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Dr. Bridget Heston Carnemolla

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22 February 2021

RE: COVID-19 Vaccines; Busing Changes and CSDE Seminars

Good afternoon APS Families,

We have just a few timely updates to share with you:

COVID-19 Vaccinations
The Governor’s Office announced today that the next phases of the COVID-19 vaccination program will include school and childcare staff. Any individuals who work in school settings will be able to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated after March 1, 2021. This will include bus drivers and substitute teachers, and we will work with our partners at Specialty Transportation and Kelly Services to ensure they are able to maneuver the process. As we receive additional information regarding this, we will continue to assist our staff in attaining vaccinations, if they choose. It is important to note that the State of Connecticut has not mandated vaccinations for any public sector employees, so it is by choice that school staff receive vaccinations. 

Busing Changes
In a continued effort to update our protocols and procedures related to student-transportation as part of our COVID-19 mitigation strategies, the district has worked with Speciality Transportation to implement additional strategies to assist in student-seating and spacing on school buses. Speciality Transportation has worked with us to install seat numbers and five colored zones to ensure more effective and efficient loading procedures. School administrators will review these changes with students as they arrive and depart during this week. We plan to implement these changes fully as of Monday, March 1, 2021.

CSDE Seminars
The Connecticut State Dept. of Education is hosting a series of virtual conversations for parents and caregivers who are managing children’s learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. This series, tailored for families; educators and community members, is a follow-up to a December statewide town hall with families where over 400 attendees asked questions and offered comments and suggestions that were used to inform these new sessions. 

The first session “Planning for Return to School in Fall 2021: Young Children in Prek, Kindergarten and Grade 1” is being offered tomorrow, Tuesday, February 23rd beginning at 5:30 pm.  Interested individuals may register at SERC Seminars.  

For information on other series being offered, please see the attached flyer for more information and registration links.  All sessions are free and take place on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

As always, if you have questions, ideas, or concerns, please reach out.

Sincerely,
Bridget H. Carnemolla, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools