COVID-19 Information & Updates

Updates

As we continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation, this page will provide you district updates and links to helpful information and resources. Please be sure to check back regularly!

Covid Dashboard Flyer

For more detailed dashboard information, please visit our return to learn dashboard.

Transitioning between models guide

For easy-to-read PDFs, please click on the images above.

Please see the link below to the district’s checklist to guide us toward a return to in-person learning. This list is updated regularly.

MTRS to Host Virtual Town Hall, April 8 at 6:30 p.m.

On April 8, Mohawk Trail Regional School District Superintendent Sheryl Stanton, MTRS principal Marisa Mendonsa, and assistant principal Diane Zamer hosted a virtual town hall to share the next steps in our return to learn plans for a full in-person return at MTRS (grades seventh through twelfth). If you missed the event, you can watch the broadcast or directly on the district's Vimeo channel.

As we continue planning for a full in-person return at Mohawk Trail Regional School, please do not hesitate to reach out to principal Mendonsa with any questions you might have. We're excited for these next steps and seeing our students soon!

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

A big thank you to our district's nurse leader, Donna Weber, for coordinating a COVID-19 vaccine clinic right here in Franklin County for the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Regional School Districts staff! The clinic took place at the Mohawk Trail Regional School on Monday, March 15, 2021, with the help from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Changes for Elementary Students

By April 5, 2021, MTRSD elementary students in grades K through sixth will return to our school buildings for in-person learning, five days per week. Please see the information below regarding some key changes for our returning students.

Changes for Elementary Students flyer

MTRSD Virtual Town Hall

Superintendent Stanton, together with the district leadership team, hosted a virtual town hall via Facebook LIVE via the Mohawk Trail Regional School's Facebook page and live streamed via the district's Vimeo page on Thursday, March 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss our next steps and planning for transitioning elementary students from the hybrid to the full in-person model. Please view a recording of the virtual town hall below.

March 11, 2021 - Virtual Town Hall Recording

At this meeting we:

  • Reviewed our full in-person learning plan timeline
  • Discussed family survey results
  • Reviewed what we have learned from hybrid model implementation
  • Presented lunch and facility safety plans 

You may view the town hall presentation below at any time.

March 11, 2021 - Virtual Town Hall Presentation

    Thank you, families, for your continued engagement in this process! We truly appreciate your time! 

    Return to Learn Updates: In-Person Learning

    As the district leadership team continues planning for a full in-person return of students to our buildings, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) issued regulations this week and a deadline for returning elementary (K–6) students fully to the physical classrooms by April, removing the hybrid learning option. While our district leadership team has been planning for this model shift for some time, our deadline has been accelerated, and we are asking for your help.

    We ask Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont families to visit the link below by Saturday, March 6 (survey closes at midnight) to indicate if their child will attend school in-person or via the remote only option.

    This week, we surveyed staff for their initial feedback. Family feedback is a critical next step as data from these surveys help us solidify our district enrollment numbers to adequately plan for staffing; classroom accommodations, transportation, cafeteria logistics, and so much more. While we know we will not be able to address the needs of every family, we continue to keep our students, staff, and community at the forefront of our decision-making.

    Thank you in advance for taking time once again to share your thoughts with us. We truly appreciate your feedback!

    HRSD Family Survey (March 2021)

      January 20, 2021 - Facebook Live Event

      The Mohawk Trail Regional School held a Facebook LIVE event on January 20 to outline what to expect going back via hybrid, schedules, procedures, and hosted a Q&A session.

      Heading to Hybrid - A Note from Superintendent Stanton

      The Mohawk Trail Regional School District's school committee voted on December 9 to approve our revised hybrid return-to-learn plan, and we will be heading to a hybrid in-person model beginning on January 11 pending the pandemic and the caseload in our region and final negotiations with our unions. I want to sincerely thank our school committee members, staff, families, and community members for your patience and participation throughout this entire process. As I have said all along, we need to do this together. We share the common goal: moving through this pandemic and getting our students and staff safely back to the classrooms in person. 

      Hawlemont School Committee will consider the hybrid in-person model next week. Please keep an eye for that invitation and school committee meeting announcement. As a result, Hawlemont families do not need to fill out the registration form at this time.

      Timeline

      • December 10–16 - Registration - Please register online.
      • January 19 - K–Grade 2 begin hybrid in person (four days per week from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.). For PreK families, please contact your school's principal for details and to register your child for PreK.
      • January 25 - Grades 3–12 begin hybrid in person
      • February 15–19 - February Break

      If you missed our virtual town hall and school committee presentations, you can find links here on this page or on our Vimeo page.

      Virtual Town Hall

      Superintendent Stanton and the district leadership team hosted a virtual town hall via Facebook Live on Monday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. Please view a recording of the virtual town hall below.

      At this meeting, we:

      • Recapped the proposed hybrid in-person plan
      • Reviewed survey results from our latest return-to-learn family survey// phase II hybrid in-person plans
      • Provided a brief opportunity for questions and answers

      You may view the town hall presentation below at any time.

      December 7, 2020 - Town Hall Presentation Materials

      We hope you will join us as we share the results of our survey and discuss the next steps in our return-to-learn process! As a reminder, the school committee will host their next meeting on Wednesday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. and vote on these proposed plans.

      Thank you, families, for your continued engagement in this process! We truly appreciate your time! 

      November 16, 2020: Return-to-Learn Updates

      The COVID-19 school planning task force hosted a virtual town hall addressing our return-to-learn plan updates via Facebook Live on Monday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. Please view a recording of the virtual town hall below.

      November 16 Virtual Town Hall Recording

        October 28, 2020: Virtual Town Hall

        The COVID-19 school planning task force hosted another virtual town hall via Facebook Live on Wednesday, October 28 at 6:00 p.m. If you wish to view the recording of the virtual town hall please visit the Mohawk Trail Regional School's Facebook page. Please note that you do not need a Facebook account. You may also view the presentation/slide show from this event.

        COVID-19 School Planning Task Force

        The COVID-19 School Planning Task Force is the advisory board which consists of diverse community stakeholders (administration, school nurse leader, FRCOG health agent, staff, and parents) who help review COVID-19 data and how it impacts our district. The task force does not make the decisions regarding the official move between school learning models (hybrid/remote/in-person). That decision is made by Superintendent Sheryl Stanton with our essential insight regarding how COVID-19 impacts our district. We are the "think tank" for discussing and illuminating concerns from various stakeholders across our district (parents, teachers, administrators, health, and community) and helping the superintendent to assess current data in order to make a well-informed, thought-out decision regarding any possible transitions between models.

        Each week (and depending on cases, more frequently) the task force examines and discusses:

        • State, county, and district case numbers and positivity rates.
        • The number of cases traced to the district and any evidence of community transmission.
        • District COVID-19 cases and courses -- learning the “what” behind the numbers.
        • Regional capacity for tracing cases.
        • Vaccinations

        As we have seen throughout this pandemic, flexibility and the ability to quickly shift gears during the pandemic is essential. If at any point our numbers locally begin to steadily increase or we see direct impacts to our school community, we can make a shift back into a remote model. The key: our entire community needs to stay diligent in following the fab four (washing hands, wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, and staying home when unwell) so we can keep our students and staff in the classrooms and keep our communities healthy!

        The task force also continues to monitor vaccine distribution updates. To read the latest about vaccine distribution in Massachusetts, I encourage you to visit the state of Massachusetts' website.

        In addition to the task force meetings, Superintendent Stanton continually monitors COVID-19 cases with our district’s school nurse leader, Donna Weber, and FRCOG Regional Health Agent Randy Crochier. If you have any health-related questions, please reach out to Donna or Randy and they will be able to help answer a wide variety of questions! All other questions should be directed to Superintendent Stanton.

        Members of the COVID-19 school planning task force are as follows:

        • Sheryl Stanton 
        • Randy Crochier
        • Donna Weber
        • Martha Thurber
        • Leann Loomis 
        • Carla Potts
        • Carolyn Goodnow
        • Bob Mastorakis 
        • Dana Cusimano
        • Sarah Cummings

        Phase II Return to Learn New Family Survey

        Dear MTRSD/HRSD Families:

        The COVID Task Force, District Leadership Team, educators, and community members have developed benchmarks for the return to in-person learning based upon the incidence and spread of COVID in our communities. We've also agreed upon important health, safety, facilities and staffing conditions, and protocols to ensure a safe transition to Phase II of our Return to Learn Plan. If those benchmarks, conditions, and protocols are in place, we will be ready to begin Phase II, which is in-person hybrid learning.

        As we plan our Phase II in-person hybrid learning, we are gathering information from our families. The district leadership team invites you to complete this brief survey. In order to plan for the next phase, we must have up-to-date data regarding our families' intent to participate in an in-person/hybrid learning model or choose to remain in full remote learning. 

        Please complete the below survey for each student you have in the district.

        October 15, 2020 - Update

        We would like to communicate with you our process for when and what we will share relative to potential positive COVID-19 cases amongst our school community. The district will inform families regarding positive COVID-19 cases only when we receive confirmation from the local Board of Health that a person (staff/student) has tested positive for COVID-19 and who is physically present for educational programming or any school-sponsored event at Mohawk Trail or Hawlemont Regional School District facilities. Please read Superintendent Stanton's message in its entirety.

        Virtual Town Hall: COVID-19 School Planning Task Force Updates and Information

        Mohawk Trail/Hawlemont Regional School District hosted a virtual town hall Facebook live event on the district's Facebook page on Tuesday, September 29 at 6:00 p.m. You can view the video on our Facebook Videos page.

        Superintendent Sheryl Stanton shared updates from the task force including the metrics and data the district is using to move between the educational learning models (remote/hybrid/in-person) and answered questions from our community.

        Food Services Update

        Welcome to the new school year! In order to adequately prepare for our school lunch program, families will need to sign-up their child(ren) each week for school lunches. Curbside pick up will be available at all district schools between noon and 1:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. 

        Please complete the form below to indicate your school lunch needs and pick-up location. Important: Registration is due each Friday for the following week. You must complete one form for each child. You can fill out for all weeks now or fill out each week as needed. If you register for meals every day on Mondays you will receive two meals (food for Monday and Tuesday), on Wednesdays you will receive two meals (food for Wednesday and Thursday), and on Friday you will receive one meal. 

        **All school lunches are free to all children ages 18 years old and younger for the academic school year (through June 30, 2021).**

        Family Survey

        Dear MTRSD/HRSD Families:

        Thank you for participating in our family reopening survey! We truly appreciate all the feedback we've received. Please find below a link to the survey results. Of course, please feel free to reach out to us anytime to share your thoughts or ask questions.

        Draft - Return to Learn Fall Reopening Plan

        The MTRSD/HRSD submitted the initial draft of the MTRSD Return to Learn fall reopening plans to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) on July 31. The district leadership team created this draft of the three required models with insight and feedback from our reopening workgroups. A tremendous thank you to our dedicated workgroup participants for their time and participation in helping to create these plans. Please keep in mind, we still consider these drafts "living documents," meaning as we continue to obtain more guidance from DESE (which has been ongoing), we will continue to update/modify these documents.

        Virtual Town Hall Meeting

        We invite you to view the video from our August 6 virtual town hall.

        Survey Feedback Data

        Thank you to our district families and staff who provided feedback to our recent surveys! Please find below, links to the survey results.

        Family Survey Feedback Data

        Staff Survey Feedback Data

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          MTRSD Food Distribution

          Thank you to our incredible food service staff and volunteers who helped make this Grab-n-Go program during the school building closures possible. If your family experiences any hardships over the summer, there are many wonderful local organizations who can help! Visit the Mary Lyon Foundation to learn more about their food voucher program; touch base with your local food pantries; stay tuned to the Mass.gov COVID-19 update page or visit the Mass. gov COVID-19 food assistance page. Additionally, we will send applications for free and reduced meals to families in July.

          Hawlemont School District Food Distribution

            Meal distribution in the Hawlemont School District is listed below.

            We will distribute meals on the following days:

            • Tuesday and Friday

            Locations:

            • Hawlemont Regional School - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
            • 300 Zoar Road - 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
            • Heath Post Office Parking lot - 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
            • Crab Apple Parking lot - 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.

            Contact: Lindsay at lrodriguez@mtrsd.org