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Daisy to Return to Full In-Person Learning Mon., Dec. 7, 2020

Return to Full In Person Learning Monday 12/7/2020

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Staff,

Over the last several weeks, all three schools have been operating in remote, e-learning mode as a result of an increase of Covid-19 cases in the Westbrook community identified by the Connecticut Department of Health in the widely publicized Connecticut Covid-19 Data Tracker and in conjunction with published guidance from the Connecticut Department of Public Health in the Town-Level Covid Response Framework.  Most recent guidance from Governor Lamont, the Connecticut Department of Education, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health encourages superintendents and local health department officials to reconsider this framework in conjunction with internal health metrics directly related to student and staff cases of Covid-19 and potential staff shortages as a result of quarantines.  

After reviewing the latest Covid-19 community case report, internal school data related to active Covid-19 cases, and staffing capacity with Westbrook Health Director Zachary Faiella, we have decided to return to school for full, in person learning at all schools beginning Monday, December 7, 2020.  

We appreciate your continued patience and support. It is our priority to operate our schools in person as much as possible this year, but we will always carefully consider external and internal health metrics to ensure we do so in the safest way possible for our students and staff. We understand the hardship and inconvenience that the uncertainty and shifts in school modes causes for our families, staff, and community.  We will continue to update you with the latest information and to notify you of changes to school modes as soon as possible.

Sincerely

Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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Recognizing a child's birthday is a very special part of growing up and this can be done in a thoughtful way in school, without the need for sugary treats to be sent in from home.  We will help our students celebrate their special day in a variety of ways, which may include:
  • Giving that child a special responsibility or classroom job that day.
  • Having birthday stickers or crowns for the birthday child, as is age appropriate.
  • Recognizing the child with thoughtful messages from peers and teachers during Morning Meeting and/or illustrating and writing special messages, etc.
  • Gifting the birthday child with a choice of a "Birthday Book" from the office (handled in a safe manner).
  • Any other special ideas to help the child feel extra-special on that day that teachers may devise.
Please note that:
  • Edible treats cannot be sent in from home.
  • We don't expect families to send in any items, but some may choose to send in individual bubble containers, stickers, pencils or other inedible items that children can enjoy individually, after being sanitized.
  • Our school cannot send home birthday invitations to families for events that may be planned outside of school.

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  • Return to Full In Person Learning Monday 12/7/2020

    Thursday, December 3, 2020

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Staff,

    Over the last several weeks, all three schools have been operating in remote, e-learning mode as a result of an increase of Covid-19 cases in the Westbrook community identified by the Connecticut Department of Health in the widely publicized Connecticut Covid-19 Data Tracker and in conjunction with published guidance from the Connecticut Department of Public Health in the Town-Level Covid Response Framework.  Most recent guidance from Governor Lamont, the Connecticut Department of Education, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health encourages superintendents and local health department officials to reconsider this framework in conjunction with internal health metrics directly related to student and staff cases of Covid-19 and potential staff shortages as a result of quarantines.  

    After reviewing the latest Covid-19 community case report, internal school data related to active Covid-19 cases, and staffing capacity with Westbrook Health Director Zachary Faiella, we have decided to return to school for full, in person learning at all schools beginning Monday, December 7, 2020.  

    We appreciate your continued patience and support. It is our priority to operate our schools in person as much as possible this year, but we will always carefully consider external and internal health metrics to ensure we do so in the safest way possible for our students and staff. We understand the hardship and inconvenience that the uncertainty and shifts in school modes causes for our families, staff, and community.  We will continue to update you with the latest information and to notify you of changes to school modes as soon as possible.

    Sincerely

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
  • Communication from Kristina J. Martineau, Supt.

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We were informed that a staff member at Westbrook Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19. This staff member has been working remotely since our transition to distance learning and there are no known exposures or close contacts associated with Westbrook Public Schools. The individual has been instructed by their local health department to quarantine per CDC guidelines. This information was also shared with our Westbrook Health Director, Zach Faiella. 

    I will continue to update you if we receive information regarding positive cases of Covid-19 and any potential impact on our day to day operations due to staff shortages and quarantine requirements.

    We ask that you continue to encourage your children to practice good hand-washing hygiene, wear face masks, and to practice social distancing per CDC guidelines. As a reminder, if you or a family member start to exhibit symptoms of the COVID-19, please reach out to your physician and inform your child’s school nurse as soon as possible. If you would like further information on COVID-19, please go to the Westbrook Public Schools website at www.westbrookctschools.org.

    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

    Covid Info
  • Confirmed Covid-19 Case of Individual Associated with Westbrook Middle School

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    This afternoon, we were informed that a student at Westbrook Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19. The student has been instructed by the Westbrook Health Department to quarantine per CDC guidelines.  As always, we continue to work closely with our Westbrook Health Director, Zach Faiella, to conduct tracing of close contacts and to determine next steps. If further information develops that impacts school operations beyond what is communicated here, I will send out a follow-up communication as soon as possible. 

    We ask that you continue to encourage your children to practice good hand-washing hygiene, wear face masks, and to practice social distancing per CDC guidelines. As a reminder, if you or a family member start to exhibit symptoms of the COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath, coughing, new loss of taste or smell, headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, for example), please reach out to your physician and inform your child’s school nurse. If you would like further information on COVID-19, please go to the Westbrook Public Schools website at www.westbrookctschools.org.

    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

    Covid Info
  • Remote Instruction Continued

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Staff,
    I trust this email finds you comfortably full and relaxed after yesterday’s Thanksgiving feast. I hope you continue with a safe and enjoyable weekend.

    When we return on Monday, Westbrook Public Schools will remain in remote instruction. The conditions for opening the schools will continue to be evaluated by Health Director Zack Faiella and Superintendent Kristina Martineau based on our health data and appropriate staffing.

    It has been an honor to serve the Westbrook school community for the past five months. As Dr. Martineau starts her tenure on Tuesday,  December 1st, I wish you all the very best as you move forward in this most unusual year. 

    This is a great school district.

    Sincerely,
    Patricia Charles
    Interim Superintendent

    Covid Info
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case of an individual associated with Westbrook High School

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

     

    This message is to inform you that we have identified a confirmed COVID-19 case of an individual associated with Westbrook High School.  The school is working closely with our Westbrook Health Director, Zach Faiella. It has been determined that there is no additional exposure to students or staff attending our schools.

     

    Due to legal considerations, we cannot provide any additional information to you about the identity of the individual who tested positive. We ask that you continue to encourage your children to practice good hand-washing hygiene, wear face masks in the proper manner, and practice social distancing.

     

    In regard to COVID-19 testing, the Town is actively working to bring a testing site to Westbrook.  For the latest testing information, please visit the United Way of CT 211 website. 

    https://uwc.211ct.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/

     

    On this website, you can choose different testing options, such as Rapid Testing, Pediatric Testing, Asymptomatic Testing, and Walk-Up Sites. Specific businesses/organizations who are holding testing sites, include:

    ·         CVS in Clinton, Old Saybrook, Guilford, East Lyme, Niantic, Waterford, Middletown, and Cromwell.

    The CVS website for Testing registration is: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing

    ·         Community Health CenterInc is offering testing on a number of days in different Towns such as Old Saybrook, Portland, and Middletown. 

    Community Health Center’s COVID Testing Hotline can be reached at 475-241-0740

    Community Health Center’s Testing website is: https://www.chc1.com/covid-19-testing/

     

    We would also like to emphasize the 3 key steps to take regarding testing and what you and your family should do when waiting for your results.

     

    1.    Stay home and monitor your health.

    A.    If you’ve been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you must stay home and away from others for 14 days after your last close contact with that person. Refrain from attending school, work, sport activities, or gatherings.

    B.    If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home and away from others (except to get medical care).

    C.   If you are not sick with symptoms of COVID-19 and you cannot stay home while you wait for your test results, you should wear a mask when out in public and avoid gatherings with people who are not in your immediate household, are over 65 years old, or have medical conditions that place them at increased risk for COVID-19.

     

    2.    Think about the people you have recently been around. See attached CDC document, where you can create a list of people and activities you’ve participated in recently. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/3key-steps-when-waiting-for-COVID-19-results_508.pdf

     

    3.    Answer the phone call from the Health Department. Discussions with Health Department staff are confidential and are critical in controlling COVID-19 in our community.


    If you or a family member start to exhibit symptoms of the COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath, coughing, new loss of taste or smell, headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, for example), please reach out to your physician and inform your child’s school nurse. If you would like further information on COVID-19, please go to the Westbrook Public Schools website at www.westbrookctschools.org or to the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
     
    Our students’ safety is our highest priority. We appreciate your support as we work through this challenging time together.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Patricia Charles                                             

    Interim Superintendent

     

    Zachary Faiella

    Westbrook Director of Health

    Covid Info
  • Westbrook Public Schools - Remote Learning Extended

    November 19, 2020

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff and Students,

    I hope that this communication finds you and your family healthy.  Unfortunately, our COVID metrics for this week are not.  We continue to have an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Westbrook. Today’s update by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) indicates that Westbrook’s 14-day average of new cases per 100,000 population per day is 34.1 per 100,000.  In alignment with the guidelines in the DPH and Connecticut State Department of Education’s (CSDE) Addendum 4, we will continue to remain in distance learning for another week, and until Westbrook’s COVID-19 public health indicators trend in a more positive direction.

    Please know how impressed I am with our district’s ability to smoothly switch to distance learning.  Teachers felt far more prepared to make this change this year when considering last year’s move to remote learning.  We have learned a lot over the past few months and continue to improve how to offer engaging programs to our students in a virtual environment.

    As we move into Thanksgiving week, please remain safe and continue with the safety precautions identified to minimize the spread of this virus:

    • Wash your hands often.
    • Avoid close contact.
    • Remember to cover your mouth and nose with a mask.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
    • Monitor your health daily and be alert for symptoms of COVID such as fever, cough, shortness of breath
    • Consider celebrating at home with only the people you live with
    • Consider celebrating virtually (online) with people you do not live with, as gathering with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVIDF-19 or the flu

    We look forward to being safely back together in school as soon as possible.  In the meanwhile, I will keep in touch with any updates.

    Although our gatherings may be smaller this year, we are thankful that with mitigation strategies we can protect ourselves and our loved ones and look forward to a vaccine in the near future!

    Sincerely,

    Patricia Charles                                                         

    Interim Superintendent

    Westbrook Public Schools

    Covid Info
  • Daisy To Go To Full Remote Learning on Friday, November 13, 2020

    Dear Daisy Families,

    As you have been notified by Interim Superintendent Dr. Patricia Charles, Daisy Ingraham School will move to full Remote Learning, effectively immediately, on Friday, November 13, 2020, joining Westbrook Middle and High Schools, which have already been in full Remote Learning.

    As difficult as this is to shift immediately to Remote Learning for both students and staff, it is what we must do, based on the metrics released late this afternoon by the Department of Public Health.  Westbrook's positive COVID cases jumped dramatically, placing us in the red zone with a rate of 25.8 per 100,000.

    Above all, we want to keep our students and staff as safe as possible.  We have certainly enjoyed the first eleven weeks of school when we were able to offer full in-person learning and we look forward to when we can come back to in-person learning again.

    Please know that our teachers have been practicing with our students for remote learning and all students in kindergarten through fourth-grade have already taken their Chromebooks home.  We will contact preschool families about the push-out of Chromebooks for our three- and four-year-old students.  For the first day of Full Remote Learning on Friday, November 13, we ask families to have their students sign on to their Google Classrooms in grades K-4, where their schedules will be posted.  For preschoolers, parents should sign into their Class Dojo accounts.

    Distance Learning will look different than what we did last spring because our students have learned so much and grown in their technical abilities and our teachers have perfected their digital crafts.  Our students' school day will run from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm with a common lunch/recess time for families from noon to 1 pm.  We thought it would be nice for families with students at multiple grade levels to be able to enjoy lunch at the same time.  Teachers have posted the daily schedules for students in Google Classroom and Class Dojo.  While much of the teaching will be live by our teachers, there will also be a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning as we don't expect our young students to sit at a computer all day.  There will be time for physical activity, recess, specials and the like as well as academics.  Our teachers will guide our students through this slightly revised schedule, which actually mirrors their daily schedule in school.

    There will also be an opportunity for families to purchase lunch for students through a "Grab & Go" model.  If you are interested in ordering a lunch for your child, which consists of a turkey or ham sandwich; vegetable; apple; and white or chocolate milk; please call our school office before 10 am, at 860-399-7925.  Lunch can be picked up between noon and 1 pm in our front circle.

    If your child receives special services, these will also be offered online.  We will notify you when there are instructional materials available for you to pick up as well, to help support your child's education.  Please don't be concerned if you don't have everything you feel you need on the very first day.  We will improvise, use the technology that our students and staff have become so proficient at, and we will continue to provide any additional materials that may be necessary.

    As always, thank you so much for all you do to support your child's education in such challenging times.  Please let me know your questions and concerns; we are here to help you.  Although we will so miss having your children physically with us each day and we will also miss seeing so many families at drop-off and pick-up each day, this is what we must do for the immediate future to keep everyone safe.

    Please know that we understand the hardship that this may place on families, but remember that we're all in this together.  Please give your children a hug from their teachers and me tonight and let them know that we'll see them in the morning, on line.

    Warmly,

    Ruth W. Rose, Principal 

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • Westbrook Public Schools Move to Remote Learning

    Dear Westbrook Public Schools Families and Staff,

    This afternoon the Department of Public Health released the data for COVID-19 cases in towns across the state.  Health Director Zach Faiella reported that Westbrook's cases per 100,000 have jumped dramatically to 25.8 placing us immediately in the remote learning category.  
     
    Effective tomorrow all students will move to distance learning.  New metrics from DPH come out every Thursday and we will re-evaluate our learning mode based on those metrics and our ability to fully staff our buildings.  The increase in positive cases has had an impact on the district's human resources.
     
    I know these are trying times and I recognize this short notice creates a scramble for our families.  However, by responding quickly we hope to stem the spread of this infection before the upcoming holidays.
     
    I will continue to keep you updated for our return to school.  I thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we work together for the benefit of our school community and town.
     
    Sincerely,
    Patricia Charles, Ed.D
    Interim Superintendent
    Westbrook Public Schools
    860-399-6432
    Covid Info
  • Westbrook's increase in Covid-19 Cases

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Staff,

    This year has certainly thrown us our share of curve balls as families and staff are juggling a myriad of decisions regarding work and school amid these very uncertain coronavirus conditions.  Over this past week we have seen a marked increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Westbrook.  The data indicate that Westbrook increased from 10.3 to 18 per 100,000 population in the last week.  We are watching these cases very carefully and expect that, if this trend continues, we may have to switch to distance learning. Additionally, staff quarantining and illness also impacts our ability to remain open for in-person learning. I am telling you this today to give you as much time as possible to make contingency plans should we get the word from the Westbrook Health Department that we must make this change.

    Please reinforce with your middle school and high school students who are already in the distance learning mode to refrain from gathering socially with friends and to take this period of quarantine seriously.  Similarly, we will have to be extremely vigilant over the upcoming holidays with extended family and friends.

    I regret the difficulties that switching learning modes causes families and staff and appreciate your flexibility and resilience in these uncertain times. 

    I will update you by the end of the week as I get more information from Zach Faiella, our Westbrook Health Director. 

     

    Sincerely,

    Patricia Charles

    Interim Superintendent

    Covid Info
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case of an individual associated with Westbrook Middle School

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

     

    This message is to inform you that we have identified a confirmed COVID-19 case of an individual associated with Westbrook Middle School. The school is working closely with our Westbrook Health Director, Zach Faiella. It has been determined that there is no additional exposure to students or staff attending our schools.

     

    Due to legal considerations, we cannot provide any additional information to you about the identity of the individual who tested positive. We ask that you continue to encourage your children to practice good hand-washing hygiene, wear face masks in the proper manner, and practice social distancing.

     

    In regard to COVID-19 testing, the Town is actively working to bring a testing site to Westbrook.  For the latest testing information, please visit the United Way of CT 211 website. 

    https://uwc.211ct.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/

     

    On this website, you can choose different testing options, such as Rapid Testing, Pediatric Testing, Asymptomatic Testing, and Walk-Up Sites. Specific businesses/organizations who are holding testing sites, include:

    • CVS in Clinton, Old Saybrook, Guilford, East Lyme, Niantic, Waterford, Middletown, and Cromwell.

    The CVS website for Testing registration is: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing

    • Community Health Center, Incis offering testing on a number of days in different Towns such as Old Saybrook, New London, and Middletown. 

    Community Health Center’s COVID Testing Hotline can be reached at 475-241-0740

    Community Health Center’s Testing website is: https://www.chc1.com/covid-19-testing/

     

    We would also like to emphasize the 3 key steps to take regarding testing and what you and your family should do when waiting for your results.

     

    1. Stay home and monitor your health.
      1. If you’ve been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you must stay home and away from others for 14 days after your last close contact with that person. Refrain from attending school, work, sport activities, or gatherings.
      2. If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home and away from others (except to get medical care).
      3. If you are not sick with symptoms of COVID-19 and you cannot stay home while you wait for your test results, you should wear a mask when out in public and avoid gatherings with people who are not in your immediate household, are over 65 years old, or have medical conditions that place them at increased risk for COVID-19.

     

    1. Think about the people you have recently been around. See attached CDC document, where you can create a list of people and activities you’ve participated in recently. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/3key-steps-when-waiting-for-COVID-19-results_pdf

     

    1. Answer the phone call from the Health Department. Discussions with Health Department staff are confidential and are critical in controlling COVID-19 in our community.


    If you or a family member start to exhibit symptoms of the COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath, coughing, new loss of taste or smell, headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, for example), please reach out to your physician and inform your child’s school nurse. If you would like further information on COVID-19, please go to the Westbrook Public Schools website at www.westbrookctschools.org or to the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
     
    Our students’ safety is our highest priority. We appreciate your support as we work through this challenging time together.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Patricia Charles                                             

    Interim Superintendent

     

    Zachary Faiella

    Westbrook Director of Health

    Covid Info
  • Confirmed Covid-19 Case at Westbrook High School

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

     

    This message is to inform you that we have identified a confirmed COVID-19 case of an individual associated with Westbrook High School. The school is working closely with our Westbrook Health Director, Zach Faiella. It has been determined that there is no additional exposure to students or staff attending our schools.

    Due to legal considerations, we cannot provide any additional information to you about the identity of the individual who tested positive. We ask that you continue to encourage your children to practice good hand-washing hygiene, wear face masks in the proper manner, and practice social distancing.

    In regard to COVID-19 testing, the Town is actively working to bring a testing site to Westbrook.  For the latest testing information, please visit the United Way of CT 211 website. 

    https://uwc.211ct.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/

     

    On this website, you can choose different testing options, such as Rapid Testing, Pediatric Testing, Asymptomatic Testing, and Walk-Up Sites. Specific businesses/organizations who are holding testing sites, include:

    • CVS in Clinton, Old Saybrook, Guilford, East Lyme, Niantic, Waterford, Middletown, and Cromwell.

    The CVS website for Testing registration is: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing

    • Community Health Center, Incis offering testing on a number of days in different Towns such as Old Saybrook, Clinton, and Middletown. 

    Community Health Center’s COVID Testing Hotline can be reached at 475-241-0740

    Community Health Center’s Testing website is: https://www.chc1.com/covid-19-testing/

     

    We would also like to emphasize the 3 key steps to take regarding testing and what you and your family should do when waiting for your results.

     

    1. Stay home and monitor your health.
    2. If you’ve been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you must stay home and away from others for 14 days after your last close contact with that person. Refrain from attending school, work, sports activities, or gatherings.
    3. If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home and away from others (except to get medical care).
    4. If you are not sick with symptoms of COVID-19 and you cannot stay home while you wait for your test results, you should wear a mask when out in public and avoid gatherings with people who are not in your immediate household, are over 65 years old, or have medical conditions that place them at increased risk for COVID-19.

     

    1. Think about the people you have recently been around. See attached CDC document, where you can create a list of people and activities you’ve participated in recently. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/3key-steps-when-waiting-for-COVID-19-results_pdf

     

    1. Answer the phone call from the Health Department. Discussions with Health Department staff are confidential and are critical in controlling COVID-19 in our community.


    If you or a family member start to exhibit symptoms of the COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath, coughing, new loss of taste or smell, headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, for example), please reach out to your physician and inform your child’s school nurse. If you would like further information on COVID-19, please go to the Westbrook Public Schools website at www.westbrookctschools.org or to the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
     
    Our students’ safety is our highest priority. We appreciate your support as we work through this challenging time together.

     

    Sincerely,

    Patricia Charles                                             

    Interim Superintendent

     

    Zachary Faiella

    Westbrook Director of Health

    Covid Info
  • Daisy PTO Meeting, Nov. 4, 2020, 7 pm

    Please join us for this virtual meeting at:

    meet.google.com/ggi-isxw-anx

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • School Lunch Access

    Dear Parents,

    Your children still have access to our meal program, even if learning is conducted remotely from home.  If you would like your child to have a lunch made for him/her, please respond to MConway@westbrookctschools.org before 10:00 each morning during the distance learning period.  Lunches may be picked up between 11:30 - 12:30 at the front of the high school.
     
    Students may choose from the following:
    Turkey and cheese wrap
    Ham and cheese wrap
    Bagel, yogurt and string cheese plate
     
    All meals will include vegetables, fruit and milk.
    The cost of the meal at the high school  is  $3.25, 40 cents for reduced price meals, or free for those who qualify.  At the middle school the meal costs $3.00, 40 cents for reduced price meals, or free for those who qualify.
     
    Please respond by 10:00 AM if you intend to pick up a lunch for your child.
     
    Stay healthy,
     
    Patricia Charles, Ed.D
    Interim Superintendent
    Westbrook Public Schools
    860-399-6432
    Covid Info
  • Middle School/High School Move to Remote Learning

    November 1, 2020

    Dear Staff, Parents, and Guardians,

    This afternoon I became aware of a positive case for COVID-19 at Westbrook High School and one at Westbrook Middle School.  While we are unable to identify the individuals due to the confidential nature of the medical information, we can share the steps we will be taking to respond to this information.

    What This Means for You and Your Child

    If your child was in the same class cohort, or in close contact with the confirmed positive individual, you will be contacted by the school and/or Westbrook Health Department and your child will be advised to self-quarantine for 14 days since last class cohort or close contact with the confirmed positive individual, per Addendum 9 of the Connecticut State Department of Education School Reopening Plan. Close contact is defined by the CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. The school and/or local health department will notify you if this action is necessary.

    If your child is sick, stay home and contact your healthcare provider. We encourage you to continue social distancing, washing your hands, avoiding gatherings, and monitoring symptoms. If at any time, you or your child begin to develop symptoms of COVID-19 (such as cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell), please keep your child home from school and call your healthcare provider for next steps. It is recommended that you call ahead to your healthcare provider before going to the physician’s office, clinic, urgent care or emergency room so they can be prepared for your arrival. They may also refer you to a testing clinic. For the most up to date testing information, call 2-1-1 or visit the United Way of Connecticut website: https://uwc.211ct.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/

    What This Means for Our Schools

    The Westbrook Health Director, Zachary Faiella, and I determined that Westbrook Middle/High School will move to distance learning for fourteen days, November 1 – November 14.  These fourteen days will enable the school to be cleaned and to conduct the necessary contact tracing. All students will participate in distance learning during this period. Please note reopening may be subject to change if additional positive cases are identified.

    Children may worry about how COVID-19 may impact them, their family, and friends. Parents and guardians can help children navigate this experience in an honest and accurate way to help minimize anxiety or fear. The CDC created recommendations to assist with these conversations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html.

    Thank you for your support in these efforts and your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we work together to promote the health and well-being of our community.

    Sincerely,

    Patricia Charles

    Interim Superintendent

    Covid Info
  • Dr. Kristina J. Martineau Letter of Introduction

    Dear Westbrook Public Schools Community,

    It is an honor to serve as your next Superintendent of Schools and it is with great excitement that I begin our journey together to support a school system of educational excellence for all students and families in Westbrook. I will begin my new role in Westbrook on December 1st and look forward to meeting each and every one of you, spending time in our schools and our community to learn as much as possible about Westbrook.  

    Westbrook Public Schools has a longstanding reputation in the state of Connecticut as a  high performing,  innovative school system that supports the success of all students. I am eager to learn from all of you in the coming months to best support all aspects of this exceptional school community and the students in our care, learning from your experiences, insights and recommendations to continue this tradition of excellence and student centered success in the Westbrook Public Schools.

    Communication, engagement, and collaboration are key pillars of a highly effective school community. It is in this spirit that I invite you to meet with me to share your thoughts, perspectives, and experiences to formally begin our partnership to support the children of our community. Your insights and experiences are highly valued and critical to our continued effectiveness as a school system of excellence. In the coming weeks, I will communicate dates, times, and locations that will provide opportunities for you to meet with me and to begin our partnership in service to the students of Westbrook. Additionally, I will send out survey links to provide multiple opportunities for feedback and participation during this transition.

    I look forward to meeting you and to building long lasting relationships in our community.

    Your partner in education,

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Westbrook Public Schools
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Daisy Ingraham School Climate Survey Results

EDUCATE, CHALLENGE, INSPIRE!

RUTH W. ROSE

Principal, Daisy Ingraham School

105 Goodspeed Drive, Westbrook, CT  06498

Email: rrose@westbrookctschools.org

Phone: 860-399-7925