

1. How are learning opportunities provided to students who are required to quarantine?

Individual students who are required to quarantine will be provided with learning opportunities that are developmentally and pedagogically appropriate for the student (assuming they are well enough to complete the work). Each quarantine will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine the appropriate services for each student. This updated document, CPS Quarantine Instructional Guidelines for SY2021-22, summarizes what JK-12 students and families can expect under a range of possible quarantine circumstances.

2. Will a student who is quarantining have access to a CPS Chromebook and/or internet hotspot?

CPS recognizes that student/family access to technology at home can be a barrier to learning. In alignment with our priorities to advance equitable access to learning, CPS will support students’ educational technology needs during quarantine as follows.

 

Students who have been required by CPS or CPHD to quarantine due to COVID and do not have home access to technology are eligible to request a CPS device to use during quarantine, which is typically between 5 -10 days, but may be longer due to the specific circumstances of the individual. (UPDATED COVID Testing and Quarantine Protocols)

  • Student/family makes Chromebook or internet hotspot request to teacher
  • School-based ICTS staff will work with district ICTS staff to distribute the needed devices (Chromebook/Hotspot) and secure the appropriate paperwork and family signatures.

COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Shot Opportunities

COVID-19 Vaccines Available for CRLS Students at Teen Health Center

The Teen Health Center at CRLS is offering COVID-19 vaccines every Friday from 9AM - 1PM for CRLS students only. Because doses are limited, appointments are required. CRLS students should call 617-665-1548 or visit the clinic to schedule an appointment.

  • 12-15 years old: must come to the appointment with a parent/guardian
  • 16 -17 years old: may come alone but must have two signed consent forms (one from state and one from CHA: English | Haitian Creole | Portuguese | Spanish)
  • 18 years old+: may come alone

Additional Vaccination Opportunities:

  • Go to VaxFinder to find a location near you.
  • VaxAbilities hosts disability-friendly vaccine clinics with specialized staff to provide skilled support to individuals with disabilities and sensory support needs. Register here.

Free Internet for Qualifying Families


Cambridge Public Schools continues to partner with Comcast’s

Internet Essentials Program to close the digital divide and connect

CPS families to free internet. Eligible families can receive free

internet service through June 30, 2022.

Your family is eligible if:

  • Qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch
  • Live in a Cambridge zip code where Comcast Internet Service is available.
  • Have not had Comcast Internet Service in the last 90 days.
  • Households who owe money to Comcast may still qualify if approved by 6/30/22

Eligible families should use the personalized voucher code they received by email on Thursday, December 16 to apply online at InternetEssentials.com or call 844-963-0178. If you need help in applying, please contact your student’s family liaison.

For more information, please visit our website.
SAVE THE DATE: FY23 Budget Development - Community Meetings & Survey

CPS invites students, families and staff to Save-the-Date for the FY23 Budget Virtual Community Meetings, where members of the CPS community will join Superintendent Greer and School Committee members to share their perspectives on budget priorities for next year.

  • Thursday January 13 | 7 and 8PM
  • Wednesday, January 26
    • Bengali speaking families | 6PM
    • Haitian Creole speaking families | 7PM
    • Arabic speaking families | 8PM
  • Wednesday, February 2 | 3 and 4PM
  • Thursday February 3
    • Amharic speaking families | 6PM
    • Spanish speaking families | 7PM
    • Cambridge family organizations | 8PM
  • Saturday, February 12 | 10 and 11AM
  • Community Meetings with Students: Dates TBD
Each session will last approximately one hour. Register here.
Nutrition Corner

Due to continued national shortages of food and packaging materials, labor and vendor delivery delays and cancellations, Food and Nutrition Services will continue to publish a weeklymenu, rather than a monthly menu, for January. 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 their office at 617-349-6858.


Caught Doing Good

CRLS Junior One of Two Students Selected Statewide to Represent MA in United States Senate Youth Program

We are delighted to announce that Cambridge Rindge and Latin School junior, Elena Serpas, will represent the state of Massachusetts as a delegate in the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), a comprehensive education, leadership and public service learning experience and scholarship program. Serpas is one of only two students selected statewide by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Hearst Foundation through an extremely competitive, merit-based selection process. She will join 103 other student delegates from around the nation for a virtual week in Washington in March.

We are incredibly proud of Elena. We extend our congratulations to her, her family and the CRLS community.


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 opened on Monday and will close promptly at 4PM on Monday, January 31. 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, January 11 | 6:30-8PM

 

Register

SAVE THE DATE: FY23 Budget Meetings

 

CPS invites students, families and staff to Save-the-Date for the FY23 Budget Virtual Community Meetings, where members of the CPS community will join Superintendent Greer and School Committee members to share their perspectives on budget priorities for next year.

 

Thursday January 13 | 7 and 8PM

Wednesday, January 26

  • Bengali speaking families | 6PM
  • Haitian Creole speaking families | 7PM
  • Arabic speaking families | 8PM

Wednesday, February 2 | 3 and 4PM

Thursday February 3

  • Amharic speaking families | 6PM
  • Spanish speaking families | 7PM
  • Cambridge family organizations | 8PM

Saturday, February 12 | 10 and 11AM

Community Meetings with Students: Dates TBD

 

Each session will last approximately one hour.

 

Register


School Calendar

CPS 2021-22 School calendar

 

Monday, January 17 | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School and Admin Offices Closed

Monday, February 21 - Friday, February 25 | February Break
In Case You Missed It: Key Resources

January CPS Lunch Menu: Week 1 (January 3-January 7)

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

UPDATED CPS Testing & Quarantine Protocols

Student Vaccination Portal: Upload proof of vaccination or submit exemption requests through the secure Family Portal.

Sign Up for the Edulog Bus Tracker New App: Visit CPS’ Transportation webpage

Student Vaccination Requirements Information: FAQ
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