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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

John Macero
Superintendent Stoneham Public Schools

April 21, 2020

Good Afternoon,

This is John Macero, Superintendent of Stoneham Public Schools with an important update.

The Governor has closed the schools for the remainder of the school year. We will continue with remote learning through Monday, June 15th.

All school sports and activities have been canceled for the remainder of the school year. Athletic user fees for Spring will be reimbursed or can be tranfered to the FALL.

To all our High School Seniors!!! Our thoughts are with you! We will do whatever we can to provide you a special graduation as you move on in June. More information will be forth coming!!!

March 30, 2020

Latest Statement from
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

March 30, 2020

Good evening, This is John Macero, Superintendent of Stoneham Public Schools with important updates

On Friday, The Superintendents of the Merrimack Valley have cowriiten a letter for all our parents. Please understand we are all working together to help all students move forward in these difficult times. The letter is attached.

Special Thank you to our High School Staff, especially Mr. Jason Eppskier for putting togeher a video message to all our High School Students. If you have not had a chance to view please do so on our Facebook Page and or our School Home Web Page under my Twitter Messages.

Special Thanks to Mr. Chris Serino, for putting together a video showcasing the Elementary Teacher Parade. If you have not had a chance to view please do so on our Facebook Page and or our School Home Web Page under my Twitter Messages.

Meal are available daily at Stoneham High School and Robin Hood between 10 am - 1 p.m. If you are having an issue with pick ups please email me at jmacero@stonehamschools.org

Please tune in tomorrow evening at 5 p.m. for a live remote School Committee Meeting on Stoneham TV. Agenda will cover updates on our Remote learning, Facilities, Financials, and any other information pertaining to Covid -19.

In closing I have attached an inspirational poem called "A ShoutOut To Everyone Who Is Trying Right Now"

Wishing you all the best. Stay Safe and Be Well!

March 19, 2020

Good evening, This is John Macero, Superintendent of Stoneham Public Schools with important updates

Schools Update

Over the past couple of days web based meetings have occurred with Central Office, Principals and Department Supervisors as well as building based meetings with Principal’s and their leadership teams.  These meetings focused on defining student engagement given DESE's message (Commissioner Riley) that anything outside of the school setting cannot replicate school learning and must take into account equity for students within districts as well as school to school and district to district.  Therefore the focus for our academic engagement with students will focus on academic resources and enrichment activities that support previously taught content and skills. As we continue through the next few weeks, we will continually reassess the learning materials and resources we are offering.

The staff are eager to begin reconnecting with their students during this tumultuous time. Information will be forthcoming tomorrow on how the process will begin Monday, March 23rd. Thank you for your patience.

Reminder, Meals are available Monday – Friday, at either Stoneham High School or Robin Hood between 10 am -1pm

Thank you and please be well.

Stoneham Coalition

Stoneham Coalition has created a Community Resources Document. The document is attached  for your review. Thank you Stoneham Coalition.

Playgrounds and Play Structures

Out of an abundance of caution to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to practice social distancing, all Town and School playgrounds and play structures will be closed to the public, effective Thursday, 3/19/2020. These areas will remain closed until further notice. ** 

Note Regarding Senior Center Services:

The SSC continues to provide transportation to grocery stores, pharmacies and food pantries on an as-needed basis during the hours of 8:30a - 4p Monday through Friday. Additionally, the SSC will be beginning a grocery-furnishing services to at-risk populations in need. Residents are welcome to contact the SSC by phone at 781-438-1157 to coordinate services, seek additional resources, or simply speak to staff regarding their general concern. As a reminder, the SSC will continue to remain closed to the general public, but the Town of Stoneham will continue to provide services that protect the health and well-being of our residents and we will continue to encourage the community to support each other in light of this rapidly evolving situation. 

If you are interested in donating your time towards a volunteer effort, please contact Steve Angelo, Director of Volunteer Fulfillment at 781-279-2621 or by email at sangelo@stoneham-ma.gov

Board of Health Press Release – 3/19/2020

The Town of Stoneham will be issuing up to date press releases as new information becomes available. The Board of Health continues to monitor all reports as they are delivered from the MAVEN electronic reporting database in use by the MDPH. The majority of monitoring cases at this time have returned as negative. The remaining reported parties identified for testing remain in precautionary self-quarantine awaiting results from the State. As of 3/19/2020 there are no confirmed cases or presumptive positive cases being reported in the Town of Stoneham. 

Per orders from Gov. Baker, no gatherings of more than 25 people are allowed at this time, and all restaurants have been limited to take-out and delivery services only, with no on-site consumption being permitted. As of 3/17/2020, all presumptive and confirmed cases of COVID-19 shall be counted towards the total state-wide case count. We implore all residents to exercise proper social distancing by employing a 6’ minimum distance between each other, refraining from handshakes and other physical contact, and limiting non-essential activities. At this time, no restrictions have been placed on going outdoors for exercise, walking pets, etc, but again please abide by these social distancing guidelines. 

**Update 3/19/2020 - The Town of Stoneham understands that at this time, there are many displaced students and other individuals that have returned home during this uncertain time, and as such, may find difficulty parking. Effective immediately, the Stoneham Police Department has suspended all overnight parking enforcement and asks that all residents be mindful of neighbors and public ways during this temporary suspension of enforcement.**

We ask residents to call ahead to Town departments if they are required to conduct essential Town-related business and refrain from unnecessary visiting, should phone and electronic communications be sufficient. As of 3/17/2020, Town Hall will be operating on a reduced schedule, with no access to the general public, except by appointment. We ask that all residents remain vigilant in doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

As of 3/17/2020, the Board of Health asks that all cosmetic and non-essential services operate via appointment only. No on-site waiting will be allowed at this time. 

Please continue to refer to the Town website for more information regarding closures and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 as we monitor this rapidly evolving situation. 

March 19, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

 Out of an abundance of caution to the spread of COVID-19 in the Town of Stoneham, all Town and School Playgrounds and Play Structures will be closed to the public effective today, March 19, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice.

March 17, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

  School Update

I hope you are all coping well over these last few days. As a reminder, there will be no school assignments given this week.  Our purpose this week is to allow families and staff to digest the new reality of what is going on and take a breath.  At the current time all school meetings (including IEP meetings) will be cancelled and rescheduled when school is reopened. In the coming days principals and/or teachers will be reaching out to you regarding next steps.
  In the meantime relax and stay safe.
  All School Buildings are now closed with the exception of Stoneham High School and Robin Hood where School Breakfast and Lunches will be available for pick up between 10 AM -1 PM only!

Town Updates

Board of Health Press Release – 3/17/2020

The Town of Stoneham will be issuing up to date press releases as new information becomes available. The Board of Health continues to monitor all reports as they are delivered from the MAVEN electronic reporting database in use by the MDPH. The majority of monitoring cases at this time have returned as negative. The remaining reported parties identified for testing remain in precautionary self-quarantine awaiting results from the State. As of 3/17/2020 there are no confirmed cases or presumptive positive cases being reported in the Town of Stoneham. 

Per orders from Gov. Baker, no gatherings of more than 25 people are allowed at this time, and all restaurants have been limited to take-out and delivery services only, with no on-site consumption being permitted. As of 3/17/2020, all presumptive and confirmed cases of COVID-19 shall be counted towards the total state-wide case count. 

We ask all residents, as a precautionary measure, exercise proper social distancing at this time. We implore residents to call ahead to Town departments if they are required to conduct essential Town-related business and refrain from unnecessary visiting, should phone and electronic communications be sufficient. As of 3/17/2020, Town Hall will be operating on a reduced schedule, with no access to the general public, except by appointment. We ask that all residents remain vigilant in doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

As of 3/17/2020, the Board of Health asks that all cosmetic and non-essential services operate via appointment only. No on-site waiting will be allowed at this time. 

Please continue to refer to the Town website for more information regarding closures and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 as we monitor this rapidly evolving situation.  

Note Regarding Senior Center Services:

The SSC continues to provide transportation to grocery stores, pharmacies and food pantries on an as-needed basis during the hours of 8:30a - 4p Monday through Friday. Additionaly, the SSC will be beginning a grocery-furnishing services to at-risk populations in need. Residents are welcome to contact the SSC by phone at 781-438-1157 to coordinate services, seek additional resources, or simply speak to staff regarding their general concern. As a reminder, the SSC will continue to remain closed to the general public, but the Town of Stoneham will continue to provide services that protect the health and well-being of our residents and we will continue to encourage the community to support each other in light of this rapidly evolving situation. 

If you are interested in donating your time towards a volunteer effort, please contact Steve Angelo, Director of Volunteer Fulfillment at 781-279-2621 or by email at sangelo@stoneham-ma.gov

Thank you for your continued vigilance and steadfast precaution.

 

Thank you

March 16, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

  Thank you to Kathy Martin, Executive Director of Technolgy, and her staff today for cleaning each chromebook and distributing them to Grades 3 & 4. I also want to give a shout out to the staff who assisted at each school. 
  Any student who was not able to pick up their Chromebook in grades 3-6 can do so tomorrow between the hours of 10AM - Noon at the Highschool(I repeat High School not your Elementary School) If you are unable to pick up please email your school Principal and we will figure out an alternative option.
  Thank you to all our Nurses who came in today to assist in returning meds to those families. If a parent still needs to pick up medicine please email Sandra Malzone at smalzone@stonehamschools.org to schedule a pick up.
  Just a reminder we have two pick up spots for Breakfast and Lunches. Breakfast and Lunches are available at either Stoneham High School or Robin Hood Elementary School. Pick up times are now between 10AM - 1 PM. Both Breakfast and Lunches will be available at those times. If you are unable to pick up a meal please email me at jmacero@stonehamschools.org and we will figure out an alternative option.
  Special Thanks to our Custodians for all their hard work continuing to clean and dissinfect all our schools thoroughly. 

Remenber Keep Doing Social Distancing!!!

 

Thank you

March 16, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

The Governor of Massachusetts has issues all Schools be closed for three weeks. Therefore our original closure of schools for two weeks has been extended to three weeks and now schools will not reopen until April 6th. 

In regards to Chrome Books for Grades 3 & 4, I have set up a schedule for pick up tomorrow at the following times per class. Please come to your school at the appropriate time.  When picking up, you will come to the lobby only, pick up your Chrome book and leave. The times are as follows:

Colonial Park
9:00 am Ms. Donovan's 3rd grade class 
9:20 am Ms. Hahesy's 3rd grade class
9:40 am Ms. Crowley's 4th grade class
10:00 am Mr. Bailey's 4th grade class

South
11:00 Mackenzie Gr 3: 
11:20 Halley Gr 3: 
11;40 LoRe Gr 3: 
12:00 Koester Gr 4: 
12:20 Wertz Gr 4: 
12:40 Daly Gr 4

Robin Hood
1:30 Swan Grade 3 room 220
1:50 Gattineri Grade 3 room 222
2:10 Corbett Grade 3 room 223
2:30 Eberly Grade 4 room 226
2:50 Gavin Grade 4 room 227
3:10 Daly Grade 4 room 228

Students in Grades 5 & 6 who were unable to take their Chrome Books home last Thursday, please do so at the Middle School tomorrow between 10 AM - 10:45 AM

More updates will follow regarding our educational plan over the next few days.

Wishing all well and remember please follow Social Distancing as stated by the Governor this evening.

Thank you 

March 15, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

Good Morning,

Ths is John Macero, Superintendent of Stoneham Public Schools with an important announcement. I hope everyone is doing well under these trying times. Please understand the purpose of closing of all schools is to help mitigate the spread of this virus. Therefore we need to use Social Distancing at all times over the next two weeks and perhaps beyond. I know this may be difficult for our children to understand ,because they look at this as a Snow Day but that is not the case!!!

Parents I need your help in communicating that to your children. Please see an article that I have included below called: Social Distancing: This is not a Snow Day. 

https://medium.com/@ariadnelabs/social-distancing-this-is-not-a-snow-day-ac21d7fa78b4

I hope you will find this article helpful.

As always please be safe!

Thank you

March 13, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

TOWN OF STONEHAM BOARD OF HEALTH
The Town, at this time, has taken pre-emptive precautionary measures in order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. At this time, no positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported by the CDC. We ask that all residents take precaution in ensuring that they are doing their part to limit the spread of the disease. Proper handwashing, use of hand sanitizers and limiting physical contact will be the biggest factors in ensuring that you and your family are protected. Daily updates are being provided by the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health in order for the Town of Stoneham to provide you with the most accurate information available. The Stoneham School department has closed all schools until 3/27, during which time the full sterilization and sanitization of the facilities will take place. We reiterate that these actions are purely precautionary.  We urge all residents to remain calm and collected during this time. 

Please refer to the Town of Stoneham website for further information.  www.stoneham-ma.gov

March 13, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

  Announcement regarding our breakfast and lunch programs. Student who participate in our breakfast and or lunch program can do so starting Monday, March 16th.
  Grab and Go Meals will be provided at two places during our shut down. Robin Hood Elementary and Stoneham High School.
  Pick up at Robin Hood will be the fFront Entrance Lobby and pick up at the High School will be the Cafe.If picking up at HS please use cafe entrance door by the side parking lot.

Breakfast can be picked up from 8:00-9:30am 
Lunch will be available from 11:30am-1:00pm.
All meals will be grab and go!
Each meal will include milk, vegetable, fruit and entree.

Below is a selection of entrees that will be offered;
Breakfast
Cereal, muffin or poptart

Lunch
Turkey, Ham, Salami and Cheese Sandwiches or Sunbutter and jelly.

Thank you

March 12, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents,

Our district and our community recognizes that we are in a period of uncertainty in which conditions and the availability of information are evolving rapidly. Please read the below updates and guidelines for moving forward.

  • Over the last 72 hours the district in partnership with the union leadership and principals have been developing an Education Contingency Plan in case School is closed for a period of time. The plan is a 3 Leveled Plan that includes remote teaching from school and or Home. This plan will be presented Monday evening at a Special School Committee Meeting. The School Committee Meeting will be held in the Middle School Library at 7 p.m. My recommendation would be to watch it online live at https://www.stonehamtv.org/ondemand, we would like to avoid large gatherings.
  • Where explicit and clearly defined recommendations from public health officials (DPH, CDC, Board of Health) or the Governor's office are available we will adhere to them. oAt this time, those clearly defined recommendations include no international student travel and no out of state student travel.
  • Where recommendations exist but they are not clearly defined (e.g., cancel large gatherings) we will seek clarity and request explicit criteria and thresholds for the implementation of social distancing measures from public health officials. I will be participating in a Conference Call with The Commissioner of Education Friday morning at 8:30 AM.
  • I will be attending a meeting with town department heads Friday morning regarding COVID-19 and may have additional information following that meeting.
  • It is important to remember that things are fluid - we must be prepared for the possibility of changes with little or practically no notice. We may cancel an event the day of or an hour before. We would prefer not to do this but we are committed to following a consistent, logical, and informed decision-making process to avoid implementing measures that will not help our community achieve its public health objectives.
  • All Scheduled Field trips before April vacation have been cancelled.
  • All Scheduled Field Trips after April Vacation will be reassessed in 30 days.
  • Stoneham currently has used 1 snow day to date. Therefore if there are no additional cancellations school would be completed on June 15th, however if we have additional days off due to unforeseen circumstances we would be required to make up those days up to Friday, June 19th, but not beyond.

Below are some resources regarding how to talk with your child regarding the coronavirus.

Resources: The NASP released a resource for parents:

There is no doubt these are trying times and I appreciate everyone's commitment as we work together to ensure safety for all our students, staff and community.

Thank you,

John Macero
Superintendent Stoneham Public Schools