May 21, 2021
Dear Students, Staff, and Families,
Happy Friday everyone. It does feel good to be a little closer to normal. I was able to exercise at my YMCA for the first time in over 14 months without a mask. What a difference it made. We can appreciate now more than ever the simple things that we may have taken for granted in the past.
Listed below are a number of items for your review:
As a reminder, the Cumberland Emergency Medical Services (CEMS) will be conducting two vaccination clinics targeting 12-15 year olds. The first clinic will be held today, May 21st from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and tomorrow, May 22nd from 9:00-3:00 p.m. Both clinics will be held at the Ann & Hope building located at 1 Ann & Hope Way. Access to the clinic will be the old main retail entrance on the “railroad track” side of the building. The registration link has expired, however, there may be extra vaccines available for those students who missed the registration deadline. If you have not registered and would like to get vaccinated, please go to the vaccination site during the scheduled hours.
There has been a change to the dates for the second vaccination for 12-15 year olds. Instead of June 11th and 12th, the second vaccination for both clinics has been changed to Thursday, June 10th from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the same location.
This is a reminder to all students ages 16 and up who received a COVID-19 vaccine on May 6th. You are due for your second dose on May 27th. Cumberland EMS will be conducting a clinic on May 27th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Trans Caf. Please use this link to register and select an appointment time. https://www.vaccinateri.org/
The transition to 5 days of in-person learning has gone well. After RICAS testing, we are looking forward to students in grades K through 12 returning to 5 days of in-person learning.
As you know, the mask wearing guidance remains in place for schools. However, students are able to remove their masks while outside as long as they maintain three feet of social distance from their peers.
The updated COVID-19 spreadsheet is provided for your review.
As we look forward to the future, school leaders are developing plans to focus on two areas of concern as a result of the pandemic. One main area of concern is learning loss and the other is the impact that the pandemic has had on mental health. The administrative team has been focusing on these areas and will continue to solidify plans to address these issues.
Enjoy this beautiful weather.
Robert A Mitchell
Superintendent of Schools