SCHOOL REOPENING INFORMATION
Dr. Cabral's School Year Newsletters:
October 2020 Newsletter
November 2020 Newsletter
December 2020 Newsletter
January 19, 2021
Good Afternoon EPS Community,
I hope everyone had a nice long weekend. I would like to take this opportunity to remind all members of the Easton Public Schools about our EPS Travel Guidelines that can be found in the Return to School Covid 19 Playbook on page 24-25. If any student travels outside Massachusetts to a red state, they must quarantine until a negative PCR test can be produced. A PCR test can be taken on day 5 (or more) after return to Massachusetts. If the PCR test is negative AND there are no symptoms, student may exit quarantine on day 8 after return. Continue to watch for symptoms for 14 days from exposure. Students will be able attend all classes remotely during quarantines, but may NOT participate in other in-person school activities, including athletics. PCR testing is required as a rapid antigen test may result in errors/exposures.
We appreciate your immediate attention to this matter. I am attaching the Playbook to this email. It can also be found HERE on our website on the left hand side.
January 3, 2021
Dear EPS Community,
Happy New Year! We are excited about what 2021 will bring our schools and our community. We also know that all of the progress we will make this year will likely come to fruition after the winter. Therefore, we have only a couple of months of vigilance left. We can do it! With that in mind, we are asking you to review these VERY IMPORTANT reminders for the return to schools in January...
Students should have clean masks ready to go for each day they are in the buildings.
Parents should resume screening their children each morning for COVID symptoms before coming into school.
If students have any COVID symptoms, they MUST stay home, contact their primary care physician, and email the school nurse.
If students have been COVID tested, they MUST remain home until they receive negative results, even if the child exhibits NO symptoms. Test results should be sent to the school nurse.
If a student is identified as a CLOSE CONTACT to someone who is COVID positive, they must follow the recommendations (from the Board of Health or State Contract Tracers) as to when to return to school. Please email the school nurse if you need more information about quarantine periods.
If you have traveled out of Massachusetts or gathered with large groups during the holidays, students MUST remain home until they submit a negative PCR test emailed to the school nurse or the principal.
When in doubt, KEEP CHILDREN HOME! They can learn remotely while we determine the details for their safe return.
We are expecting to be inundated with communications from parents in the first week we return to school. Please understand that the school nurses and administrators will be responding to messages/emails beginning Monday afternoon, to the best of their abilities.
We remain steadfast in our commitment to provide quality learning experiences in facilities that are nurturing and safe for all students and staff. Please continue partnering with us to make this possible. We are grateful for your patience and support during this pandemic, and it is working. We look forward to the days, soon-coming, when we can celebrate together having come through this challenge with determination and cooperation, showing our children the true measure of what it means to be a community.
Please see all of our COVID-related information, including the "Return to School Playbook," on the district website.
Peace and best wishes,
Dr. Lisha Cabral
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The FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAM is continuing through June for ALL students both in School AND working Remotely (or hybrid)
Through a federal grant from the USDA, All Easton Public School Students (Regardless of Free & Reduced lunch eligibility) can receive a FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH every day through June 2021 (or until the grant runs out). The grant is approved for in school AND remote students.
Option 1) Free meals will be offered at school. Breakfast will be available upon arrival and can be consumed immediately, used as a snack or taken home. Lunch will be offered daily. If there is no lunch period at school students can take home their lunch. We will be taking lunch counts in the morning, don't forget to check the daily menus. School Menus
Option 2) Grab and go meals for multiple days are also available. Parents can pick up meals with or without the student(s). We are not collecting names and you do not need to register.
The grab and go meals will be offered on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:00-8:30 AM.
- Mondays pickup will cover: Monday-Wednesday
- Wednesday pickup will cover: Wednesday-Friday (for Cohort A) or Thursday-Friday (for fully remote students)
The offering will include breakfast and a “ready to eat” cold lunch or pre-packaged meal to heat for each day. There will be NO CHOICES but we will follow the USDA guidelines for a grant reimbursable meal.
- A grant approved lunch includes three out of the five components (meat/meat alternate, grains, vegetables, fruits, and milk). One of the components must be a minimum ½ cup of fruits and/or vegetables.
- A grant approved breakfast includes one milk, one fruit/vegetables and one grain.
PICK UP LOCATIONS:
Mondays - 50 Oliver Street; 7:00 am - 8:30 am
Wednesdays - Oliver Ames High School; 7:00 am - 8:30 am
School Committee Approves Following Plans:
Outdoor Jazz Band
Extra Curricular Music
Physical Education, Health & Wellness
COVID 19 Plan for Athletics - OA
COVID 19 Plan for Athletics - EMS
Athletic Plan & COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Winter 20-21
OA Fitness Center Guidelines - Staff Usage
OA Fitness Center Guidelines After-School Strength and Fitness Programs
OA Fitness Center Guidelines - Physical Education
EMS Fitness Center Guidelines - Wellness
September 16, 2020
Dear EPS Community,
The time has finally arrived. Whether your child(ren) will be starting in the hybrid model or remotely, tomorrow is a big day for all them and all of us.
You have all had a LOT of info thrown at you. We realize you are not memorizing everything. Please do not feel as though the info you are looking for has not been completed, sent, or shared. It likely has, but since each element was shared with you as it was completed, you may not know how to get at a particular item quickly. We have put together the following resource to be a comprehensive collection of that info and presented it more graphically so that all that you have been given can be accessed from one spot. Please refer to this, but when in doubt, call us. We want to help you find what you need when you need it.
We would also respectfully request that we all keep a few things in mind as we open the most irregular school year we have ever experienced:
1. EVERYONE is doing their best (you, your neighbors, friends, and children, all staff, building administration, central administration, and the School Committee). Please presume good intent. Ask for clarification when needed. We are happy to help you.
2. Perfection is not expected. If you are expecting it of yourself or others, you are setting an unrealistic and unfair expectation of yourself/them. We will start and progress slowly.
4. If you find yourself asking, "Why would they say that??!!" or "What on earth are they thinking??!!" it is likely you or they are the victim of an Amygdala Hijack. In education, we are well aware of this brain research and how it can affect adult or child processing. Please refer to THIS LINK to see how you can identify it and help alleviate it (for yourself and/or to share with others).
5. We are excited to be working with you and your children again. We appreciate the patience, teamwork, and collaboration you have all shown. EPS is a very special district, and Easton is a very special Town. Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your child(ren). We look forward to a GREAT year!
Dr. Lisha Cabral
September 14, 2020
Dear EPS Community,
We have completed the preparations of our Pk-5 schools. This includes the installation of water coolers, system checks and flushes, and air purifiers. The same has been prepared for grades 6-12. However, we were notified late today by the manufacturer that our order of air purifiers for Easton Middle School and Oliver Ames High School only will be delayed to the beginning of next week due to a worldwide supply chain issue. Due to this fact and concerns raised in bargaining, we are delaying the in-person attendance of grades 6-12 ONLY until September 24th. School for grades 6-12 will be FULLY REMOTE September 17th - September 23rd. The in-person hybrid schedule for grades 6-12 will resume on Thursday, September 24th (Cohort B in-person).
**PLEASE NOTE: This has NO effect on the grade Pk-5 re-opening plans. The Pk-5 hybrid schedules remain exactly the same.
We have been assured by our HVAC engineers that ALL six buildings are safe at this time despite the delay of air purifiers to two of the schools. However, we will use this time to consult further with the engineers to ensure that our high standards for safety are met. We understand this is an inconvenience and may cause significant scheduling issues for families. However, we received this information today and wanted to communicate the details as soon as possible for your planning purposes.
Mr. Carroll and Mr. Paul will send further information to families of grades 6-12 students tomorrow.
Dr. Lisha Cabral
Letter to Parents and Staff from Dr. Cabral
August 28, 2020 Newsletter
August 21, 2020 Newsletter
August 14, 2020 Newsletter
August 7, 2020 Newsletter
July 31, 2020 Newsletter
July 24, 2020 Newsletter
COVID-19 INFORMATION & RESOURCES:
Face Coverings Guidelines
School Committee Adopts Face Coverings Policy EBCFA
Press Release Announcing
OA Principal, Wes Paul's Retirement
After 22 Years in the District
Click Here to Read the Article
Click here for the link
Please VOTE for the HRC Sticker Logo Design!
Easton Public Schools
Dr. Lisha Cabral, Superintendent
50 Oliver St.
North Easton, MA 02356
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020
Contact: Leah Comins
Two Oliver Ames High School Seniors Recognized by Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents
EASTON -- Superintendent Lisha Cabral is pleased to share that Oliver Ames High School seniors Sofia Anestam and Samantha Streton have been awarded the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.) Award of Academic Excellence.
“I am pleased to have presented Samantha and Sofia with this award," Superintendent Cabral said. "They are both well-deserving of the recognition and have shown significant dedication to their academics, extracurriculars and community, even during the challenging circumstances of this year."
The M.A.S.S. Award of Academic Excellence is presented by the superintendent to a deserving student in each school district throughout Massachusetts. To be considered
for the award, the students must be a member of the senior class with a cumulative GPA that places them in the top fifth percentile of their class. The nominee must also consistently demonstrate traits of leadership, social responsibility, respect for their fellow students and involvement in various aspects of the school community.
Sofia Anestam has been a varsity member of the school’s field hockey and lacrosse teams and has also competed as a member of a club field hockey team outside of school. Academically, Anestam is enrolled in multiple Advanced Placement and capstone Honors courses.
Beyond her academic and athletic commitments, Anestam has been a dedicated member of her class executive board and student council. She has participated in three service-based school clubs and has been a member of the school’s DECA chapter for two years. Anestam is the recipient of an RIT Book, was a Poetry Out Loud finalist as a junior and was recognized as a College Board National Recognition Program Scholar. Anestam is planning on studying Environmental Science or Engineering in college.
Samantha Streton is a four-year member of the OA Swim & Dive Team, serving as a captain this year. She is also a competitive swimmer with her club team, the Bluefish Swim Club. Streton is enrolled in multiple Advanced Placement and capstone Honors courses. She is a Dartmouth Book Award recipient, a three-time Hockomock League All-Star and an AP Scholar with Honor.
Streton volunteered this summer at the Easton Historical Society, where she redesigned the group’s website and digitized archives. She is working in collaboration with the Historical Society and the Oliver Ames Social Studies Department to develop a formal internship program for future students. Streton also volunteered for four summers at the Easton Children’s Museum where she ran programs and assisted the staff.
Streton participated in the Junior State of America Virtual Leadership Institute, a five week program where young leaders cultivate democratic leadership skills and engage in political discourse. Streton plans to study political science in college.
Both students were recognized at the virtual Easton School Committee meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Click here to see a recording of the meeting.
Easton School Committee Signs Resolution
in support of increased federal support and
stimulus funding for public K-12 education
Virtual Art Show
School Committee Meeting Schedule
Easton Public Schools Pay On Line
Pay Kindergarten, Preschool, and the PSAT Exam