VIRTUAL MEETINGS FOR PARENTS & GUARDIANS; SUITABILITY OF FACEMASKS

Updated 9.2.20 – Click on the Meetings below to access Zoom links.

08.28.20

      This is William Cameron, Superintendent of the Lenox Public Schools.  In addition to this voice message, you will receive a written copy by e-mail.  The text of this message will also appear on the Lenox Public Schools’ website, as well as on the Morris and LMMHS websites.

      Lenox teachers returned to work on Wednesday.  For the next 10 days they will be enhancing the skills they’ll need in order to begin remote instruction for all Lenox Public Schools students on September 14, and to provide supplemental instruction to students who resume attending school in what we hope will be early October.  

      I am calling to let you know that the principals and I have scheduled virtual meetings for Lenox Public Schools’ students’ parents and guardians that will take place on September 2, 3, and 8.  These meetings will afford us the opportunity to present you with information about the resumption of instruction remotely and subsequently in person.  The meetings will be held as follows:

Wednesday, September 2: K – Grade 2 (5:30 PM to 6:30 PM) View recorded session
Wednesday, September 2: Grades 3 – 5 (7:00 PM to 8:00 PM) View recorded session
Thursday, September 3: Grades 6 – 8 (5:30 PM to 6:30 PM) Not recorded, please see 7:00 below
Thursday, September 3: Grades 9 – 12 (7:00 PM to 8:00 PM) View recorded 
Tuesday, September 8: pre-Kindergarten (5:30 PM to 6:30 PM)

*corrected 2/29

These dates and times will be posted on the district’s website.  They will also be posted on the schools’ websites.  The meetings will be Zoom meetings.  Many of you may be familiar already with this platform.  Our Zoom meeting capacity is 500 participants.  For security reasons the “invitation” to each meeting will be posted on those same websites only on the day of the meeting.

      In addition, a document pertaining to face masks, issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, is being posted on those same websites.   The questionnaire which you recently responded to included language that has unfortunately led to some confusion about what sort of face mask will be required when students return to school.   I regret being the source of that confusion.  The CDC document provides the best information available on the construction and suitability of types of facemasks in various situations.  The Lenox Public Schools will accept student and staff facemasks that comply with the CDC’s recommendations.                                                                         

   Our schools will be able to reopen if Lenox and surrounding communities’ incidence of cases of novel coronavirus remain low.   Everyone’s routine wearing of masks, hand washing or sanitizing, social distancing, and avoiding large groups of people will go a long way toward suppressing the spread of the virus.

   Thank you.

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