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Coronavirus Update
Posted on 03/04/2020
Updated April 2nd at 3:30 P.M. 

The health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priorityWe have no known cases of coronavirus COVID-19 among students or staff in Springfield Public Schools. 

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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 http://focusspringfield.com/watch/government and on the Springfield Public Schools website at www.springfieldpublicschools.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 www.springfieldpublicschools.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 register by this Wednesday if you want to receive a laptop for your student. CLICK HERE 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 registrations 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 registrarse antes de este miércoles si desea recibir una computadora portátil para su estudiante. De clic aquí para registrarse. 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 inscripciones 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 www.springfieldpublicschools.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
www.springfieldpublicschools.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 http://bit.ly/FoodSpringfield



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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:  http://bit.ly/FoodSpringfield


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: https://pages.collegeboard.org/natural-disasters.

 

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: https://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 www.springfieldpublicschools.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.


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•     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 www.springfieldpublicschools.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.

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• 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

ESPAÑOL ABAJO

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. 


ESPAÑOL

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.  That website is available here.

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:  Video: Coronavirus Explained for Kids


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 Massachusetts Department of Public Health

• The City of Springfield Department of Health and Human Services





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