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Dear Parents & Staff:

This week, three (3) of our six (6) schools had to move to remote learning due to families reporting that an adult or older sibling at home tested positive for COVID.  In explanation for the decision: families and staff do their best to report when     a family member tests positive for COVID. On occasion, students (or staff) attended school and learned of a positive status five days after the test.  This means that, students or staff were in a classroom for 2-5 days before our school was notified of a POSITIVE-COVID status.  While we do require mask-wearing and social-distancing, we cannot ensure everyone’s safety if a student was on a bus with other students or in classrooms or at lunch and may not have had a mask on for some reason.  We do require the student or staff member to quarantine, but if we do not move the cohort or the school to remote learning, any other student or staff member who may have been in contact could then transmit the virus.  We are advised that if a student or staff member was present for several days, we need to consider remote learning to avoid transmission throughout the school.

Plainfield High School moved to remote learning on Monday.  Plainfield Central School & Shepard Hill Elementary School must also move to remote learning on Tuesday, 12/15/20 due to additional reported family cases of COVID.

Memorial SchoolMoosup Elementary School and the Pre-K & Readiness Program at ECC, will continue to attend school in hybrid on Tuesday, 12/15/20 as there are no reported cases of COVID in these school at this time.  

But, with rising cases of COVID in Plainfield and a snow storm on Thursday, I believe it is in the best interest and necessary for the safety of all students and staff that:

ALL SCHOOLS will be on REMOTE LEARNING from Wednesday, December 16th to January 8th, 2021.

All SCHOOLS will return to HYBRID LEARNING on January 11th, 2021.

   Note:   The Readiness Program will continue until 12/23/20 but will be on remote learning on 12/17/20 due to weather.

It is important to be on remote learning from 1/4/ to 1/8/2021 to allow staff & families to report COVID concerns.   We used only three (3) days after Thanksgiving to allow families and staff to report COVID concerns.  But, when school reopened in hybrid that Thursday we learned later that three (3) staff members tested positive for COVID.  Plainfield Memorial School had to move to remote learning for the subsequent week.  We needed a full week of remote learning after the holiday break.  Students will be on remote learning from January 4th to January 8th.

The decision to move to remote learning for all of Plainfield schools from Wednesday, December 16th to January 8th, 2021 will allow families to plan for their children’s learning using a consistent model.  

I am aware of the challenges that change in the instructional model makes for families.  But our first duty to every family and all of our staff is to ensure the safety of all.  We have developed our remote learning model to sustain, to the extent possible, daily learning for students.  While face-to-face, direct instruction is the preferred model for student learning, remote learning does provide an opportunity for students to maintain a daily regimen of studies.  

Plainfield will continue to provide FREE MEALS to any family with children 18 years old or younger, whether or not they attend school in Plainfield.  Please visit the district website for dates & times of meals.

We remain hopeful that the news of the vaccine will begin the process to resolve the COVID pandemic.  It will take some time to return to a safe and healthy environment.  During this time, our school system will continue to provide support to all of the families and staff.  Together, we will emerge from this crisis!

On behalf pf the Board of Education, Administration and the Entire School Staff

Stay safe.  Stay healthy.  Best wishes.

Kenneth R. Di Pietro,  Superintendent

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Plainfield Superintendent Search


January 14, 2021   

Plainfield Superintendent Search Starts

Contact: Board of Education Chair Christi Haskell

The Plainfield Public Schools Board of Education has begun the process of finding a new Superintendent of Schools and has selected Cooperative Educational Services (CES) to conduct the search.

Board of Education Chair Christi Haskell is leading the Search Committee, which is composed of School Board members.

The new superintendent will replace Mr. Kenneth Di Pietro, who is retiring in June 2021 after leading the district since 2010. The successful candidate is expected to be chosen by April following a rigorous candidate review process, and will begin work by July 1, 2021.

CES has initiated outreach to superintendents and superintendent candidates throughout the Northeast and across the country as part of the recruitment process, in addition to posting the job opening on a number of education-related and employment websites, sharing it through professional networks, and delivering it directly to superintendent preparation programs in Connecticut.

The CES Executive Searches team will hold focus group meetings and conduct an online survey to garner community input and identify desirable leadership characteristics of the next superintendent. Dates and sites will be announced later for the focus group sessions, which will be held with students, parents, school staff, town boards, and Plainfield residents. The online survey will be open to Plainfield residents and school community members, and will be accessible on the district’s website, www.plainfieldschools.org.

Facilitating the search will be CES Executive Director Dr. Charles Dumais and consultant partners from The Bryan Group. The Plainfield Board of Education has chosen to use a rigorous, competency-based version of critical incident interviewing that produces the highest level of confidence in assessing a candidate’s fit with the district’s identified desirable attributes.

CES is a Trumbull-based organization that provides support and services to school districts and communities in Fairfield County, in addition to operating two magnet schools. Its Executive Searches division has located qualified candidates to fill superintendent, principal and other school administrative positions for districts and schools throughout Connecticut.


Plainfield Public Schools Superintendent Search Community Survey & Focus Groups

Dear Members of the Plainfield Community: 

The Plainfield Board of Education has begun a search for a new superintendent to follow Kenneth DiPietro, who has held the position since 2010. To help in that search, representatives from Cooperative Educational Services will be conducting a Community Survey and Focus Groups that will help the Board define the qualities of the person they are looking for to fill this important role for the schools and the community.

Community Survey: Please complete the survey (https://www.ces.k12.ct.us/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=268) by 11:59pm on Friday, February 5, 2021.

Focus Groups: Please consider participating in one of the designated group meetings to share your feedback. The sessions will be held remotely and may be accessed through this link - https://bit.ly/3iA3uqZ  (Meeting ID: 461 594 9866, Passcode: 408471).

The session schedule is:

Students

Monday, 02/01/2021, 3:00pm-3:45pm

Teachers

Monday, 02/01/2021,4:00pm-4:45pm

Town Officials

Monday, 02/01/2021, 5:00pm-5:45pm

Administrators

Wednesday, 02/03/2021, 3:00pm-3:45pm

Union Leaders

Wednesday, 02/03/2021, 4:00pm-4:45pm

Community Groups

Wednesday, 02/03/2021, 5:00pm-5:45pm

Parents

Wednesday, 02/03/2021, 6:00pm-6:45pm




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Did you know...

School’s Back in Session with FREE Meals

for All In-School and Remote-Learning Students!

Free Meals include both Breakfast and Lunch!

(available through December 31st or until USDA funds are depleted)
 

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that schools may extend the free meals program that our district participated in from March until August. Plainfield Public Schools have been approved to allow any child in the Town 18 years old or under regardless of financial eligibility status to receive FREE meals. This will begin Monday, September 14. This includes meals for students who are enrolled in our remote learning model and all students eating in school. Per the USDA, this program will be available through December 31, 2020, or until allocated Federal funding is depleted, whichever is sooner. We will continue to keep families updated if this occurs before December 31, 2020.

It is important that families submit updated free/reduced meal applications if there are any changes in household size or income. Confidential applications are accepted throughout the school year and, if approved, are effective through the last day of the 2020-2021 school year. Applications and instructions for applying can be found by visiting:

https://www.plainfieldschools.org/resources/school_lunch

Free meals for children 18 and under will only be provided as a complete meal per program

guidelines. Bagged meals picked up daily will include a nutritious lunch and a nutritious breakfast for the next day.

Students In-School Programs will receive meals in the classroom at their school.

Families with students on remote-home learning whether by choice or by the

alternate hybrid-day program may pickup meals at:

Plainfield High, Plainfield Central Middle, or Moosup Elementary

Monday –Friday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

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