BPS Weekly Update 11/5/21

BPS Video Update for November, 5, 2021
Posted on 11/10/2021
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Burlington Public School Weekly Update
November 5, 2021

Good Evening,

Our thoughts and prayers this evening are directed in support of the Fournier family. On behalf of the entire district, we wish you peace.

Covid Update
We had three cases of Covid-19 this week and once again with Test and Stay up and running we performed over 200 Test and Stay tests on individuals with consent forms submitted and we were able to keep these students in school. Thanks to our Nurse Leader Barbara Conley for coordinating this effort along with our school nurses.

Changes Coming in November

As a reminder, we will be opening our elementary and middle school cafeterias early in November. With the introduction of vaccines for students over the age of 5, our hope is to begin to reduce the COVID restrictions that have been put in place. We will be following the state requirement to wear masks through January 15th. Any relief from mask wearing will be directly correlated to the percentage of students who are vaccinated. Please work with your child’s pediatrician in regards to deciding whether to get your child vaccinated.

As a reminder, if your child tests positive for COVID please contact the Burlington Board of Health along with your school nurse. The positive is not “official” until confirmed by the BOH. The earlier the Board of Health can confirm the more efficient and accurate the contact tracing can be.

SEPAC Meeting Next Tuesday
Please join the Burlington Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) and Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) for their annual workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education this coming Tuesday, November 9 at 7 pm. Attorney Jessica Sales Cohen will present on the Evaluation and Eligibility process.

Pre-Register at bit.ly/bpssepac to receive the virtual workshop link and the workshop materials. Please direct any questions to [email protected] and visit our website burlingtonsepac.org for more information about the event and our organization.

Session 2 of Let’s Talk About It will be Thursday, November 17th

This will be a continuation of last month’s initial discussion about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our school community facilitated by our Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Ray Porch. This event, which is co-sponsored by the Burlington Education Foundation, is scheduled from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. If you would like to attend this upcoming Let’s Talk About It session or any of our remaining sessions, please register at (bit.ly/letstalkburlington) and you will be sent a link for the session.

The Vine Brook Watershed and Urban Heat Island Assessment

The Burlington Conservation Committee has received a grant from Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program which will focus on The Vine Brook Watershed and Urban Heat Island Assessment. This project led by the Town of Burlington is intended to address urban flood impacts from extreme precipitation and urban heat island effects from anticipated extreme climate events. This project will evaluate this highly developed watershed for opportunities to implement Nature-based Solutions to address anticipated impacts due to climate change. For more information on how you can participate in this project please go to the project’s website at https://climateresilientburlington.wordpress.com/

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