Bloomfield Update

BPS Update
Posted on 09/20/2021
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Dear Bloomfield Public Schools family:

The safety of our children, staff and families remains the district’s highest priority as we protect our community from this global health crisis, known as COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Here is our update, as of Thursday, September 23:

CURRICULUM UPDATES

District and school leaders focused this week on strategies to enhance the academic transitions from pre-K to Grade 12. These discussions about the vertical alignment of our curriculum are designed to ensure there is a coherent pathway – and academic programs in place - to prevent gaps in teaching and learning.

For example, we are introducing new math and English/reading programs at the K through 5 level that we anticipate will improve reading comprehension and problem-solving. We are also looking into implementing a Talented and Gifted program for those in grades 4 through 8. At the high school, Advanced Placement courses provide more rigor and academics challenges. An agri-mechanical program is also in the works for our vocationally talented students.

All these measures speak to our ongoing Portrait of a Graduate initiative – and how to better prepare students for college and meaningful careers.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

Congratulations to several members of our schools and town community being honored this Saturday at the fifth annual McLendon-Carter Scholarship Luncheon for their contribution to education.

Those being recognized by the Composite Lodge; Prince Hall Masons are:

  • Robert Ike - Bloomfield Board of Education member
  • Stacey McCann – Chief Academic Officer, Bloomfield Public Schools
  • Lou Oliver – Retired educator
  • Dave Melesko – Director of Leisure Services, Town of Bloomfield
  • Larry Williams – Senior Admissions Officer, UConn

HEALTH DATA AND VACCINATIONS

We continue to monitor daily COVID-19 data in the region. Per the recent executive order from Governor Ned Lamont, all Connecticut Pre-K to 12 school district full and part-time employees, contractors, providers, and substitutes must receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by September 27, 2021. Staff who do not get vaccinated, due to certain exemptions, will be required to get tested weekly.

According to health officials, infection rates are rising among those who are unvaccinated, particularly children. Our district is working with health officials to make sure Bloomfield families and staff have access to free vaccines.

PROTOCOL REMINDERS

We are again reminding families the importance of conducting a daily health screening before school each morning. If a child is exhibiting flu-like symptoms, the child should stay home. As always, I am reminding you to stay steadfast with health and safety protocols to protect yourself and others. Remember the three Ws:

  • Wear a face mask, when and where appropriate.
  • Watch your distance. Practice physical distancing (up to six feet of separation where feasible)
  • Wash your hands often. Cover your coughs.

I will update you again, Monday, September 27.

Sincerely,

Dr. James Thompson, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools

Safe Return to In-Person Learning and Continuity of Services Plan

Please see the link below to view and download the 2021-2022 Safe Return to In-Person Learning and Continuity of Services Plan.

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Social and Emotional Supports

State of Connecticut COVID-19 Resources for Families and Educators

A Message from the Department of Children and Families

New “Talk It Out Line”, which is a Department of Children and Families’ initiative created to provide support and services to help parents and caretakers with the stress and increased needs resulting from caring for their children during the COVID-19 crisis.  Parents and caregivers are invited to call 833-258-5011 and/or visitwww.talkitoutct.com to speak with trained professionals (in both English and Spanish) who will listen and discuss their concerns and, if additional help is needed, refer them to responsive services. The "Talk It Out Line" is available Monday-Friday from 8am to 8pm; and on weekends from 1 pm to 8 pm.



Free Webinar for Parents / TIps for How to approach Homeschooling During COVID-19

https://www.revolutionprep.com/webinars/homeschooling-during-covid-19/


National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for more details.

Announcement from the Governor for families with no Internet access.

Families experiencing a current housing crisis should dial 2-1-1 to get connected to supports that may be available statewide. Connecticut 2-1-1 can also help connect people with other services such as food, clothing, household goods, healthcare, and more. 



Support Services Advisory

Bloomfield COVID Data Center


Please use this link for Bloomfield COVID Information

Looking for more information? For COVID-19 Data and information regarding upcoming vaccinations from the West Hartford Bloomfield Health District, go to: https://www.westhartfordct.gov/town-departments/fire-department/emergency-management/cornoavirus-covid-19
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