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Memo from E.B. Board of Health on Coronavirus

DATE: March 3, 2020

TO: All Town Employees

FROM: Peter P. Spagone, Jr. Chairman

RE: Coronavirus Guidance

As you know, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of Coronavirus. The virus was first detected in China and has now been detected in 50 locations nationally, including the United States, with one known case so far in Massachusetts and several suspected cases in Rhode Island. Symptoms of Coronavirus are similar to that of the flu and may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and, in some cases, pneumonia.

Outbreaks of virus infections are always of public health concern. Although there have been no reported cases of Coronavirus in our area, there have been many cases of influenza. Many of the things you do to prevent colds and the flu will help to protect you against other viruses such as the Coronavirus:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If unable to wash, use an alcohol-based sanitizer
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth
• Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands. (cough into your elbow)
• Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick
• Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are advised to stay home and not to return to work until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medication.
• When in doubt, contact your primary care physician

The Board of Health will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed. We have been in constant contact with the Department of Public Health and continue to monitor information provided by the CDC and DPH. For the most up to date information, you may visit their websites, which are updated daily.

https://www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
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School Committee Community Letter

February 28, 2020

Dear Community Members

As you may be aware, school committee representatives along with school administrators have been tirelessly working with the EBEA to negotiate a fair and sustainable contract.
We value and appreciate our teachers and we absolutely want our teachers to have a fair contract.
We realize that there is information that has been made public that may be inaccurate or misleading.
The current East Bridgewater teacher pay grid salaries are structured to recognize length of service and graduate college credits. With the current EB teacher pay grid every year a teacher moves down one step on the grid and they receive an increase in pay. If a teacher has a Master’s degree and has taught for four years, the teacher is at step D, and earns $56,673. The following year, this same teacher moves to step E and would earn $58,473, an increase of $1,800 or 3.2%. This continues until the teacher reaches step O years later. This has been the case for all three years of the past contract- as every teacher gains a year of service, their pay increases- until they are at the highest paid step for their education level. Teachers receive even greater increases when they advance to higher degree lanes. To say that teachers have not received an increase in pay is simply untrue. Increases in steps and lane advancements cost the district over $1.3 million from 2017 to 2019.
The Committee will continue to advocate for the funds necessary to support these pay increases for our teachers.
We also ask you to keep in mind, where we were as a district in the spring of 2015. The proposal at that time, was to eliminate band, drama and sports as well a district wide layoff of 40 employees including 26 teachers.
We will continue to work towards a fair and sustainable contract that maintains our dedicated teachers and staff.

Respectfully,
The East Bridgewater School Committee
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Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of East Bridgewater Public Schools

During the week of March 9, 2020, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of East Bridgewater Public Schools. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) TEAM Process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.

In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.

Parents and other individuals may call Julie Evans, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338-3754 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.

Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the East Bridgewater Public Schools with a report with information about areas in which the East Bridgewater Public Schools meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the East Bridgewater Public Schools requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at http://www.doe.mass.edu/psm/tfm/reports/.
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