Meriden Public Schools

Summer Learning

June 12, 2020

Hello MPS Families, 

Congratulations on another successful school year and thank you for your help during distance learning! While there were some challenges, I continue to be very proud of the work of our students, staff, and families. We are glad that our students will be able to keep their Chromebooks over the summer, so they can continue their learning at home.

We need your help encouraging your child to read over the summer months. We are pleased that all K-5 students will be able to use myON*, which allows them to pick a book to read from over 6,000 titles at all different reading levels.  Our secondary students can continue working in Reading Plus*  to improve their reading skills. Students have been using these resources in their classes and can now enjoy the programs at home over the summer.

It is also important for our students to improve their math skills over the summer. Therefore, ST Math* and Prodigy are available for elementary students and secondary students may continue working in ALEKS*.

Additionally, students in grades 3 through 8 can engage with Legend of Learning's summer Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) challenge. 

All programs are available through your child’s ClassLink page.  (Programs available through July 31 have an asterisk*.)

The Governor’s office will also be updating the following web sites with information about the Governor's Summer Reading Challenge and Commissioner's Summer Math Challenge.

As we receive more information from the State about Fall 2020,  we will be sure to share with you.

I wish you a safe, happy, and healthy summer break.  

All the best,

Mark D. Benigni, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Camp Invention®️  June 15-19, 2020

Current 4th-grade students have been selected to participate in Meriden Public Schools’ exciting summer virtual STEM camp through Camp Invention®️.  Participants for this enrichment opportunity were selected from all eight elementary schools based on performance on the most recent SBA assessment.  

Camp Invention®️ will take place on June 15th -19th and include fun and engaging activities involving science, technology, engineering, and math. Students will join their camp facilitator online in a Google Meet for approximately 30 minutes, twice each day.  All needed materials are shipped directly to the students' homes.  

Summer School for Exiting K-3 Students July 6-23, 2020

Selected students from exiting Grades K-3 who need extra support in reading will participate in a summer school program for four days a week. The District Summer School on site program will be held at John Barry Elementary School from 9:00 am -11:30 am, Monday - Thursday.

Extended School Year (ESY) July 6-Varied end dates

Students identified for ESY services will participate in distance learning opportunities.  Teachers and related service staff will provide instruction through Google Classroom and Google Meets.  In person services will be provided for identified students.  In person ESY will be held at Lincoln Middle School 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  Individualized Learning Plans will be communicated to all families for ESY.  If you have questions, please contact the ESY Directors, Beth Jones or Seth Phostole, (203) 238-2381.

College Prep Academy August 10-14, 2020

Program for incoming seniors looking to get a head start on their college application process.  College Prep Academy will run at both Maloney and Platt High Schools from August 10th - 14th.  The program will be held in-person on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am - 12:00pm.  Tuesdays and Thursdays will be virtual.  

Students will learn tips for FAFSA and scholarship applications, receive essay support, meet college admission representatives and receive support with completing their Common Application.  For more information please contact College and Career Coordinators, Abby Marcantonio (PHS) or Lauren Powers (MHS).

Secure your seat in this summer's College Prep Academy!

Platt High School Students        Maloney High School Students

Summer Bridge Program
August 10-14, 2020 or August 17-21, 2020

This year we are hosting two one-week programs for incoming 9th grade students at both Maloney and Platt High Schools.  Students will have the opportunity to earn 1/2 high school credit, learn their new school, meet staff, participate in team building activities and learn more about themselves as they set goals for their high school years and beyond.

Students enrolled will receive their own high school specific backpack which will contain individual materials needed for the program and to start this important high school year.  The program will run Monday - Friday 8:00am - 11:15am.  Students will attend the program at the high school they are attending.

Sign up for the Summer Bridge Program! 

Camp Invention®️  August 17-21, 2020

Current 4th-grade students have been selected to participate in Meriden Public Schools’ exciting summer virtual STEM camp through Camp Invention®️.  Participants for this enrichment opportunity were selected from all eight elementary schools based on performance on the most recent SBA assessment.  

Camp Invention®️ will take place on August 17-21st and include fun and engaging activities involving science, technology, engineering, and math. Students will join their camp facilitator online in a Google Meet for approximately 30 minutes, twice each day.  All needed materials are shipped directly to the students' homes.  

Guiding Principles for Summer School

  • Protect the people of Connecticut
  • Ensure all students continue to learn and are engaged during this transition period
  • Engage the full community in the path forward

Communication with families will occur through Parent Square and/or audio/visual calls, ensuring access to relevant information. However, as information is changing rapidly please feel free to view the state guidance

In addition to staff training, Meriden shall ensure all students, parents, and staff are made aware of the places to access the latest CDC and DPH COVID-19 guidance.  This information will also be posted in public areas and should be available in the native language of the recipient.

State Required Safety Measures

Prerequisites to Opening

  • The district appointed compliance liaison is Michael Grove, Assistant Superintendent, 203-630-4173.
  • Lea Crown, Director of Health and Human Services, City of Meriden, 203-630-4221, and Stephanie Denya, Associate Director,  Meriden Health Department, 203-630-4223, are available for review and feedback.  
  • A nurse will be available for each operating school in the district to coordinate with the local health department, and share positive and suspected cases.

School Health: Summer School Protocols

  • Case protocols
  • Attendance monitoring protocol
  • Notifications plans
  • School closure and reopening procedures

Daily Operating Practices

  • Face coverings or masks should be worn by all students and staff in school and on the bus.
  • CDC instruction for wearing masks.
  • Schools must provide face covering to any student or staff member who does not have one.
  • Schools must provide high risk educators with surgical masks and face shields.
  • Students who may require suctioning, nebulizer treatments, high flow oxygenation or conditions that aerosolize secretions or conditions that created uncontrolled respiratory secretions, must provide medical and treatment authorizations from their healthcare provider on how to provide their safe and effective care while in school, including the PPE that must be used by school staff.
  • Staff and students are required to be screened for any observable illness, including cough or respiratory distress and to confirm that their temperature is below 100 degrees.
  • Students or staff having a temperature greater than 100 degrees must be excluded from school and return with a note from their healthcare provider or with a documented negative COVID-19 test result. 

School Screenings

  • Use touchless or disposable (preferred) or oral with single use disposable covers, be sure to provide adequate disinfection between individual uses.
  • The health screener (such as school nurse) must wear a face mask and face shield while screening for illness.
  • Schools must identify a sick plan for children who develop an elevated temperature or who may become ill while at school. 
  • In addition to the health office, schools must also identify an isolation room for students or staff who exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to wait to be picked up.
  • Students must never be left unattended in an isolation room.

Classroom Group Size

  • Individual student needs should determine the exact student to teacher ratio.
  • Recommended ratio for students with specialized learning needs is 5:1, but no greater than 7:1.  Both children and additional support professionals should be counted towards the 10:1 group size limit.  
  • 10:1 group size limit assumes that the instructional area is large enough to allow for six foot social distancing between individuals.  
  • If more than one adult is required in a classroom, encourage staff to work in consistent teams to minimize cross contamination of student groups.
  • Prioritize keeping the same group of adults and students together each day when possible.

Social Distancing

  • Schools should select physical distancing strategies based on feasibility allowing for at least 6 feet of physical distance between individuals.
  • Increase the space between desks.
  • Rearrange student desks to maximize the space between students.
  • Turn desks to face in the same direction.
  • Stagger arrival and dismissal times.

Facility Maintenance

  • CDC guidance is being utilized in areas where summer school operations are used. Those areas must be cleaned, disinfected and/or sanitized. 
  • Implement use of a cleaning log to track cleaning frequency.
  • Bathrooms must be sanitized at least twice daily. Where possible, consider designating separate bathrooms for different classes or setting shifts for bathroom usage.
  • How to Stop the Spread signage should be posted in all school buildings in easily seen locations.
  • Any in-person or video training that covers cleaning protocols, social distancing and hygiene practices must be provided to and attended by all students and staff.
  • Reinforce the need for regular hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to staff and students.
    • Alcohol-based sanitizer should be provided at every school entrance and in every classroom. The sanitizer should be kept secured in classrooms where children cannot safely use sanitizer without supervision.
    • Encourage all staff and children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or the corner of the elbow.
    • Dispose of soiled tissues immediately after use.

Bus Transportation

  • A bus monitor must be employed by the school district to ride on the bus at all times to monitor student density and ensure use of face masks.
  • Require face masks for anyone within the bus, except among exempt individuals.
  • Cleaning protocols must be communicated to all staff.
  • Bus drivers and bus monitors must wear masks. These must always be worn when children are on the bus.
  • Implementing seating arrangements that allow for social distancing.
    • No more than one student seated per row, unless from the same household.
    • Students seated no closer than every other row.
    • Students seated in a diagonal formation, where if one student is seated on the right side of the bus the next student sits on the left side of the bus.

Restrictions

  • No sharing of educational materials within a given day.
  • Appropriately clean, disinfect or sanitize materials, as appropriate, at the end of the school day.
  • No visitors allowed in schools.
  • No meal times. Students receive Grab and Go Lunch and breakfast for the next morning as they exit our schools.
  • Student storage should be provided for each student.