We had our first on-campus day at school on Thursday, in which approximately 80% of our students in Division 3 classes came to Parker! The positive energy was palpable. There were new routines to learn, of course, and things felt a little strange in masks and keeping distance from each other throughout the day, but the safety guidelines were well-upheld by students and adults alike. We are excited to welcome back students in Division 1 classes on Monday and students in Division 2 classes on Tuesday. Everyone has received a personalized email with their assigned “entry door” and the advisory room they will head to, as well as some general reminders (which are also repeated below). Teachers/advisors have reviewed with students what they can expect during their on-campus day, and rest assured that there will be many opportunities to review routines together on-campus as well. For our newest students, who have generally never been in the building before, please know that that students will be well-supported in finding their classrooms, which (for any one student) will all be concentrated in a single hallway – it would be hard to get lost! We are looking forward to greeting so many more Parker students in person next week.
This week’s topics:
- On-Campus Info
- Spring Sports
- ECO Meeting
- Photos for Yearbook
- AH Book Returns
- Materials Pickup
- Student Food Security and Meal Pick-ups
- Parker Paper
- Our Essential Commitment Fund
- Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker
- Pooled Testing
- Health Office Reminders
· On-Campus Lunch for 3/8 and 3/9 (free, to be ordered in morning advisory):
o choice of crispy chicken wrap OR veggie hummus wrap (both with milk and side dishes)
· If you have not yet read the FAQs, please do so!
· If have not yet done your pooled testing consent forms, please do so!
· If you do not feel well, you should not come to campus!
· If you are not planning to come to campus, you will receive information about your remote work/class directly from your teacher.
Some reminders about what students should BRING when they come to campus:
· A well-fitting mask
· Your laptop and charger (and stylus, if applicable)
· Headphones (VERY important for remote classes like Spanish)
· Layers/coat/sweater – be prepared for a room that feels too cold for you please, as classroom windows will be open for ventilation
Some arrival/departure reminders:
· Arrival window is 8:10-8:30 at the entry door sent to you via email.
· Pick up is between 2:30-3:30 and students should exit the building via the door they entered.
· Students who arrive at school AFTER 9:00am OR DEPART school before 2:30pm should use the LOBBY entrance and be sure to sign-in/sign-out.
· Please see the FAQs for more details about pick-up, drop-off, and school schedule/hours.
Reminder that Spring PLP conferences will be on Thursday and Friday, March 11 and 12. No classes will be held these days. If you haven’t scheduled your student’s PLP yet, please do so using this link: PLP Bookings. Please note that you need to select the DIVISION of your child’s advisor and then select the ADVISOR NAMES from the drop down menu. Please do not make an appointment with the default “anyone” option! Also, be sure to click on one of the two PLP dates – March 11 or 12 – in order to see availability!
Spring Sports Sign-ups & Starting Dates
Please email nurse Lisa Zick to sign up for any spring sport. email@example.com
- Track & Field will begin Monday, March 15.
- Softball and Baseball will begin Monday, April 5.
- Co-op Lacrosse (hosted by Bromfield) will begin Monday, April 26.
State safety guidelines (masks, distancing) will be in effect, as well as sport-specific modifications. Please email Athletic Director Ben Benoit with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports User Fee Policy:
The User Fee is $300 per player, per sport** for Track, Softball and Baseball. Checks can be made payable to Parker, or the online payment option can be used (on the school website under Students & Parents). Anyone who desires a payment plan, or qualifies under the free/reduced school lunch program, should contact the business office prior to the season starting. **Lacrosse User Fee will be payable to Bromfield and is currently TBD.
ECO (Parker’s parent and community organization) is holding their next meeting virtually on Wednesday, March 10th, at 6 PM. Come find out about The Panther Prowl AND how you can support Parker and Parker’s teachers! Use this meeting link with the password included in the weekly email to join!
Photos for Yearbook
Reminder we are seeking photos of Parker students and community members at school, at home, with friends and living life during Covid-19! Send in any photos you would like to see included in the yearbook to help capture the year.
AH Book Returns
As you head back to school, please take a few minutes to look under your beds and on your bookshelves for all of your AH books that need to come back.
If you are still in the same class or Division, please return the book to your teacher when you come into school for your day on-campus. If you are in Division 3 or have Gatewayed and the book is from your last division, please leave the book on the table in the lobby marked AH book returns. Thanks you!
The following materials are available for pickup in the school lobby:
Division 1 AH — Who Deserves the Land note taking packet — Needed by 9-Mar and will be distributed on 8-Mar to students attending class in the building
The lobby is open on school days from 8 AM – 3:30 PM. Other arrangements can be made as needed by emailing Monique at email@example.com.
Student Food Security and Meal Pick-ups
Reminder to click here for information about food security and free student meal service at Parker (and other locations throughout the state). Please SIGN UP for the meal pick-up program via this link so that we can anticipate numbers of meals needed: Student Meal Registration. Pick up hours are normally from 7 – 9 AM on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Reminder the Parker Paper is a community newspaper for Parker School and the Devens Community created as part of a current senior project. Check it out using this link. If you want to get involved in the paper in any way (questions, ideas, contributions, etc.) or just want to explore an interest in student journalism please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading!!
Our Essential Commitment Fund
As of March 4, 2021, the Parker community has already invested $181,000! We are incredibly grateful. STAND UP FOR PARKER by making your donation here.
Tracking COVID-19 Numbers at Parker
Positive COVID-19 cases in the Parker community are reported to the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE), but if the individual has not been on campus, he/she poses no risk to anyone on campus and the data point gets screened out. We will now include weekly numbers of positive COVID-19 cases in this Family Information email. The following are positive cases in the Parker community from 2/27/21-3/5/21:
- Staff – 0
- Students – 0
None of the above have been on campus. If there is a positive case on campus, all close contacts will be contacted immediately by Lisa Zick, School Nurse.
DESE Reporting Website: https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/positive-cases/#weekly-report. Once at the site: click on the Excel box for a particular week, click on the District tab at the bottom of the page, and search for Organization Code #04780000 (Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School). The reported cases include students or staff who have been on campus within seven (7) days prior to the report of the positive case. If you have questions, please feel free to email Lisa Zick at email@example.com.
· Participating individuals are tested individually once a week with a nasal swab test. Each person does a shallow swab of their own nose by rotating three (3) times inside each nostril. A maximum of 10 swabs are mixed together into a group called a "pool" and sent out to a lab for a molecular PCR test and tested for COVID-19 at one time.
· If the pool test comes back negative, all staff/students in the pool are COVID-negative. In this case, you will not hear from us.
· If the pool test comes back positive, it means that at least one person in the pool is COVID-positive. In this case, all members of that pool will come back to school as soon as possible for an individual rapid follow-up test with the school nurse.
Pooled Test Results from 2/24/21-3/4/21:
- # of pools = 22
- # of NEGATIVE pools = 21
- # of POSITIVE pools = 0
- # pending = 1
Health Office Reminders
Please call or email the school nurse if any family member tests positive for COVID-19 or is a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Lisa Zick can be reached at 978-772-3293 x135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder that students should not come to school if:
· the student or a family member living in the same household presents with COVID-19 symptoms
· a student has been exposed to COVID-19 (close contact) and is in quarantine, regardless of a negative test result
· a family member has been exposed to COVID-19 (close contact) and is unable to isolate from the rest of the family, regardless of a negative test result
· a family member/student is AWAITING RESULTS of a COVID-19 test
Upcoming Dates of Note
Board of Trustees
PLPs (No Classes)
PLPs (No Classes)
Board of Trustees
Spring Break Noon Dismissal