COVID-19 Information - Together We Gut This! Documents

2021-2022 COVID-19 - Together We Gut This! Documents

DESE_DPH COVID19 Guidance for Districts and Schools Fall - 6-30-21COVID Data DashboardFace Covering Policy - 8-24-21
DESEDPH Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios - 8-13-21 updated January 31, 2022 COVID Protocols Updated February 2022
Extension of DESE Mask Requirement - 9-27-21 DESE Policy on Vaccination Rate Threshold - 9-27-21
Close Contact Reminders - 9-24-21 Close Contact Decision Tree - 9-24-21

Together We Gut This! #11

February 16, 2022

Dear Hull Community,

I am writing to inform you that at the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 the School Committee supported my recommendation to lift the mask requirement and shift to flexible mask wearing for all students and staff starting on Monday, February 28, 2022.  Additionally, to provide details on flexible mask wearing, the at-home antigen testing program for all students and school employees and symptomatic testing. 

Flexible Mask Wearing Starts February 28, 2022

On Wednesday, February 9, 2022, Commissioner Riley announced that after consulting with medical experts and state health officials, he will not renew the state mask requirement in schools after it expires on February 28. 2022. The Commonwealth’s high vaccination rates and widespread availability of COVID-19 testing for school personnel and students support this decision. Locally, Hull’s data supports a significant drop in cases in the schools and community. If you are interested in the most current information on confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Hull Public Schools, this information is available by accessing the COVID-19 Dashboard (here).

Therefore, in consultation with the Hull Department of Health, school nurses and leadership team, I recommended that the School Committee support flexible mask wearing effective Monday, February 28, 2022 which they did.  I will continue to monitor our COVID-19 cases and consult with the Department of Health and school nurses as needed.  The Commissioner will continue to monitor public health data, consult with medical experts and state health officials, and issue further guidance and/or requirements as needed.   Furthermore, the District has the ability to return to masking should a situation require it.

Hull Public Schools strongly encourages and supports all individuals who wish to continue to wear a mask.  Each principal will communicate with their students and stress the importance of demonstrating respect and acceptance of individuals who continue to wear a mask.  Each school will continue to implement mitigating measures such as social distancing when feasible, washing hands frequently, disinfecting schools, and other protocols. The District will continue to follow the DESE-DPH Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and DPH strongly recommend that unvaccinated individuals continue to wear masks in school settings.

Although masking is flexible, there are still times when masking is required:

  • Masks will be required on all school buses, per federal public health order.
  • Masks will be required in all school health offices.
  • Students and staff returning from 5 day quarantine following a positive COVID-19 test must follow strict mask use for an additional 5 days, other than when eating, drinking, or outside, and conduct active monitoring of symptoms, through day 10 of exposure.

At-Home Antigen Testing Program – Kits Provided 2/17

Students and staff signed up for the at-home antigen testing option will receive two test kits on Thursday, February 17th.  Test kits will be provided every two weeks. Testing begins during the week of February 20th, which is during February vacation. We ask that testing be conducted each Thursday. However, if an individual in the program has symptoms they should test when symptoms present.  If you need an additional testing kit during the two weeks, you should contact the school nurse.

In addition to this new at-home antigen test option, we will continue with symptomatic testing for students and staff. As part of this shift in the program, we are discontinuing Test and Stay and contact tracing for in-school close contacts. This means that if your child is a potential contact in school, they may continue to come to school and do not have to quarantine.

However, individuals may still be identified as close contacts outside of school setting (e.g. as a close contact of someone who tests positive in their household or outside activity). In these cases              asymptomatic, vaccinated individuals remain exempt from quarantine and testing protocols and may return to school. Unvaccinated individuals who are identified as close contacts outside of school setting should stay home and follow Protocol B* before returning to school: *click here for protocols.

This new at-home testing opportunity is voluntary and only those who opt-in will receive tests. It is not too late to join the at-home testing program and we strongly encourage you to fill out the form (here) to opt-in. Participation in the program is for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. If you have questions, please contact your child’s school nurse.

Jacobs Elementary School – Kathleen Keegan           kkeegan@town.hull.ma.us
Memorial Middle School – Sharon Striglio                sstriglio@town.hull.ma.us
Hull High School – Tricia Roach                                troach@town.hull.ma.us

Spring Drama Production Grades 5 – 7

The position has been posted and we continue to seek an individual to direct the Junior Theatre Arts spring performance which is open to students in grades 5 - 7.  I will keep you updated on the search. I am deeply committed to providing after school experiences and hoping to find a Director so the show can go on!

In closing, I am optimistic and excited about the strides we will take over time towards getting back to regular routines.

Kind regards,

Judy Kuehn
Superintendent


Together We Gut This! #10

January 25, 2022

Dear Hull Community,

I am pleased to report that the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the school community continues to decline. The week of January 7th there were 76 cases, the week of January 14th there were 36 cases, and the week of January 21st there were 20 cases.  If you are interested in the most current information on confirmed COVID-19 cases, this information is available by accessing the COVID-19 Dashboard (here).

Here are some highlights on various topics:

Shift to New COVID-19 Testing Program for K – 12 Schools

We are writing to let you know, in accordance with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Department of Public Health (DPH), We are updating our COVID-19 Testing Program by opting into an at-home testing program that will increase testing of our participating students and staff, regardless of vaccination status.

The voluntary at-home testing option will begin during the week of February 20th, which is during February vacation. In addition to this new at-home antigen test option, we will continue with symptomatic testing for students and staff. As part of this shift in the program, we are discontinuing Test and Stay and contact tracing for in-school close contacts. This means that if your child is a potential contact in school, they may continue to come to school and do not have to quarantine.

This new at-home testing opportunity is voluntary and only those who opt-in will receive tests. We strongly encourage you to fill out the form by Friday, January 28, 2022 to opt-in. If you have questions, please contact your child’s school nurse. An email will follow with specific instructions on how to opt-in the at-home antigen testing program. 

Jacobs Elementary School – Kathleen Keegan           kkeegan@town.hull.ma.us
Memorial Middle School – Sharon Striglio                sstriglio@town.hull.ma.us
Hull High School – Tricia Roach                                troach@town.hull.ma.us

Best Educational Use of School Facilities Survey Closes January 27th

The Committee for the Best Educational Use of School Facilities reminds you to provide feedback on the four options formulated by the MARS Consulting Group to consider regarding school consolidation.  Whether or not you attended a focus group, we would appreciate your feedback using the survey.  Additionally, paper copies of the survey are available at Central Office and at the Senior Center.  Click here for the link to the survey.  The survey will be open from January 4, 2022 - January 27, 2022.  Thank you in advance for your participation!

In closing, I am optimistic and hopeful that the decline in positive cases will continue.

Kind regards,

Judy Kuehn
Superintendent


Together We Gut This! #9

January 2, 2022

Dear Hull Community,

I hope that you and your families have had an enjoyable holiday break and I want to wish you a happy New Year! As we begin 2022, unfortunately, it is still necessary that families, staff and students continue to take extra health and safety precautions during this time. It is vitally important that we all do our part by remaining vigilant in protecting ourselves, our families and our school community. Here are some highlights on various topics:

Coming in January 4th Best Educational Use of School Facilities Community Survey

The Committee for the Best Educational Use of School Facilities invites you to provide feedback on the four options formulated by the MARS Consulting Group to consider regarding school consolidation.  Whether or not you attended a focus group, we would appreciate your feedback using the survey.  Additionally, paper copies of the survey will be available at Town Hall and at the Senior Center.  The link to the survey will be posted on the Best Educational Use of School Facilities Hull Public Schools website, on the Town of Hull Best Educational Use of School Facilities website and sent via email to families and staff.  The survey will be open from January 4, 2022 - January 21, 2022.  Thank you in advance for your participation!

At-home Rapid Antigen Tests Supplied to Teachers and Staff

This week the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced it will be supplying 200,000 at-home rapid antigen tests to school districts so that all teachers and staff across the Commonwealth have the option to test for COVID-19 before they return to school from holiday break.  This is an opportunity that we are offering to our staff and if they wish, they may pick up a kit on January 2.  We hope it is another useful tool as we work to keep schools open and safe.

DESE Recommends “Snow Day” Approach

The health and safety of students and staff remains a top priority and we will continue to do everything in our power to keep our schools open and functioning as normally as possible. If we find ourselves in a position that safely opening school is not achievable because of staffing shortages due to health issues, or an excessive number of positive student cases that we cannot reasonably trace to sources outside of school, the likely first step would be a “snow day” approach where we would close schools for a day to regroup and make plans to adjust to whatever the situation requires.  Hopefully, we will not need to use this option.

Updated COVID-19 Protocols

On December 28th the CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education made a number of changes to the COVID-19 Protocols.Below I have included two sections that can be helpful to families and staff:

  • Guidance to minimize COVID exposure in schools.
  • Quarantine guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Secondary and Elementary Education and Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Back to School Guidance:

  • Mitigating Measures: The District will continue to implement mitigating measures such as social distancing, washing hands frequently, wearing masks (covering mouth and nose), disinfecting schools and other protocols.
  • Symptomatic Students: If your child is exhibiting cold-like symptoms, please keep them home and get them tested prior to coming to school.  Please contact the school nurse for your child if you have any questions or need assistance with testing.

Jacobs Elementary School – Kathleen Keegan           kkeegan@town.hull.ma.us
Memorial Middle School – Sharon Striglio                sstriglio@town.hull.ma.us
Hull High School – Tricia Roach                                troach@town.hull.ma.us

  • Test and Stay: This program is used for those unvaccinated students that have been identified as asymptomatic close contacts, due to an exposure at school or a school sponsored activity.
  • Remote Learning: Remote learning is not an option as stated by the DESE. All schools must stay open, and if we do have significant positive cases, the DESE recommends that districts use snow days to accommodate.

Quarantine guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Secondary and Elementary Education and Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Protocol A for individuals who test positive

  • Duration: Self-isolation for COVID-19 positive cases is a minimum of 5 days after symptom onset or after positive PCR or antigen test, if asymptomatic.
  • Return to school: After 5 days[1] and once they have:
    • Been without fever for 24 hours (and without taking fever-reducing medications); and,
    • Experienced improvement in other symptoms.
    • Following the 5-day isolation period, individuals must mask for 5 additional days when around others. Individuals who are unable to mask should follow the information provided in the FAQ released on October 12, 2021.
  • Note: Return to school should be based on time and symptom resolution. Even with a 5-day isolation period, repeat viral testing prior to return is not recommended.

Close contacts who are not exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols and are asymptomatic follow the guidelines in Protocol B below. Please recall that all asymptomatic, fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from close contact testing and quarantine response protocols and therefore, do not need to follow Protocol B. However, fully vaccinated individuals are expected to monitor for symptoms and stay home and get tested if they experience symptoms, in alignment with statewide guidance[1] and Protocol C.

Note: In some cases, individuals may be asked to follow specific testing and quarantine response protocols (including durations for quarantine/isolation) provided by contact tracers or local health officials which may differ from the recommended protocols below.

Protocol B for asymptomatic close contacts who are not exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols

Districts who participate in the statewide COVID-19 testing program or another similar testing program are strongly encouraged to utilize the new Test and Stay (B-1) protocol option to minimize the amount of time individuals are out of school. This testing and quarantine response protocol has been shown to be generally equivalent to quarantine for school-based contacts, and a safe alternative to at-home isolation.[2]. If schools choose not to participate in the statewide COVID-19 testing program and do not participate in a similar testing initiative, unvaccinated individuals follow the traditional quarantine (B-2) protocol.

 

Individuals who are part of the Test and Stay protocols may be eligible to participate in school sports and extracurricular activities, provided that they are in compliance with the applicable protocol.  For events and sports that take place on non-school days, testing will still be required on those days to participate. 

 

As part of Test and Stay, quarantine is still strongly recommended for individuals outside of school settings

 

In closing, I am sending my endless gratitude for your partnership, flexibility and patience as we continue to work together to navigate new scenarios.

Kind regards,

Judy Kuehn
Superintendent


Together We Gut This! #8

December 23, 2021

Dear Hull Community,

I want to wish all of our wonderful families and staff a very happy holiday season, and a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!  I would like to express my sincerest appreciation for the work staff does on a daily basis on behalf of our students and for the healthy partnership we share with families. Here are some highlights on various topics:

Health and Safety Protocols Reminders
As the holiday season is upon us, we are seeing an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases not only in Hull, but across the Northeast. In order to keep students and staff safe, we are asking that all families take extra precautions during this time. Whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, please use safety precautions including social distancing, wearing a mask (covering your mouth AND nose) and washing your hands frequently. It is vitally important that we all do our part to remain vigilant and safe in protecting ourselves, our families, and our school community as well as a successful return to school.

Coming in January 2022 Best Educational Use of School Facilities Community Survey
The Committee for the Best Educational Use of School Facilities invites you to provide feedback on the four options formulated by the MARS Consulting Group to consider regarding school consolidation.  Whether or not you attended a focus group, we would appreciate your feedback using the survey.  Additionally, paper copies of the survey will be available at Town Hall and at the Senior Center.  The link to the survey will be posted on the Best Educational Use of School Facilities Hull Public Schools website and on the Town of Hull Best Educational Use of School Facilities website.  The survey will be open from January 4, 2022 - January 21, 2022.  Thank you in advance for your participation!

Click here for Best Educational Use of School Facilities.

Diane Saniuk Appointed as Business Manager for Hull Public Schools
It is a pleasure to announce that Diane Saniuk was appointed by the Hull School Committee on November 22, 2021 as the new School Business Manager for the Hull Public Schools.  Diane is highly qualified and has worked for the District for seven years in the capacity as the Finance and Budget Analyst.  She will take the place of Dave DeGennaro who is retiring at the end of December 2021.  Diane and Dave have worked closely for over 5 years.  We are fortunate that Dave has had the opportunity to mentor Diane over an extended period of time and I feel confident that she will excel in her new position.  Congratulations, Diane! 

I would be remiss not to thank Dave DeGennaro for his unwavering dedication to the Hull Public Schools.  We will all miss working with Dave and wish him well and continued success both professionally and personally. Dave has helped the Hull Public Schools thrive, grow, and flourish and his important contributions will not be forgotten. 

Stretch Your Food Budget
Hull Public Schools has partnered with Dennis Zaia and the Hull Rotary Club to run a new program called Stretch Your Food Budget. We know that especially due to COVID-19 some families may need some additional support. This program offers weekly home delivery of free meal kits that include easy-to-make and delicious recipes along with all of the necessary ingredients. Each meal kit takes about 20 minutes to prepare and provides 4-6 servings—enough to feed a family! You can sign up just once or you can sign up every week. If you are interested in having meal kits delivered to your home, you will need to sign up each week by completing the Google form at the link below. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Jenny Sheflin @ jsheflin@town.hull.ma.us.

Click here to sign-up: Stretch Meal Delivery

Visit HOME | SYFB  for more details about this program.

Test and Stay Program
The Test and Stay program allows students who have been identified as a close contact while at school to stay in school if the student is not showing symptoms.  Instead of needing to quarantine and miss school, these students take a daily rapid test while they remain in school as long as they are not symptomatic or test positive. Students participate in test and stay for at least five days after they may have been exposed.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 they must isolate at home for the CDC-recommended ten days since symptoms appeared or ten days since the positive test before returning to school.  The student must be fever free for 24 hours. 

To participate in test and stay, a parent/guardian must sign the consent using the link below on behalf of your child. We currently have 246 students signed up to participate in test and stay. If you have additional questions about the program, please contact your child’s school nurse. 

Jacobs Elementary School – Kathleen Keegan           kkeegan@town.hull.ma.us
Memorial Middle School – Sharon Striglio                sstriglio@town.hull.ma.us
Hull High School – Tricia Roach                                troach@town.hull.ma.us

Click here for Parental Consent Form

Hull COVID-19 Data Dashboard
Keep up to date on positive COVID-19 cases by accessing our COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Click here to view the Covid-19 Dashboard

May your holiday season be filled with joy, laughter, happiness, friends, and family!

Kind regards,

Judy Kuehn
Superintendent 


Together We Gut This #7!

November 23, 2021

Dear Hull Community,

Thanksgiving week is the perfect time to pause and take a moment to express my gratitude. We have a lot to be proud of despite the challenges we continue to face from the COVID – 19 pandemic. As a District, we could not have achieved all that we have without our exceptional staff, dedicated families, outstanding volunteers, and amazing students. It is truly a privilege to serve as the Superintendent and I am grateful for your continued partnership and support.  Here are some highlights on various topics:

Hull High School Thanksgiving Football Game

The Thanksgiving football game against Cohasset will be held at 10am on November 25 and is a home game this year! 

Hull High School Super Bowl & HHS Early Release 12/1

The Hull High School football team will compete in the Division 8 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, December 1 at 3:00pm against Randolph High School.  To accommodate the early start time of the game, a 12:00pm early release has been scheduled for grades 9 – 12 on December 1.  Student fan buses will be available for students in grades 9 – 12.  The fee for the student fan bus will be $5.00 and a sign-up sheet is available at the high school.  On-line ticket information and additional information regarding attending the game will be available soon.  This is an extremely exciting and amazing accomplishment! Go Pirates!

Raising Multicultural Kids Parent Information Session #2

A second parent information session will be held this evening, Tuesday, November 23 at 6:00pm in the Jacobs Library.  This session is for parents in grades K – 5 to learn more about the Diversity Classroom Leadership Program and for parents in grades 6 – 8 to learn more about the new self-selected enrichment program and diversity club.  Additionally, a Raising Multicultural Kids presentation covering both programs will occur at the School Committee meeting scheduled for December 13.

Test and Stay Program

We will implement the test and stay program after Thanksgiving. Test and stay allows students who have had close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 while at school to stay in school if the student is not showing symptoms.  Instead of needing to quarantine and miss school, these students will take a daily rapid test while they remain in school as long as they are not symptomatic or test positive. Students participate in test and stay for at least five days after they may have been exposed.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 they must isolate at home for the CDC-recommended ten days since symptoms appeared or ten days since the positive test before returning to school.  The student must be fever free for 24 hours.  As an added precaution, students that test positive with a rapid test will be administered a free PCR test which the District makes available through South Shore Hospital.

To participate in test and stay, a parent/guardian must sign the consent using the link below on behalf of your child.  If you have additional questions about the program, please contact your child’s school nurse. 

Jacobs Elementary School – Kathleen Keegan           kkeegan@town.hull.ma.us
Memorial Middle School – Sharon Striglio                sstriglio@town.hull.ma.us
Hull High School – Tricia Roach                                troach@town.hull.ma.us

Click here for Parental Consent Form

Best Educational Use of School Facilities Virtual Focus Group

The Committee for the Best Educational Use of School Facilities continues to host focus groups to hear input from an array of stakeholders.  The focus groups are facilitated by an independent consultant, Dr. Gary Maestas. In addition to the focus groups, staff and community members will be able to share their input via a survey in December 2021. 

Last Best Use of Educational Facilities Virtual Focus Group

Community at Large

Tuesday, December 7th 

6:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Remote Link will be provided as date gets closer

Below is a link to information regarding the Best Educational Use of School Facilities.

https://www.hullpublicschools.org/district/school-committee/pages/best-educational-use-school-facilities-information

Stretch Your Food Budget (SYFB) Meal Program

The Stretch Your Food Budget program will now offer home delivery for family meal kits.  Created by Dennis Zaia, the program’s goal is to help Hull citizens stretch their food dollars while still enjoying delicious meals.  Easy to make and delicious recipes are packaged into meal kits.  Each meal kit contains all the necessary ingredients for the recipe along with simple directions. The prepared dinners provide 4 – 6 servings, enough to feed a family.  If you are interested in having meal kits delivered to your home at no cost, please use the link below to register.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact Jenny Sheflin @ jsheflin@town.hull.ma.us.

Click here to register for Stretch Meal Delivery

Visit www.SYFB.space for more details about this program.

Paraprofessionals Needed

Paraprofessionals provide support to students throughout the school day.  This includes in the general education classroom as well as in small groups which are specially designed to meet the needs of the student.  Some of the primary responsibilities include pre-teaching and re-teaching lessons, assisting with organization, collecting data, implementing behavior plans, and helping with communication between teachers.  Our goal is to always foster independence in the student. Paraprofessionals are entitled to benefits, including health insurance.

Please contact Tony Hrivnak at Memorial Middle School at ahrivnak@town.hull.ma.us or Nicole Nosek at Hull High School at nnosek@town.hull.ma.us for more information.

Substitute Teachers Needed

If you are available during the school day and looking for a way to earn an additional $90/day, please consider applying.  No degree or prior experience is required and you can decide at which school and which days of the week you want to work.  Please contact Debbe Bennett at dbennett@town.hull.ma.us to get started.  

Hull COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Keep up to date on positive COVID-19 cases by accessing our COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Click here to view the Covid-19 Dashboard

In closing, I thank you for your continued support and wish you and your families a very healthy and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Kind regards,

Judy Kuehn
Superintendent 


Together We Gut This!  #6

November 10, 2021

Dear Hull Community,

I hope this email finds you and your family safe and well as we start to enter the holiday season. I am grateful that so many activities have been restored and are available to our students this year. Our Thanksgiving football game against Cohasset will be held at 10am on the 25th and is a home game this year! Tomorrow is Veteran’s day and Hull’s Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at the War Memorial Wall at 11:00 a.m. Here are some highlights on various topics:

Test and Stay Program

We are in the process of implementing the  test and stay program which allows students who have had close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 while at school to stay in school if the student is not showing symptoms.  Instead of needing to quarantine and miss school, these students will take a daily rapid test while they remain in school as long as they are not symptomatic or test positive. Students participate in test and stay for at least five days after they may have been exposed. We anticipate the start date of this program to occur after Thanksgiving.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 they must isolate at home for the CDC-recommended ten days since symptoms appeared or ten days since the positive test before returning to school.  The student must be fever free for 24 hours.  As an added precaution, students that test positive with a rapid test will be administered a free PCR test which the District makes available through South Shore Hospital.

To participate in test and stay, a parent/guardian must sign the consent using the link below on behalf of your child.  If you have additional questions about the program, please contact your child’s school nurse. 

Jacobs Elementary School – Kathleen Keegan           kkeegan@town.hull.ma.us
Memorial Middle School – Sharon Striglio                sstriglio@town.hull.ma.us
Hull High School – Tricia Roach                                troach@town.hull.ma.us

Click here for Parental Consent Form

Click here to view DESE Protocols for responding to COVID scenarios which includes information on the Test and Stay program DESE Protocols for responding to COVID scenarios

Best Educational Use of School Facilities Focus Groups

The Committee for the Best Educational Use of School Facilities continues to host focus groups to hear input from an array of stakeholders.  The in-person focus groups are facilitated by an independent consultant, Dr. Gary Maestas. In addition to the focus groups, staff and community members will be able to share their input via a survey in December 2021. 

Focus Group Schedule           

Group

Location

Time   

Date

Community at Large

Hull High School

Exhibition Room

10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Saturday, November 20th

Community at Large

Remote Link will be provided as date gets closer

6:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Tuesday, December 7th

Below is a link to information regarding the Best Educational Use of School Facilities.

https://www.hullpublicschools.org/district/school-committee/pages/best-educational-use-school-facilities-information

Stretch Your Food Budget (SYFB) Meal Program

The Stretch Your Food Budget program will now offer home delivery for family meal kits.  Created by Dennis Zaia, the program’s goal is to help Hull citizens stretch their food dollars while still enjoying delicious meals.  Easy to make and delicious recipes are packaged into meal kits.  Each meal kit contains all the necessary ingredients for the recipe along with simple directions. The prepared dinners provide 4 – 6 servings, enough to feed a family.  If you are interested in having meal kits delivered to your home at no cost, please use the link below to register.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact Jenny Sheflin @ jsheflin@town.hull.ma.us.

Click here to register for Family Meal Kit Delivery.

Visit www.SYFB.space for more details about this program.

Paraprofessionals Needed

Paraprofessionals provide support to students throughout the school day.  This includes in the general education classroom as well as in small groups which are specially designed to meet the needs of the student.  Some of the primary responsibilities include pre-teaching and re-teaching lessons, assisting with organization, collecting data, implementing behavior plans, and helping with communication between teachers.  Our goal is to always foster independence in the student. Paraprofessionals are entitled to benefits, including health insurance.

Please contact Tony Hrivnak at Memorial Middle School at ahrivnak@town.hull.ma.us or Nicole Nosek at Hull High School at nnosek@town.hull.ma.us for more information.

Substitute Teachers Needed

If you are available during the school day and looking for a way to earn an additional $90/day, please consider applying.  No degree or prior experience is required and you can decide at which school and which days of the week you want to work.  Please contact Debbe Bennett at dbennett@town.hull.ma.us to get started.  

Department of Public Health COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Resources
The Department of Public Health has the following communication resources available about COVID-19 and flu vaccinations:

Hull COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Keep up to date on positive COVID-19 cases by accessing our COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Click here to view the COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Identifying Close Contacts in School Settings

On September 24, 2021 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) issued important reminders regarding identification of close contacts.  Please use the link below to reference information on identifying close contacts in schools and contact your child’s school nurse if you have any questions.

Jacobs Elementary School – Kathe Keegan  kkeegan@town.hull.ma.us
Memorial Middle School – Sharon Striglio    sstriglio@town.hull.ma.us
Hull High School – Tricia Roach                    troach@town.hull.ma.us

Click here to view Close Contact Reminder and here to view Close Contact Decision Tree

COVID-19 symptoms

Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children, and staff should monitor themselves on a daily basis.

Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• New loss of taste or smell
• Muscle aches or body aches

• Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
• Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
• Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
• Headache when in combination with other symptoms
• Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
• Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptom

In closing, I look forward to our continued work together as a community.

Kind regards,

Judy Kuehn
Superintendent 


Together We Gut This!  #5

October 13, 2021

Dear Hull Community,

The next School Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 18 at 6:30 at Hull High School.  Some of the topics on the agenda include: Test and Stay Program, student vaccination clinic, Memorial School repair project, intramurals, and Best Use of Educational Facilities Focus Groups. Below you will find an update on various topics.

Vaccination Clinic October 21

In partnership with Manet Community Health Center, a COVID-19 vaccination clinic is scheduled during the morning of October 21 for any student eligible to be vaccinated at Memorial Middle School and Hull High School.  The clinic will be held at both buildings during the school day. If you would like your child to participate in the clinic, please complete the consent form and return it to your child’s school nurse. Please also fill out the on-line vaccination registration form below, which will automatically register you with Manet. Please note….you need to register whether you are a Manet patient or not.  A paper copy of the consent form and/or registration form can also be sent home if needed, just ask your child’s nurse. In addition, if you have any questions about the vaccination clinic, please contact your child’s school nurse.

Memorial Middle School – Sharon Striglio    sstriglio@town.hull.ma.us
Hull High School – Tricia Roach                    troach@town.hull.ma.us

Click here for Parental Consent Form   Click here for On-line Vaccination Registration Form

Test and Stay Program

Over the next few weeks, the District will transition to the Test and Stay program.  We are working with a vendor and hope to have the Test and Stay Program in place by November 1.  The Test and Stay Program allows close contacts to remain in school. Close contacts do not have to quarantine, as long as they:  are asymptomatic, wear masks in school at all times, take a rapid antigen test on each school day and receive a negative result.  Additionally, when the 7 days from date of exposure includes weekends or holidays, individuals should quarantine on weekends/holidays, and if they remain asymptomatic, upon return to school they will be tested immediately.  If the individual remains negative, they can stay in school.

Until the Test and Stay Program is in place, we will continue to follow Protocol B-2 for asymptomatic, close contacts, partnered with the free PCR testing program the District makes available through South Shore Hospital.

Click the link to view DESE Protocols for responding to COVID scenarios which includes information on the Test and Stay program DESE Protocols for responding to COVID scenarios

Best Educational Use of School Facilities Focus Groups

The Committee for the Best Educational Use of School Facilities is hosting seven (7) focus groups to hear input from an array of stakeholders.  The focus groups will be held at Hull High School and facilitated by an independent consultant, Dr. Gary Maestas. In addition to the focus groups, staff and community members will be able to share their input via a survey. 

Hull Focus Group Schedule

Hull High School Exhibition Room                                               

Group

Time   

Date

Parents 1        

6:30-7:30 PM 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Parents 2

6:00-7:00 PM 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Teachers/Staff/Admin

3:45-4:45 PM

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Community at Large

5:30-6:30 PM 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Elected officials

6:00-7:00 PM 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Selected Students (9-12)

TBD

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Community at Large

10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Below is a link to information regarding the Best Educational Use of School Facilities.

https://www.hullpublicschools.org/district/school-committee/pages/best-educational-use-school-facilities-information

Memorial School Repair Project

As you may know, at the May 2021 Town Meeting, the residents of Hull approved building repairs for the Memorial Middle School. This is to notify you that the project has begun and the work is expected to continue through January 2022.   All of the repairs are on the exterior of the building.   Repairs include: the slate roof, front stairway, landscape walls, painting trim and doors, a minor amount of non-friable asbestos abatement, new windows, and masonry.  As always, the safety of our students and staff remains a top priority and appropriate safety precautions are in place. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Facilities, David DeGennaro at ddegennaro@town.hull.ma.us

SEPAC- Special Education Parent Advisory Council

The Hull Public Schools SEPAC is seeking board members and parent members for the 2020-2021 school year.  SEPAC is a group of parents and educators working together to support students with disabilities and their families in our schools. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Kristen Ryan, Director of Student Services, at kyryan@town.hull.ma.us

Tik Tok Challenge

I am sure you are all aware and concerned about the recent challenges on the social media platform Tik Tok. The trend calls for students to carry out different challenges that vandalize schools or cause physical harm to others.  Please take a moment to talk with your child about the serious nature of these incidents, and emphasize that any student who causes harm to school property or another person will have consequences.  Thank you for your support and understanding on this topic as we promote pride and safety in our schools.

Hull COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Keep up to date on positive COVID-19 cases by accessing our COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

https://www.hullpublicschools.org/district/urgent-alerts/covid-19-information-together-we-gut-documents

Identifying Close Contacts in School Settings

On September 24, 2021 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) issued important reminders regarding identification of close contacts.  Please use the link below to reference information on identifying close contacts in schools and contact your child’s school nurse if you have any questions.

Jacobs Elementary School – Kathe Keegan  kkeegan@town.hull.ma.us
Memorial Middle School – Sharon Striglio    sstriglio@town.hull.ma.us
Hull High School – Tricia Roach                    troach@town.hull.ma.us

Click here to view Close Contact Reminder and here to view Close Contact Decision Tree

COVID-19 symptoms

Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children, and staff should monitor themselves on a daily basis.

Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• New loss of taste or smell
• Muscle aches or body aches

• Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
• Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
• Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
• Headache when in combination with other symptoms
• Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
• Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptom

In closing, I look forward to our continued work together as a community.

Kind regards,

Judy Kuehn
Superintendent


Together We Gut This!  #4

September 29, 2021

Dear Hull Community,

The start of the 2021 – 2022 school year has been extremely positive and we are excited to have all of our students in-person five days a week. The virtual open houses were well attended and after school activities have strong participation.  This weekend the homecoming football game will be played under the lights on Friday evening followed by a homecoming dance on Saturday night for Hull High School students.  Below you will find an update on various topics.

Extension of Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Mask Requirement

Yesterday, DESE announced that the mask requirement will be extended until at least November 1, 2021.  In addition, as of October 15 if a school demonstrates a vaccination rate of 80% or more of all students and staff, then vaccinated individuals in that school would no longer be subject to the state mask requirement.  Whether or not the Hull Public Schools avails themselves of the 80% vaccination off ramp is a local decision that will be made in consultation with the Hull Health Department.  This topic has been added to the next School Committee meeting agenda which is scheduled for Monday, October 4th and will be held in person beginning at 6:30pm in the exhibition room at Hull High School.

https://www.hullpublicschools.org/sites/g/files/vyhlif4546/f/uploads/vax_rate_guidance_9_27_21.pdf

Student Vaccination Rates

As of September 22, 2021 the percentage of students in grades 9 – 12 who are vaccinated is 66.56% and the vaccination percentage of eligible students in grades 6 – 8 is 58.88%. 

Hull COVID-19 Data Dashboard

This year, I will not be sending emails to the community when a member of a school community tests positive for COVID-19.  Instead, you can keep up to date on positive COVID-19 cases by accessing our COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

https://www.hullpublicschools.org/district/urgent-alerts/covid-19-information-together-we-gut-documents

Best Educational Use of School Facilities Focus Groups

The Committee for the Best Educational Use of School Facilities is hosting seven (7) focus groups to hear input from an array of stakeholders.  The focus groups will be held at Hull High School and facilitated by an independent consultant, Dr. Gary Maestas. In addition to the focus groups, staff and community members will be able to share their input via a survey. 

Focus Group Schedule

Hull High School                                                         

Group

Time   

Date

Parents 1        

6:30-7:30 PM 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Parents 2

6:00-7:00 PM 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Teachers/Staff/Admin

3:45-4:45 PM

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Community at Large

5:30-6:30 PM 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Elected officials

6:00-7:00 PM 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Selected Students (9-12)

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Community at Large

10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Below is a link to information regarding the Best Educational Use of School Facilities.

https://www.hullpublicschools.org/district/school-committee/pages/best-educational-use-school-facilities-information

Identifying Close Contacts in School Settings

On September 24, 2021 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) issued important reminders regarding identification of close contacts.  Please use the link below to reference information on identifying close contacts in schools and contact your child’s school nurse if you have any questions.

Jacobs Elementary School – Kathe Keegan  kkeegan@town.hull.ma.us
Memorial Middle School – Sharon Striglio    sstriglio@town.hull.ma.us
Hull High School – Tricia Roach                    troach@town.hull.ma.us

Click here to view Close Contact Reminder and here to view Close Contact Decision Tree

Masks Required on Buses

Please remember that students are required to wear a mask on all school buses.  Masks should be provided by the student/family.  Bus drivers have been given a small supply of masks, however, please be sure your student has a mask before leaving home.

DESE/DPH Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios-SY 2021 – 22

The Hull Public Schools continues to implement the DESE/DPH protocols for responding to COVID-19 scenarios.  At this time, we continue to follow Protocol B-2 for asymptomatic, close contacts, partnered with the free PCR testing program the District makes available through South Shore Hospital. The school nurses and I continue to review COVID-19 data in relation to implementation of quarantine response protocols. 

Click here to view DESE Protocols for responding to COVID scenarios  

Hull Public Schools Face Coverings Policy

Face Coverings Policy EBCFA ebcfa_-_face_coverings_2.pdf (hullpublicschools.org)

COVID-19 symptoms

Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children, and staff should monitor themselves on a daily basis.

Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• New loss of taste or smell
• Muscle aches or body aches

• Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
• Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
• Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
• Headache when in combination with other symptoms
• Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
• Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptom
As always, please contact your child’s school nurse if you have any questions.

In closing, I look forward to our continued work together as a community.

Kind regards,

Judy Kuehn
Superintendent 


Together We Gut This!  #3

August 31, 2021

Dear Hull Community,

I am excited to welcome staff and students to the 2021 – 2022 school year and, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff remains the top priority of the Hull Public Schools. The health and safety of all has been at the forefront as demonstrated by the implementation of mitigating strategies as well as the health and safety protocols that were established for the 2021 – 2022 school year.  I am grateful for the continued strong and important collaboration that occurs between the School Committee, Hull Board of Health, school nurses, Hull Teachers Association, and the District leadership team. 

Staff returned yesterday and participated in an opening meeting which was held on the turf field.  The excitement of the possibility of a new school year and seeing students again in person was contagious! Everyone is looking forward to the first day of school for students on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.  

Implementation of DESE Mask Requirement

On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, the Massachusetts Board of Education authorized Commissioner Riley to convert the "strong recommendation" into a universal mandate for students, at least until October 1, 2021, by amending the Student Learning Time regulations at 603 CMR 27.08(1).

Effective immediately, public school students (age 5 and above) and staff in all grades are required to wear masks while indoors at school, except as noted below. Masks are not required when outdoors. All visitors are also expected to wear a mask in school buildings.

  • The mask requirement will be in place until at least October 1, 2021. The Commissioner will revisit the requirement in the near future to revise it as warranted by public health data.
  • Masks should cover an individual’s nose and mouth.
  • It is strongly recommended that students younger than age 5 also wear a mask in school.
  • Students and staff who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, and students, who cannot wear a mask for behavioral reasons, are exempted from the requirement. Face shields may be an option for students with medical or behavioral needs who are unable to wear masks or face coverings. Transparent masks may be the best option for both teachers and students in classes for deaf and hard of hearing students. 
  • The mask requirement applies when students and staff are indoors at school, except when eating, drinking, or during mask breaks.
  • Mask breaks may occur throughout the day. If feasible, breaks should occur when the windows are open or students are outdoors. As a reminder, meals and outdoor recess provide built-in mask breaks for students and staff.
  • Masks may also be removed indoors when necessary to participate in elective classes, such as the use of wind instruments in band.
  • Masks are required for any sports-related activity for student-athletes and coaches when indoors, in alignment with guidance provided by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).
  • Masks should be provided by the student/family, but disposable masks should be made available by the school for students who need them.
  • By federal public health order, all students and staff are required to wear a mask on school buses.

After October 1, 2021, if a school in the District demonstrates a vaccination rate of 80% or more of students and staff in the school (80% is not a combination of building staff and students), then vaccinated individuals in that school would no longer be subject to the DESE mask requirement after demonstrating this threshold to DESE and obtaining approval.

Hull Public Schools Face Coverings Policy

At the School Committee on August 24, 2021 a universal mask policy was passed by the Hull School Committee. 

Face Coverings Policy EBCFA ebcfa_-_face_coverings_2.pdf (hullpublicschools.org)

COVID-19 Symptoms

Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children, and staff should monitor themselves.

• Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• New loss of taste or smell
• Muscle aches or body aches

• Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
• Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
• Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
• Headache when in combination with other symptoms
• Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
• Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptom
Please contact your child’s school nurse if you have any questions.

DESE/DPH Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios- SY 2021 – 22

The Hull Public Schools will implement the DESE/DPH protocols for responding to COVID-19 scenarios.  Protocol B-2 will be followed for asymptomatic close contacts and the CPR testing program established during the 2020 – 2021 school year will continue with South Shore Hospital.

DESE Protocols for responding to COVID scenarios  desedph_protocols_for_responding_to_covid-19_scenarios_-_sy_2021-22_8-13_vf_003.pdf (hullpublicschools.org)

Free Meals for ALL Students

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved FREE breakfast and lunch meals to all students for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year!!
Menus for all schools will be posted at www.hullpublicschools.org
Students at all schools will be back in the cafeteria for all meals
Snacks and a la carte items will once again be offered for purchase along with milk, juice or water (student accounts will be charged for these items)
Although we will accept cash & checks at the registers this year, we strongly encourage families to pay on-line
All students MUST have an account set up at www.myschoolbucks.com to pay on-line
Please contact Patty Gardiner 781-925-4400 x1112 if you need your students ID or need further assistance. 

New Middle School Track and Field Program

Below is a Google survey that will allow our Athletic Director, Connor Duhaime, to gauge the interest level of starting a Track and Field Program for students entering grades 6 and 7 in the fall of 2021. This program would start in the fall season and would run a couple days a week. The students will start by learning the rules and proper safety techniques of many track and field events, while also practicing their skills. If we have enough students interested, we would like to enter into the South Shore Track League in the spring of 2022!

Your response to this survey would be most helpful in starting this project. Any questions or concerns can be expressed in the last question of the survey.

Link to Google Survey:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdvyxkE3yqJVTL5HMzFi45XQKGY65zDK0gwu0j2-gBFtd_SJw/viewform

In closing, despite the ongoing challenge of COVID-19, I am confident that by continuing to work together our students will receive a high quality education in safe schools that prioritize their social and emotional learning. This assurance is rooted in the amazing accomplishments and obstacles we overcame during the 2020 – 2021 school year which we achieved together.  My hope is that all students and staff will experience an abundance of happiness and joy throughout the 2021 – 2022 school year. 

Kind regards,

Judy Kuehn
Superintendent 

 

 


Together We Gut This!  #2

August 12, 2021

Dear Hull Community,

As we make plans to re-open our schools, we are seriously considering the COVID-19 Delta Variant as we make adjustments to ensure the safety of all staff and students. I continue to consult with the Leadership Team, Hull Board of Health, and the School Nurses regarding mitigation strategies to re-open schools. 

At the August 24 School Committee meeting scheduled for 6:30 pm at Hull High School, I will present an overview of mitigation strategies that will be in place when school opens and make a recommendation regarding mask wearing. At this time, by a federal public health order, all students and staff are required to wear masks on school buses and while in school health offices. Additionally at this time, masks will not be worn at lunch, outside, or necessary for sports or any other activity held outside. 

Manet COVID-19 Vaccine “pop-up” Clinic – Friday August 13

Hull Manet Community Health Center will host a COVID-19 Vaccination “pop-up” clinic on Friday, August 13.  The location of the clinic is 180 George Washington Boulevard and the clinic will be open from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. No appointments are necessary.

New Middle School Track and Field Program

Below is a Google survey that will allow our Athletic Director, Connor Duhaime, to gauge the interest level of starting a Track and Field Program for students entering grades 6 and 7 in the fall of 2021. This program would start in the fall season and would run a couple days a week. The students will start by learning the rules and proper safety techniques of many track and field events, while also practicing their skills. If we have enough students interested, we would like to enter into the South Shore Track League in the spring of 2022!

Your response to this survey would be most helpful in starting this project. Any questions or concerns can be expressed in the last question of the survey.

Link to Google Survey:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdvyxkE3yqJVTL5HMzFi45XQKGY65zDK0gwu0j2-gBFtd_SJw/viewform

In closing, I look forward to continuing to work together as a community to open our schools with appropriate mitigating strategies in place to keep our students and staff safe. I will keep you informed as this process moves forward.  Thank you for your patience and understanding

Kind regards,

Judy Kuehn
Superintendent 

 


Together We Gut This!  #1

August 4, 2021

Dear Hull Community,

It is hard to believe that the first week of August is already here and that in four weeks our schools will re-open for staff and students.  I want to assure you that the safety and health of our students and staff continues to be a top priority. As we make plans to re-open our schools, please know that we are seriously considering the COVID-19 Delta Variant as we make adjustments to ensure the safety of all staff and students. Given the success we had last year with in-person learning, I have great confidence that by continuing to work together, we will be able to safely open our schools in person with appropriate safety protocols in place.

DESE/DPH COVID-19 Guidance for Districts and Schools: Fall 2021

On July 30th, Commissioner Riley, from the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE), and Governor Baker announced plans, crafted by DESE & the Department of Public Health (DPH), pertaining to masking requirements for schools across the Commonwealth for the fall of 2021. 

The Leadership Team and School Committee will process the DESE/DPH recommendations, as well as consult with the Hull Board of Health and the District’s Nurses. I will keep you informed as this process moves forward.  Thank you for your patience and understanding

DESE/DPH COVID-19 guidance memo can be found (HERE)

Manet COVID-19 Vaccine “pop-up” Clinic

Hull Manet Community Health Center will host a COVID-19 Vaccination “pop-up” clinic on Friday, August 13.  The location of the clinic is 180 George Washington Boulevard and the clinic will be open from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. No appointments are necessary.

In closing, enjoy the rest of the summer with family and friends and I will keep you informed in a timely manner as this process moves forward.  I look forward to continuing to work together as a community. Together we GUT this!

Kind regards,

Judy Kuehn
Superintendent 

 


2020-2021 COVID-19 - Charting the Course Together to Re-open School Documents

Mandated Reporting Requirements for Remote LearningDESE Re-opening FAQ's
Video from DESE Physicians regarding Re-opening of SchoolsMaintaining Equity and Inclusion in Virtual Learning Environments
DESE Stay informed about Coronavirus Updates - COVID-19Re-opening School Preliminary Plan Presentation
Staff COVID TrainingSchool Committee Meeting 8-5-20 Re-opening School Preliminary Plan
Parent Guidelines - re COVIDStaff Legal Training 8-20
School Committee Presentation 9-10-20COVID Related Face Covering and Travel Policies
Parent Forum Hull High SchoolCOVID Data DashboardParent Forum Jacobs School
Being Honest - Staying StrongCOVID Testing Site at Manet Health

Charting the Course Together Community Letters from the Superintendent 2020-2021

Charting the Course Together to Re-Open School PlanStrengthened Remote Learning Plan - May 2020