This week’s Parent Update will include:
- Upcoming Events
- Weather Related Decisions
- Congratulate Coach K
- Strategic Planning Surveys
- Reminder from the Nurse Leader
A reminder that there will be no school on Friday, January 27 due to staff professional development
The Greenfield Health Department is hosting a Flu and COVID-19 vaccine clinic on January 25 from 9 am to noon at the Greenfield Health Department, 20 Sanderson St. MA residents who get a COVID-19 vaccine are eligible to receive a $75 gift card, while supplies last. Please see the City of Greenfield website for more information.
As you know, we have had a number of bad weather days here recently and it continues. I am watching the weather very closely and need to remind everyone that you should have plans in the case of an early release. The timing of tomorrow’s weather is unfortunate as it is anticipated to impact dismissal time.
Overall, I make weather-related decisions after discussions with a meteorologist, DPW and neighboring superintendents and the situation in their districts as that can impact our staff. Please know that I always make decisions intended to keep our students and staff safe. I realize you may not always agree with my decision but appreciate your understanding.
CONGRATULATE COACH K
Congratulations to our athletic director and football coach, Mike Kuchieski, on being named to the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame! Coach Kuchieski has been a part of Greenfield’s success on and off the field since he was a student here. He returned in 2004, winning a total of 137 games with Greenfield and with the co-op team he helped get off the ground in 2020, including wins that led the team to the 2021 state tournament. Most importantly, though, he’s always put our students first, focusing and helping them develop into the best young adults they can be. In Coach Kuchieski’s own words: “We don’t coach for the wins and losses. We coach to create young men and women and create memories for them.”
Congratulations, coach. We’re proud of you and lucky to have you!
STRATEGIC PLANNING SURVEYS
As we continue the work of creating a multi-year, district-wide plan, we need your input. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. The survey form includes the opportunity to provide contact information if you are interested in participating in focus groups and/or interviews.
Thank you to all of you who have already taken the survey. The links can also be found on the district and city websites.
REMINDER FROM THE NURSE LEADER
In order to minimize the number of children that are ill, we ask you to please follow these guidelines when making your decision to send your child to school or return to school after an illness.
Fever free for 24 hours If your child had a fever greater than 100˚ during the day or night before school, they must stay home the next day and may not return to school until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-suppressing medication. Giving your child Tylenol or something similar and then sending them to school is not appropriate. It temporarily masks your child’s illness and does not indicate recovery from an illness.
No vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours. If your child vomits, they need to stay home. Vomiting is a significant indication of illness, regardless of whether the child states they feel better or not. Diarrhea is described as loose, runny, frequent stool. A stomach virus is often accompanied by diarrhea. Students must remain home until the diarrhea has stopped without the use of diarrhea-suppressing medication.
Communicable diseases. Any illness diagnosed as communicable requires a doctor’s note for re-admittance. For those illnesses not necessarily requiring a doctor’s visit (such as chicken pox), school exclusion guidelines established by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and our local Board of Health will be used to determine a re-admittance date. Please contact your student’s school nurse if you have any questions.
Thank you for your assistance.