Dr. Bridget Heston Carnemolla
Superintendent of Schools
3 September 2021
Dear Avon Families, Staff, and Students:
As the first full week of school comes to a close, I would like to take a moment to share how wonderful it is to have all of our students and staff back in the buildings. As I walked through the schools and visited classrooms, you could feel the positive energy and everyone happy to be returning to a sense of normal. While we had a few ups and downs like we do every year - late busses, a building evacuation, traffic, and lots of rain - the energy level remained at that high level all week.
Before we all get ready for a long weekend, I have a few updates to share with you:
We have successfully deployed Chromebooks to all of the students in grades two through twelve this week. If your child has not received theirs for some reason, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know so that we can get them their device. Students in kindergarten and grade 1 will receive their Chromebook next week. Also, we have extended the Optional Technology Protection Plan enrollment period until Friday, September 10th. If you would like to enroll or change your enrollment status, please do so through your PowerSchool account. For those opting for the Plan, invoices will be sent in the near future.
COVID-19 Information & Resources
Over the course of the week, we have received several common questions related to COVID-19. Based on this fact, we have created a frequently asked questions document and added it to our website as a resource. This will be updated over the course of the year. Also, we have updated our website with the 2021-2022 School Year Information. Here you will find information such as the Blueprint for In-Person Learning and Continuity of Service Documents, Superintendent communications, technology resources, COVID-19 resources, and the COVID-19 Dashboard. The Dashboard is updated daily when staff or students have been informed that they must isolate or quarantine by the Farmington Valley Health Department.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank our staff, students, and families for your continued support and compliance with implementing the district’s “mitigation strategies” in school facilities and on district transportation. As I said last year, our primary goal is to keep our students and staff safe and in school. Although we appreciate and understand that we would all like a full return to “normal” -- sooner than later -- for now, the way we maintain the ability to remain fully open, with all students and staff learning and working in school, is to follow the public health requirements and recommendations, which help us to lessen (or hopefully eliminate) the number of students or staff who need to quarantine/isolate and/or become ill. Overall, we had a successful year in 20-21, we have been able to successfully return to full in-person learning with all of our students and staff this week, and we are looking forward to an even better 2021-2022.
Again, thank you for your continued support. As always, if you have any questions, ideas, or concerns, please be in touch with us.
Enjoy the Labor Day Holiday and a Happy Rosh Hashanah to those celebrating.
Bridget Heston Carnemolla, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools