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Superintendent's Message

January 14, 2022
 
Good afternoon AWRSD students, staff and families, 
 
Thank you for another week of productive learning despite the ongoing challenges. From some of our pre-schoolers loving their play time in the snow to impressive victories for our boys’ basketball and girls’ hockey teams to our ORHS science department being featured on the Channel 5 News, this week was full of examples of joy and inspiration across all of our schools.  
 
COVID-19 case numbers continue to be high across the state and in our communities. AWRSD-related COVID cases and those identified within every other school district in Massachusetts are tracked weekly HERE
 
All students and staff remain eligible for free, weekly on-site COVID-19 pool testing. If any family is interested in joining the program, you can sign your child up at any point by completing consent HERE and completing the short form found HERE. Please note that testing supplies were sent home today and testing will occur on Tuesday next week for those currently participating because of the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday.
 
All children 12 years of age or older are now eligible for a Pfizer booster shot. All children ages 5 to 11 are eligible for the Pfizer reduced dose vaccine. The Nashoba Unified Boards of Health is holding a children’s vaccine clinic on January 19 from 1 to 5 PM in the town of Shirley. Interested families can register HERE. Vaccine eligibly and location information throughout the entire state can be found HERE.  
 
We have made significant efforts in all of our schools since returning from the holiday break to increase spacing between all student and staff work spaces to limit potential exposure and the identification of “close contacts” to the greatest extend possible. Our nursing department will continue to notify all families when and if your child is identified as a “close contact” and explain the various scenarios and any necessary next steps. 
 
The recently updated MA Department of Public Health guidelines can be found at: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/what-to-do-if-you-have-covid-19-or-have-been-exposed-to-covid-19.  Per these updated guidelines, anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, must be isolated for 5 days.  If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving (you have an improvement in symptoms, but they may not be completely gone) AND you have remained fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, you may return to school or work.  Please note, a negative test is not required to return. As always, please reach out to your school nurse with any specific questions. If you have any questions about your child’s status as a close-contact or a COVID positive individual, please DO NOT send them to school until you speak with your local board of health, your child’s primary care physician or your child’s school nurse. 
 
As a reminder, there is no school in all AWRSD schools on Monday, January 16 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I wish you all a restful and healthy long weekend and also hope that we all take a moment to reflect on the ideals of equality, inclusion and acceptance that were so central to Dr. King’s life and continue to work toward these ideals in whatever ways we each can as individuals and as a community.
 
Sincerely,
 
Todd Stewart

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  • 2220Students
  • 210 Teachers
  • 14.7:1 Student/Teacher Ratio
  • 18.2communityAverage Class Size
  • 94%handshakeTeacher Retention Rate
  • 95.1% Graduation Rate