English Learner Parent Advisory Council (ELPAC) 

English Learner Parent Advisory Council (ELPAC) 

Meeting Date: January 25, 2022

Time: 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Topic: ELPAC January 25, 2022 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://zoom.us/j/91955416748?pwd=dWxleTZXR3Nic3RzaG9kT01YTEFLQT09

Passcode: 419236

ELPAC Agenda Items: 

  1. ELPAC description
  2. Imagine Learning Literacy Program Invite
  3. Public Comment 

Next ELPAC Meeting Date: March 29, 2022

On November 22, 2017, Governor Baker signed into law the Language Opportunity for Our Kids Act (LOOK Act). The goal of this new law is to improve the education of English learners (ELs). The law has created more opportunities for input from parents and guardians of English learners in language acquisition programs.

The success of ELPACs depends on building supportive and trusting collaborative partnerships among and between parents, school staff and leaders, and community members. Please go to http://www.doe.mass.edu/ell/look-act.html for more information on ELPACs.

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STOP THE STIGMA DAY

MALDEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES “STOP THE STIGMA DAY” WITH MALDEN OVERCOMING ADDICTION

In collaboration with Malden Overcoming Addiction, the Malden Public Schools is pleased to announce the annual “STOP THE STIGMA DAY” to be held on March 9, 2022.

Malden Overcoming Addiction (MOA) is a community partner whose mission is to connect the community with addiction support and recovery services, remove the stigma of addiction, and fight to eliminate overdose fatalities in Malden and surrounding communities.

The annual MOA “Stop The Stigma Day” is about “leveraging the collective power of Malden’s community to bring attention to the stigma surrounding addiction.”

Malden Overcoming Addiction has brought the “Stop the Stigma Day” into the Malden Public Schools for the last six years (excluding pandemic).  Using social media and personal appearances as platforms they advocate that our young people help us all take a step forward in eliminating the stigma that surrounds addiction. Our aim is to create a safer and more supportive environment for recovery and prevention.

Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics

All Vaccines and Doses (1st, 2nd and Booster) Available!

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Malden Public Schools Closed on Friday, January 7, 2022

Malden Public Schools Families and Caregivers,

Malden Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, January 7, 2022 due to the predicted weather conditions. This includes the cancellation of all activities scheduled. All schools, after school programs, after school activities, and offices will be closed. We will resume classes on Monday, January 10, 2022 which will be a regular day for all students.

We hope you stay safe and warm on this snow day!

Sincerely,

Dr. Noriega-Murphy
Superintendent

Message from MPS School Nursing Staff

To the MPS community,    

Happy New Year 2022!!!

Our schools will be open tomorrow, Monday, January 3, 2022 to welcome our students. 

If a student is not feeling well or exhibits COVID-19 symptoms prior to the start of school, they should stay home and seek further medical guidance, which may include COVID-19 testing.  It is essential to stay home if one is not feeling well. 

The Indoor Mask Mandate remains in effect for all individuals regardless of vaccination status. Masks are a highly effective means of mitigating spread and a minimally invasive means of helping us to maintain in person instruction.  

Over the last few days, the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health have published revised guidelines for addressing COVID+ cases and close contacts.  In light of these new recommendations, we are reaching out to share some information and reinforce previous recommendations as we prepare to resume classes tomorrow, Monday January 3, 2022.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health revised protocols went into effect on December 30, 2021. These can be accessed by clicking this link:

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/isolation-and-quarantine-guidance-for-the-general-public

We will continue our In-School Testing Program within the capacity of medical staff.  You can only take part if you are signed up through the CIC website.  We encourage you to sign-up as soon as possible in case your student is identified as close contact. The link to sign up is below:

Digital Consent Form

We continue to strongly encourage those who are medically able to get the COVID vaccine. Additionally, we strongly encourage all who are eligible, ages 16 and older, to get a COVID vaccine booster. Early data indicates that vaccines and boosters are a highly effective means to prevent serious illness.

Lastly, we have received a large number of emails regarding students and staff that have tested positive over the break.   Please be patient as we process all of your messages as the guidelines changed in the middle of the break.  

If anyone tested positive on or before December 28, 2021,  students are clear to resume school on January 3, 2021 per the new DPH/DESE guidelines, as long as they have been fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication and have improvement in symptoms.  It is imperative that persons testing positive are diligent with wearing a mask at all times when  around others within the 10 day window.    

If you have any questions, please contact your school.

Sincerely,

MPS School Nursing Staff

Invitation to Join Committees

Dear Malden Public Schools Community:

We are excited to invite you to participate in one of following four committees:
1) Equity
2) Code of Conduct
3) District Student Handbook PreK-12
4) Caregiver Resource Guide

These committees are being formed to further explore and address themes from our conversations with students, parents / caregivers, staff, and community members. We expect committees to meet bi-weekly beginning in January 2022. The sign-up form is posted today December 22, 2021 and will remain open until January 6, 2022.

To sign up for a committee, please complete this google form. We look forward to working collaboratively with you on these committees and hope you will join us!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Noriega-Murphy
Superintendent

Superintendent’s Message

Dear Malden Public Schools Families and Caregivers,

As we approach the Winter Break, I want to thank you for your support and perseverance through the first half of the 2021-22 school year. Your patience and understanding have been incredibly helpful as we have continued to learn more about the district.

The upcoming break can be a great time to rest, recharge, and get ready for the remainder of the school year. I have been impressed with the effort our students and staff have demonstrated to learn and grow. Let’s keep up the great work!

I also wanted to remind our families and caregivers that there will be an 11 a.m. school dismissal on Thursday, December 23, to start the winter break. School will then resume on Monday, January 3, 2021.

We had initially planned to hold another parent/caregivers meeting on December 21st, but since we do not have any new information to present, this meeting has been canceled. The information that was presented at the December 14, 2021 meeting can be found on our website at Maldenps.org

We will continue to work together with the Malden Board of Health to ensure safety in our schools. We strongly encourage our families to sign up their children for our COVID-19 In-School Testing program, which you can do by using this Digital Consent Form

I hope you have a safe, restful, and wonderful holiday season!

 

Sincerely,

Ligia Noriega-Murphy
Superintendent

COVID Checklist and Information about Our In-School COVID Testing Program

Everyone can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by:

– Doing Daily Symptom Checks
– Keeping students home when they are sick
– Having students wear a mask to school indoors & during recess
– Practicing frequent hand washing
– Avoiding crowds
– Maintaining social distance whenever possible
– Getting vaccinated
– Signing students up for Malden’s In-School Testing Program

Malden Public Schools In-School Testing Program
Please sign your student up by visiting: https://tinyurl.com/339zv87t

Symptomatic Testing
If your student becomes symptomatic during the school day, they are able to be tested immediately and results arrive within 15 minutes.

Routine COVID -19 Safety Checks
Your student will participate in weekly “pooled” testing. Samples are collected in small groups and students may self-test if able. Samples are sent for testing and most results arrive within 48 hours. If any of the pool tests positive, families are notified and students are tested individually to identify the positive person(s).

Test & Stay
This option is available for unvaccinated close contacts who are identified to a positive Covid case while in school. If previously consented, the students may participate in daily testing for 7 days before school. If the result is negative, they are allowed to go to class.

You can also register for upcoming Malden COVID Vaccination Clinics at: https://tinyurl.com/2peb5afb

Caregivers Webinar

Malden Public Schools Caregivers Webinar Today – December 14, 2021

Superintendent Noriega-Murphy would like to invite you to attend the Malden Public Schools Caregivers Zoom Webinar today, Tuesday, December 14 at 6:00 pm.

The ZOOM link is provided below:

We look forward to seeing you.

Malden Public Schools Virtual Community Meetings Today – December 13, 2021

Superintendent Noriega-Murphy would like to invite you to attend the virtual community meetings on Equity & Diversity scheduled for today, December 13 at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.  If you have any questions, please contact us via email at equity@maldenps.org.

The ZOOM links are provided below:

We look forward to seeing you.