Milford Public School Activities and Events By Scott Calzolaio Staff Reporter

Districtwide News:

The Massachusetts State Board of Education voted to require masks in all public schools across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until at least October 1.

Masks will also be required on buses and other school transportation (per federal regulation). Students will not be required to wear masks when they are outside or during designated times when eating.

The guidelines around close contacts have shifted this year as well:
• Asymptomatic, fully vaccinated close contacts are exempted from testing and quarantine protocols.
• An individual exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual in the classroom, while both individuals were masked, so long as the individuals are spaced at least three feet apart, is exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols.
• Individuals on buses must be masked according to federal requirements. Individuals who are masked on buses when windows are open are exempt from testing and quarantine protocols.
• Close contacts who have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days and are asymptomatic are exempt from testing and quarantine protocols.

Milford Public Schools (MPS) will continue to follow state guidelines for contact tracing and response protocols for positive cases in our schools. MPS will also continue to work collaboratively with the Milford Board of Health, our nursing department, and the building-based administrative teams. DESE/DPH COVID-19 Guidance for Districts and Schools for Fall 2021 will be sent to families via email.

Milford Public Schools, in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise, a national, nonprofit organization led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, took part in Start With Hello Week, September 20-24.

Start with Hello teaches students, grades 2-12, the skills they need to reach out to and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation and create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school or youth organization.

Start With Hello Week raises awareness and educates students about the growing epidemic of social isolation in our schools and communities and empowers young people to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school or youth organization. For more information on Start With Hello, please visit: SandyHookPromise. org/Our-Programs/Start-With-Hello/Start-With-Hello-Week.

MPS was recently awarded a $10,000 McKinney-Vento Grant. Funds will be used to provide in-house supplemental educational programming and resources to Milford High School homeless students in the Milford community.

The first meeting for the Environmental Sustainability Club was held on Sept. 23. Students interested in environmental issues met to discuss local, as well as global environment issues and identify potential action items that the club could address over the course of the year.

Students interested in learning more about the club should see Mrs. Cote in the science department for future meeting dates and times.
9/30: Back to School Night

Stacy Middle School: Representatives from Stacy Middle School and American Student Assistance (ASA) met to plan for the upcoming school year and to review an overview of year one implementation of career exploration grant data. Students participated in pre and post surveys at the beginning and end of the 2020-2021 school year. All students have the opportunity to participate in the universal programming that takes place throughout the year. Universal programming includes college and career awareness Spirit Week, Grade level Career Development lessons, Career speakers, “Oh the Places You Will Go” essay contest, and increased STEM opportunities.
9/29: Back to School Night
10/20: PTO Meeting

Woodland, Memorial, and Brookside Elementary Schools: Stop Everything and ST Math. On Wednesday, September 15 at some point during the day, all elementary school students “Stopped everything and ST Math” for 10 minutes to build excitement around ST Math.

Principals went over the loudspeaker and kicked off the event with motivational messages and explanations on why it is important to work towards becoming a strong mathematician and problem solver.

Students learned that 2 million puzzles were completed in-district last school year and that this year’s goal is 2,300,000 puzzles.

Woodland dates –October 4-6 school pictures are taken and October 13 there is a PTO meeting.

Memorial dates – September 30 and October 1 school pictures are taken and October 6 there is a PTO meeting.

Brookside dates – September 28 is Back to School Night and October 6 there is a PTO meeting.