Welcome Back to School!

Dear Malden Public Schools Families and Caregivers,

We have had a great first three days of the school year! Overall, we have seen an 84% attendance rate across the district.

Our ninth-grade students were welcomed to their new building by teachers and staff, who clapped and cheered for them as they entered school on the first day. They were then welcomed by upperclassmen, who served as ambassadors to help students get accustomed to their new routines.

Our students in grades 1-8 have been happy to get back to school and see their friends again. The positive energy has been inspiring! It was especially fun to see students in our Early Learning Center come to school so excited to learn, with their colorful backpacks and school supplies.

Our new and returning teachers have worked together to prepare their classrooms and make them inviting for our students. Our principals, assistant principals, and school staff worked all summer long to ensure our schools would be safe and ready for students to return. They have moved mountains to get to where we are today—and their efforts are appreciated by our entire community.

We look forward to welcoming our Kindergarteners for their first day of school tomorrow, Wednesday, September 8th! We are excited to continue working with our amazing students.

Sincerely,

Ligia Noriega-Murphy
Superintendent

Happy Labor Day!

Happy #LaborDay! Today is a time to reflect on & celebrate the contributions of American workers. We look forward to seeing our students back in our buildings tomorrow!

Wednesday September 8th: Welcome back Kindergarten!

We’re thrilled to welcome back our students in preK & grades 1-12.

Kindergarten students start school Wednesday 9/8. Let’s get the school year off to a fantastic start!

September is College Savings Month!

September is College Savings Month! There are a number of ways you can save for your child’s college education, starting from an early age.  Here are some tips for getting started: https://studentaid.gov/sites/default/files/saving-early.pdf

No School Friday, September 3rd or Monday, September 6th.

We wanted to send along a quick reminder that there is NO SCHOOL today or Monday. We hope our families enjoy the Labor Day weekend.

We will see everyone back in school Tuesday, September 7.

Questions and Answers from Back-To-School Caregiver Virtual Meeting on August 24, 2021

Please check the folowing link for the Questions and Answers from the Back-To-School Caregiver Virtual Meeting on August 24, 2021:
https://maldenps.org/questions-and-answers-from-back-to-school-caregiver-virtual-meeting-on-august-24-2021/

Back-To-School Caregiver Virtual Meeting 8/24 @ 6PM

Caregiver Virtual Back-to-School Virtual Meeting 

Malden Public Schools families and caregivers are invited to join us via
Zoom to learn more about what to expect at the start of the 2021-22
school year. You’ll also have opportunities to ask questions of MPS

administrators and staff.

You are not alone—we will be with you every step of the way as we work
together to return to school. We look forward to your participation!

Tuesday, August 24

6:00-7:00PM

Join HERE via Zoom

Meeting ID: 99140539331
Passcode: kF80C5

Download (PDF, 5.36MB)

Staff Back to School Virtual Meeting

MPS Staff Back to School Virtual Meeting

All staff are warmly invited to join us via Zoom to learn more about our
start to the 2021-22 school year! You’ll also have opportunities to ask

questions to make sure you have what you need.

Please know that we cannot do what we do without your continued
dedication, support and perseverance. Your feedback is very important.

Monday, August 23

4:30-6:00p.m.

Join HERE Via Zoom
Meeting ID:93251213308
Passcode: k2EzN6

Download (PDF, 5.37MB)

Back to School Information

Dear Malden Public Schools Families and Caregivers,

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year!

We are thrilled to welcome back our students for full-time, in-person learning. As your new superintendent, I am eager to get to know all of you and your students.

The first day of school for grades PreK, 1-12 is Wednesday, September 1. Our kindergarten students will begin Wednesday, September 8. For further dates and information, please visit https://maldenps.org/calendar.

I want to thank our caregivers for taking our recent district survey. As you expressed to us through the survey and in other forums, some of you are understandably nervous about your students attending school. Please know that we are implementing all possible safety measures and following public health guidance to ensure the health and safety of all of our students and staff.

Through the survey, we also learned that more than 63% of our families were very or somewhat comfortable with returning to in-person learning. Cited as the most important factors were the district following public health guidance, the regular cleaning and sanitizing of spaces, universal mask usage, and sanitizing supplies being available. We have incorporated this feedback into our reopening plans.

Within our buildings, there will be a number of health and safety measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the Delta variant. These measures include:

  • Upon approval from the School Committee, information about masking will be communicated to all staff and families.
  • Per federal requirements, anyone riding a school bus or public transportation will need to wear a mask at all times.
  • All students and staff will be asked to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If they are feeling sick, they should stay home from school. If they are experiencing symptoms of the virus, they should consult a healthcare professional and notify the school office.
  • We will continue to stress the importance of proper handwashing. No-touch hand sanitizer units will be available throughout our buildings.
  • Recent studies Malden Public Schools Indoor Air Quality Study and Recommendations and Malden Public Schools Indoor Air Quality Study and Recommendations – ELC & Beebe; indicate that air quality in all of our buildings exceeds the required standards.
  • School nurses will be on-hand to assist students and families.
  • Custodians will continue to thoroughly clean and disinfect all buildings after each school day.
  • District administration meets weekly with Malden Board of Health Director Chris Webb to ensure we are taking the proper steps to keep our school community safe.
  • We hired one (1) additional social worker per school to support students with mental, socio-emotional learning needs.
  • We also hired 5 full-time bilingual Family Liaisons and 2 part-time family liaisons to support families, caregivers, and teachers.

In the coming weeks, we will announce more opportunities for eligible students and community members to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Increasing our local vaccination rates will help us reduce the spread of the virus and keep our schools open.

For the latest news and updates regarding our reopening plan and health and safety protocols, please visit https://maldenps.org/reopening/. You can also direct questions through email to mpsreopening2021@maldenps.org.

In other exciting news, a licensed state-of-the-art Student-Based Health Center (SBHC), the “Starr Center” at Malden High School will open this fall! Specifically, American Rescue Plan Act funding will be used to renovate and build out a space adjacent to the Nurse’s Office to accommodate exam rooms, consultation areas and offices that will comply with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health standards. The aim of the SBHC is to provide primary care and behavioral health care to students in an environment that is trusted and immediately accessible.

The center will be free of charge and serve as part of our high school’s health delivery system. Working with Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), the Starr Center will further enhance the existing school health program and work cooperatively within the school community to become an integral part of the setting. The health center will provide easy access to health care while also connecting families to other resources and services in the community.

Thank you for your support, understanding, and flexibility as we continue to navigate the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school office.

I am inviting you to join me for a school opening day zoom meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at 6:00pm. Please check the website for access to the link.

I am looking forward to a great and amazing 2021-22 school year!

 

Sincerely,

Ligia Noriega-Murphy
Superintendent

Caregiver Survey

Dear Malden Families,

As we continue to plan for the upcoming school year, there are many factors to consider when it comes to creating school environments that ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff.

Now, we are looking for your input and feedback to assist us with this important process. Please complete our anonymous survey, available at this link: http://www.maldensurvey.org.

The survey is open through Monday, August 9, and takes about 5 minutes to complete. Your input is crucial to helping us ensure we maintain healthy teaching and learning environments for everyone in our buildings on a daily basis.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you in advance for your participation!

 

Sincerely,

Ligia Noriega-Murphy
Superintendent