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Superintendent of Schools - Amber Bock

Dear Colleagues and Families,

Happy New Year! Along with the change in the calendar to 2022, the new year has ushered in some snowy weather and temperatures that seem brisk even for hardy New Englanders. These very cold temperatures and a long stretch of winter ahead, will make anticipation of Spring so much more pleasurable! Like many 

of you, I also continue to carry positive thoughts about moving through the ongoing challenges of Covid and warm weather will be a huge help when it arrives. 

There are a couple of updates that I’d like to share with you. The first is that the School Committee has voted to change the March 1st Professional Development date to Tuesday, March 8th. This will allow for a smoother transition for students back into school following the February break, which falls at a later than usual date this year. 

I would also like to let you know that the School Committee will not be holding any more discussions around masking until their February 2nd meeting. At that time, they will review the data for our schools and the community and consult with the Board of Health on any changes that may be recommended. Early next week, I will also be sending out an update on current Covid protocols to clarify the many changes that have been happening at the state level.  I am waiting until the end of the week so that the most recent updates come out from DESE and can be included in my notes.   

Stay safe and warm.

Amber Bock