On Tuesday, the positivity rate was 12.2 percent and there were 81.4 cases per 100,000 people. This is a stark contrast to late March when the positivity rate was 2.1 percent and there were 13 cases per 100,000.
Superintendent Joseph Curtis released a timeline to transition out of masking. He said it is a compromise of conversations and polling data because PPS serves all families and students in the district.
Taconic High School and Reid Middle School will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 6, and Friday, Jan. 7, because the schools do not have enough staff to open. Both schools are anticipated to reopen on Monday but families will be notified by Sunday.
Superintendent Joseph Curtis told the School Committee on Wednesday that he recommended masking for all students and staff while indoors and on school buses. Along with this is a standard recommendation of a minimum of 3 feet social distancing wherever possible.
At the search committee’s first meeting on June 15, they will participate in an orientation to bring awareness of bias in the hiring process and will review candidate applications to decide which will be interviewed based on an application review.
Superintendent Joseph Curtis presented the academy proposal to the School Committee on Wednesday. The original proposal would employ 74 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff members, remotely educate 400 to 500 K-12 students, and cost around $6.9 million.
The City Council voted to send a petition from Ward 5 Councilor Patrick Kavey and Ward 6 Councilor Dina Guiel Lampiasi to Mayor Linda Tyer requesting that the city use CARES Act funds to purchase high-efficiency particulate air filtration units for all district classrooms.
In a 6 1/2 hour meeting attended virtually by more than 200 people — teachers who delivered heartfelt testimonies, parents afraid for their students' safety, and some from students in support of the return — the School Committee voted to return all students for in-person hybrid learning after the winter break.
Career and vocational students Grades 10-12 will return to classrooms on Monday; certain special education classes including Stearns first and second grade inclusions begin Monday, Feb. 8, and all other students return no sooner than the week of Feb. 22 "or as soon as realistically possible."
The scholarship is available to students whose MCAS performance puts them in the top 25 percent of their district. To be eligible, students must either score Advanced on one exam and Proficient on the other or Advanced on both the English and Math exams.
While offering further flexibility for students and families in need of picking up meals, these additions to the schedule will also provide families the opportunity to receive multiple days of meals at one time.