Covid 19 Information

  • Covid-19 Case- Westbrook High School

    April 1, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We received notification that one individual at Westbrook High School has tested positive for Covid-19. This individual was last present in-person on Wednesday, March 31st.

    A small number of students at the high school will need to quarantine as a result of this case.

    All close contacts have been identified and contacted with instructions to quarantine per CDC and CT DPH guidelines. 

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Two Covid Cases- Daisy Ingraham Elementary and WHS

    March 28, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We received notification that two individuals have tested positive for Covid-19.  One individual was last present in person at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School on Friday, March 26th. The second case is associated with Westbrook High School and that individual was also last in person on Friday, March 26th.

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

    All close contacts have been identified and contacted with instructions to quarantine per CDC and CT DPH guidelines. 

    Mrs. Tomek’s preschool class will transition to Remote Learning effective Monday, March 29th until Monday, April 5th. The class will return to In Person Learning on Tuesday, April 6th.

    Westbrook High School

    A small number of close contacts have been identified.  These individuals have already been contacted with instructions to quarantine and monitor symptoms.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Covid Case - Westbrook High School

    March 15, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We received notification that an individual at Westbrook High School tested positive for Covid-19.  

    This individual last attended in-person on March 10th.

    There are no close contacts or quarantine requirements associated with students or staff.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Covid Case- Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

    March 13, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We received notification that an individual at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School tested positive for Covid-19.  

    This individual last attended in-person on March 3rd.

    There are no close contacts or quarantine requirements associated with students or staff.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Covid-19 Case at Daisy Ingraham

    March 7, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We received notification that an individual at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School tested positive for Covid-19.  

    This individual last attended in-person on Friday, March 5th.

    We are in the process of identifying close contacts and will reach out to families and staff this morning.

    Mrs. Fischer’s 3rd grade class will transition to Remote Learning effective Monday, March 8th until Monday. March 15th.  The class will return to In Person Learning on Tuesday, March 16th.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Community Message from First Selectman Noel Bishop

    Dear Westbrook Schools Community,

    We received notification this morning of two positive Covid-19 cases at Westbrook Middle School.  One individual was present in-person on Tuesday, March 1st.  The other individual was present in-person on Friday, February 26th.

    The families of all students who have been identified as close contacts have been notified with instructions to quarantine and monitor symptoms. 

    These cases also impact staffing capacity due to the number of staff members required to quarantine.  

    Grade 6 will continue to operate in Remote Learning mode until Thursday, March 11th.  

    Grade 5 will transition to Remote Learning starting tomorrow until Thursday, March 11th. 

    There is no school on Friday, March 12th.  It is a professional development day for staff.

    Grades 5 and 6 will return to In-Person mode on Monday, March 15th.

    Grades 7 and 8 will continue to operate In-Person. 

    Over the last few weeks, we have had to make difficult decisions about transitioning classes and entire grades to remote learning due to required quarantines that impact students, staff, and staffing capacity.  In school, we continue to follow CT DPH and CDC guidelines regarding frequent hand washing, masks, and social distancing. These mitigation strategies have been highly effective in preventing in-school transmission of Covid-19.  

    We need community support and assistance to reduce community cases and household exposures. We have seen an increase in community cases over the last few weeks, including cases associated with students in our three schools. 

    Please see the community message below from First Selectman Noel Bishop and Westbrook Health Director Zachary Faiella. 

    Thank you for your continued partnership during this challenging time,

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Westbrook Public Schools

     

    To All Westbrook Residents:

    We are all aware that the State has begun vaccinating for Covid-19 based upon age categories.  With the exceptional support of our Regional Health District, Zachary Faiella our Director of Health, Courtney Burks, Senior Center Director and staff, we have collectively reached out to all of our residents 65 and older (over 2,000 telephone calls) to assist them on the process of registering and receiving the vaccine.  As vaccine demand has outweighed supply, residents are encouraged to have patience in scheduling their vaccine.

    It is important that we continue to be ever vigilant regarding this Pandemic.  This is not the time to be complacent and we urge your review and cooperation on the following procedures.  We are all eager, with the coming of Spring, to socialize and engage in other activities with the assumption that because we have been vaccinated, we can be more relaxed about our personal responsibilities to each other.  Our Health Director and I however, must continue to remind everyone that these basic, simple procedures should be adhered to even though you have been vaccinated:

    *    Wear a mask to protect yourself and others (completely over the nose and mouth).

    *    Social distance from others who don’t live in the same household.

    *    Do not gather in large groups. Avoid crowds. The more people someone is in close contact with, the more likely they are exposed to COVID-19.

    *    Wash hands often with soap and water.

    *    Get vaccinated when you are eligible (Eligibility determined by the State of CT https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccination---Phases).

    *    If you have been tested for COVID-19, stay home and away from others while awaiting results of your test. In the case of a potential positive result, staying home and away from others while waiting for your test results will reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19, if positive. 

    *    If someone in your household is positive or contagious with COVID-19 and you have been exposed to that person, please stay home for a proper amount of quarantine. Residents are encouraged to visit the CDC website relative to quarantine guidelines https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html.

    *    Remember, those with COVID-19 can be contagious 2 days prior to symptom onset/positive test date, and until 10 days or more have passed since symptom onset/positive test date. It’s critical to stay away from COVID-19 positive individuals during this time frame. 

     

    Thank you.

    Noel Bishop, First Selectman

    Zachary Faiella, Director of Health

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  • Covid-19 Case- Grade 6 Moves to Remote Learning

    March 2, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    This afternoon, we received notification that an individual at Westbrook Middle School tested positive for Covid-19. This individual was last present in-person at school on Thursday, February 25th. 

    We are in the process of determining close contacts and anticipate an impact on staffing capacity as a result of quarantine requirements. As always, we are working closely with our local department of health. All students and staff required to quarantine will be contacted this afternoon and provided with instructions per CDC and Connecticut guidelines for schools.

    Due to the impact on staffing capacity at Westbrook Middle School, all 6th grade students will transition to remote learning.  Grade 6 will return to in-person learning on Monday, March 8th.

    We will continue to monitor this case and provide updates as needed.  As always, thank you for your continued support and understanding. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Covid Cases- Daisy and WMS

    February 27, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    Earlier today, we received notification that two additional individuals at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School and an individual at Westbrook Middle School tested positive for Covid-19. 

    Case #1 at Daisy: This individual was last present in-person on February 24th.  As a result of this case, Ms. Cote’s preschool class will transition to remote learning effective March 1st-March 5th.  The class will return to in-person mode on Monday, March 8th.

    Case #2 at Daisy: This individual was last present on February 25th. As a result of this case, Ms. Fair’s 4th grade class will transition to remote learning effective March 1st-March 5th. The class will return to in-person mode on Monday, March 8th.

    Case #1 at WMS: This individual has not been in-person in our district for an extended period of time. There are no close contacts or quarantine requirements associated with students or staff.

    We are in the process of determining close contacts. As always, we are working closely with our local department of health. All students and staff required to quarantine will be contacted this afternoon and provided with instructions per CDC and Connecticut guidelines for schools.

    An update in other recent cases: The quarantine period ends this weekend for students and staff associated with the 7th grade case and the 3rd grade case.  The 7th grade will return to in-person learning on Monday, March 1st.  Ms. Fischer’s 3rd grade class will transition back to in-person learning on Monday, March 1st.

    As always, thank you for your continued support and understanding. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.  

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Covid Update- Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

    February 26, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We received notification that three individuals at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School tested positive for Covid-19.  All three individuals have not recently attended school in person due family exposures and quarantine requirements.  We have carefully reviewed each case.  In consultation with our local department of health, we have determined that there are no close contacts associated with students or staff per CDC and Connecticut guidelines for schools.  

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Covid-19 Case- Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

    February 25, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We received notification that an individual at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School tested positive for Covid-19. This individual was last present in-person at school on Wednesday, February 17th.  In consultation with our local department of health, we have determined that there are no close contacts associated with students or staff per CDC and Connecticut guidelines for schools.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Covid-19 Case- Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

    February 24, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    This afternoon, we received notification that an individual at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School tested positive for Covid-19. This individual was last present in-person at school on Wednesday, February 17th. In consultation with our local department of health, we have determined that there are no close contacts associated with students or staff.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Covid-19 Cases: WHS and District

    February 23, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We received notification that two individuals have tested positive for Covid-19. Both individuals were last present in-person on Thursday, February 18th. One individual is associated with Westbrook High School.  The other individual is a district employee.

    A small number of students at the high school will need to quarantine as a result of one of the cases. There is no anticipated quarantine impact associated with the other case. All close contacts have been identified and contacted with instructions to quarantine per CDC and CT DPH guidelines. 

    We will continue to monitor these cases and provide updates as needed. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Covid-19 Case: Westbrook High School

    February 21, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    This afternoon, we received notification that an individual at Westbrook High School tested positive for Covid-19. This individual was last present in-person at school on Thursday, February 18th. 

    We are in the process of determining close contacts. All students and staff required to quarantine will be contacted this afternoon and evening with instructions per CDC and Connecticut guidelines for schools.

    We will continue to monitor this case and provide updates as needed. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Covid-19: Two Cases

    February 20, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    This afternoon, we received notification that an individual at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School and an individual at Westbrook Middle School tested positive for Covid-19. These individuals were last present in-person at school on Wednesday, February 17th. We are in the process of determining close contacts and anticipate an impact on staffing capacity as a result of quarantine requirements. As always, we are working closely with our local department of health. All students and staff required to quarantine will be contacted this afternoon and provided with instructions per CDC and Connecticut guidelines for schools.

    At Daisy Ingraham Elementary School, Ms. Fisher’s 3rd grade class will transition to remote learning. This class will return to in-person learning on Monday, March 1st.

    Due to the impact on staffing capacity at Westbrook Middle School, all 7th grade students will transition to remote learning. Grade 7 will return to in-person learning on Monday, March 1st.

    We will continue to monitor these cases and provide updates as needed. We are in the process of reaching out to students and staff this afternoon to provide additional instructions regarding quarantine for individuals who are identified as close contacts.

    As always, thank you for your continued support and understanding. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Case Update- Daisy Transitions to Remote 2/1-2/5

    January 30, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    Earlier this morning, we received notification that an individual at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School tested positive for Covid-19. This individual was last present in person at Daisy on Thursday, January 28th.  All students and staff required to quarantine have been contacted and provided with instructions per CDC and Connecticut guidelines for schools.

    Due to the impact on staffing at the elementary school, Daisy Ingraham Elementary School will operate in full remote learning mode starting on Monday, February 1st through Friday, February 5th.

    Potential weather related events aside, Westbrook High School and Westbrook Middle School return to full in-person mode on Monday, February 1st.

    In the event of a weather related closure this week, we will use one day as a traditional snow closure day, but transition to remote learning if multiple days are impacted and power outages are not an issue.

    As always, thank you for your continued support, understanding, and flexibility. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Covid-19 Case at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

    January 26, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    This morning, we received a notification that an individual at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School tested positive for Covid-19. This individual was last present in-person at the elementary school on Friday, January 22nd. This case impacts one 4th grade classroom that will transition to remote learning effective January 27th and return to in-person mode on February 2nd. All students and staff required to quarantine have been contacted, dismissed early today, and provided with instructions per CDC and Connecticut guidelines for schools.  

    As a reminder, if you or a family member start to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, are exposed to a positive case, or are awaiting test results, please inform the school nurse as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for guidance and clarification. Most importantly, please self-quarantine and choose remote learning until these concerns and questions are resolved. 

    As always, thank you for your continued support and understanding. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Westbrook Middle School- Remote Learning 1/21-1/29

    January 20, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    This afternoon, we received notification that an individual at Westbrook Middle School tested positive for Covid-19. This individual was last present in person at Westbrook Middle School on Tuesday, January 19th. After a review of close contacts in collaboration with our local health department, we have determined that this case requires 13 staff members and 13 students to quarantine. All students and staff required to quarantine have been contacted and provided with instructions per CDC and Connecticut guidelines for schools.

    Due to the impact on staffing at the middle school, Westbrook Middle School will transition to remote learning effective Thursday, January 21st to Friday, January 29th.  At this time, we anticipate the middle school returning to in-person operations on Monday, February 1st.

    We will continue to monitor this case and provide updates as needed.

    As a reminder, if you or a family member start to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, are exposed to a positive case, or are awaiting test results, please inform the school nurse as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for guidance and clarification. Most importantly, please self-quarantine and choose remote learning until these concerns and questions are resolved. 

    As always, thank you for your continued support and understanding. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • High School Transitions to Full Remote

    January 18, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    This afternoon, we received notification that an individual at Westbrook High School tested positive for Covid-19. This individual was last present in-person at Westbrook High School on Friday, January 15th.  We are in the process of determining close contacts and anticipate an impact on staffing capacity as a result of quarantine requirements. As always, we are working closely with our local department of health. All students and staff required to quarantine will be contacted this afternoon and provided with instructions per CDC and Connecticut guidelines for schools.

    Due to the impact on staffing at the high school, Westbrook High School will transition to full remote learning mode for this week (1/19-1/22) and next week (1/25-1/29).  

    Tomorrow, January 19th, the high school will follow a normal B-day schedule (not the remote schedule used in November). See full schedule below for reference.  Period 5 will begin remotely at 7:50 a.m. tomorrow morning.

    Based on current information, we anticipate that the high school will return to full in-person mode on Monday, February 1st.  

    Westbrook Middle School and Daisy Ingraham Elementary School are not impacted by this case. Westbrook Middle School will return to in-person operations tomorrow as planned.

    We will continue to monitor this case and provide updates as needed. Principal Winch and high school office staff will be reaching out to students and staff this afternoon to provide additional instructions regarding quarantine for individuals who are identified as close contacts.

    As always, thank you for your continued support and understanding. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Covid 19 Case- Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

    January 15, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We were notified of an individual at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School who has tested positive for Covid-19.  This individual last attended school in-person on January 12th.  After conferring with our local health department, we have determined that a small number of students and staff will quarantine in line with CT Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines.  All families and staff members impacted by this case have already been contacted.

    As a reminder, if you or a family member start to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, are exposed to a positive case, or are awaiting test results, please inform the school nurse as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for guidance and clarification. Most importantly, please self-quarantine and choose remote learning until these concerns and questions are resolved. 

    As always, student and staff health, safety and wellness are our highest priorities. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Positive Covid 19 case at Westbrook Middle School

    January 12, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    Early this morning, we received notification that an individual at Westbrook Middle School tested positive for Covid-19. This individual was last present in person at Westbrook Middle School on Friday, January 8th. After a comprehensive review of close contacts in collaboration with our local health department, we have determined that this case requires 11 staff members and 13 students to quarantine. All students and staff required to quarantine have been contacted and provided with instructions per CDC and Connecticut guidelines for schools.

    Due to the impact on staffing at the middle school, Westbrook Middle School will continue to operate in full remote learning mode for the remainder of this week and return to in-person operations on Tuesday, January 19th.

    Westbrook High School and Daisy Ingraham Elementary School are not impacted by this case and will remain in full in-person learning mode.

    We will continue to monitor this case and provide updates as needed.

    As always, thank you for your continued support and understanding. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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Superintendent Memo - May 5th, 2020

Dear Faculty, Staff, Parents and Guardians,

Late this morning, the Governor announced the final decision on school closure orders.  All CT K-12 schools will be closed for the rest of this school year.  Specifically, the Governor indicated that he is ordering all in-person classes at all K-12 public school facilities to be closed and that distance learning will be provided for the rest of the 2019-20 school year.  While that news has been announced, there will be more information and guidance on the impact of his decision regarding summer school programming and camps as well as other activities and programs in the coming weeks.  The Governor expects to have further guidance toward the end of May.  At this time, please be assured that distance learning continues and that we will continue to provide grab and go lunches for children up to age 18 years as ordered by the Governor.

The announcement cited as the best course of action for the safety of students, educators and staff was sympathetic toward high school seniors and their families.  Holding out the hope that high school seniors would be able to experience a few final weeks of their senior year including in-person graduation has been upper most in all of our minds including state and local officials.  However, the current circumstances and efforts to protect the safety of all made the decision no longer able to be delayed.  In Westbrook, we have been preparing for such an eventuality.  We have been collecting suggestions from families and seniors will be meeting virtually with their senior class advisor and graduation coordinator to share thoughts and ideas on how to best celebrate their graduation, scheduled for Friday, June 12th.  Finally, as we work to assure the most poignant means to honor our graduating seniors, we will share all of this at our next Board of Education online meeting on May 12th.  Please remember that those meetings are open to the public, log-in information will be posted with the Board's agenda on our website.

Again, please know that we understand that today's reality is difficult for everyone to fathom, but we know that students cannot learn successfully in an unsafe environment and that our faculty, staff and students are safest returning when the virus has been contained.  Until that time, we will all continue to work together as we have been since March 13th to keep engaging our students and presenting them with as much learning potential as we can provide to ensure progress for all toward a safe and successful eventual reopening.  Thank you.

 Update - School Closure - Covid19.pdf 

Letter from Westbrook Health Department - April 24th, 2020

I hope this letter finds you and your family in great health and comfort during this extraordinary time.  The purpose of this message is to bring awareness of responsibility during this COVID-19 pandemic in regards to Westbrook’s young adults, teenagers, and children.  COVID-19 infection persists in our community and remains in community transmission mode in the Connecticut. We all must continue to do our part in preventing further spread.

Read the entire letter from the health department:   4 24 20 Letter to Parents-Legal Guardians DPH.pdf 

Spring Break Announcement - April 3, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

It is my sincerest hope that everyone is fairing as well as can be expected in these trying times. Please know that the emotional well-being of our students and families are our highest priority as we continue to live with this serious health crisis. Administrators, teachers and student support personnel as well as office support staff continue to work remotely to assist you and your students.

After much deliberation and in consultation with the State Dept. of Education, the Governor’s requests and the Dept. of Public Health, I want to inform everyone that the upcoming spring break week will remain as a vacation week. As noted on the Board of Education approved 2019 – 20 school calendar, beginning on Friday, April 10th (Good Friday), our distance schooling schedule will stop for the week of April 13th through April 17th.

By the spring vacation week, we will have completed three weeks of intensive distance learning and it is my hope that a reflective break during the April vacation week will help to build upon the enthusiastic momentum we have begun. Your students have made impressive gains and we will benefit from using the break time to improve areas of weakness that we have identified in our new learning platform. Next week, our teachers and support staff will be helping your students to understand their learning expectations and their assignments during the break week.

In the coming days, please stand by for information on how we will continue to provide grab and go lunches for all children (ages 18 and younger) during the break week. For now, as we continue to wait for guidance on the indefinite school closure timeframe, I encourage you to use the coming vacation week (April 13th – April 17th) with your children to look forward to spring and a return to some sense of normalcy.

As we have all been directed, I hope you will take this opportunity to remain at home, to rest and catch up with your own families. With that, I wish you all a
happy spring holiday and a safe and restful April break. I know it is hard to think of this spring as the uplifting hopeful time that we usually look forward to, but maybe the little ones that I stop to see each day will help to cheer you and your families. As always, please contact me or your school administrator with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Patricia A. Ciccone

 Spring Break Week Announcement for Parents and Guardians 4-3-20 1.pdf 

Letter From Superintendent Ciccone Regarding Rollout of Distance Learning Plan - March 19, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:


Thank you for your patience since Friday’s school closure and going forward as I work with state and
local officials and our school administrators and teachers to implement the district’s planned and
practiced continuity of quality education platform for all of the children of Westbrook. Changes
impacting our plan have been often and rapid, including those emanating from state and federal guidelines
that we must follow. I know, as parents/guardians, that you are concerned about your child’s welfare and
education and that you are feeling a little frustrated right now about the vastness of the unknown.


I am happy to report now that the district is ready to activate its continuity of education platform on
Monday, March 23rd. A team of administrators, our lead curriculum teacher and staff have been working
to organize our hybrid distance learning platform which includes the use of our full G-Suite capabilities,
e.g. Google Classroom, Google Hangouts, etc. as well as hard copy materials and resources. Start-up
instructions for families will be in a forthcoming email from each principal specific to their students and
grade-levels. In the individual principals’ emails, you will also receive information about retrieving
personal belongings from schools, picking up textbooks or other resources and other information specific
to the distance learning process.


Attached to this message are several brief descriptions to help you begin to understand and prepare for
what will be available to your student(s) including: Summary of What Distance Learning Looks Like,
Technology Requirements, Getting Started With Instruction on Day One, Daily Learning Schedules,
Services for Students With Disabilities, Counseling Support Services for Students, and Teacher
Availability. Please understand that these summaries are meant only as initial information to give you an
idea of what the more specific details coming from principals and teachers will address.


Also, beginning on Monday, March 23rd, lunch for all students will be made available at Daisy
Ingraham’s front entrance. Lunches, which will be offered in a grab and go format, will be available
Monday – Friday, each week from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Daisy was chosen as the meal site because it
is on the 9-Town Transit bus route. At this time, all students (ages 18 and younger) are eligible to have
these lunches.


While the process of educating and supporting students remotely may seem daunting, it is more than
doable. I ask that you bear with us as we launch and remember that this is new ground for everyone.
Launching is necessary for us to identify weaknesses and develop our best practices in the coming days.
Know that we look forward to engaging our students in active learning consistent with our expectations
for quality education.


Sincerely,

Patricia A. Ciccone
Superintendent, Westbrook Public Schools

 Parent Community Informational Update 3-19-20.pdf 

Distance Learning Information

School Closings - March 23. 2020

Good Afternoon:

Please be advised that Westbrook Public Schools will be closed to public access beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th.  Due to the Governor’s Executive Order 7J, we are required to significantly reduce our in-person staffing to the minimum extent possible to continue our two essential services at this time: 

  • Operating a Continuation of Educational Opportunities Plan for our students, and
  • Operating a daily grab and go lunch service,

While we carry on with these essential functions, we will have limited in-person staff in our schools.  Therefore, our schools will be closed to public traffic for the foreseeable future beginning tomorrow.  If you have a compelling reason to request access to the schools, please call for an appointment with advanced notice. (Please note that distribution of materials outside of the high school will continue as planned tomorrow. Also distribution of Chromebooks for Daisy Students at the front entrance of the elementary school planned for the end of the week will also happen in a safe way.  More procedural details on Chromebook distribution at Daisy's front entrance will be issued in the middle of the week.

In other updates, we will continue with our grab and go lunch program at the front entrance of Daisy Ingraham Elementary School.  Each week, we will make bagged/sealed lunches available outside of the front entrance to Daisy from 12:30 p.m.to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. These are available to all of our students ages 18 and younger.

We have learned that Bill’s Seafood Restaurant will be offering a free takeout lunch alternative as well on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  They will make the lunches available at Bill’s Seafood Restaurant on those 3 days only from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Children ages 14 and younger will be eligible for those lunches.  Thank you.

Message from the First Selectman - March 23, 2020

MEMORANDUM
DATE: March 23, 2020
TO: All Town Hall Employees, Board and Commission Chairmen and Westbrook Residents
FROM: Noel Bishop, First Selectman
RE: Town Hall/Corona Virus Update


I want to provide an update on items of importance to all of us. Last week, we closed the Town Hall and
did a deep cleaning of our municipal facilities consistent with CDC guidelines to ensure the health of our
municipal staff. During this time, all vital services to the public were continued. This morning, all
Department Heads met and we reviewed how we will continue to perform core responsibilities without
any interruption of services to Westbrook residents.


I am enormously impressed with the commitment and teamwork that has been demonstrated by our
employees doing everything we can, consistent with Governor Lamont’s various Executive Orders.
To continue essential town services, the Town Hall is staffed with the following procedures. The
doors of the building will be locked, and ALL members of the public will need to make an appointment
with the appropriate department regarding their concerns. Whenever possible, specific issues should
be discussed with the employee by telephone or email thereby minimizing social contact. If
necessary, a time can be arranged with an employee to meet with you in person to assist with your
issue.


The Director of Health and I have participated in Governor Lamont’s almost daily press briefings.
Additionally, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Governments, I have received
communication from the other 17 towns and the above protocol for Westbrook’s municipal offices is
consistent with what many of my colleagues are doing in their respective municipalities. To date, four of
the towns have already totally closed their offices. Also, the Superintendent of Schools and I have been
in daily contact with messages that she is communicating to parents.


My office has issued several communications that have been posted on our website; social media when
appropriate and the Director of Health and I recorded a program last week at the Valley Shore
Community Television studio that is also on our website reinforcing all of the CDC guidelines for how to
mitigate this serious virus. There has been and will continue to be constant communication with
frequent updates.


I have been in contact with our local restaurants and, as per the Governor’s orders, only take-out service
is available. I encourage you to give them and all of our Westbrook businesses your support.
Additionally, in a conversation with Vin Capece, President and CEO, Middlesex Health, they are prepared
to care for individuals but request that your primary care physician be your first point of contact if you
are experiencing any symptoms of the Corona Virus. Please go directly to the Emergency Room if your
symptoms appear to be acute.


The Director of Health, in conjunction with Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7B, recommends no inperson Board/Commission meetings in Town Hall but rather Board members and the public must participate in meetings via teleconferencing or video call. The logistics of that are still being finalized. I
would request that all of our Boards/Commissions, unless absolutely necessary, do not schedule any
meetings until further notice; with the exception of the Board of Finance that will need to continue their
budget deliberations but with restrictions.


Finally, on a personal note, my wife, Kit, and I try to take a walk everyday and take a deep breath and
reflect for a moment that during this time of crisis, we live in Westbrook; a community that cares very
deeply about family, neighborhoods and friends. We are all in this together.


The Governor’s central message is “stay home, stay safe”. Please see the town’s website at
www.westbrookct.us or click https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Coronavirus/COVID-19-FAQs.pdf?la=en for
additional information.


As all of us know, the status of the virus and its impact on our communities might necessitate a
change in the above procedures and protocols.


Thank you.

 

 corona march 23 2020.pdf 

Daily Lunch Reminder - March 22, 2020

This message is a reminder that Westbrook Public Schools will be serving grab and go lunches to all students beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 23rd.  The lunches will be available for one hour from12:30pm to 1:30pm.  The lunches may be picked up at the front entrance of Daisy Ingraham Elementary School.  Please note that there will be instructions on how to grab the bagged, sealed lunches at the meal site.  For more information on what the lunches will be please visit our COVID19 web page by going to www.westbrookctschools.org and clicking on the web page address in the big red banner at the top of the page.  Thank you, and remember all of our Westbrook students are eligible for a lunch.

Town Hall to Re-Open - March 19, 2020

The Town Hall was closed this past week on advice of our Health Director in order to conduct a thorough cleaning of our municipal buildings, according to CDC guidelines, to ensure the safety of our employees and the public.  During this time, vital services to the public have continued: constables have been on duty; VNA nurses and first responders have been available.   The Town Clerk, Building Official, Director of Health, Finance Office and Selectman’s Office staff have continued with their responsibilities.  The Director of Health and I have been in daily contact and have been monitoring all Press Conferences and Executive Orders from the Governor regarding guidelines on meeting the tremendous needs of this health emergency. 

As First Selectman, I realize the importance and responsibility that your local government has, as one major point of contact for information and support during this crisis.

To continue essential town services, the Town Hall will re-open on Monday, 3/23/20 at 9:00 a.m. with the following procedure.  The doors of the building will be locked, and ALL members of the public will need to make an appointment with the appropriate department regarding their concerns.  Whenever possible, specific issues should be discussed with the employees by telephone or email thereby minimizing social contact.  If necessary, a time can be arranged with an employee to meet with you in person to assist with your issue.  This is a protocol that several other municipal governments have adopted.

We need to finalize procedures for meetings of our Boards and Commissions consistent with Governor Lamont’s Emergency Orders and Freedom of Information guidelines. 

To reiterate, the Town Hall will be open, by appointment, phone, or email only.  The Senior Center, Park and Rec. programs and the Library will remain closed until further notice.  These are the necessary health procedures that we must take to limit the potential spread of the virus.

We appreciate your patience, support and cooperation. 

Noel Bishop, First Selectman

Zachary Faiella, Director of Health

 corona reopen march 19 2020 FINAL.pdf 

Town of Westbrook & Westbrook Public Schools Coronavirus Impact Update - March 17, 2020

As you know, a State of National Emergency and a Declaration of Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergency have been declared throughout the United States. We urge you, during this time, to act responsibly and do your part to prevent the transmission of the virus. The Town of Westbrook is asking residents to take social distancing very seriously. Through distancing we will slow the spread of COVID-19. The sick among us will be treated, the spread of the virus will slow and we will reach a point where recoveries outnumber new cases.

Please continue to adhere to the established protocols (hand washing, avoid shaking hands, stay home if you are sick, etc.) that are on the Director of Health’s website, www.westbrookct.us. Please note the following:

• School may be out but this is absolutely not the time for parties, sleep-overs, or playdates, no matter the size. Parents play a crucial role in their child’s whereabouts and are advised to keep their children home.

• People may go outside to recreate, but do not congregate with others and refrain from visiting areas where people may have recently congregated such as playgrounds.

• Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (cell phones, remote controls).

• If you do not have to go out, stay home. If possible, stay home from work.

• If you are over 60 or have a serious underlying health condition, stay home and away from people.

• If someone in your household is sick with a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please self-isolate for 14 days and contact your physician. Do not rush to the Emergency Room. • Only travel if it is essential (seeking medical care or food).

The Westbrook community is a family. We are connected and know that your health, safety and well-being are our primary objectives. Together we can manage these challenging times as a community.

If you have any questions please contact the Westbrook Health Department by phone at 860-399-9869 or by email at ZFaiella@WestbrookCT.us or the Town of Westbrook website: www.westbrookct.us.

For more information, visit www.ct.gov/coronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019ncov/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2Findex.html

Noel Bishop, First Selectman, Zachary Faiella, Director of Health and Pat Ciccone, Superintendent of Schools

 

 Town Schools Virus Update 3-17-20.pdf 

Superintendent Memo - March 13, 2020

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

 

 School Closure Letter to Parent Guardian 3-13-20.pdf 

Superintendent Memo - March 9. 2020

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