NOVEMBER 20, 2020 – SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE!
Medford Public Schools
489 Winthrop Street, Medford, Massachusetts 02155
Dr. Marice Edouard-Vincent, Superintendent of Schools
November 20, 2020
Hello Mustang Nation:
Gratifying does not carry enough weight to describe the feeling one receives seeing our students who have returned to in-person learning so far. Despite their faces being covered, you can see the joy and excitement in their eyes. This week we have been able to welcome back some Career Technical Education students in addition to the many kindergarten through eighth grade students learning in-person. Our contractors and maintenance staff are working diligently to repair the Medford High School ventilation systems. We anticipate sharing return dates with the Medford High School community soon.
As Thanksgiving is next week, there will be the following changes to the current schedule:
Hybrid students in K-8 and select vocational , Cohorts (A & B) will be in person on Monday and Tuesday.
Wednesday, November 25th, will be a remote half day.
Schools will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 26th and Friday, November 27th
There will be no in school or remote learning on these days.
I know the approach of the holiday season brings a mix of emotions this year. The pandemic necessitates a change in the way we celebrate and I know that is a challenge to us all. The COVID-19 numbers continue to rise and we need to think about staying safe as we plan for Thanksgiving next week. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we believe this will be the first time since 1889 that there will not be a Thanksgiving Football Game vs. Malden on Thanksgiving Day. Although there is no football game and our gatherings might be smaller than usual, think about starting new traditions that honor the spirit of the day. This year, the health of our families and friends is what we are most thankful for.
Let us also take a moment to consider those of us in our community who are less fortunate. If you are looking for opportunities to support your neighbors, consider making a donation to one of Medford’s food pantries. The West Medford Community Center is collaborating with Neighborhood Kitchen restaurant to provide up to 200 free meals to low-income Medford residents. The meals will be distributed at the WMCC on Monday, November 23rd from 5:00-7:00 PM. People will need to sign up to reserve their plate, either online or by calling WMCC at 781-483-3042 and they will add you to the list. Plates will be available for pickup at WMCC. Special arrangements will be made for anyone requesting delivery. Whether you are in need of food or would like to make a food donation, you can click here for a list of food resources.
As I mentioned before, in light of rising COVID numbers, for those families who may be traveling to see family and friends over Thanksgiving, please be advised that prior to sending your children back to in-school learning, they must be COVID tested. Free COVID testing can be found on the Commonwealth’s Stop the Spread website.
Our Friday reopening updates will continue weekly as well as any timely updates as they arise during the week. You can also view my latest video message that will soon appear on Medford Community Media: Direct Link: https://medford.vod.castus.tv/
We hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Be kind. Be safe. Go Mustangs!
Yours, in partnership for children,
Dr. Marice Edouard-Vincent, Superintendent – Medford Public Schools
Marice Edouard-Vincent, Ed.D.
Source: Medford Public Schools, https://www.mps02155.org/2020/11/20/superintendent-update-november-20-2020/