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Registration Links and School Codes for consent to In School Rapid COVID 19 Tests

Hello Danvers Community,

 

Beginning January 19th, Danvers Public Schools will begin offering rapid antigen COVID-19 tests to those staff and students who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 in school as part of a State initiative. In order to receive testing, you must provide consent by registering with your corresponding link below. 

 

If you registered early last week, we do apologize because there was an issue with the first set of links so you will need to register again using the link you received 1/8/21. Please use your corresponding link below:

 

DHS Links:

DHS STUDENT REGISTRATION – SQUDUC

HRMS Links: 

HRMS STUDENT REGISTRATION – RQGCFE

Elementary Links:

GREAT OAK STUDENT REGISTRATION – CYKPDK

HIGHLANDS STUDENT REGISTRATION – LJBTAG

RIVERSIDE STUDENT REGISTRATION – SRAOLC

SMITH STUDENT REGISTRATION – SJGKHP

THORPE STUDENT REGISTRATION – RXJHKS

 

 

If you’re having trouble with the button above, copy and paste the URL below into your web browser. https://app.beacontesting.com/login

If you later decide to cancel your authorization, please contact Project Beacon directly at (617) 741-7310

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Danvers Virtual Holiday Tree Lighting Event

Dear Danvers Public Schools Community, 
 
On behalf of DEEP, DanversCARES, DCAT and East Boston Savings Bank, we would like to announce the 2020 Danvers Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting event.  This virtual event will take place on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 5:00pm on DCAT. 
Please see the attached flyer for more information. 
 
We wish all our Danvers families a happy and safe holiday season. 
 
Sincerely,
Mary Beth Verry                     Mari Matt
DEEP Co-President                 DEEP Co-President

COVID Next Steps

Dear DPS Community,

 

We are writing to you today to share three updates this afternoon:

 

  • Feedback Forums

    The daily average of positive cases reported to the Danvers’ Board of Health has recently moved us from a low risk (green) community to a moderate one (yellow). Given this change, we are moving the level-based Feedback Forums to virtual meetings. You will receive a link to your Forum on the day of the event.

 

 

  • Please see the District Wide Nurse’s Update with a revised DPS Family COVID Information Sheet including information on return to school requirements, close contact information and travel information.

    DPS Family Covid Information Sheet

 

 

Kind regards,

Lisa Dana, Keith Taverna and Mary Wermers

Update 8/14: Danvers Family Reopening Survey and FAQs

Hello Danvers Community,

 

The Danvers Public Schools plan is to open for the 2020-2021 school year in a hybrid model.  Our reopening plan was shared at the August 6th School Committee meeting and can be found here.  We appreciate the feedback from our families and staff.  This week, we have been able to put together a full remote learning alternative taught by Danvers teachers with Danvers curriculum. (This is a revision from the original reopening plan.)

 

In order to help us plan for this hybrid model, we ask that you fill out a survey for each child attending the Danvers Public Schools. 

 

 

This survey requires you to commit to the learning model for your child to participate in for the coming school year (Danvers Hybrid Learning Model or the Danvers Full Remote Learning Alternative). This information will assist us in scheduling cohorts, transportation, after school care, etc.  For families who do not complete this survey by Wednesday, August 19th, your child will be automatically assigned to the Danvers Return To School model – the hybrid model.  

 

We have received many emails from parents and staff with questions that have helped us update our new Reopening FAQ’s. Please review this document before filling out the survey so you are able to make the best decision for your child’s placement.

 

In regards to transportation, please note, families will receive transportation registration information in an email next week. 

 

Thank you,

 

Lisa Dana, Mary Wermers, Keith Taverna

 

Questions? Ask us!

Quick Family Survey 8/10/20

“As a follow-up to Thursday’s School Committee meeting, the district is sending out a quick survey to help us with our Return to School planning.  As required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the district will be offering multiple models of education this fall. As the School Committee voted last week, the district will be returning in a hybrid model with a fully remote learning alternative option available to families. 
 
After the DESE presentations of their full remote learning alternative models and Thursday’s School Committee meeting, the district is exploring the feasibility of a full remote learning alternative model offered by the Danvers Public Schools taught by Danvers teachers and using Danvers Public Schools curriculum.   We’ve put together a Quick Survey to start our feasibility study. Please check your email for the link. If you did not receive the email, please contact us at info@danvers.org
 
Later this week, we will be sending an additional survey to begin to collect specific family information around your intended model to return to school in the Fall. This information will allow us to schedule cohorts, transportation, after school care, etc.”

Initial State Reopening Guidance

Dear DPS Community,

Today, Governor Baker’s office and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released their initial guidance about reopening schools this fall.  We appreciate the level of thought that went into the development of this guidance, and especially its goal of the safe return of as many students as possible to in-person school settings in order to best meet students’ academic, social, and emotional needs.

Over the coming days, we will be reviewing the guidance to begin to understand how it impacts the Danvers Public Schools.  We have formed a Reopening of Schools Committee and Curriculum and Social-Emotional Learning Subcommittee to develop the necessary plans for a safe reopening of school in September.  The committees met last week and will meet next week to digest the details contained in the Commissioner’s guidance.  There will be additional guidance coming from DESE throughout the summer that will strengthen this initial guidance.  Our committees will continue to reflect on the new guidance and make refinements to our existing plans.   For your information, we have summarized  some key components of the initial guidance:

  • Current medical research supports a safe in-person return to school – with preventive measures in place – as infection and transmission rates are lower for children than adults.

  • Preventive measures include masks/face coverings, physical distancing, handwashing, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and staying home from school when sick.

  • Masks/face coverings will be required for all students in Grade 2 and above and for all adults; they are recommended for students in Grade 1 and below.

  • Mask will be required for all district-sponsored transportation.

  • Based upon current medical research, and in conjunction with other preventive measures, a minimum physical distance of three feet has been established.

DESE is requiring districts to develop three separate plans – one for return to full in-person instruction with safety requirements, one for full remote learning, and one for hybrid learning that combines in-person and remote learning.  Although things are subject to change based on the most recent medical information, the expectation today is that students will return to full in-person instruction in September.

We realize that there are more questions than answers at this time, and we will continue to communicate with you in the coming weeks and months.  We also encourage you to read the full guidance document, and if you have questions to please send them to our dedicated email address for public comment: info@danvers.org.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Lisa Dana, Keith Taverna and Mary Wermers