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Superintendent CicconeContact Information

Patricia A. Ciccone
Superintendent

pciccone@westbrookctschools.org

860-399-6432

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    School Closure Information Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    Dear Parent/Guardians:

    I am writing to inform you that the Westbrook Public Schools will be closed until further notice, beginning at 4:00pm today.  At this time, we are prepared to say schools will initially be closed minimally for two weeks.  Please be aware that our ongoing guidance updates will keep you apprised of any need to extend our closure time frame.

    On the advice of our local health departments, school superintendents in southeastern Connecticut have come together to make a decision to put the health of our communities (both school community and the community at large) at the center of our decisions to close schools.  We have been advised by state and local health authorities that the implementation of social distancing measures is a proven science-based intervention that has been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with communicable disease outbreaks. In the past, communities in which schools were closed as preventative measures were able to positively impact and reduce the spread of disease. We felt compelled to make this decision to prevent the spread of illness among our students, staff, and our communities. 

    We also clearly heard that we cannot confirm that this illness will run its course in two weeks; in fact, it is not likely that it will.  We made the determination to make this closure “indefinite” based on that information.  This decision was made in consultation with and with the support of the health departments, elected officials and emergency management professionals.

    There has been much discussion about the concept of distance learning during prolonged absences.  At this time the Connecticut State Department of Education has discouraged districts from utilizing this approach due to concerns over instructional consistency (especially in the early grades), equity of access both intra-district and inter-district, disruption of special education services, and multiple employee contractual issues.  We will continue, during this school closing time frame, to seek ways to provide supplemental education to our students. Should we be able to utilize a distance learning model as we go forward, we will notify parents, students, and staff members of how this will be implemented and when it will be initiated, if at all.

     

    At this time, please be advised that you will be updated on relevant information that is received and vetted from our public health directors, the CDC, and other state officials.  Please continue to monitor our district website and email to ensure receipt of the most current information.  My next official School Closure Update will come to you by end of day (4:00pm) on Friday, March 20th.  Of course, should relevant information be made available sooner, I will update you as needed. 

     

    Thank you for your consideration of this important information.  As our public health depts. have reminded us, it is important to remain calm and informed.

     

    Sincerely,

    Patricia A. Ciccone

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Information re: Distance Learning for Parents/Guardians

    Please read the important information in the attached letter regarding Distance Learning, to start on March 23, 2020.

    Wishing all good health,

    Ruth W. Rose

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • Coronavirus/Influenza Information

    Westbrook Public Schools

    Health Information & Guidance

    March 9, 2020

    Today’s Coronavirus (also known as COVID 19) updates issued by the Governor, the CT Dept. of Public Health, CT Dept. of Education and the CT Dept. of Public Safety and Homeland Security have prompted this informational memo. The purpose of this message is to share current advisement for schools and our Westbrook compliance including our preventive measures and future planning.

    Today’s Coronavirus (also known as COVID 19) updates issued by the Governor, the CT Dept. of Public Health, CT Dept. of Education and the CT Dept. of Public Safety and Homeland Security have prompted this informational memo.  The purpose of this message is to share current advisement for schools and our Westbrook compliance including our preventive measures and future planning. 

    At our COVID 19 planning meeting today, we cleared all of our cleaning products, which include sanitizers and disinfectants, with the Director of Public Health.  In addition, we discussed our daily and nightly cleaning protocols.  Both our practices and our products were approved as effective against this virus.  Further, we have placed significant product replacement orders with our vendors in order to keep our school supplies available for daily and nightly use and to replenish more frequently as we have stepped up our cleaning frequency.  Cleanings since the start of the flu season in January include wiping doorknobs/handles, desks, chairs, handrails, computers, keyboards, telephones and other common items.  Bathroom fixtures, doors, floors, etc., switch plates and other frequently touched items and equipment are washed, disinfected and sanitized nightly (additional wipe downs daily as needed). 

    The above state agencies are in agreement with the Governor that all events such as athletic competitions, plays, concerts, etc. that may generate large audiences or participation rates of 100+ attendees should be cancelled going forward.  Events that do occur should be reduced by live streaming and multiple locations to ensure crowds do not form and that participants are not in close proximity to one another.  We will be reviewing all previously approved events that might expose our students, staff and the public to large gatherings.  Further, field trip requests, that might also expose students and staff to crowds will be reviewed for the threat level that exists at the destination (e.g. numbers of presumptive or confirmed cases of the virus).

    In the event the COVID 19 virus is identified within our schools or community, we will follow the recommendations of our local Dept. of Public Health, with whom we are conferring regularly. If school closure is recommended, it will come from the Dept. of Public Health and will include a time limitation (likely to begin with 2 weeks).  Let me be clear, we have no school closure recommendations at this time.  In all of the above information, an important reminder from our Director of Public Health is to remain calm.  Stay connected to our school district website for updated information on our routine school processes.  Should you wish to contact the Westbrook Health Dept. for more information, you may reach our Westbrook Public Health Director, Zachary Faiella at zfaiella@westbrookct.us.  He may also be reached at 860-399-9869.

    Patricia A. Ciccone

    Superintendent

    Westbrook Public Schools

     Coronavirus and Flu Update 3-9-20.pdf

     

    Westbrook Public Schools

    Health Information & Guidance

    February 28, 2020

    Since our last updated guidance on precautions to avoid the flu and other seasonal illnesses, school district administration and health care professionals have been monitoring best practice guidance regarding the Coronavirus.  I want to assure you that while we have no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in our schools, we continue to stay close to state and local health dept. updates in our planning and preparation for Coronavirus detection. Symptoms of Coronavirus may include fever, cough and shortness of breath.  As these symptoms are very similar to the symptoms of flu, we are encouraging everyone to continue to follow the protocols and best practices on our website and always refer to your primary care physician if you or your children are experiencing the aforementioned signs of illness.  Remember that for the general public who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from Coronavirus is considered to be low especially if we practice good illness prevention as a first line of defense. Recommended measures that lower risk of contracting any flu, including Coronavirus are:

    • Frequently wash hands with soap and water.
    • If soap and water are not available, use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol is recommended.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Cover the mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
    • Avoid sharing drinking cups, food, and other personal items.
    • Stay at home if you are ill to minimize any transmission of illnesses.

     

    Stay connected to this website for updated health information and information on any changes in our routine schooling processes and schedules.  We will continue to monitor both state and local health department advisories as they have the primary jurisdiction over town and school responses to public health matters.  Should you wish to contact the Westbrook Health Dept. for more information, you may reach our Westbrook Public Health Director, Zachary Faiella at zfaiella@westbrookct.us  He may also be reached at 860-399-9869.

    Patricia A. Ciccone, Superintendent of Schools

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    Schools are a prime location for the flu virus to spread. It is hard to prevent kids from getting the flu this time of year for various reasons. The flu virus is spread by respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, and talking.  Droplets can spread up to six feet away and land in the mouths or noses or people who are nearby. It can also be spread by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching their mouth or nose. 

    • Children are three times more likely to get sick with the flu
    • Children can pass the flu virus to others for a period of more than seven days after the symptoms start
    • On average, one-third of family members in families with school age children are infected with the flu each year.

    The flu is different than a cold. Both a cold and flu are respiratory illnesses, however they are caused by different virus’s and have different symptoms.  The flu normally comes on suddenly.  An easy way to recognize the flu symptoms are to remember the FLU FACTS.

    (Fever, Aches, Chills, Tiredness, and Sudden onset)

    Sometimes vomiting and diarrhea are seen with children.

    Complications of the flu virus can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. Key points to remember:

    Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water. You can set a good example by doing this yourself. Good hand hygiene is the first line of defense against the flu. Hand sanitizer is acceptable if your hands are not visibly dirty.

    Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. If they don't have a tissue, they should cough or sneeze into their upper sleeve, not their hands.

    Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.

    Don't send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are sick at school will be sent home. Keeping your child home when sick will allow them to rest and also allows you to monitor their health closely. Keeping your sick child home is the responsible thing to do. It protects fellow students and school staff, especially those who are at higher risk of severe illness from the flu.

    Remember- if you are sick, please STAY HOME!  Please be vigilant of others and aware of the serious risk to students and staff when coming to school with flu-like symptoms. Thank you in advance for doing your part in keeping our schools healthy! If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Daisy Ingraham School Featured on WTNH's "What's Right With Schools"

    Daisy Ingraham was recently featured on WTNH Channel 8 for our KINDNESS Initiative.  

    Please view the video clip below as our students share "100 Ways to Be Kind!"

    https://www.wtnh.com/on-air/whats-right-with-schools-on-air/whats-right-with-schools-daisy-ingraham-elementary-celebrates-day-100-of-the-school-year-by-counting-acts-of-kindness/

    As always, we are so very proud of our students and staff.

    Warmly, 

    Ruth W. Rose, Principal

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • Superintendent Patricia A. Ciccone Announces Retirement

    Superintendent Ciccone has announced her retirement.  Please visit the district homepage for an announcement from the Westbrook Board of Education.

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Celebration of Reading--Dr. Seuss's Birthday & "Jungle" Book Fair at Daisy during the Week of March 2

    Please join us in a celebration of reading that starts on Dr. Seuss's Birthday on March 2, 2020, and runs through the entire week!

    Open the document below to read all the details.  This coincides with our famous Daisy Book Fair, which is a "Jungle" theme.  Our Jungle Book Fair will take place March 2-5, with Family Night on Wednesday, March 4, from 4-8 pm.

    Yours in Reading,

    Ruth W. Rose, Principal

    Daisy Ingraham School

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • Ticket Reservations for "The Little Mermaid"

    Fancy Little Mermaid Text

    Be sure to reserve your tickets for the Westbrook High School's production of "The Little Mermaid."  Tickets can be reserved by using the following link:

    Ticket Reservations

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Town of Westbrook Public Meeting

    The Town of Westbrook is updating the plan of conservation and development.  See attached flyer for more details.

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Preschool and Kindergarten Registration For 2020-2021 School Year

    Registration for Kindergarten and Preschool students begins the week of February 3, 2020, at Daisy Ingraham School and will be ongoing.

    Parents/Guardians may register their child(ren), who must be a resident of Westbrook and five years old by December 31, 2020, for Kindergarten. Children who will be four years old by December 31, 2020, and have already participated in a preschool screening at Daisy Ingraham, are eligible to enroll for Preschool.  Parents/Guardians who have children who will be three or four years old by December 31, 2020, and who have not already participated in a screening, should call the elementary school office at 860-399-7925 to set up an appointment for a preschool screening. Three- and four-year-old students must participate in a screening prior to registration and will be admitted to the Integrated Preschool Program as space permits.

    Registration packets are available on the elementary school website at https://dis.westbrookctschools.org or may be picked up in the school main office.  The registration packet contains specific details about documents required to establish proof of residency, age, etc. The main school office is open daily from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.  There will be extended hours for registration on Tuesday,  February 4, and Thursday, February 6, until 7:00 pm.

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • NO SCHOOL---January 20, 2020---MLK Day

    There will be no school on Monday, January 20,  2020,  due to the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday.

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • Welcome Back to School on January 2, 2020

    Daisy Families & Staff,

    We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Thursday, January 2, 2020!

    Please remember that we will have Before-School Band for fourth-graders on January 2 at 7:45 am.

    Hoping that all enjoyed a healthy and happy holiday break.  Wishing all the brightest of New Years!

    Sincerely,

    Ruth W. Rose, Principal

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
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District Events

  • Mandated School Closure

    Westbrook Public Schools
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    Westbrook High School
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    Period Five

    9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. 

    Period Six

    9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. 

    Break

    10:40 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. 

    Period Seven

    10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. 

    Period Eight 

    11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

     

    Westbrook Middle School
  • Mandated School Closure

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    Period One

    9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. 

    Period Two

    9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. 

    Break

    10:40 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. 

    Period Three

    10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. 

    Period Four

    11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

    Westbrook Middle School
  • REMOTE

    WMS Virtual Spirit Week-Jersey Day

    Westbrook Middle School
  • Mandated School Closure

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • WHS Green Day Schedule

    Westbrook High School
  • REMOTE

    WMS Virtual Spirit Week-PJ Day

    Westbrook Middle School
  • REMOTE

    WMS GREEN DAY SCHEDULE

     

    Period Five

    9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. 

    Period Six

    9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. 

    Break

    10:40 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. 

    Period Seven

    10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. 

    Period Eight 

    11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

    Westbrook Middle School
  • Mandated School Closure

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • WHS Purple Day Schedule

    Westbrook High School
  • REMOTE

    WMS PURPLE DAY SCHEDULE

    Westbrook Middle School
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National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development recognizes Westbrook

Nation at Hope

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Westbrook Public Schools and its work to support the whole student is included as an exemplary approach to supporting students’ social, emotional, and academic development in a report released today by a prestigious national commission.

The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development’s “From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope” asserts that our nation is at a turning point, understanding that social, emotional, and cognitive development underpins children’s academic learning. This breakthrough understanding about how people learn is fueling a growing movement to educate children as whole people, with social and emotional as well as academic needs, the report says.

Westbrook has espoused the integration of multidimensional skill development to optimize learning.  We believe that social, emotional and cognitive skills can be taught, that learning happens in the cultivation of positive relationships and that social, emotional and cognitive development offsets the effects of stress and trauma; adverse childhood experiences.  In that work, we have seen the increase in academic proficiency and less disciplinary exclusions.  See the work noted in the Aspen Institute feature entitled Caring Communities: Linking School Culture and Student Development p. 9-10 and in the Practice and in the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development Practice Agenda in Support of How Learning Happens, p. 39. 

Westbrook thanks the commission for recognizing our school district and the students who are emerging as our strongest resource.  In pledging to continue this work, we have made a commitment to work with our students as resources, true partners in setting the climate of our schools and district, so that students can emerge as leaders on the importance of empathy and kindness.  From her unprecedented step of asking high school students to collect and analyze school and community climate survey data, the superintendent commented that “our students are transforming their school and the district (Pre-K – 12) and inspiring others across the state to do the same.”

“A Nation at Hope” emphasizes that translating knowledge about how people learn into practice and helping students develop skills like collaboration, empathy, and perseverance requires systemic change. It offers specific actions in research, practice, and policy to fundamentally shift how we teach children, with the understanding that the social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions of learning are mutually reinforcing rather than distinct.

The report recommends taking these key steps:

  • Set a clear vision that broadens the definition of student success to prioritize the whole child.
  • Transform learning settings so they are safe and supportive for all young people.
  • Change instruction to teach students social, emotional, and cognitive skills; embed these skills in academics and school-wide practices.
  • Build adult expertise in child development.
  • Align resources and leverage partners in the community to address the whole child.
  • Forge closer connections between research and practice to generate useful, actionable information for educators.

Nearly 100 organizations that have signed on in support of the report’s conclusions and recommendations as part of an ever-widening coalition committed to advancing the work. This groundswell of support that has surged over the course of the Commission’s work, and now supports action across communities following its release, sets the report apart and offers promise for the movement to grow nationwide.

As Chet Bialicki, Teen Leadership teacher/mentor, has noted that his, “priority to give Westbrook students  increasing opportunities to respond to invitations from organizations such as CEA, the Community Coalition on Children, National School Climate Center, FaceBook and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to present their leadership in setting a climate conducive to social, emotional and academic development.”

Drawing on input from more than 200 scientists, youth and parent groups, educators and policymakers, the report seeks to accelerate and strengthen efforts in local communities. These recommendations are especially pertinent as states and communities continue to leverage their increased authority on education policy under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The report includes specific strategies that schools, districts, and communities can pursue related to each recommendation and examples of places that are engaged in these efforts.

The report also outlines evidence that confirms that supporting students’ social, emotional and academic development has a positive impact on their attendance, test scores, success in college and careers, and overall well-being. This approach also improves students’ feelings about school and makes schools safer.

More information is available at NationatHope.org.

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Immigration Resources: Connecticut Family Preparedness Plan

For your convenience, the State of CT has developed a resource toolkit for individuals and families with immigration concerns. Please read CT's description of the resource tools and go directly to the state website by clicking on the Plan version of your choice or the hyperlink below.

"To assist families who have concerns about immigration enforcement, particularly in regards to to the possibility of the deportation or detainment of guardians and the impact that it could have on their children, the State of Connecticut has developed a useful toolkit that people can utilize.  There is no cost to utilize any of the documents contained in the toolkit, and neither attorneys nor court action are needed.  If you are worried about what will happen to your children if you are detained or deported, you should make a family preparedness plan.  We hope that you never have to use your plan, but having one may help reduce the stress of the unexpected."

Family Preparedness Plan

Plan de preparacion familiar

State of CT link to the Resource Toolkit

For additional information on preparing your family, knowing your rights and finding legal representation, visit http://ctheretostay.org

Westbrook Board of Education announces Superintendent Patricia A. Ciccone's Retirement

Please read the below announcement published by the Westbrook Board of Education announcing the retirement of Superintendent Patricia A. Ciccone.

Retirement - Superintendent Ciccone