Updates February 27 2022

February 27, 2022

Dear Families:

I hope that the vacation week was restful and relaxing.  We look forward to returning tomorrow and seeing spring in the future!

In the Spotlight

At the February 15 Joint School Committee meeting, English Language Learner Coordinator Emily Ferrera shared an overview of our English Language Learner program.  The presentation reminds us of the diversity in our schools and the rich environment that results.  The slides are posted here or watch the presentation at minute 54 of the School Committee recording that is posted here.  Thank you to all of the ELL families, teachers, and staff who support them in our schools.


As noted before vacation, on March 7 all schools will move to a mask optional approach.  We will spend this week preparing students so that individual choices are comfortable and accepted.  The CDC released guidance on Friday removing the recommendation for masks on school buses.  The Joint School Committees will discuss this at their next meeting on March 8.

Tonight or tomorrow morning, please utilize the at-home antigen tests.  We would also encourage pool testing this week as we return from vacation and travel.

Concord Free Public Library Update

Due to a complication with the library’s shelving, the Children’s Library, Commons, and Garden at the Main Library will reopen on Saturday, March 5th, one week later than originally anticipated. While patrons are waiting to use the new space, there will be both children’s and teen materials available near the Main Library’s Circulation Desk. Children’s programs that were scheduled for the Main Library will be relocated to the Fowler Branch Library and the Hunt Recreation Center. Please check the library website for additional information and updates about the locations of our programs. Patrons are also encouraged to visit the Fowler Branch Library’s youth collections for materials. The Main Library expansion project has been long, complex, and has experienced additional difficulties due to the supply line delays during the pandemic. The entire Concord Free Public Library staff appreciates the community’s patience during this unpredictable time and are grateful for the support and understanding from the community as this project wraps up.

Supporting Children During the Ukrainian Crisis

As the events in Russia and Ukraine unfold, they can have varying impacts on us as adults and on children.  I thought it would helpful to share Riverside Trauma Center’s document entitled, Talking With Your Children About Traumatic Events.  Just as we have through the unknowns of the past several years, we will work together to provide stability and reassurance to all students.

We look forward to all being together tomorrow!  Have a great night.