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  • Good Morning Cohasset High School and Cohasset Middle School Families,

    Please take a moment to log-in to Aspen under “Family Portal” to ensure that, if your child is vaccinated, that it is recorded as such under “Demographics” for each child. Under “Demographics” you will find a field identified as COVID Vaccination marked “Yes” if your child is recorded as vaccinated and “No” if your child is not recorded as vaccinated. This information, which can only be accessed by the appropriate and legally designated staff (nurses and school administrators), is used to determine if your child is allowed to unmask while in Cohasset Middle School and Cohasset High School per Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) approval. Beginning on December 6, 2021 at Cohasset High School and on January 1, 2022 at Cohasset Middle School, vaccinated students and staff are / will be able to remove masks. If there is an error in this field, please email your building principal and follow-up with proof of vaccination to your child’s school nurse. A reminder that proof of your child’s vaccination, submitted to your child’s school nurse, can be provided in one of the following ways:

    • A signed self-attestation completed by a parent / legal guardian of the child indicating the brand of vaccine; or 
    • Documentation provided to the individual by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health or a health care provider. Documentation may include but is not limited to a COVID-19 vaccination record card or a copy or digital picture of the vaccination record card, or a print-out from the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS).

     Cohasset High School administration has sent clear messaging to students regarding the need for compliance with masking and will be meeting individually with students about the mask requirements. Cohasset Middle School administration will do the same when the mask mandate is lifted at the middle school for vaccinated students and staff. If you have questions regarding accessing your Aspen Family Portal, please email:

    CHS:

    Lisa Tokarz ltokarz@cohassetk12.org

    Or

    Gail Saitow gsaitow@cohassetk12.org

    CMS:

    Deborah Simmons dsimmons@cohassetk12.org

     

    Thank you for your assistance.

     

     

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  • Community Health Information:

    As of December 2, 2021, the Department of Public Health (DPH) reports that the town of Cohasset’s positive COVID-19 test rate over the past 14 days is 4.94% with 688 tests reported. The town of Cohasset has 31 positive cases reported over the past two weeks. Currently, 86% of eligible Cohasset residents are fully vaccinated with 18% of eligible residents partially vaccinated. Here is the complete report issued on December 2, 2021.

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  • Today, because Cohasset High School (CHS) and Cohasset Middle School (CMS) exceeded the 80% vaccination threshold (fully vaccinated staff and students in both schools combined), the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) granted approval for CHS and CMS (no other schools in the district) to lift the mask mandate requirement for fully vaccinated individuals (individuals who have two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson’s Jannsen). At the November 17 Cohasset School Committee Meeting the Cohasset School Committee voted that masks will not be required for fully vaccinated individuals at CHS once students and staff in the combined CHS and CMS building reach the 80% vaccination threshold, we receive DESE approval, and we are operationally prepared to make this adjustment. It was also decided by vote that vaccinated individuals at CMS will remain masked until January 1, 2022. As a result of these school committee votes and DESE approval, the following changes will take place for Cohasset Middle School and Cohasset High School:

     

    • Beginning on Monday, December 6, 2021, the masking requirement will be lifted for fully vaccinated individuals at CHS only. Unvaccinated individuals are required to continue to wear masks in accordance with DESE guidelines.
    • All Cohasset Middle School staff and students will continue to wear masks until January 1, 2022. As of this time, after January 1, masking will not be required for fully vaccinated individuals at CMS.

     Masks will continue to be worn by all individuals at both CHS and CMS in the following locations:

    • On the bus (wearing a mask on the bus is a federal mandate)
    • In our nurses’ offices (at both CHS and CMS)
    • In our shared learning commons
    • Masking rules for athletics will follow MIAA guidelines

     Masking will be required for all visitors to Cohasset Public Schools until further notice. This requirement includes all families who are attending sporting, theater, and musical events.

     It should be noted that, regardless of vaccination status, individuals at Cohasset High School (beginning on December 6) and Cohasset Middle School (after January 1) may certainly choose to continue to wear a mask while in school. Any choice to wear a mask should not be viewed as an indication of one’s vaccination status. As a reminder, if your child’s vaccination status changes from unvaccinated to vaccinated, please contact your child’s school nurse. DESE reserves the right, following consultation with medical experts and state health officials, to re-institute the Department’s mask mandate at the shared building housing Cohasset Middle School and Cohasset High School, if it becomes appropriate based on state and local public health data. Thank you for your collaboration and vigilance regarding the above rules.

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  • Greetings Cohasset Families,

    I am writing to you today to outline the process families should follow if they have a child who attends Cohasset Public Schools who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is a close contact to a COVID-19 positive individual and requires quarantine.

    Step #1: Please contact your child’s nurse.

    Step #2: Your child’s principal will then send you an email outlining the asynchronous (work provided for your child to complete) and synchronous (remote connection) learning models that will be available to your child during quarantine. Here is the letter that you will receive:

    Dear Cohasset Family,

     If you are receiving this email you have informed your school nurse that your child is COVID-19 positive or is in quarantine from exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual. All students will have the opportunity to receive a combination of asynchronous (work provided for your child to complete) and synchronous (remote connection) instruction during periods of COVID-19 quarantine.

     All teachers will ensure that students who are COVID-19 positive or are in quarantine receive asynchronous work that is consistent with what the students are covering in the classroom at the time of the student’s quarantine. This work can be provided through Google Classroom, Google Slides, IXL, Dreambox, Lexia, independent reading, or other educational materials that connect directly to the information being taught in class at the time of the quarantine.

     All elementary teachers will provide COVID-19 positive or quarantined elementary students the opportunity for meaningful synchronous interactions daily for each of these areas: social-emotional learning, ELA and math. All middle and high school teachers will provide quarantined middle and high school students the opportunity for daily meaningful synchronous interactions with their teachers. Teachers will work collaboratively with students and families to ensure an appropriate work load and to successfully transition students into the classroom.

    Your child’s teachers have been notified of your child’s quarantine; however, if you do not hear from them within one school day, please feel free to contact them directly should you wish for your child to receive synchronous connections, as outlined above.

    Please contact me if you have any questions.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Building Principal

     

    Step # 3: Please follow up with your child’s principal and teacher if you have any questions.

    Thank you for your continued collaboration during this difficult time.

    Sincerely,

     

    Patrick Sullivan, Ed.D.

    Superintendent

    Cohasset Public Schools

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  • Community Health Information:

    As of November 26, 2021, the Department of Public Health (DPH) reports that the town of Cohasset’s positive COVID-19 test rate over the past 14 days is 3.66% with 656 tests reported. The town of Cohasset has 20 positive cases reported over the past two weeks. Currently, 85% of eligible Cohasset residents are fully vaccinated with 17% of eligible residents partially vaccinated. Here is the complete report issued on November 26, 2021.

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