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October 1, 2021

Dear Lynn Public Schools Community,

This week marks the third full week of the school year and we are excited to be back.  There are areas of success and areas of concern.  We have launched nearly all of our beginning of the year programs, both during the day and after school.   For our students, the ability to attend school in person full time each day is critically important. We have student support systems in place with resources and activities available for all students to engage academically and recreationally. 

While there are areas of success to be celebrated, such as healthy relationships and access to hands on learning, there are distracting concerns to address. As expected, there are positive COVID-19 cases happening in the district, mostly among students and even some staff.   Although the transmission on site is not to blame for the vast majority of them, any positive case is worthy of our attention and response.  Much of the response has come in the form of activating our contact tracing system and quarantining students according to Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidance.  I fully acknowledge that any quarantine scenario represents significant hardship on students and their family. 

Thankfully, the test and stay, protocol is set to launch next week. The rollout will take place over two to three weeks. This will allow students who are identified as a close contact, without symptoms, and with a negative rapid test available in schools to remain attending school so long as they continue to test negative each day over a period of seven days.

Finally, as we continue to partner to create a stable and fulfilling learning experience for LPS students, we must partner to address the Tiktok challenges posed this fall.  During the month of September, followers were encouraged to vandalize school bathrooms.  Thankfully, this issue was isolated and infrequent in the Lynn Public Schools.  I trust that our students will continue to make good decisions.  Nonetheless, there are additional challenges each month calling for students to engage in some concerning and even illegal behavior (see below).  This is an opportunity to engage in a conversation with your student about the consequences of such behavior.  None of it will be tolerated in the Lynn Public Schools or broader community.

Yours in partnership,

Patrick Tutwiler, PhD

A list circulating online suggests these are the challenges for each month of the school year:

September: Vandalize school bathrooms
October: Smack a staff member
November: Kiss your friend’s girlfriend at school
December: Deck the halls and show your *****
January: Jab a breast
February: Mess up school signs
March: Make a mess in the courtyard or cafeteria
April: “Grab some eggz” (another stealing challenge)
May: Ditch day
June: Flip off in the front office
July: Spray a neighbor’s fence

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Dear LPS Families and Staff,

Lynn Public Schools is committed to keeping you informed on the number of Covid-19 cases in the district. We have developed and posted a dashboard with the current number of cases at each school on the LPS website. This will be updated weekly and will replace the letter notifications sent for each individual case. This will include all student and staff cases.

Please note that multiple cases in one school does not necessarily indicate that the cases are related. We are working closely with the Lynn Health Department to identify any areas of concern.

Individuals identified as a close contact will continue to be notified directly by the principal or school nurse who will give further instructions.

You can access the dashboard here:
LPS Covid Dashboard

Thank you for your continued support!

Estimadas Familias y Personal de las Escuelas Públicas de Lynn,

Las Escuelas Públicas de Lynn se comprometen a mantenerlos informados sobre el número de casos de Covid-19 en el distrito. Hemos desarrollado y publicado un tablero con el número actual de casos en cada escuela en el sitio web de LPS. Esto se actualizará semanalmente y reemplazará las notificaciones por carta enviadas para cada caso individual. Esto incluirá todos los casos de estudiantes y personal.

Tenga en cuenta que los casos múltiples en una escuela no indican necesariamente que los casos estén relacionados. Estamos trabajando estrechamente con el Departamento de Salud de Lynn para identificar cualquier área de preocupación.

Las personas identificadas como un contacto cercano seguirán siendo notificadas directamente por el director o la enfermera de la escuela, quienes darán más instrucciones.

Puede acceder al panel de control aquí:
LPS Covid Dashboard

¡Gracias por su apoyo continuo!

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