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Welcome Back JFK Students and Families

Greetings JFK Families -

Welcome back to all our returning JFK students / families and welcome to those of you who are new to JFK. We hope you’ve had a great summer thus far and we want to thank you for your patience regarding the details of this school year. Planning for the start of schools has again been challenging due to the
ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve worked hard to create structures that will continue to keep our students, staff, and community safe in 2021-2022. We’ve detailed some specifics about the school year in this letter.

First Day of School & School Hours
▪ The first day of school for our 1st-5th graders is Tuesday August 31st.
▪ School hours are 8:35am-3:20pm on full days and 8:35am-12:15pm on early release days.
▪ Morning Recess / A.M. Drop-off – K-5th students can be dropped off as early at 8:20am and will
be supervised until 8:35am.

RPS Calendar Change- Rosh Hashana Holiday
Please know that the RPS calendar has been adjusted slightly. The original version posted online has
Wednesday September 8th listed as the date that Rosh Hashana will be observed. The Superintendent has
changed this date.
-There will be no school on Tuesday September 7th in observance of Rosh Hashana.
-Students will return to school on Wednesday September 8th after the long weekend.

Is there a remote option this school year?
Remote learning is not an option for public school districts in the upcoming school year. This guidance
has been given by the Commissioner of Education in Massachusetts. We are therefore returning to a full
in-person schedule (5 days per week) for our K-5th students.

What safety protocols will be in place this year?
In RPS, we will still maintain many safety guidelines to keep all of our students and staff safe. This is especially critical since our elementary aged students don’t have a vaccine available yet.
1) Masks – masks will be required indoors for ALL students and adults. The only exceptions will be for students with a documented medical condition and for students who have a disability that prevents them from wearing a mask.
2) Sanitizing- We will continue to have students “sanitize in + sanitize out”. Sanitizer stations will be at all entrances, in classrooms and common spaces.
3) Distancing – We will continue to maintain physical distancing as much as possible in our cafeteria and in classrooms this year. Students will sit at single desks while eating in the cafeteria. We will continue to maintain approximately 3 feet of distancing in our classrooms with masks on.
4) COVID-19 Symptoms – When school members are sick and experiencing symptoms, such as fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat they will likely have to stay home. Families should always assess their child’s state of wellness and be in touch with Nurse Heather immediately if there are any concerning symptoms. Nurse Heather will follow up with families about next steps.
We are very excited to have our students back in school for five full days this year. Given the difficulties that all experienced over the past year, we will be laser focused on providing academic supports and social-emotional supports to enable ALL of our students to be successful this year.

As always, email or call us at the school if you have any questions.

Best,

John Licorish
Principal

Danielle Galvin
Assistant Principal

Steadman Graves
Dean of Student Culture & Engagement