Bloomfield Update

COVID-19 Info - Vaccines, Booster Shots and Tests
Posted on 01/19/2022
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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 Wednesday, January 19, 2022:

I want to stress that the wellbeing of our students is always one of our main concerns. During these dark and cold days of winter I want to remind all to be prepared at bus stops. I ask parents to monitor young students, and to remind our older students to dress warmly for the weather.

I believe we can make 2022 healthy, safe and productive if we work together as a community.   This year is poised to be a most transformative year for our schools, as we implement new programs and make the transitions from pre-K to Grade 12 cohesive and aligned. 

DISTRICT PRIORITY AREAS

During our staff meeting with principals and school leaders yesterday, we discussed how we are measuring and monitoring student progress – not just academically, but socially and emotionally. We will continue to have these discussions and also encourage families to become more engaged with their schools and their child’s teachers.

As part of our efforts to promote family engagement and a positive school culture, climate surveys are being sent out this week. We are asking students in Grades 5-12, staff and families to give us their feedback by answering the questions. The surveys are anonymous. The window closes on Friday, February 4. The surveys are reviewed by the District Climate Committee, along with school leaders and staff. The responses help us to check on the school environment and address any concerns.

Family-engagement events are one example of how we promote a positive school culture and climate. Tomorrow, Metacomet Elementary School is hosting a virtual PTO Family Literacy Night, starting at 6:00 p.m. Activities include read alouds, trivia games and a scavenger hunt.

Other examples of embedding a positive school culture are:

  • Bloomfield High School has been hosting virtual Saturday PSAT/SAT preparation sessions. These prep sessions are of great value to students readying for the formal college-readiness standardized tests in math, reading and writing March 23, 2022. We encourage all eligible BHS students to participate in these practice sessions. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (commonly known as SAT) is administered by the College Board.
  • Laurel Elementary School’s PTO is hosting a Virtual Bingo Night Tuesday, February 1, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

MAGNET SCHOOLS

Bloomfield families interested in learning more about the Pre-K program at our Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School, or our Global Experience Magnet School for grades 5-12 can attend a virtual winter magnet school fair on Saturday, January 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Click here to register.

 

HEALTH DATA AND VACCINATIONS 
 

Below is additional information regarding COVID-19 reporting protocols, vaccine clinics, and testing sites. 

Vaccine Clinic Ages 5-11

The district is offering another COVID-19 vaccination clinic for children ages 5 to 11 only at the Carmen Arace School gym on January 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Adults are not eligible to get vaccinations at these children’s clinics, and are encouraged to make appointments at their local pharmacy or a nearby adult-vaccination clinic.

Testing Sites

 

Staff members and students who are asymptomatic can be tested at their respective school locations. Please contact the building principal for more information. If staff members are symptomatic and want to get tested, click here to identify available, local testing sites.

 

Reporting a Positive COVID-19 Case

 

In order to best manage the district’s health data collection efforts, we are requesting that all staff and families use the BPS COVID-19 Reporting form to report positive COVID-19 cases. 

 

Home Test Kits

 

Bloomfield has recently received a very limited supply of home testing kits for staff and students who are experiencing immediate COVID-19 like symptoms so they can be tested at home, under certain conditions. Please contact your school nurse for more information.

 

As always, I am reminding you to stay steadfast with health and safety protocols to protect yourself and others. 

 

I will update you again tomorrow, January 20. 
 

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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Updated Booster and Vaccine Info

Booster Shots

For the next several weeks on Wednesdays and Thursdays, the West Hartford-Bloomfield Health district will host free, booster-shot vaccination clinics in town -- 580 Cottage Grove Road, Suite 100. Appointments are required. Please call 860-561-7900 to schedule.

Today – and Jan. 5, 2022 - the district is offering COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children only- ages 5-11 – at the Carmen Arace School gym: 

January 5, 2022 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Survey for additional Booster shots

In order to organize support for staff who may be having difficulty scheduling a booster we are sending out this short survey. If you are in need of a Moderna booster shot please fill out this short survey below. For Specific questions regarding the Moderna vaccination please contact Aimee Krauss, Director of Health West Hartford/ Bloomfield Public Health District, 860-561-7900 or email Aimee.Krauss@WestHartfordCT.gov .

 

Children-only Vaccine clinics

Adults are not eligible to get vaccinations at these children’s clinics, and are encouraged to make appointments at their local pharmacy or a nearby adult-vaccination clinic.

 Testing

In an effort to best support a safe return to the schools after the holidays, we will host free COVID-19 testing for staff only Thursday, Dec. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Carmen Arace School lobby. There is limited capacity. Please arrive with identification and insurance cards

 

Also we are partnering with  West Hartford Bloomfield Heath District to continue to offer booster clinics for those who have received the Moderna or J&J vaccine.    If you are still in need of a booster shot and  interested in receiving one on December 30th,  please take a moment to fill out the brief survey below.

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdBK_CNIQ-PjPbJD-bJFcr2LDWzc2clbOZzpUq4yXBbIF9Dsg/viewform?usp=sf_link

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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