Dear WPS families,
Over the last few weeks, we have noticed a surge in positive COVID-19 cases in our state and city. This is also affecting our schools. Unfortunately, this surge is expected to continue through the holiday season. Throughout the pandemic, Westfield Public Schools (WPS) has continued to work closely with the City of Westfield Department of Public Health. Based on the Health Department’s recommendation, schools have already postponed some events outside of school hours where a large amount of people were expected to gather in a confined space. Adjustments will continue to be made moving forward. Some events will be converted to virtual, some will be postponed, and some may be held outdoors. Building Principals will keep families and staff informed of any changes that are made.
It is important to remember that we need to do our best to keep schools open for our students. Unlike last year, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has determined that remote learning days will not count toward time on learning. These days must be added to our district calendar to ensure that students are physically present in school for 180 days.
I would also like to take this opportunity to let you know that beginning Monday, December 6, 2021, we will be expanding our Test and Stay Program. Students who have been identified as in-school close contacts will be able to go to City Hall before school from 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. to be tested. Additional information is included in the document attached. Please visit our district website at www.schoolsofwestfield.org for regular updates, including weekly case counts by school, and other COVID-19 information.
Finally, as we enter the season of gratitude, we are thankful for your continued patience and understanding as we continue to work through these arduous times. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!
Superintendent of Schools