BPS Weekly Update 2/11/22

BPS Weekly Update 2/11/22
Posted on 02/11/2022
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As our letter from Wednesday indicated, Governor Baker and Commissioner of Education Riley announced that the state’s mask requirement for schools will not be extended beyond February 28th. Because of this change, the Burlington School Committee will be voting Tuesday, February 16, at 7 p.m to rescind their face covering policy across all schools and implement a mask optional protocol that would take effect on Monday, February 28 when staff and students return from February vacation.

While, the mask optional protocol means that any students or staff member who wishes to continue to wear a mask throughout the day may do so, we remind families that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health strongly recommend that unvaccinated individuals continue to wear masks in school settings. In either case, we encourage both unvaccinated individuals and vaccinated individuals who feel more comfortable wearing a mask to continue to do so. We also thank everyone in advance for supporting the individual choices that are made.

Please also note that masks are still required on school buses. This requirement is a Federal order and needs to be changed by the Federal Government. In addition, Federal law also requires individuals to wear masks in health care settings. Because our nurses’ offices are considered health care settings, masks will need to be worn by students and staff while inside the nurses’ office.
Thank you again for your patience as our state protocols change and we make adjustments.

Ongoing Mitigation
We continue to ask parents to keep their children home when they are sick and to sign up for the at-home testing program that the state has provided. Families can continue to opt-in, by going to the link here and clicking on the appropriate language to complete the form. Anyone who opts in now will not receive their first package of two at-home tests until after February vacation. Families who have tests at home should test their students on Monday morning and report positive results here. Negative results do not need to be reported.

March 9 is now a school day
We also want to remind families that March 9, which was originally a full professional development day for teachers, is now also a school day for students. This is due to the use of our first day back in January being changed to a professional development day for staff.

Fox Hill Warrant Article
Finally, we will be asking Town Meeting to support our next step in the state’s process toward a new Fox Hill School. The state school building authority requires the Town to accept their enrollment projections and a Town Meeting vote to authorize and fund a feasibility study before we can continue on their seven year timeline.

The $1.5 million will allow the school district to hire an Owner’s Project Manager and a Designer to study our programs and our building site to determine possible options and potential costs. Without this funding we are not able to continue onto the phase 2 Feasibility module, and therefore not eligible for the additional state funding for the formal design and construction phase of the project.

Have a great weekend! We have one more week ahead of us until February vacation!

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