Superintendent

Woman sitting at deskContact Information

Dr. Kristina J. Martineau
Superintendent

kmartineau@westbrookctschools.org

860-399-6432

 

 

Welcome Back to the New School Year 2021-2022

August 16, 2021

Dear Westbrook Families,

The start of the new school year is just a few weeks away. Our staff eagerly await the first day of school on Monday, August 30th when we will welcome back our students in grades PK-12. We have an exciting year ahead. We will continue to focus on high quality, student-centered learning experiences and embedded social and emotional learning practices in all three schools. At the secondary level, we also have new courses in grades 7-12 that were created in response to student and family interest in developing programming in animation, robotics, and computer science. This new school year, we will also offer additional Advanced Placement courses and we will formally launch college and career pathways.

In the coming months, we will engage in community conversations about what we value and should prioritize as essential 21st century skills and attributes for all Westbrook students PK-12. There are many skills to choose from as we determine together what is most important for our students, including but not limited to: critical and creative problem solving; collaboration; global mindset; empathy; financial literacy; communication; innovation; creativity; critical thinking; adaptability; flexible thinking; perseverance; growth mindset; citizenship; technology; self-direction; leadership; and resilience. Your experiences, perspectives, and voices are an essential part of this process to truly create the Westbrook Portrait of a Graduate that will reflect our community values and beliefs about education for the children of Westbrook now and in the future. The Portrait of a Graduate is often referred to as the north star for a school community. The Westbrook Portrait of a Graduate will guide our way beyond a focus on standardized test scores and Common Core Standards by prioritizing our focus areas and leveraging the highest quality instructional practices in all classrooms for all students. The Westbrook Portrait of a Graduate will guide our work for years to come PK-12 as it relates to teaching and learning; social and emotional learning and wellness; equity and access; blended learning and technology innovation; and college and career readiness. We look forward to partnering with our families to make this a meaningful and genuine reflection of our community’s commitment to all students.

As the start of the 2021-2022 school year nears, my family is also preparing for the transition from summer days to action packed school days, after school activities, and sports. My oldest begins 11th grade and my youngest is a rising 6th grader. As a family, we enjoyed the beautiful New England summer days outdoors reconnecting with cousins and close friends.  As we prepare to return to full, in-person learning for the new school year, my own children have many questions about what it will look like and what to expect. They are excited about meeting their new teachers, taking new courses, and seeing their friends again on a more regular basis. They also wonder how school will operate this year and if it will feel more normal than it has over the last two school years. I know that you have many of those same questions in your own homes. While I cannot predict with certainty what the coming months will look like, we are working closely with the Westbrook Health Director, Zachary Faiella, and the Connecticut River Area Health District to plan and will continue to do so to ensure the health and safety of our school community. We will be flexible and responsive to any changes in health metrics.  We have a full schedule of classes and courses planned for our students, including after school activities and a full sports season at both the middle and high schools. In addition, we have a comprehensive support plan and resources for any student who needs additional academic, social and emotional support during the school day or after school. We are ready and excited to welcome back our students for the new school year!

For the start of the new school year, the following mitigation strategies will be in place:

 

COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

The following COVID-19 mitigation protocols are in place for the start of the new school year:

  • All students, staff, and visitors will be required to wear a mask inside all school buildings and on school transportation. We will continue to provide as much time outside as possible and to schedule mask breaks throughout the day.
  • Families are encouraged to transport their children to school, if possible, to reduce the number of students on individual buses. Bus seats will be assigned to promote social distancing and to assist in contact tracing situations to minimize the number of students required to quarantine.
  • Social distancing will be maximized whenever possible; classroom desks will be set up at least 3 feet apart per CDC and CT DPH recommendations.
  • Daily cleaning procedures will continue to follow CDC and CT DPH recommendations.
  • Frequent hand washing will be encouraged.
  • In the event of a confirmed positive case, unvaccinated students and staff identified as close contacts will be required to quarantine per CT DPH guidance. Asymptomatic vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine under current guidance.

In-Person Instruction and Remote Learning

All students are expected to return to In-Person Instruction for the new school year. Although remote learning is not an option for the new school year, we will continue to support our students who may need to temporarily quarantine due to COVID-19. This support plan will be developed and individualized to best support the academic, social, and emotional needs of each student. This plan will be developed in collaboration with the school principal, parents and/or guardians, classroom teachers, and other support staff, as needed. 

The health and safety of our students, families, and staff will always be the highest priority. If conditions change, as it relates to COVID-19, we will continue to work closely with the Westbrook Health Director, Zachary Faiella, and the Connecticut River Area Health District, to guide any changes in protocols or school operations to keep our school community safe.  

We are excited and eager to welcome back our students PK-12 to the new school year. We look forward to sharing their school experiences with you throughout the year and working with you to create the highest quality educational experiences and opportunities for all of our students.  

Enjoy the gorgeous New England summer days ahead. We look forward to seeing all of our students in two weeks!

Your partner in education in service to the students and families of Westbrook,

 

Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

Westbrook Superintendent of Schools

News and Announcements

  • Robots at Westbrook High School

    The Connecticut Examiner recently wrote an article about our robotics program at Westbrook High School.  Read the article at https://ctexaminer.com/2021/09/29/local-manufacturers-encourage-robotics-classes-in-westbrook-public-schools/?fbclid=IwAR0bcy8JF03leU0jCkjzGjl0G8p6UW-f_4BAHQBQ0YnC8dhLXck3hbujcrk

    Westbrook High School
  • The Daily Knight

    Stay up to date with the Daily Knight, the Westbrook High School's morning broadcast.  View at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWNxa-_nWe_w9SFfgFF1LoQ/featured

    Westbrook High School
  • Westbrook High School Open House

    Be sure to watch the Westbrook High School Open House video available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRu24hD6wJc.  Enjoy!

    Westbrook High School
  • WHS Opening Information

    Dear WHS Parents/Guardians and Students,

    We are so excited for the first day of the 2021-2022 school year. 

    Here are a few reminders for a smooth transition and a successful start to the year.

    Important Reminders:

    *Student Drop Off/Pick Up will be at the back of the cafeteria. Drive to the back of the building and continue around the parking lot by the side of Central Office to the designated area. Please note that students will be allowed in the building at 7:40 A.M.

    *Bus Drop Off/Pick Up is at the WHS main doors.

    *Student Drivers will park in available spots in the Main Front Lot and the Senior Lot. All students will enter through the Main Doors tomorrow. Parking permission forms will be distributed next week and spots will be assigned.

    *Students will be allowed in the WHS building at 7:40 A.M. We are following a modified A Day schedule. Upon arrival, students may go to their lockers and then report to their Advisory class. All schedules are posted on the Google classroom pages.

    2021-2022 Modified Advisory Schedule

    8/30/21

     

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    7:50-8:20

    8:25-9:41

    9:46-9:51

    9:56-11:12

    11:17-12:59

    L1: 11:17-11:42

    L2: 11:47-12:12

    1:04-2:20

    A  Day

    Advisory

    Period 1A

    Break

    Period 2A

    Period 3A

    Period 4A

     

    *There are only two lunch periods today.*

    **Those who eat lunch one and two will eat at their regularly scheduled times. Teachers/students who have third lunch will join lunch one and two as follows:

    • Lunch One Additions:

    • Carr

    • Hanssen, D. (Study Hall)

    • McCray  (Study Hall)

    • Lunch Two Additions:

      • Fortin 

      • Lesandrine

      • Lyon 

      • Saba

     

    *Please remember the WHS Attire/Dress guidelines:

    Attire/Dress- Students are required to dress appropriately for school. Basic considerations for appropriate dress are modesty, respect, and safety. Styles of clothing that include spaghetti straps, are strapless, backless, excessively short, tight, revealing, transparent, exposing cleavage, exposing midriff (crop tops), or exposing undergarments are considered inappropriate for school. Styles of clothing that are disruptive to the educational process, pose a threat to the safety of self or others, violate any lawful statute, or contain offensive language, symbols, graphics, or references to alcohol, drugs, sex, violence, racial/ethnic prejudice will not be permitted. If students are deemed to be dressed inappropriately, they will be asked to cover up or change. Students are required to wear shoes (per State Law and for their own safety). 

     

    *WHS School Hours: 7:50 A.M.-2:20 P.M.

    *Please make sure your child has a fully charged Chromebook. This is an essential requirement for classroom instruction and assignments. If you need assistance with Chromebook issues, please email techsupport@westbrookctschools.org

    *Freshmen, if you did not receive your new Chromebook at Freshman Orientation, please make sure you bring in your old Chromebook and charger in addition to the two required documents so that you may receive your new one.

    *For Lunch Program information and forms, please visit the Food Services webpage on the district website at wps.westbrookctschools.org.

    *All pertinent Westbrook High School information can be found at whs.westbrookctschools.org

    As always, if you have any questions, please call the Main Office at 860-399-6214.

     

    We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow, Monday, August 30!

    All my best,

    Tara A. Winch

    Tara A. Winch, Principal

    Westbrook High School
  • WMS PowerSchool is Live!

    Dear Parents and Guardians,
     
    Soon, you will be able to log into PowerSchool and view information about next school year.  Please know that we are in the process of finalizing student schedules.  Keep this in mind if you see something that looks out of place or incomplete; we are still working to negotiate final iterations of student schedules.  
     
    Thank you,

    Matt Talmadge
    Principal
    Westbrook Middle School
    Westbrook Middle School
  • WHS PowerSchool is live for the 2021-2022 School Year!

    Hello WHS Parents and/Guardians and Students,

    I just want to let you know that Powerschool is live and you can now view your schedules. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your schedule, please contact your School Counselor via email; jbritton@westbrookctschools.org and scunningham@westbrookctschools.orgYou may also call the Guidance Office (860) 399-6214 to make an appointment or send a Google hangout request to your counselor. Please know that your School Counselors are still working on resolving conflicts and putting final touches on some schedules. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing students in person on Monday, August 30th!

    All my best,

    Tara A. Winch, Principal

    Westbrook High School
  • Welcome Back to the New School Year 2021-2022

    August 16, 2021

    Dear Westbrook Families,

    The start of the new school year is just a few weeks away. Our staff eagerly await the first day of school on Monday, August 30th when we will welcome back our students in grades PK-12. We have an exciting year ahead. We will continue to focus on high quality, student-centered learning experiences and embedded social and emotional learning practices in all three schools. At the secondary level, we also have new courses in grades 7-12 that were created in response to student and family interest in developing programming in animation, robotics, and computer science. This new school year, we will also offer additional Advanced Placement courses and we will formally launch college and career pathways.

    In the coming months, we will engage in community conversations about what we value and should prioritize as essential 21st-century skills and attributes for all Westbrook students PK-12. There are many skills to choose from as we determine together what is most important for our students, including but not limited to: critical and creative problem solving; collaboration; global mindset; empathy; financial literacy; communication; innovation; creativity; critical thinking; adaptability; flexible thinking; perseverance; growth mindset; citizenship; technology; self-direction; leadership; and resilience. Your experiences, perspectives, and voices are an essential part of this process to truly create the Westbrook Portrait of a Graduate that will reflect our community values and beliefs about education for the children of Westbrook now and in the future. The Portrait of a Graduate is often referred to as the north star for a school community. The Westbrook Portrait of a Graduate will guide our way beyond a focus on standardized test scores and Common Core Standards by prioritizing our focus areas and leveraging the highest quality instructional practices in all classrooms for all students. The Westbrook Portrait of a Graduate will guide our work for years to come PK-12 as it relates to teaching and learning; social and emotional learning and wellness; equity and access; blended learning and technology innovation; and college and career readiness. We look forward to partnering with our families to make this a meaningful and genuine reflection of our community’s commitment to all students.

    As the start of the 2021-2022 school year nears, my family is also preparing for the transition from summer days to action-packed school days, after school activities, and sports. My oldest begins 11th grade and my youngest is a rising 6th grader. As a family, we enjoyed the beautiful New England summer days outdoors reconnecting with cousins and close friends.  As we prepare to return to full, in-person learning for the new school year, my own children have many questions about what it will look like and what to expect. They are excited about meeting their new teachers, taking new courses, and seeing their friends again on a more regular basis. They also wonder how school will operate this year and if it will feel more normal than it has over the last two school years. I know that you have many of those same questions in your own homes. While I cannot predict with certainty what the coming months will look like, we are working closely with the Westbrook Health Director, Zachary Faiella, and the Connecticut River Area Health District to plan and will continue to do so to ensure the health and safety of our school community. We will be flexible and responsive to any changes in health metrics.  We have a full schedule of classes and courses planned for our students, including after school activities and a full sports season at both the middle and high schools. In addition, we have a comprehensive support plan and resources for any student who needs additional academic, social and emotional support during the school day or after school. We are ready and excited to welcome back our students for the new school year!

    For the start of the new school year, the following mitigation strategies will be in place:

    COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

    The following COVID-19 mitigation protocols are in place for the start of the new school year:

    • All students, staff, and visitors will be required to wear a mask inside all school buildings and on school transportation. We will continue to provide as much time outside as possible and to schedule mask breaks throughout the day.
    • Families are encouraged to transport their children to school, if possible, to reduce the number of students on individual buses. Bus seats will be assigned to promote social distancing and to assist in contact tracing situations to minimize the number of students required to quarantine.
    • Social distancing will be maximized whenever possible; classroom desks will be set up at least 3 feet apart per CDC and CT DPH recommendations.
    • Daily cleaning procedures will continue to follow CDC and CT DPH recommendations.
    • Frequent hand washing will be encouraged.
    • In the event of a confirmed positive case, unvaccinated students and staff identified as close contacts will be required to quarantine per CT DPH guidance. Asymptomatic vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine under current guidance.

    In-Person Instruction and Remote Learning

    All students are expected to return to In-Person Instruction for the new school year. Although remote learning is not an option for the new school year, we will continue to support our students who may need to temporarily quarantine due to COVID-19. This support plan will be developed and individualized to best support the academic, social, and emotional needs of each student. This plan will be developed in collaboration with the school principal, parents and/or guardians, classroom teachers, and other support staff, as needed. 

    The health and safety of our students, families, and staff will always be the highest priority. If conditions change, as it relates to COVID-19, we will continue to work closely with the Westbrook Health Director, Zachary Faiella, and the Connecticut River Area Health District, to guide any changes in protocols or school operations to keep our school community safe.  

    We are excited and eager to welcome back our students PK-12 to the new school year. We look forward to sharing their school experiences with you throughout the year and working with you to create the highest quality educational experiences and opportunities for all of our students.  

    Enjoy the gorgeous New England summer days ahead. We look forward to seeing all of our students in two weeks!

    Your partner in education in service to the students and families of Westbrook,

     

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Westbrook Superintendent of Schools

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Westbrook High School Quarter 4 Honor Roll

    Grade 12

    Ryan Allgaier High Honors
    Livian Brito High Honors
    Michael Cox High Honors
    Nicholas Freeman High Honors
    Elizabeth Gallagher High Honors
    Colin Heilmann High Honors
    Alexa Malazzi High Honors
    Kiley McCarthy High Honors
    Jesse McGannon High Honors
    Devin Mulvihill High Honors
    Brooke Neri High Honors
    Derek Novajosky High Honors
    Daniel Ruppenicker High Honors
    Mary Santos High Honors
    Hannah Schilling High Honors
    Cole Strzelecki High Honors
    Catherine Tempesta High Honors
    Luca Troop High Honors
    Zachary Zanzalari High Honors
    Gianni Adorno Honors
    Cierra Brundage Honors
    Emely Chiriap Honors
    Isabelle Esposito Honors
    Megan Greaves Honors
    Jack Naccarato Honors
    Cameron Neely Honors
    Nicholas Palumbo Honors
    Emma Parkhurst Honors
    Gareth Whitehouse Honors
    Zachary True Honors

     

    Grade 11

    Julia Farnoli High Honors
    Samuel Freeman High Honors
    Gianni Salisbury High Honors
    Alexandra Zanzalari High Honors
    Henry Anderson Honors
    Marlee Archer Honors
    Ezra Berg Honors
    Jacob Berg Honors
    Joseph Caslin Honors
    Gabrielle Cordon Honors
    Emma Demers Honors
    Jonah Freund Honors
    Matthew Harrington Honors
    Trevor Hendrixson Honors
    Jeremy Keeler Honors
    Gabriella Koplas Honors
    Mackenzie Marshall Honors
    Riley Metcalfe Honors
    Niraj Odedra Honors
    Richard Potvin Honors
    Jami Sacco Honors
    Thomas Stowik Honors
    Benjamin Wallace Honors

     

    Grade 10

    Faizah Ahamed High Honors
    Emma Baxter High Honors
    Delaney Belcourt High Honors
    Mike Caguana High Honors
    Mayte Calle Churai High Honors
    Ava Ciarcia High Honors
    Sofia Ferrucci High Honors
    Margaret Izzo High Honors
    Kyle Malazzi High Honors
    Lydia Marvin High Honors
    Vincent Naccarato High Honors
    Myan Nguyen High Honors
    Jacob Perreault High Honors
    Halley Pierson High Honors
    Tyler Prisley High Honors
    Andrew Scotella High Honors
    James Scotella High Honors
    Michael Sharpe High Honors
    Gabriela Spash High Honors
    Adriana Stranieri High Honors
    Mackenzie TRUE High Honors
    Enzo Adorno Honors
    Caroline Benzi Honors
    Allison Brajczewski Honors
    Jonathan Brajczewski Honors
    Michela Cieri Honors
    Giovanna De Souza Santos Honors
    Erik DeSousa Honors
    Ryan Engels Honors
    Hever Gomez Honors
    John Grace Honors
    Lisa Litevich Honors
    Brandon Naccarato Honors
    Samantha Sharpe Honors
    Carley Thompson Honors
    Michael Valiante Honors
    Michael von Ehr Honors
    Shaun Weeks Honors

     

    Grade 9

    Cadance Acabbo High Honors
    Emma Bransfield High Honors
    Jerli Espinoza High Honors
    Jack Ford High Honors
    Hannah Freund High Honors
    Emily Gomez-Salguero High Honors
    Norah Hayden High Honors
    Elliot Koplas High Honors
    Catalina Martinez Mora High Honors
    Julie Norton High Honors
    Olivia Palumbo High Honors
    Leticia Pires High Honors
    Kayla Prisley High Honors
    Piper Selmont High Honors
    Kevin Villeda Garcia High Honors
    Gabrielle Walker High Honors
    Muhammad Zaheer High Honors
    Jonathan Bermeo Molina Honors
    Abby Demers Honors
    John Freund Honors
    Derick Novillo Honors
    Dev Patel Honors
    Riley Pluck Honors
    Carlos Solis Honors
    Westbrook High School
  • New Student Software Approval

    CodeHS has been approved for use in the classroom.  For the most up-to-date list of available software, visit https://www.westbrookctschools.org/groups/5665/technology/privacy_informationOpens in a new browser tab.

    Technology
  • Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

    Dear Westbrook School Community,

    We have drafted a document for the 2021-2022 School Year entitled "Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan" to begin planning for the new school year and as a requirement for the American Rescue Plan ESSER Grant funding. We invite and encourage you to offer feedback and suggestions as we revise this document in the weeks ahead and as new information becomes available from the Center of Disease Prevention and Connecticut Department of Public Health. To provide feedback, please follow this link to a brief survey.

    On Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the Westbrook Board of Education meeting there will be an opportunity for public comment to provide feedback at that time as well.  

    The draft plan is attached to this email and pasted below.

    As always, thank you for your time, insights, and partnership.

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Westbrook Public Schools

     

     

    Westbrook Public Schools

    Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

    2021-2022 School Year

    DRAFT June 4, 2021

    Feedback and Input via School Community Survey on 6/4/2021

    And Public Comment Opportunity on 6/8/2021 during BOE Regular Meeting



    Section I. Health and Safety Strategies

    Universal and Correct Wearing of Masks

    As of May 15, 2021, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend preventive, mitigation strategies to support safe in-person teaching and learning in schools.  The universal and correct wearing of masks is a critical component of a layered, mitigation strategy to keep schools open and in-person as safely as possible.  The schools will continue to enforce indoor mask requirements and provide disposable masks when needed for students, staff, and visitors.

    Indoors: All students, staff, and visitors will be required to wear face coverings inside all school buildings and on school buses per CDC guidelines and BOE policy for the 2021-2022 school year. 

    Outdoors: At this time, all students and staff will be required to wear face coverings outdoors during large events if social distancing is not possible or if the event requires participants to be stationary for extended periods of time. Under certain circumstances per CT Department of Health, students and staff may remove masks during recess, gym, and outdoor activities that include movement and when other mitigation strategies are in place.

    Westbrook Public Schools will continue to follow the latest CDC guidelines and CT Department of Health as it relates to universal and correct wearing of masks and periodically update this plan to reflect most recent guidance.

    Westbrook Public Schools has adopted a policy requiring the use of face coverings for all students and staff when they are inside the school building, with certain exceptions listed below.

    • For anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance, face coverings and masks should not be required, per CDC guidance.

    • For anyone who has a medical reason making it unsafe to wear a face covering, masks should not be required.  These instances are highly unusual.  A doctor’s note and review by the school medical advisor will be required.

    Westbrook Public Schools will:

    • Request a medical note from a provider for students and staff who have a medical reason making it unsafe to wear a face covering. Review with the school medical advisor.

    • Provide a mask for any student or staff member who does not have one on any given day. 

    • Teach and reinforce the use of face coverings, avoid touching the face, and washing of hands for students and staff.

    • Set clear guidelines regarding limited exceptions to the use of face coverings when other mitigating practices are in place and mask breaks throughout the day by taking students outside, at lunch, or at recess.

    • Educate staff when face shields may be appropriate and should be worn for additional protection. 

    • Educate staff regarding the appropriate use of clear masks.

    Physical Distancing

    Current CDC and CT DPH guidance on social distancing remains the same for schools and unvaccinated individuals. Many of our students are not currently eligible for vaccination. At this time, we plan to continue to implement recommended social distancing practices inside all school buildings and on school transportation.

    Westbrook Public Schools will:

    • Assist staff and students to maintain maximum social distancing between individuals to reduce the transmission of the virus per the public health guidelines at that time.

    • Provide face shields for staff who work with students who may require closer proximity or direct contact. 

    • Communicate and educate students, staff, and families regarding social distancing requirements and best practices.

    Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette

    Handwashing and respiratory etiquette is another element of a layered mitigation strategy for schools to remain safe, healthy, open, and in-person for the 2021-2022 school year.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends handwashing techniques that include 20 seconds of washing with soap and water. If water and soap is unavailable, 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer is recommended.

     CDC’s Recommended 6-Step Process for Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette:

    Westbrook Public Schools will: 

    • Expect students and staff to wash or sanitize their hands upon entry of the building or classroom and throughout the day.

    • Teach and reinforce hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

    • Put systems in place to communicate the most up-to-date policies and protocols related to the considerations herein, for staff, students, and families. This information will be shared by principals in messages to families and on the district website. 

    • Make plans available in relevant languages of families in the community, as well as accessible to those with visual and /or hearing impairments.

     

    Cleaning and Maintaining Healthy Facilities

    Westbrook Public Schools will continue to follow the most updated cleaning protocols recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Connecticut Department of Health.

     

    Current guidelines and recommended practices for Westbrook Public Schools:

    • Clean high touch surfaces and objects

    • Regularly clean surfaces (at least once per day)

    Westbrook Public Schools will continue to train all custodial staff and employees on the latest cleaning protocols as a critical component of a layered mitigation strategy plan to keep students and staff safe and healthy during this pandemic.

    Ventilation systems- requirements and protocols- will remain in effect and in compliance with the most current CDC and CT DPH guidance. 

    Contact Tracing, Isolation, and Quarantine Procedures

    Westbrook Public Schools will continue to follow the guidelines outlined in  Addendum 9 to Adapt, Advance, and Achieve document for the 2021-2022 school year. As additional guidance becomes available, Westbrook Public Schools will update our district plan.

    Under current state guidelines for schools, Westbrook Public Schools will follow recommended contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine procedures as described below:

     

    Diagnostic Screening and Testing

    Westbrook Public Schools will continue to follow CDC and CT DPH guidance regarding diagnostic screening and testing recommendations, including partnering with local health departments to increase access to the most updated information regarding screening and testing locations.

    At this time, Westbrook Public Schools does not plan to test students and staff onsite.


    Covid-19 Vaccinations- Eligibility and Access

    Westbrook Public Schools will continue to partner with the Westbrook Health Department and CT River Area Health District to communicate the most updated information regarding vaccination sites, student eligibility, and access as it becomes available.


    Accommodations for Children with Disabilities (Health and Safety)

    Children with disabilities, whether on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a Section 504 plan, are expected to comply with all district health and safety protocols.  Individualized accommodations can be provided through a PPT or 504 meeting based on individual student medical and/or social/emotional/behavioral needs by team recommendation.  A plan will be developed and communicated to appropriate staff members implementing services for that student.  Teams will reconvene as needed to review progress and revise plans if necessary.


    Section II. Continuity of Services 

    For the summer and next school year 2021-2022, Westbrook Public Schools must ensure that students with specialized needs, i.e., IEP, 504 or English Learner (EL) plans, have access to the general education activities available to all students.  Additionally, some students with specialized needs may require recovery services.  We are cognizant of the potential disproportionate effect the Covid-19 pandemic may have had on certain student subgroups, in particular, the groups mentioned above.  The primary focus of Westbrook Public Schools will be seeking authentic engagement of families and students to address students’ current needs by reviewing data, updating present levels of performance, examining student progress toward annual goals and short-term objectives, and reviewing, revising, and/or temporarily increasing the intensity of specialized services, including related services, as needed.  

    Educational recovery is academic and related services provided to a student to remediate lack of expected progress and/or regression of skills as a result of delayed, interrupted, suspended, or inaccessible services caused by the pandemic.  Educational recovery is not intended as a minute for minute replacement for disrupted educational time, but rather aims to make time-limited adjustments to the student’s learning plan to address lack of expected progress, mastery of essential skills, and prevention of further regression.  Education recovery is distinct and separate from compensatory education, which is an equitable remedy to address situations where a school district has failed to provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). 

    Not all students with specialized needs will need educational recovery.  In fact, many students have made meaningful progress and growth during this time period while being educated through in-person or remote learning modes of instruction.  The district has committed to engage in a data-driven, individualized, and collaborative process when determining if a student needs education recovery in addition to general education programming. 

    Educational recovery can be provided at any time (e.g., during the school day, before/after school, during breaks, etc.).  District staff and parents/guardians will work together to maintain a balance of a student’s placement in general education environments and opportunities to participate in extracurricular/nonacademic activities with the need for educational recovery.  Despite the benefit of educational recovery, it should not be rushed or delivered at the expense of a student’s social/emotional well-being.  

    Extended School Year (ESY) means special education and related services that are provided to a student with a disability beyond the school district’s normal school year in accordance with the student’s IEP and at no cost to the parent.  An individualized determination regarding a student's eligibility for ESY services must be made annually.  The Connecticut standard for determining if a student qualifies to receive ESY services includes both regression/recoupment criteria and non-regression criteria. The need for ESY and the need for educational recovery are separate determinations.    



    Opportunities for Public Comment, Feedback and Suggestions

    This plan will be updated every six months (and earlier, if needed) based on the most updated data and guidance available to Westbrook Public Schools from Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Connecticut State Department of Public Health as it relates to Covid-19.  This plan will be posted on the district website and emailed to the school community via SchoolMessenger. This plan will also be available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

    Anticipated Future Public Input Opportunities:

    School Year 2021-2022

    December 2021 BOE Regular Meeting 

    Revised Plan posted by January 2022 

    June 2022 BOE Regular Meeting

    Revised Plan posted by July 2022

    School Year 2022-2023

    December 2022 BOE Regular Meeting

    Revised Plan posted by January 2023

    June 2023 BOE Regular Meeting

    Revised Plan posted by July 2023


    DRAFT Westbrook 2021-2022 Safe Return to In Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan.pdf 

    Superintendent's Office
  • Website Update

    We are pleased to announce that we have updated the look of our District Website available at https://www.westbrookctschools.org.  While the design may be different, the content remains the same.  To view the content, simply scroll down the page or use the menu structure which was not modified.

    Technology
  • Westbrook High School Summer Reading

    2021 Summer Reading Information

    Westbrook High School
  • New Software Approval

    Rosen Digital has been approved for use in the classroom.  For the most up to date list of available software, visit https://www.westbrookctschools.org/groups/5665/technology/privacy_informationOpens in a new browser tab.

    Technology
  • The Knightly News

    Be sure to check out the Spring edition of "The Knightly News," the Westbrook High School student newspaper.

    Westbrook High School
  • FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit

    The Federal Communications Commission has launched a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

    Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application.

    You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting  www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, or by calling 833-511-0311  

    Technology
  • New Software Approval

    Microbit has been approved for use in the classroom.  For the most up to date list of available software, visit https://www.westbrookctschools.org/groups/5665/technology/privacy_information.

    Technology
  • Remote Learning Day on Monday, April 5th

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    More than 65 staff members, including our bus drivers and substitute teachers are scheduled to receive their 2nd dose of the Moderna vaccine this Saturday.  After discussions with our local health director and the well publicized experiences of many school districts in the state, we are concerned about staffing capacity on Monday, April 5th.

    A last minute call on Monday would be a significant disruption and hardship for many of our families.

    While we hope that our staff do not feel unwell after the 2nd dose, the reality is that many of them will not feel well this weekend and on Monday. 

    In anticipation of staffing capacity issues for our schools and buses, all schools will operate in Remote Learning mode on Monday, April 5th. Teachers have been asked to prepare asynchronous lessons (a combination of direct instruction and independent work) and lesson plans for Monday in the event they are unable to teach remotely.  

    As always, thank you for your flexibility, understanding, and continued support.

    We all look forward to the time when we no longer need to message out anything related to Covid-19.

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Westbrook Public Schools

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Westbrook High School Theatre Production

    Westbrook High School Theatre's production of A Chorus Line will be available virtually from Friday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. through Sunday, March 28 at 9:00 p.m. Gain access by buying a ticket HERE:

    https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/48074 

    Tickets are $10 each. Thank you for your patronage and enjoy the show!

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Resolved - PowerSchool intermittently unavailable

    Update: 6:57pm 2/26/2021 - PowerSchool is now fully functional.

    We are aware of an issue with PowerSchool that is affecting all staff, students, and parents/guardians.  We will provide updates as they become available.

    Technology
  • Westbrook Board of Education Goals for 2021-2022

    The 2021-2022 Board of Education goals are now available.  Please visit https://www.westbrookctschools.org/groups/5650/westbrook_board_of_education/20212022_board_of_education_goals to review.

    Westbrook Board of Education
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