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1/15/21 Superintendent & COVID Tracking Update

1/15/21 Superintendent & COVID Tracking Update
Posted on 01/15/2021
Healthy School Updates
Hockey
The NPS Hockey program has been cleared by the Natick Board of Health to resume play. Below is the letter with more information.
Mask Breaks
Mask breaks indoors are allowed with distancing and plexiglass parameters. The Natick Board of Health has evaluated the manner of execution of these breaks and has allowed them. However, building principals prioritize outdoor mask breaks whenever possible.
Valentine's Day
In collaboration with the dept. of public health we have been able to advise principals how students can safely share Valentines. Principals will advise you of this in their blasts in the coming weeks, but I wanted you to know, so you could plan with your students. Whether your 16 or 6, everyone loves getting a nice note--and we can do so safely!
Pooled Testing
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has launched a possible 6-week free trial for a pooled testing program to roll out in the coming months. We will continue to aggressively explore this addition to our health and safety program and update the community through school committee meetings and regular updates.
NEWNatick Board of Health Metric Dashboard Changes
Newly enacted Board of Health Metrics for further nuance in our work to keep schools safe. Voted 1/11/21 by the Board of Health. These metrics revise our color-coded "bubbles" dashboard (click here to view the dashboard). We are pleased to see a small downturn in metrics.
Let's stay Healthy, Natick!
Skip the rumor mill or out-of-date health information, and follow Healthy Natick on Instagram to learn more from our town health experts!
Health Natick Instagram Page Screenshot
Superintendent Office Hour on Updates to Time on Learning
Thank you to parents who attended to learn about updates to our learning models. Reach out to principals with further questions.
We've updated our Parent Academy page (www.natickps.org/parents) with links to all the session for future reference, and the links are also listed below:
Natick Learning Recovery Program Plan
As discussed in previous emails, we are sharing our Natick Recovery Learning Program Plan with you.
To participate in the program, students will be referred by a teacher to school administration and program coordinators. Parents will be notified of the referral by the referring teacher and the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation.
This document is also linked on our Parent Academy page on the website at natickps.org/parents.
RedHawk Winter Walk
Finally, please visit us starting January 25 for the family-friendly RedHawk Winter Walk.
This fun winter walk is led by our Technical Theater students at NHS, in collaboration with local businesses and club leadership from across Natick High clubs and activities.

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