Superintendent’s update from 1/14

For a pdf version of the ARPS Update, please click here.

Para obtener una versión de la actualización de ARPS en español, haga clic aquí.

Para uma versão do ARPS Update em português, clique aqui.

On Monday we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday and honor his immeasurable contribution to the world community.  In that spirit, I want to celebrate the contribution that each and every member of our faculty and staff makes, not only to the ARPS community, but to our broader community through their care for our children.  Thank you to all of our teachers, paraeducators, specialists, administrators,  nurses, bus drivers, maintenance and custodial staff, clerical staff, food and nutrition staff and volunteers who make such a difference in the lives of our students.  We have all been facing particularly trying circumstances since our return from the winter break, and our ARPS professionals have met the current challenges with dedication, determination and grace.  If there is an ARPS staff member who has made a particular difference in your child’s life, I encourage you to show your appreciation with a note of thanks.

Over the past two weeks we have sent several emails to all of our families and staff regarding health and safety protocols during the current Omicron variant surge.  Since there has been so much information shared, I have put together a brief video summarizing the key points.  It’s available at this link (Spanish). At this time, I also want to address the issue of contact tracing when an individual tests positive for COVID while in school.  Our amazing nurses work in partnership with the contact tracer from the Town of Amherst to notify those found to meet the criteria of a close contact; however, given the current surge in cases, we cannot definitively track all close contacts.

For this reason, I want to emphasize the importance of monitoring symptoms on a daily basis; social distancing; avoiding large gatherings; participating in the pooled testing program; as well as wearing a higher-efficiency mask, such as the KN95 masks that are available, free of charge, everyday, at school for all students and staff. You may also consult the flowchart from the DPH and DESE that outlines steps to take for COVID-positive individuals, symptomatic close contacts and asymptomatic close contacts. Thank you to everyone for your help in keeping each other safe through these measures.

Finally, on a very positive note, I am sharing the Crocker Farm Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly video.  This video includes performances, art and the voices of Crocker Farm students from pre-K through sixth grade.  It is 26 minutes long, but I promise you that you will enjoy and be inspired by every minute of it!  It is an amazing reminder of the vital work we do together as a community everyday.

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