Good Morning Everyone,
Welcome back to the first day of school! Over the next few weeks, we are going to move forward with a focus upon teaching and learning with purpose. As the Superintendent of Schools, I am asking everyone to please to stay positive, supportive, understanding; and most of all, flexible throughout this fall.
Shared Community Values: Since my arrival to the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, we have always emphasized the need to be respectful, responsible, and ready to learn! As we begin the new school year, we need everyone working together to model these values.
As well, through our districtwide work with TNTP, we have established a very clear set of Shared Community Expectations, which include but are not limited to:
- Put grade-level, high-quality material in front of all students.
- Ensure the students do the work and the thinking
- Promote deep engagement in the learning through speaking, writing, and other performance tasks
- Hold high expectations for all students and believe they can meet grade-level standards
Enrollment: Our enrollment for September 2022 as a regional school district has gone up from last year from 1,408 to 1,463 at this time. As of this morning, David Prouty High School is 383; Knox Trail Middle School is 386; Wire Village School is 424; and East Brookfield Elementary is 244 - of which 112 students enrolled for fall in our Cubs Corner Preschool.
Personnel: Presently, we are looking for a World Language Teacher (Spanish) at Knox Trail Middle School as well as a long-term substitute in middle school science.
Fall 2022 COVID-19 Guidance: DESE and DPH issued a joint memo with COVID information for the upcoming school year aligned with the new CDC guidance released last week. This upcoming school year, districts and schools should focus their COVID mitigation strategies towards vulnerable and symptomatic individuals, while minimizing the need for more restrictive districtwide COVID policies.
The Commonwealth is not recommending universal mask requirements, surveillance testing of asymptomatic individuals, contact tracing, or test-to-stay testing in schools. Districts and schools are reminded that there is no longer any statewide masking mandate in schools (other than school health offices) and there is no testing requirement for schools. As always, any individual who wishes to continue to mask, including those who face higher risk from COVID-19, should be supported in that choice. DESE concluded their statewide testing program in the spring and have provided schools and districts with information about how they can purchase face masks and testing kits, if they choose to do so. DESE will continue to support school districts throughout the year with our Rapid Response Call-in Center - with any questions or concerns.
Safety Drills: Please note that we will begin right away this school year with a number of drills to practice safety procedures for all of our administration, faculty, staff and students - to ensure that everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency… In brief, we plan to hold fire drills in each of our schools over the first few days of school; and soon, we will have bus evacuations, lockdowns and more taking place in partnership with our local and state officials from throughout the region. Safety and security of our schools is essential and is incumbent upon everyone to dot heir part; please continue to partner with us and support us in keeping everyone safe within our regional schools.