This week’s Parent Update will include:
- Upcoming Events
- Weather Related Decisions
- Winter Carnival
- 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 vaccine clinic on January 25 from 9 am to noon at the Greenfield Health Department, 20 Sanderson St. MA residents who get a COVID vaccine are eligible to receive a $75 gift card, while supplies last. Please see the City of Greenfield website for more information.
It has been a rough week for weather this week! I can’t wait for warm weather and flowers. I realize that weather-related cancelations, delays and early dismissals create hardships for some families. My decisions are made after carefully weighing the information I have and after discussions with a meteorologist, DPW and neighboring superintendents and the situation in their districts as that can impact our staff. The decisions are made based on the forecast at the time, and unfortunately, sometimes the forecast does not hold and conditions vary from what was predicted. 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 as I share in the frustration when conditions do not work out as predicted.
The Greenfield 101st Annual Winter Carnival will be held Feb 3-5th. There will be events scheduled all over the City. Flyers are going home with our students and will be posted on the district’s website. We will have Title I-sponsored free, take-home winter family activities. The GPS Title I table will be at 20 Sanderson Street on Saturday from 10 am – 12:30 pm.
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 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.