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Posted on 03/04/2020
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MAY 15TH UPDATE: SCHOOLS TO HOST GRADUATION EXPERIENCE FOR CLASS OF 2020:

Springfield Public Schools seniors will have the chance to share in a graduation experience amongst family, classmates and teachers at school-based events that will include a ceremonious presentation of their high school diploma, Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick announced today. 

“We have heard the pleas and requests of students and families to have more than a virtual graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 and we are pleased to provide this opportunity,” said Warwick. 

Each high school will make their own plans for an event that allows students to don their cap and gown, receive their high school diploma and mark the moment with a photograph. All schools will create plans that adhere to social distancing and public health guidelines. High schools will contact families of the graduating class with further details very soon, according to Warwick. 

Warwick said he consulted with high school principals when making the decision. “The principals really wanted to do something special for their seniors from the very beginning and they are just thrilled to now have this opportunity,” said Warwick. “I know each high school will do a terrific job planning an event that will be memorable and meaningful for their graduating class, and the kids deserve that.”

Virtual graduation ceremonies already planned for each school’s graduating class will broadcast as originally scheduled, Warwick said. “It became clear that many students felt a sense of disappointment about not having a chance to experience some semblance of a traditional graduation and I’m delighted that we are able to avail not one but two events for our graduating class under these unfortunate and unprecedented circumstances,” said Warwick, adding that the district will gift every member of the Class of 2020 with a congratulatory lawn sign and also a Class of 2020 face covering as keepsakes. 



MAY 12TH UPDATE:
 LETTER FROM THE COMMISSIONER 

Click here to download a letter to families from Commissioner of Education Jeffrey Riley




MAY 1ST: GRADUATIONS TO BE HELD VIRTUALLY

SPS to Host Virtual Graduation for Class of 2020

Springfield Public Schools Class of 2020 graduation ceremonies will take place virtually this June, Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick announced today. 

“We are looking forward to creating a virtual graduation that is as traditional as possible, but that also takes advantage of any unique opportunities that technology affords us,” said Warwick. “We want this to be as special as possible for our graduates.” 

Warwick said the difficult decision to part from tradition was based on priorities to protect the health and safety of students, staff, families and the community during the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. 

“Clearly, we know that gathering thousands of people at Symphony Hall or any other venue is not a responsible thing to do with regard to public health and safety and we have no way of knowing when that kind of large assembly will be permissible,” said Warwick. “Rather than take a gamble by waiting for that time to come or putting our community in jeopardy, we have opted to provide our seniors with the very best virtual commencement ceremony that we can create. We want them to experience a sense of celebration, closure, achievement and be inspired to succeed in their next stage of life.”

The school district has paired with its long-standing partner Focus Springfield, the City’s community media center, to produce the ceremonies. “Focus Springfield has been an incredible partner throughout the years and their team has been a tremendous source of leadership and creativity in helping us stay connected with community during the coronavirus pandemic,” Warwick said.

Springfield Renaissance graduate Brendon Holland, who is the production and technology specialist at Focus Springfield, will lead the technical production. “Having one of our own at the helm makes it all the more personal and special,” said Warwick. 

Warwick said that as of right now each school’s graduation ceremony is expected to occur on the date originally scheduled. Instead of attending a live ceremony at Symphony Hall, graduates and loved ones will watch the commencement from the comfort and safety of their homes. The broadcast will be available via the district’s website, the district’s Facebook page, YouTube and on Focus Springfield Channel 15. 
Further information about the Springfield Public Schools Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2020 will be forthcoming as they are made available and high schools will be communicating directly with seniors. 

Springfield Public Schools holds eight separate graduation ceremonies. They are listed here along with their previously scheduled ceremony date: The Springfield Conservatory of the Arts (June 1);  John J. Duggan Academy (June 2); The High School of Commerce (June 3);  The Springfield Renaissance School (June 4);  Roger L. Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy (June 8); Springfield Public Day High School, Liberty Preparatory Academy, Gateway to College at Springfield Community Technical College, Gateway to College at Holyoke Community College and Springfield High School (all June 9); Central High School (June 10) and The High School of Science and Technology (June 11).  



APRIL 21ST: SCHOOLS CLOSED | ESCUELAS CERRADAS

 

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Schools closed for the remainder of the school year

 

Springfield Public Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the year. The decision was made public during a press conference of Gov. Charlie Baker today when he announced that all Massachusetts schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. Remote learning will still be in effect. More information will be shared as it becomes available.  An update regarding commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 will be forthcoming as quickly as information becomes available. 

 

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Escuelas cerradas por el resto del año escolar

 

Las Escuelas Públicas de Springfield permanecerán cerradas por el resto del año escolar. La decisión fue echa publica hoy durante una conferencia de prensa el gobernador Charlie Baker anunciando que todas las escuelas públicas de Massachusetts permanecerán cerradas por el resto del año escolar. por orden del Gobernador. El aprendizaje remoto seguirá vigente. Compartiremos más información a medida que esté disponible. Proveeremos una actualización sobre las ceremonias de graduación para la Clase del 2020  tan pronto como la información esté disponible.

 


APRIL 15TH: UPDATES ON REPORT CARDS, MCAS, APRIL VACATION, IT HELP DESK, STUDENT MEALS, ONLINE REGISTRATION, AND NURSING DEPARTMENT  |  ACTUALIZACIONES SOBRE NOTAS, MCAS, VACACIONES DE ABRIL, ALIMENTOS, AYUDA PARA LAS LAPTOPS, MATRÍCULA ELECTRÓNICA  Y DEPARTAMENTO DE ENFERMERÍA


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Report Cards for Marking Period 3 to be Mailed

Families should expect to receive student report cards by mail during the first week of May. Grades will reflect student performance during the 3rd marking period through March 12, which was the last day of school before the closure. Additionally, please note that progress reports for students with IEPs will be mailed separately. Also, please know that information regarding summer school will be forthcoming as it is made available.

 

MCA Canceled

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has announced that, as a result of the on-going health crisis, this spring’s regular administration of grade-level MCAS tests for students has been canceled for the remainder of the academic year.

 

April Vacation

April vacation will be observed as planned on the 2019-2020 School Year Calendar.  

 

Online Registration for 2020-21 School Year Now Open

The online registration for new students entering Springfield Public Schools for the 2020-2021 school year is now open. The process may be completed with a computer or cell phone by visiting gofashiongo.com to get started. Simply click on the student enrollment quick link on the homepage. 

 

This online registration process allows families to enter student data and receive the student assignment via email rather than having to register in person at the Parent and Community Engagement Center (PACE) located at 91 School Street, which is the usual protocol for new student registrations.

 

To register online, parents/guardians must first add the student’s information and upload the required documents (birth certificate, immunization records, proof of address, etc.) and then create an account using an email address.  PACE will process the documents and will make the school assignment based on appropriate information. The registration will be fully processed only if the parent uploads all the required student information.  If the student information is not uploaded online, the parent/guardian will be required to bring a hard copy of the documents to PACE.

 

The process is available for families registering a new student in the district or a student who was formerly in the district, and now returning.  Families with questions regarding the online pre-registration process, should call PACE at (413) 787-6959 or email register@gofashiongo.com.

 

 

SPS Student Help Desk now Live

Students and families with questions about or needing help with their SPS-issued laptop can now reach out to the SPS IT Department via Microsoft Teams.  From a computer, simply go to and sign-in with your SPS email address and password (the same you use for logging into PowerSchool Unified Classroom). Once logged in, click the “Teams” icon from the list of applications.  The Student Help Desk can also be accessed by downloading the free MS Teams app from the iOS App Store or the Android Play Store.  Once installed, you can log into the app with the same SPS email address and password.

 

Once in Teams, select the “Student Help Desk” team and post a question in the chat.  Members of the IT Department are monitoring the chat during hours of the school day and will respond to questions and, when possible, remotely resolve issues with a device.  As a reminder to all users, posts to the Student Help Desk should be polite and appropriate at all times and the posting of inappropriate messages will result in loss of access to the Student Help Desk.    

 

Student Names Now Required for Dinner Meal Service:

Due to a new regulation imposed by the USDA, Sodexo must now ask families for the names of students taking advantage of the free meal service for a dinner meal or a snack. Names are not required for families only picking up breakfast and lunch. Sodexo said the USDA requests the names only to track the dinner distributions meals and that they are used for no other purpose. The free meal service began providing snacks with the meals yesterday and began serving dinner on April 6th.


SPS Nursing Department Stepping in to help During COVID-19 Response

Nearly 60 Springfield Public Schools nurses will assist the City of Springfield Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with contact tracing efforts in the COVID-19 response. Contact tracing is one of the mitigation strategies used to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick said the district is pleased its staff nurses will lend a hand in helping the City. “We have the finest nurses anywhere,” said Warwick. “They serve our students well under difficult circumstances; they know our community; they are experienced and learned.”

 

Director of Nursing Jeanne Clancy said the district has 58 nurses serving 26,000 students daily during the school year. In addition to responding to unexpected illnesses students may experience in school, nurses also administer daily medications, monitor immunization compliance and complete mandated health screening. The nurses also work closely with local pediatricians to case manage students with chronic conditions so they can attend classes and be ready to learn.

Clancy said most school nurses are expected to begin working with the HHS department over the next weeks, some have already begun fielding calls.

In addition, Clancy worked with Putnam Vocational Technical Academy in recent weeks to donate 2,000 N95 masks to City of Springfield public service departments and health organizations. Putnam Principal George Johnson said his school was grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community. “There was not a moment of hesitation,” said Johnson. “When we heard the plea for the personal protective equipment that we were in possession of, we knew immediately we would act. Community service is a focal point of our work here at Putnam and there’s never been a more important or pressing cause than this.”

The Springfield Public Schools Department of Nursing picked up the masks and distributed them on behalf of the school. Students use the masks in vocation classes that produce dust, fumes, sprays or vapors. The 2,000 masks that were donated would have been entirely used by students between March and June.


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Notas para el tercer trimestre a ser enviadas por correo

Las notas para el tercer trimestre serán enviadas por correo durante la primera semana de mayo. Les recordamos que estas notas que recibirán por correo reflejan las calificaciones hasta el último día antes del cierre, que fue el 12 de marzo.  Además, tenga en cuenta que los informes de progreso para estudiantes con IEP se enviarán por correo por separado.

 

Por otra parte, por favor, sepan que estaremos proveyendo más información sobre la escuela de verano habitual a medida que esté disponible.

 

MCAS Cancelado

El Departamento de Educación Primaria y Secundaria ha anunciado que, como resultado de la crisis de salud en transcurso, la administración regular de exámenes MCAS a nivel de grado para estudiantes durante esta primavera ha sido cancelada por el resto del año académico.

 

Vacaciones de Abril

Las vacaciones de abril se observarán según lo planeado en el Calendario del año escolar 2019-2020.

 

Matrícula escolar para el año escolar 2020-21 ya está disponible por internet

El proceso de matrícula para estudiantes nuevos que vayan a ingresar a las Escuelas Públicas de Springfield para el próximo año escolar 2020-2021 ya está disponible por internet. El proceso se puede completar con una computadora o teléfono celular visitando gofashiongo.com para comenzar. Simplemente haga clic en el enlace que dice “Student Enrollment And School Assignment” en la página de inicio.

 

Este proceso de matrícula en línea les permite a las familias ingresar los datos de los estudiantes y recibir por correo electrónico la información especificando a que escuela el estudiante ha sido asignado, en lugar de tener que registrarse en persona en el Centro de Participación de Padres y Comunidad (PACE) ubicado en 91 School Street, que es el protocolo habitual para matrícula estudiantil.

 

Para matricularse a través del internet, los padres / tutores deben añadir primero la información del estudiante y subir los documentos requeridos al portal (certificado de nacimiento, registros de vacuna, comprobante de domicilio, etc.) y luego crear una cuenta con una dirección de correo electrónico. El Centro PACE procesará los documentos y le asignará una escuela basado en los debidos protocolos. El registro se procesará completamente solo si el padre sube al portal toda la información requerida del estudiante. Si la información del estudiante no es añadida al portal, se requerirá que el padre / tutor traiga una copia impresa de los documentos a PACE.

 

El proceso está disponible para las familias que necesiten matricular a un estudiante nuevo al distrito o un estudiante que anteriormente estaba en el distrito y que ahora está regresando. Las familias que tengan preguntas sobre el proceso de matrícula deben llamar a PACE al (413) 787-6959 o enviar un correo electrónico a register@gofashiongo.com.

 

 

Ayuda para solucionar problemas de computadoras portátiles de estudiantes ahora disponible

Los estudiantes y las familias que tengan preguntas o necesiten ayuda con su computadora portátil emitida por SPS ahora pueden comunicarse con el Departamento de TI de SPS a través de Microsoft Teams. Desde una computadora, simplemente vaya a www.office.com e inicie sesión con su dirección de correo electrónico y contraseña de SPS (la misma que usa para iniciar sesión en PowerSchool Unified Classroom). Una vez que haya iniciado sesión, haga clic en el icono "Teams" de la lista de aplicaciones. También se puede acceder desde su ceular descargando la aplicación gratuita MS Teams de iOS App Store o Android Play Store. Una vez instalado, puede iniciar sesión en la aplicación con la misma dirección de correo electrónico y contraseña de SPS.

 

Una vez en Teams, seleccione el equipo de “Student Help Desk" y publique una pregunta en el chat. Los miembros del Departamento de TI están monitoreando el chat durante las horas del día escolar y responderán a las preguntas y, cuando sea posible, resolverán los problemas de manera remota. Como recordatorio para todos los usuarios, las publicaciones en Microsoft Teams  Student Help Desk deben ser afables y apropiadas en todo momento y la publicación de mensajes inapropiados resultará en la pérdida de acceso a Microsoft Teams  Student Help Desk.

 

Nombres de estudiantes requeridos para el servicio de cena:

Tras haber sido informado de una nueva regulación impuesta por el USDA, Sodexo ahora debe preguntarles a las familias los nombres de los estudiantes que aprovechan el servicio de comidas gratis para una cena o un refrigerio. No se requieren nombres para las familias que solo recogen desayuno y almuerzo. Sodexo informa que el USDA solicita los nombres solo para mantener un registro de las distribuciones de cenas y que no se utilizan para ningún otro propósito. El servicio gratuito de comidas comenzó a proveer snacks (refrigerios) con las comidas a partir de ayer y comenzó a servir cena el 6 de abril.

 

 

El Departamento de Enfermería de SPS interviene para ayudar en respuesta a COVID-19:

Cerca de 60 enfermero/as de las Escuelas Públicas de Springfield ayudarán al Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS) de la Ciudad de Springfield con los esfuerzos rastreo de contactos en la respuesta a COVID-19. El rastreo de contactos es una de las estrategias de mitigación utilizadas para prevenir la propagación de COVID-19.

 

El superintendente de escuelas Daniel Warwick dijo que el distrito se satisface de que el personal de enfermería ayude a la ciudad. "Tenemos las mejores enfermeros y enfermeras," dijo Warwick. “Sirven bien a nuestros estudiantes en circunstancias difíciles, tienen experiencia y conocen nuestra comunidad.”

 

La directora de enfermería, Jeanne Clancy, dijo que el distrito tiene 58 enfermero/ras que atienden a 26,000 estudiantes diariamente durante el año escolar. Además de responder a enfermedades inesperadas que los estudiantes pueden experimentar en la escuela, también administran medicamentos a diario, monitorean el cumplimiento de las vacunas y completan el examen de salud obligatorio. A su vez, también trabajan en estrecha colaboración con pediatras a nivel local.

 

Clancy dijo que se espera que la mayoría comiencen a trabajar con el departamento de HHS en las próximas semanas, algunos ya han comenzado a responder llamadas.

 

Además, Clancy trabajó con la Academia Técnica Vocacional Putnam en las últimas semanas para donar 2,000 máscaras N95 a los departamentos de servicio público y organizaciones de salud de la Ciudad de Springfield. El director de Putnam, George Johnson, dijo que su escuela estaba agradecida por la oportunidad de retribuir a la comunidad. "Cuando escuchamos la petición del equipo de protección personal del que estábamos en posesión, supimos de inmediato que actuaríamos. El servicio comunitario es un punto central de nuestro trabajo aquí en Putnam y nunca ha habido una causa más importante que esta."

 

El Departamento de Enfermería de las Escuelas Públicas de Springfield recogió las máscaras y las distribuyó en nombre de la escuela. Durante el año escolar los estudiantes usan las máscaras en las clases vocacionales que producen polvo, humos, aerosoles o vapores. Las 2,000 máscaras que fueron donadas habrían sido utilizadas en su totalidad por estudiantes entre marzo y junio.





APRIL 2nd, 3:30PM UPDATE
: FOOD SERVICE EXPANDED AND SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETINGS TO BE LIVE STREAMED | SERVICIO DE ALIMENTOS EXPANDIDO Y REUNIONES VIRTUALES DEL COMITÉ ESCOLAR 


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Food service expanded

Springfield Public Schools food service provider, Sodexo, announced this week that starting on Monday, April 6th, meals for Springfield students will be expanded to include dinner; and that two new meal sites have been added. The free grab-n-go meal service will now include breakfast, lunch and dinner at 17 sites throughout the City. 

Sodexo also announced that meal service next week will be Monday through Thursday only because meal sites will close in observance of Good Friday on Friday, April 10th. However, meal distribution next Thursday will include four breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners so that students will have meals for Friday and the weekend. Sodexo will provide bags to carry the meals home in observance of Governor Baker’s current order to cease use of reusable bags, which families have been bringing to collect the meals.

Sodexo also announced the addition of Sumner Avenue School, 45 Sumner Avenue, as a meal distribution site and that Milton Bradley School, 22 Mulberry Street, will be added as meal distribution site as a replacement for the South End Middle School location. Additionally, a drive-thru/drive-up feature has been added for meal pick-up at Indian Orchard, Milton Bradley, Sumner, Talmadge and Warner sites. All changes take effect Monday, April 6th.

The full list of Springfield school meal sites now include: Bowles, Boland, Brookings, Chestnut Middle School, Commerce, Dorman, Glickman, Indian Orchard, Kensington, Liberty, Lincoln, Milton Bradley, Rebecca Johnson, Sumner, Talmadge, Warner and Washington schools. Meals are distributed between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays.

Parents, guardians, and grandparents may pick up meals for school age children in their care at any of the 17 sites across the city. The student does not need to be physically present for the adult to pick up a meal. The adult will be asked at the point of pickup if the meals are for school age students. Identification is not required. Meals are available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled.


School Committee to Livestream Meeting

To respect social distancing guidelines and help keep our community as safe as possible, the School Committee will conduct their April meetings virtually. The Budget and Finance Subcommittee Meeting will take place Wednesday, April 8th at 3 p.m.  and the meeting of the full School Committee will take place on Thursday, April 9th at 6:30 p.m.  Both meetings will air live on Focus Springfield Channel 17. The meetings will also be livestream at and on the Springfield Public Schools website at gofashiongo.com. Re-runs of the meeting will be available on demand on both websites and as regularly scheduled programming on Focus Springfield Channel 17.


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Servicio de alimentos ampliado

El proveedor de servicios de alimentos de las Escuelas Públicas de Springfield, Sodexo, anunció esta semana que, a partir del lunes 6 de abril, los alimentos para los estudiantes de Springfield se ampliarán para incluir la cena; y que se han agregado dos nuevos sitios de alimentos. El servicio gratuito de alimentos para llevar ahora incluirá desayuno, almuerzo y cena en 17 escuelas en toda la ciudad.

Sodexo también anunció que el servicio de alimentos la próxima semana será de lunes a jueves solo porque los sitios de alimentos cerrarán en observancia del Viernes Santo el viernes 10 de abril. Sin embargo, la distribución de alimentos el próximo jueves incluirá cuatro desayunos, cuatro almuerzos y cuatro cenas para que los estudiantes tengan alimentos el viernes y el fin de semana. Sodexo proveerá bolsas para llevar los alimentos a casa en cumplimiento de la orden actual del Gobernador Baker de dejar de usar bolsas reutilizables, que las familias han traído para recoger los alimentos.

Sodexo también anunció la adición de Sumner Avenue School, 45 Sumner Avenue, como un sitio de distribución de alimentos y que la Escuela Milton Bradley, 22 Mulberry Street, se añadió como un sitio de distribución de alimentos como un reemplazo para la ubicación de South End Middle School. Además, se ha agregado una función servicarro para recoger alimentos en Indian Orchard, Milton Bradley, Sumner, Talmadge y Warner. Todos estos cambios entrarán en vigencia el lunes 6 de abril.

 

La lista completa de sitios de alimentos escolares de Springfield ahora incluye: las escuelas Bowles, Boland, Brookings, Chestnut Middle School, Commerce, Dorman, Glickman, Indian Orchard, Kensington, Liberty, Lincoln, Milton Bradley, Rebecca Johnson, Sumner, Talmadge, Warner y Washington. Los alimentos se distribuyen entre las 11 a.m. y la 1 p.m. días laborables

 

Los padres, tutores y abuelos pueden recoger alimentos para niños en edad escolar bajo su cuidado en cualquiera de los 17 sitios de la ciudad. El estudiante no necesita estar físicamente presente para que el adulto recoja las comidas. Se le preguntará al adulto en el punto de recogida si los alimentos son para estudiantes en edad escolar. No se requiere identificación. Los alimentos están disponibles para personas con discapacidades, mayores de 18 años, que participan en programas escolares para personas con discapacidades mentales o físicas.

 

Reunión del Comité Escolar a Livestream

Para respetar las pautas de distanciamiento social y ayudar a mantener nuestra comunidad lo más segura posible, el Comité Escolar llevará a cabo sus reuniones de abril virtualmente. La reunión del Subcomité de Presupuesto y Finanzas tendrá lugar el miércoles 8 de abril a las 3 p.m. y la reunión del Comité Escolar completo tendrá lugar el jueves 9 de abril a las 6:30 p.m. Ambas reuniones se transmitirán en vivo por Focus Springfield Channel 17. Las reuniones también serán transmitidas en vivo en http://focusspringfield.com/watch/government y en el sitio web de Springfield Public Schools en gofashiongo.com Las repeticiones de la reunión estarán disponibles a pedido en ambos sitios web y en la programación programada regularmente en Focus Springfield Channel 17.



APRIL 1ST, 1:00PM UPDATE: LETTER FROM THE COMMISSIONER | CARTA DE PARTE DEL COMISIONADO 

Click here to download a letter to families from Commissioner of Education Jeffrey Riley 

Haga clic aquí para descargar una carta a las familias de parte de Comisionado de Educación Jeffrey Riley





MARCH 30th, 10:30AM UPDATE: STUDENT LAPTOPS AVAILABLE | COMPUTADORAS PORTÁTILES DISPONIBLES

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Does your child need a lap top computer, but they do not have one at home? If so, Springfield Public Schools would like to make one available for your child in an effort to help ensure that every student has access to the technology they need to continue learning and communicating with their teachers during this school closure. 

SPS will provide a laptop computer to any student who does not have access to a computer at home.  You must by this Wednesday if you want to receive a laptop for your student. to register to receive a laptop for your student.

Laptops will be passed out during the week of April 6th and the week of April 13th  You can either pick up a laptop from your child’s school or have it delivered to your home – both will use social distancing guidelines to help keep our community safe. 

You will be hearing directly from your child’s school with more information. Don’t forget must be completed by Wednesday if you want to receive a laptop for your student.


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¿Necesita su hijo una computadora portátil, pero no tienen una en casa? Si es así, a las Escuelas Públicas de Springfield le gustaría tener una disponible para su hijo en un esfuerzo por ayudar a garantizar que cada estudiante tenga acceso a la tecnología que necesitan para continuar aprendiendo y comunicándose con sus maestros durante el cierre escolar. El distrito le estará prestando una laptop a cualquier estudiante que no tenga acceso a una computadora en casa.  

Debe antes de este miércoles si desea recibir una computadora portátil para su estudiante. Puede completar este formulario en un teléfono celular.

Las computadoras portátiles se repartirán durante la semana del 6 de abril y la semana del 13 de abril. Puede recoger una computadora portátil de la escuela de su hijo o soliticar que la entreguen en su hogar; ambas usarán pautas de distanciamiento social para ayudar a mantener segura a nuestra comunidad.

Recibirá información directa de la escuela de su hijo con más información. No olvide que las deben completarse antes del miércoles si desea recibir una computadora portátil para su estudiante.



MARCH 27th, 1:30PM UPDATE: MESSAGE TO FAMILIES FROM SUPERINTENDENT DANIEL J WARWICK  |  MENSAJE A LAS FAMILIAS DE PARTE DEL SUPERINTENDENTE DANIEL J WARWICK

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Dear Families,

The Springfield Public Schools remains committed to supporting our students and their families during this unprecedented school closure. Since our schools closed on 3/12/20, we have been supporting our students learning needs by providing district-based  recommendations/resources on our website and at our 16 feeding sites including: Boland, Bowles, Brookings, Chestnut Middle School, Commerce, Dorman, Glickman, Indian Orchard, Kensington, Liberty, Lincoln, Rebecca Johnson, South End, Talmadge, Warner and Washington schools. In addition to the resources provided at our meal sites and on our website, we will continue to support our students and families by moving toward providing additional learning activities and opportunities at the school level.

Our administrators and teachers continue to work remotely and are available to support their students and their families. You will receive, if you haven’t already, a school messenger call from your child’s school informing you about the best way to communicate with your child’s principal and teachers during this time.

Our schools are also in the process of developing learning activities and opportunities that will be made available at the school level created by your child’s teachers, who know your child and his/her needs best. Schools will be making activities available across all subject/content areas including art, music, and physical education! Our goal is to provide our students and their families with some engaging activities and opportunities that will help provide some sense of normalcy during this challenging time. For those students and families that are able, we highly encourage you to work on the activities and opportunities that are being made available to you. Please note that these cannot be graded or included in a student’s quarter, semester, or final grade.

As we continue to navigate this ever-changing situation, we want to let you know that we remain committed to supporting all students and families. Please continue to reach out to us with any questions.

Sincerely,

Daniel J. Warwick

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

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Queridas familias,

 

Las Escuelas Públicas de Springfield continúan dedicándose a apoyar a nuestros estudiantes y sus familias durante este cierre de escuelas sin precedentes. A partir de que nuestras escuelas cerraron el 12 de marzo de 2020, hemos estado apoyando las necesidades académicas de nuestros estudiantes al brindarles recomendaciones y recursos del distrito escolar a través de nuestra página de Web y de nuestros 16 sitios de alimentación: Boland, Bowles, Brookings, Chestnut Middle School, Commerce, Dorman, Glickman, Indian Orchard, Kensington, Liberty, Lincoln, Rebecca Johnson, South End, Talmadge, Warner, y Washington. Además de brindar recursos en los sitios de alimentación y a través de nuestra página de Web, continuaremos apoyando a nuestros estudiantes y sus familias al comenzar a brindar actividades y oportunidades académicas adicionales al nivel escolar.

 

Nuestros administradores y maestros continúan trabajando remotamente y están disponibles a apoyar a sus estudiantes y familias. Si ya no le ha llegado una llamada telefónica mensajera de la escuela de su hijo, le llegará con información en cuanto a las mejores maneras de comunicarse con el principal y los maestros de su hijo durante este tiempo.

 

Nuestras escuelas también están en el proceso de desarrollar actividades y oportunidades académicas de desarrollo que vayan a estar disponibles al nivel escolar y serán creadas por los maestros de su hijo, quienes conocen mejor las necesidades académicas de su hijo. Las escuelas crearán actividades disponibles para todas las materias/áreas de contenido incluyendo arte, música, ¡y educación física! Nuestra meta es brindarles a nuestros estudiantes y sus familias unas actividades y oportunidades interesantes que ayuden a devolver un poco de normalidad a estos tiempos difíciles. Para aquellos estudiantes y familias que puedan, les exhortamos fuertemente a que disfruten las actividades y oportunidades disponibles a ustedes. Tenga en cuenta estas no serán ni calificadas ni incluidas en la nota trimestral, semestral, o final.

 

Como continuamos navegando esta situación en constante cambio, le queríamos dejar saber que continuamos dedicándonos a apoyar a todos nuestros estudiantes y familias. No dude en comunicarse con nosotros con cualquier pregunta.

 

Sinceramente,

Daniel J. Warwick

Superintendente de Escuelas




MARCH 25th, 4:30PM UPDATE: SCHOOLS TO REOPEN MAY 4TH | ESCUELAS REABREN 4 DE MAYO

Please be advised that during a press conference this afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker extended school closure until May 4th. Again, schools are NOW scheduled to re-open on Monday, May 4th. More information will be shared as it becomes available.


Tenga en cuenta que durante una conferencia de prensa esta tarde, el gobernador Charlie Baker extendió el cierre de la escuela hasta el 4 de mayo. Nuevamente, las escuelas AHORA están programadas para volver a abrir el lunes 4 de mayo. Se compartirá más información a medida que esté disponible.




MARCH 25th, 9:00AM UPDATEBOLAND ADDED AS MEAL SITE | BOLAND AÑADIDO COMO SITIO DE COMIDA

Sodexo has announced that Boland School has now been added as a meal site for Springfield students, effective today. 

Free breakfast and lunch are available every weekday for all Springfield students during school closure. The meals are grab-and-go and are available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday – Friday and food for the weekend is provided on Fridays.

The meals are served at the following locations: Boland, Bowles, Brookings, Chestnut Middle School, Commerce, Dorman, Glickman, Indian Orchard, Kensington, Liberty, Lincoln, Rebecca Johnson, South End, Talmadge, Warner and Washington schools. No identification is required, and  parents, guardians or grandparents may pick up meals for their Springfield students. 

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Sodexo ha anunciado que la Escuela Boland ahora se ha agregado como un sitio de comida para los estudiantes de Springfield, a partir de hoy.

Estamos proveyendo desayuno y almuerzo gratis disponibles de lunes a viernes para todos y cada uno de los estudiantes de Springfield durante el cierre escolar. Las comidas son para llevar y están disponibles entre las 11 a.m. y la 1 p.m. de lunes a viernes y la comida para el fin de semana se provee los viernes.

Las comidas se sirven en las siguientes escuelas: Boland, Bowles, Brookings, Chestnut Middle School, Commerce, Dorman, Glickman, Indian Orchard, Kensington, Liberty, Lincoln, Rebecca Johnson, South End, Talmadge, Warner y Washington. No se requiere identificación y los adultos pueden recoger comidas para sus estudiantes de Springfield.




MARCH 20th UPDATEPACKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON MONDAY | PAQUETES DIPONIBLES EN LUNES

Education packets and information will be available for families of all elementary and middle school grade learners, if you would like one. These resources will be available beginning Monday, March 23 at all 15 of the meal sites throughout the city.

The packets contain print outs of math and reading sheets, which are also available through the online resources the district has made available on our website. Information for English Learner students and students with Individual Education Plans is available as well.

Free Grab and Go Breakfast and lunch are available for all Springfield youth at 15 locations are listed on our website at gofashiongo.com.

High School students are advised to be on the lookout for any communication at the school/classroom level, this includes but is not limited to checking their school email, and accounts on Power School, Unified Classroom or Google Classroom as applicable, as well as following additional guidance from their school. Educational resources for High School students have also been made available on our website.
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Los paquetes educativos para estudiantes de escuela elemental e intermedia estarán disponibles para las familias si desean una versión impresa. Estas hojas pueden ser recogida a partir de este lunes 23 de marzo en los 15 sitios de comidas en toda la ciudad.

Los paquetes contienen hojas con recursos de matemáticas y lectura, que también están disponibles a través de nuestra página de web. A su vez, tendremos información especial para estudiantes aprendices del idioma inglés.

Como ya saben, estamos proveyendo desayuno y almuerzo gratis para llevar a casa. Así que recuerden recoger los paquetes educacionales este lunes cuando recojan las comidas para llevar a casa. Para más información sobre donde están ubicados los centros de alimentos visiten
gofashiongo.com.



MARCH 18th UPDATE: MEALS MAY NOW BE PICKED UP BY PARENT/GUARDIAN AND LAST THEY OF SCHOOL ANNOUNCED | ALIMENTOS AHORA PUEDE SER RECOGIDOS POR PADRE O TUTOR Y ULTIMO DIA DE CLASES ANUNCIADO

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The Last Day of School will be June 19th regardless of how many school days are missed due to COVID-19.
*According to information provided by DESE.

Starting today, parents, guardians, and grandparents may pick up meals for school-age children in their care at any of our 14 sites across the city.

Meals are available to all school-aged children, including persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled.

As of today, the student does not need to be physically present for the adult to pick up a meal.

This exemption was provided to the district by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education today, 3/19/20. The adult will be asked at the point of pickup if the meals are for school-age students. Identification is not required.


Meals are available Monday-Friday 11am-1pm. On Fridays, you will also receive meals for the weekend. To find a meal site near you please visit 



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El último día de clases será el 19 de junio, independientemente de cuántos días escolares se pierdan debido a COVID-19. *** Según la información proveida hoy por DESE. ***




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El último día de clases será el 19 de junio, independientemente de cuántos días escolares se pierdan debido a COVID-19. *Según la información proveida por DESE. 

A partir de hoy, los padres, tutores y abuelos pueden recoger comidas para niños en edad escolar bajo su cuidado en cualquiera de nuestros 14 sitios en la ciudad.


Las comidas tambien están disponibles para personas con discapacidades, mayores de 18 años, que participan en programas escolares para personas con discapacidades mentales o físicas.

El estudiante NO necesita estar físicamente presente para que el adulto recoja una comida. Esta exención fue provista al distrito por el Departamento de Educación Primaria y Secundaria a partir de hoy, jueves, 19 de marzo. Se le preguntará al adulto en el punto de recogida si las comidas son para estudiantes en edad escolar. No se requiere identificación.

Las comidas están disponibles de lunes a viernes de 11 a.m. a 1 p.m. Los viernes, también recibirán alimentos para el fin de semana.


Para encontrar un centro de alimentos visita:  


MARCH 18 UPDATE: MEAL SERVICES EXPANDED AND INFORMATION FOR STAFF | SERVICIO DE ALIMENTOS DE EXPANDE AL FIN DE SEMANA:

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 Springfield Public Schools food service provider Sodexo is expanding the free meal service it is currently providing for Springfield youth. In addition to having free meals available Monday-Friday, Sodexo announced today the availability of meals for the weekend also. Saturday and Sunday meals will be provided on Fridays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at all of the meal sites in Springfield (Bowles, Chestnut Middle School, Commerce, Dorman, Glickman, Indian Orchard, Kensington, Liberty, Lincoln, Rebecca Johnson, South End, Talmadge, Warner and Washington schools). Families are asked to bring a reusable bag on Fridays if possible, to carry home the food for the weekend. 

Remember, the free breakfast and lunch meals are available to Springfield youth aged 18 and younger. Meals are also available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled. Identification is not required but the child or youth must be present.  Parents/guardians/grandparents, etc. cannot pick up meals for people who are not physically present at time of pickup.

 

College Board Announces SAT testing refunds, cancellations and more:

High school students with SAT testing appointments, can find information provided today by the College Board today regarding refunds, cancellations and more at: .

 

For Staff:

SPS staff should regularly check MySPS for important information. There today, the Department of Human Resources has published information about Employee Assistance Program resources available during this unprecedented time. In addition, they have provided a video that shares useful information about health and safety for those working in buildings on a rotating schedule.


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El proveedor de servicios de alimentos de las Escuelas Públicas de Springfield, Sodexo, está expandiendo el servicio que actualmente brinda a los jóvenes de Springfield comida gratis para llevar a casa durante el cierre de escuelas. Además de tener comidas gratis disponibles de lunes a viernes, Sodexo anunció hoy la disponibilidad de comidas para el fin de semana. Para alimentarse los sábados y domingos, estaremos proveyendo comida adicional para llevar a casa. Los estudiantes pueden recoger las mismas los viernes de 11 a.m. a 1 p.m. m en todos los sitios de comidas en Springfield (Las Escuelas Bowles, Chestnut Middle School, Commerce, Dorman, Glickman, Indian Orchard, Kensington, Liberty, Lincoln, Rebecca Johnson, South End, Talmadge, Warner y Washington). Se les pide a las familias que traigan una bolsa reutilizable los viernes si es posible, para llevar a casa la comida durante el fin de semana.

Recuerde, el desayuno y el almuerzo gratuitos están disponibles para los jóvenes de Springfield de 18 años o menos. Las comidas también están disponibles para personas con discapacidades, mayores de 18 años, que participan en programas escolares para personas con discapacidad mental o física. No se requiere identificación, pero el niño o joven debe estar presente. Los padres / tutores / abuelos, etc. no pueden recoger comidas para personas que no están físicamente presentes en el momento de la recogida.


College Board anuncia reembolsos para exámenes SAT, cancelaciones y más:

Los estudiantes de secundaria con citas para exámenes SAT pueden encontrar información provista hoy por College Board hoy sobre reembolsos, cancelaciones y más en: http://pages.collegeboard.org/natural-disasters


STAFF:
El personal de SPS debe consultar periódicamente el portal MySPS para obtener información importante. Hoy, el Departamento de Recursos Humanos ha publicado información sobre los recursos del Programa de Asistencia al Empleado disponibles durante este tiempo sin precedentes. Además, han proporcionado un video que comparte información útil sobre salud y seguridad para quienes trabajan en edificios.




MARCH 17 UPDATE: RESOURCES FOR LEARNING AT HOME AND INFORMATION FOR STAFF | RECURSOS
PARA APRENDER EN CASA E INFORMACIÓN PARA EL PERSONAL

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Resources to help students continue to have learning experiences during the COVID-19 related school closure are currently available on the Springfield Public Schools website at gofashiongo.com or by clicking here.

Most of the resources are websites or other online tools and can be accessed from a computer or a mobile phone.  For some sites, students will need to enter their school username and password to log in.  Other resources on the website are freely accessible to everyone.

In addition to the online enrichment resources, education packets will be available for families to pick up for their student. More information on this will be shared as it becomes available.


STAFF
•     Please check your email for a MEMO for all City employees from the City of Springfield.

•    If and when staff are working from home as permissible, the OITA help desk will be available. If you experience an IT issue, you should put in a ticket as usual or call the Help Desk at 413-750-2175.

•            All employees who are regularly scheduled to work (such as long-term subs and bus monitors, for example) will experience no interruption in pay.

•   WB Mason deliveries have been suspended for most schools.

•  The teacher transfer process will adhere to the original schedule and deadline.

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Los recursos para ayudar a los estudiantes a seguir teniendo experiencias de aprendizaje durante el cierre de la escuelas durante el cierre relacionada a COVID-19 ya están disponibles en el sitio web de las Escuelas Públicas de Springfield gofashiongo.com.

La mayoría de los recursos son sitios web u otras herramientas en línea y se puede acceder desde una computadora o un teléfono móvil. Para algunos sitios, los estudiantes deberán ingresar el nombre de usuario y la contraseña de su escuela para iniciar sesión. Otros recursos en el sitio web son de libre acceso para todos.

Además de los recursos de enriquecimiento en línea, habrá paquetes educativos disponibles para que las familias puedan recoger a sus estudiantes en los próximos días y se compartirá más información al respecto a medida que esté disponible.

STAFF

• Consulte su correo electrónico para ver el MEMO enviado a todos los empleados de la Ciudad de la Ciudad de Springfield

• El departamento de OITA esta disponible para ayudar con situaciones en sus computadoras- cuando usted este trabajando.  Si experimenta un problema tecnológico, debe colocar un ticket como de costumbre o llamar al IT Help Desk al 413-750-2175 (solo para empleados).

• Todos los empleados que están programados regularmente para trabajar (por ejemplo, subs a largo plazo y monitores de autobuses a largo plazo) no experimentarán interrupciones en el pago.

• Las entregas de WB Mason han sido suspendidas para la mayoría de las escuelas.

• El proceso de transferencia de maestros se adherirá al horario original y la fecha límite.




MARCH 16th UPDATE: SCHOOLS TO REOPEN APRIL 7TH  | ESCUELAS REABREN 7 DE ABRIL

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•  Schools will now be closed until Monday, April 6th per an order by Governor Charlie Baker made Sunday, March 15th. Schools are now scheduled to re-open on Tuesday, April 7th, 2020. 

• Springfield Public Schools Central Office (1550 Main Street) and the Parent and Community Engagement Center (91 School Street) and the Springfield Public Schools Adult Education Center (204 Boston Road) will be closed to the public, beginning tomorrow.  
 
• Breakfast and Lunch pick-up sites for Springfield youth have been expanded to an additional two new sites – South End and Chestnut schools.    

Any person 18 or under is eligible for these meals and no identification, registration or address is required. Service is grab-n-go style from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday until school resumes. Grab-n-Go meals will be served at Bowles, Chestnut Middle School, Commerce, Dorman, Glickman, Indian Orchard, Kensington, Liberty, Lincoln, Rebecca Johnson, South End, Talmadge, Warner and Washington.

See the map to find a meal site near you!




Who is eligible to get meals? 
Children 18 and younger may receive free breakfast and lunch. Meals also available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled.


 Students may attend any school they are near, it does not need to be the school where they are enrolled. Each student will be given a lunch as well as a breakfast for the following day. Please note due to the nature of this meal service and product availability, we will not always be able to accommodate allergies and parents/guardians assume responsibilities for their children's allergies. Please be assured Sodexo is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of staff, students, and families.

Sodexo staff are adhering to the infectious disease control and prevention measures as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (i.e.: washing hands often and with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; covering your nose and mouth when coughing/sneezing; avoiding touching eyes; and staying home if sick especially with a fever; travelers returning from countries with a Level 3 alert should stay home and monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the US; no foreign travel and restricted domestic travel). Kitchens and service areas will be routinely sanitized, staff will frequently sanitize their hands through service and wear gloves, changing them frequently. Utensils will be pre-packaged in plastic and meals will be single-serve.


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• Las escuelas ahora estarán cerradas hasta el lunes 6 de abril por orden del Gobernador Charlie Baker realizada el domingo 15 de marzo. Las escuelas ahora están programadas para volver a abrir el martes, 7 de abril de 2020.

• La Oficina Central de las Escuelas Públicas de Springfield (1550 Main Street) y el Centro de Participación de Padres y Comunidad (91 School Street) y el Centro de Educación de Adultos de las Escuelas Públicas de Springfield (204 Boston Road) estarán cerrados al público, a partir de mañana.

 
• Los sitios de recogida de desayuno y almuerzo para los jóvenes de Springfield se han ampliado a otros dos sitios adicionales: las escuelas South End y Chestnut.

Cualquier persona de 18 años o menor es elegible para estas comidas y no se requiere ni identificación, ni registrarse, ni dirección. El servicio es estilo “grab-n-go” donde los estudiantes recojen las comidas y se van. Los alimentos preenvasados están disponibles de 11 a.m. a 1 p.m. de lunes a viernes hasta que se reanuden las clases. Las comidas Grab-n-Go se servirán en Bowles, Chestnut Middle School, Commerce, Dorman, Glickman, Indian Orchard, Kensington, Liberty, Lincoln, Rebecca Johnson, South End, Talmadge, Warner y Washington.

See map for location near you:


Los estudiantes pueden asistir a cualquier escuela cercana, no es necesario que sea la escuela donde están inscritos. Cada estudiante recibirá un almuerzo y un desayuno para el día siguiente. Tenga en cuenta que, debido a la naturaleza de este servicio de comidas y la disponibilidad del producto, no siempre podremos acomodar las alergias y los padres / tutores asumen las responsabilidades de las alergias de sus hijos. Tenga la seguridad de que Sodexo está tomando todas las precauciones para garantizar la seguridad del personal, los estudiantes y las familias.

El personal de Sodexo se adhiere a las medidas de prevención y control de enfermedades infecciosas según lo descrito por los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades y el Departamento de Salud Pública de Massachusetts (es decir: lavarse las manos con frecuencia y con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos; cubrirse la nariz y la boca al toser) / estornudos; evitar tocarse los ojos; y quedarse en casa si está enfermo especialmente con fiebre; los viajeros que regresan de países con una alerta de Nivel 3 deben quedarse en casa y controlar su salud durante 14 días después de regresar a los EE. UU.; sin viajes al extranjero y viajes nacionales restringidos) . Las cocinas y las áreas de servicio se desinfectarán rutinariamente, el personal con frecuencia desinfectará sus manos a través del servicio y usará guantes, cambiándolos con frecuencia. Los utensilios se pre-envasarán y las comidas serán de una sola porción.

MARCH 13, 2020 UPDATE: SCHOOL CLOSED  |
ESCUELAS CERADAS

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We have kept our schools open for as long as we believe has been possible, as recommended by state and local public health authorities. We know that our schools are much more than education centers for our families. They provide important support and we know that closure will impact on our families. 

However, after much consultation today with Mayor Sarno, health authorities and with other superintendents, Springfield Public Schools has made the decision to close until March 27, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This means all school based programs and events are cancelled. The Springfield Public Schools Adult Education Center is also closed. Classes are scheduled to resume Monday, March 30th.

Please know that the district is operating out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health and safety of our staff and students. Further information and guidance will be forthcoming as we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic together.  

DETAILS FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES:

•    Springfield Public Schools students will have an opportunity to access education instruction and enrichment resources on the Springfield Public Schools website and social media channels in the coming days.

The district’s food service provider Sodexo will set up meal centers at several locations during the closure. 

The sites will be located at the following schools and open to all Springfield Public Schools students: Bowles, Commerce, Dorman, Glickman, Indian Orchard, Kensington, Liberty, Lincoln, Rebecca Johnson, Talmadge, Warner, Chestnut, South End, and Washington. 

Meals will be available at the front door for breakfast and lunch between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to any person 18 years old or younger. Identification is not required. 

The school closure due to COVID-19 will not cause High School seniors disruption in earning their diploma as the Class of 2020. 

The Parent and Community Engagement Center and Central Office will remain open during the school closure. 

DETAILS FOR STAFF:

Springfield Public Schools staff will experience no interruption in pay due to the closure. 

Teachers who have materials at schools that they need to access, may pick them up on Monday, March 16th. 

The closure will be considered a school closure and not a district closure. This means the following groups are NOT required to report to work: Students, Unit A Members (teachers), School Nurses (RN), Substitute Teachers, Traffic Supervisors (School), Bus Monitors, Lunch Aides, Paraprofessionals, (Teacher Aides, LPN's, Health Assistants), Any other staff whose annual work schedule coincides with the teachers annual work schedule, including parent facilitators. On School Closure Days, these groups will be paid as governed by their respective Collective Bargaining Agreements, if applicable.

The following groups ARE required to report to work: Principals, Members of the Administrators Union, Non-Union Administrators, Civil Services Clerks, Operation of Plant (Custodians) Staff, Facilities, (Tradesmen) Staff, Non-Bargaining Employees, Parent Information Center Staff (excluding Unit A Staff), Central Office Non-Union Administrative Support Staff, Technicians Union. Operation of Plant personnel are governed by the terms of their Contract, for snow removal and emergencies.
 
• Sodexo Springfield staff are required to report to work at their scheduled time. 


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Como distrito, hemos mantenido nuestras escuelas abiertas durante el tiempo posible, según lo recomendado por las autoridades de salud pública estatales y locales. Sabemos que nuestras escuelas son mucho más que centros educativos para nuestras familias.  Las mismas brindan un apoyo importante a nuestra sociedad y sabemos que el cierre afectará a nuestras familias.

Después de consultar las debidas autoridades durante el día de hoy con el alcalde Sarno, el departamento de salud y otros superintendentes, las Escuelas Públicas de Springfield han tomado la decisión de cerrar hasta el 27 de marzo de 2020, como resultado de la pandemia coronavirus COVID-19. 

Tenga en cuenta que el distrito está tomando esta medida de cautela como precaución por la salud y seguridad de nuestro personal y estudiantes. Se proveerá más información próximamente. Esto significa que todos los programas y eventos escolares se cancelan. El Centro de Educación para Adultos de las Escuelas Públicas de Springfield también está cerrado. Las clases están programadas para reanudarse el lunes 30 de marzo.

DETALLES PARA ESTUDIANTES Y FAMILIAS:


• Los estudiantes de las Escuelas Públicas de Springfield tendrán la oportunidad de acceder a instrucción educativa y recursos de enriquecimiento en el sitio web de las Escuelas Públicas de Springfield y los canales de redes sociales en los próximos días.

•  El proveedor de servicios de alimentos del distrito, Sodexo, establecerá centros de comidas en varios lugares durante el cierre. Los sitios estarán ubicados en las siguientes escuelas y estarán abiertos a todos los estudiantes de las Escuelas Públicas de Springfield: Bowles, Commerce, Dorman, Glickman, Indian Orchard, Kensington, Liberty, Lincoln, Rebecca Johnson, Talmadge, Warner, Washington, Chestnut y South End. Las comidas se estarán disponibles en la puerta principal durante el desayuno y el almuerzo entre las 11 a.m. y la 1 p.m.  a cualquier persona de 18 años de edad o menos. No se requiere identificación.

• El cierre de la escuela debido a COVID-19 no causará interrupciones en los estudiantes de último año de secundaria al obtener su diploma como Clase de 2020.

•  El Centro PACE y la Oficina Central permanecerán abiertos durante el cierre.

INFORMACIÓN PARA EL PERSONAL

•  El personal de las Escuelas Públicas de Springfield no experimentará interrupciones en el pago debido al cierre.

•  Los maestros que tienen materiales en las escuelas a las que necesiten acceder, pueden recogerlos el lunes 16 de marzo.

•  El cierre se considerará un cierre de la escuela y no un cierre del distrito. Esto significa que los siguientes grupos NO están obligados a presentarse a trabajar: Estudiantes, Miembros de la Unidad A (maestros), Enfermeras escolares (RN), Maestros sustitutos, Supervisores de tráfico (Escuela), Monitores de autobuses, Ayudantes de almuerzo, Paraprofesionales, (Ayudantes de maestros, LPN's , Asistentes de salud), cualquier otro personal cuyo horario de trabajo anual coincida con el horario de trabajo anual de los maestros, incluyendo facilitadores de padres. En los días de cierre de la escuela, a estos grupos se les pagará según lo regido por sus respectivos acuerdos de negociación colectiva, si corresponde.

Los siguientes grupos están deben presentarse al trabajo: directores, miembros del sindicato de administradores, administradores no sindicales, empleados de servicios civiles, personal de operaciones (custodios), instalaciones, personal (comerciantes), empleados no negociadores, centro de información para padres Personal (excluido el personal de la Unidad A), personal de apoyo administrativo no sindical de la oficina central, sindicato de técnicos. La operación del personal de la Planta se rige por los términos de su Contrato, para remoción de nieve y emergencias.

• El personal de Sodexo Springfield debe presentarse a trabajar a la hora programada regular.





MARCH 12, 2020 UPDATE: ADDITIONAL MEASURES TAKEN

The ever-evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic causes new questions and scenarios to surface daily. SPS planning and response is ongoing and further guidance will continue to be forthcoming. Below please find the latest announcement regarding program cancellations in the schools. 

- All home visits are cancelled until further notice.

- All SCDM and PTO meetings are cancelled until further notice.

- All Springfield School Volunteers are cancelled until further notice. 

- All non-school related building permits are cancelled until further notice.

- School-based After-school and Saturday programs HAVE NOT been cancelled.

- Service providers will continue or discontinue to provide their services to schools on a case-by-case basis determined by the school principal. Service providers who continue to work in schools must ensure that their service staffs are adhering to infectious disease control and prevention measures as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (i.e.: washing hands often and with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze; avoid touching your eyes; and staying home if sick especially with a fever; travelers returning from countries with a Level 3 alert should stay home and monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the US; no foreign travel and restricted domestic travel).

- Current practicum students and students with AmeriCorps and similar programs may continue to work in our schools as long as those students adhere to the infectious disease control and prevention measures as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (i.e.: washing hands often and with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze; avoid touching your eyes; and staying home if sick especially with a fever; travelers returning from countries with a Level 3 alert should stay home and monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the US; no foreign travel and restricted domestic travel). However, schools are not accepting new practicum, AmeriCorps or students of similar programs until further notice. 


MARCH 11, 2020 UPDATE: SPS Statement Following Governor State of Emergency Declaration and FAQ

As you know, late yesterday afternoon Governor Charlie Baker declared a COVID-19-related State of Emergency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Information on COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly but currently there have been no reports of cases in Springfield Public Schools or the City of Springfield. Superintendent Warwick continues to prioritize the safety and well-being of students and staff by taking steps to minimize the impact of COVID-19 and SPS will continue to provide updates on the MySPS all-staff notification system, the district website, and social media channels. Planning continues and further guidance may be forthcoming.

ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: 

Will schools be closing? Not currently. SPS will follow the direction of local and state health officials on school closures if the community experiences a change in risk factors. If the decision is made to close schools, SPS will promptly notify the school community through automated calls, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, the district website and the MySPS all-staff notification system. SPS will also notify media. The district will follow the direction of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education about education plans for distance learning. 

Are travel plans cancelled? Yes, all school-related travel is cancelled for students and staff. 

Are school-based events cancelled?
District-wide events have not been cancelled as of now. If the decision is made to cancel events district wide, SPS will promptly notify the school community through automated calls, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, the district website and the MySPS all-staff notification system. SPS will also notify media. 

What is SPS doing to help ensure schools are clean? SPS custodians in all schools are continuing to work to keep our schools clean and as safe as possible. Custodians continue to thoroughly clean and disinfect buildings and the District is ensuring that all cleaning supplies being used follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Schools should have sufficient supplies of soap on hand and soap dispensers are being checked to ensure they are working and refilled throughout the day. 

How is SPS monitoring the changing situation? The District is in daily contact with Mayor Sarno, the City of Springfield Department of Health and Human Services, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and school districts throughout the state. The District will participate in a national COVID-19 conference call with The White House that has been scheduled for later today.

Are children more susceptible to the virus that causes COVID-19 compared with the general population and how can infection be prevented? The CDC has noted that children are not known to get seriously ill from COVID-19. 

What if my child is not sick but is absent from school due to COVID-19 concerns? Currently, the District continues to follow the Attendance Policy as written and it would count as an unexcused absence.  Approved absences include the following: student illness, medical appointment for the student, death in the family, observance of a religious holiday, court appearance for the student. A formal doctor’s note, including the date absent, the reason for the absence, a phone number where a parent or guardian can be reached, and the parent or guardian’s signature, may be required. 

I feel anxious about coronavirus. What can I do? We encourage you to visit the CDC website for more assistance on coping with the public health issue of COVID-19. 

Do you have resources I can use to talk about the coronavirus with my child? As adults, it’s important we remain calm with our actions and words and share accurate information. One of the ways we can protect our community from illness is to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading. Here are is a resource you may use to talk about the coronavirus with children: 


MARCH 6, 2020 UPDATE: SPS Statement Following City of Springfield Press Conference

Springfield Public Schools is committed to keeping you informed about our response to the national and global public health situation involving coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Please know that, at this time, we have no known cases of COVID-19  among students or staff here in Springfield Public Schools.

The health and safety of our students and staff remain
our utmost priority. 

In addition to the measures previously announced this week, the District is also taking the following steps:

• Making certain that school bathrooms’ are thoroughly cleaned and that liquid hand soap dispensers are operating and filled.

• Replacing all self-service meal stations with enclosed containers. 

• Reinforcing sanitation measures in school cafeterias, classrooms and touch-points (door knobs, railings, etc.) throughout buildings.

• Proposing a cancellation on all school-based international travel- to be voted upon during next week's School Committee meeting.

As of today, Friday, March 6th, a total of 4 staff members (one staff member per school) from Glenwood, Boland, Homer and Brightwood have been sent home as a precautionary measure . This step was taken in adherence to  the Massachusetts Department of Public Health travel advisory issued this week, which required anyone who has traveled to Level 3 countries to stay home and self-monitor their health. All families and staff at schools where a staff member was sent home have been informed. 

The district will continue to respond and comply with state and federal alerts relative to COVID-19 as developments occur, including recommendation of the flu shot for anyone who has not had it as of yet.


MARCH 5, 2020 UPDATE: SPS Statement Regarding Adherence to MA DPH Alert

In accordance with the guidance provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health late yesterday afternoon that instructed anyone who has traveled back to the US from Italy to stay home and monitor their health for 14 days in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19), SPS staff members who have self-reported such travel have been sent home per the guidance of that health alert.

This step is taken as a precautionary measure and based solely on the state guidelines put forward yesterday afternoon by the MA DPH. 

The district has communicated with the staff and families of schools where a staff member may have reported such travel. 

The health and safety of all Springfield Public Schools students and staff is the number one priority of Springfield Public Schools. The district’s Nursing Department has been in constant contact with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and with the City of Springfield Department of Health and Human Services to receive updates to help ensure that the district stays abreast of the latest recommended guidelines to protect the safety of our students and staff. 

The custodial department has been diligently disinfecting and sanitizing school buildings since the start of the cold and flu season and those efforts will continue. And we remind families, staff and students to remain steadfast with the precautions we all know to take during cold and flu season - such as washing hands often and with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze; avoid touching your eyes; and staying home if sick especially with a fever.

We understand that COVID-19 and its spread is an ever-evolving health concern and we will continue to closely monitor the situation. The district is encouraging everyone to visit online resources that will provide current updates as they are made available by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the City of Springfield Department of Health and Human Services and DESE.  

The district will continue to respond and comply with state and federal alerts relative to COVID-19 as developments occur.    


MARCH 4, 2020 UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW

Although local and national news reports are focused on the new coronavirus known as COVID-19, please be advised that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) reports that the risk to residents in Massachusetts remains low. 

Though MA DPH reports the level of threat of the new coronavirus in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is low, we understand that families have important questions regarding the recent outbreak in the United States and abroad. 

Please be advised the SPS Department of Nursing has been in constant contact with the MA DPH, the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and with the City of Springfield Department of Health and Human Services to receive updates to help ensure that we are abreast of the latest recommended guidelines to protect the safety of our students and staff. SPS custodians, who typically sanitize and disinfect our schools during cold and flu season, have been directed to intensify those efforts, especially in high-touch areas. 

As is general practice during flu season, nurses have been steadily reminding students and staff to take precautions such as:

 Wash your hands often and with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

• Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. 

 Avoid touching your eyes.

• Stay home if sick especially with a fever. 

We understand that COVID-19 and its spread is an ever-evolving health concern and we will continue to closely monitor the situation. Nationally, the CDC today issued a Travel Health Alert for all United States residents, instructing travelers returning from countries with a Level 3 alert (currently China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy) to stay home and monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the US. 

We will rely on guidance from the health authorities referred to above as well as local adult and pediatric healthcare providers in dealing with any state or local impact of COVID-19. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:



• The City of Springfield Department of Health and Human Services





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