Showing posts with label advisory. Show all posts
Showing posts with label advisory. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Redistricting Advisory Committee holds their Kickoff session Tuesday - 11/15/22 (audio)

FM #879 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 879 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Franklin Public Schools Redistricting Advisory Committee Kickoff Meeting held in the FHS Media Center on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. Some members participated remotely.   


Given this was a working session, the major whole group sections of the meeting audio is what is shared here. There are breaks in the audio when 

  • The members at each table introduced themselves

  • Time to read the handout before the breakout discussion was provided

  • The breakout discussion was held at each table


The breaks are indicated by a few seconds of music then the group discussion resumes


The edit meeting audio recording runs about 55 minutes. Let’s listen to Redistricting Advisory Committee Kick off Meeting


Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-879-fps-redistricting-advisory-cmte-kickoff-11-15-22

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Kickoff meeting agenda -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/11/reminder-franklin-school-committee.html 


Redistricting Advisory Committee page ->

https://www.franklinps.net/school-committee/2023-redistricting-advisory-committee 


Davis Thayer Facility Analysis page -> (includes links to McKibben demographics and Kaestle Boos Facility Assessment report) https://www.franklinps.net/district/davis-thayer-facilities-analysis


My notes in one Twitter threader document   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jE0y-NVlHADF3I4LYRUvaAwEfSZIRJG8/view?usp=share_link 


The photo album shared via Twitter of the pix taken of the meeting and presentation slides   https://photos.app.goo.gl/qnVcuezxBXi2T4Hb8 



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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


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If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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Redistricting Advisory Committee holds their Kickoff session Tuesday
Redistricting Advisory Committee holds their Kickoff session Tuesday

Monday, November 14, 2022

Reminder: Franklin School Committee - Redistricting Advisory Subcommittee - Nov 15, 2022 at 6 PM

 Franklin Public Schools - Franklin School Committee
Redistricting Advisory Subcommittee

November 15, 2022 - 6:00 PM
Franklin High School Media Center

A G E N D A
"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."
● Call to Order
● Introductions
● Project Goals and Objectives
● Timeline
● Project Approach/Workflow
● Guiding Principles
● Town Background
● District Background
● Questions/Discussion
● Adjourn


The agenda with remote connection info ->

Redistricting Advisory Subcommittee - Nov 15, 2022 at 6 PM
Redistricting Advisory Subcommittee - Nov 15, 2022 at 6 PM

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Space Needs Subcmte to recommend vendor for analysis work on redistricting (audio)

FM #843 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 843 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the School Committee - Space Needs Subcommittee meeting held in the 3rd floor conference room on Tuesday, Sep 13, 2022. 

 

SubCmte Chair - Al Charles; committee members - Denise Spencer, Elise Stokes; Central office support - Supt Lucas Giguere, Business Manager Miriam Goodman

 

The meeting reviewed their analysis of the proposal received from the potential consultants for the re-districting work to be done. One vendor AppGeo stood out from the other two. Discussion on pros and cons of the vendors; recommendation to be made to the full School Committee at the regularly scheduled meeting of Sep 27, 2022. Assuming recommendation approved, the vendor contract can then be set up through Procurement and some time thereafter, work could begin.

 

They also discussed the form and wordsmithed it for use it to gather folks from the stakeholder groups (parents, teachers/staff, community, etc.) for the Advisory Committee to help this subcommittee and the vendor prepare the proposal and plan for re-districting. 

 

Communications will be key, overcommunication is not bad to ensure everyone gets the word. Aside from those on the Advisory Committee, there will be options (forums, etc.) for others to provide input, ask questions, etc. as the process develops.

 

Next meeting set as placeholder for Oct 3, 4 PM.

 

The recording runs about 35 minutes, so let’s listen to the Space Needs discussion on Sep 13, 2022.  Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-843-fps-space-needs-subcmte-09-13-22

 


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Meeting agenda =>    https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/spaceneedssubcom-9_13_22.pdf 

 

My notes for the meeting captured via Twitter and then combined in one PDF =>  

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1edLAJ6ibNdaTAkCk_--0AIVWdvCb7MyE/view?usp=sharing 

 

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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"



With Davis Thayer closed the next analysis step is to consider redistricting
With Davis Thayer closed the next analysis step is to consider redistricting


Sunday, March 27, 2022

Senator Rausch Launches Local Small Business Advisory Council

SENATOR RAUSCH ANNOUNCES CREATION OF 

SMALL BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL 


Council is comprised of local business owners to inform economic recovery policies on Beacon Hill 

 

This morning (3/25/22), Senator Rausch hosted the inaugural meeting of her Small Business Advisory Council, consisting of eleven small business from across the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District. Spurred by the unique challenges small businesses face during the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council's mission is to create a consistent dialogue about issues facing small businesses from across the district to inform economic policy on Beacon Hill.  

 

The Massachusetts legislative session ends at the end of July, and the Senate will be debating the fiscal year 2023 budget this May. The four remaining months of the legislative session are a critical period to pass bills and allocate funding for Massachusetts communities and local projects across the state. 

 

"Small businesses have always been the backbones of our communities," said Senator Becca Rausch (D-Needham). "Our local business owners have faced countless challenges through this pandemic, but in my district, I have seen so much innovation and persistence from these local leaders. I am excited to give our communities' businesses a seat at the table to inform my work on Beacon Hill and meet the diverse needs of our local economy." 

 

The Senator's Small Business Advisory Council currently consists of the following 11 businesses: 

 

Last year, the Massachusetts Legislature approved $75 million in grant funding for small businesses grants through the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, which administered the largest state-sponsored business relief program in the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Applications for MGCC grants are due by April 4, 2022.   


Senator Becca Rausch represents the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District, comprised of Attleboro, Franklin, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Plainville, Sherborn, Wayland, Wellesley, and Wrentham. Senator Rausch serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture and the Senate Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
 
Senator Rausch Launches Local Small Business Advisory Council
Senator Rausch Launches Local Small Business Advisory Council

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Baker-Polito Administration Provides COVID-19 Update: "Unvaccinated individuals are five times more likely to contract COVID"

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced additional measures to address a recent rise in COVID-19 cases and to ensure acute care hospitals have sufficient capacity to care for both COVID and non-COVID patients.

The Commonwealth's healthcare system is facing a critical staffing shortage which has contributed to the loss of approximately 500 medical/surgical and ICU hospital beds since the beginning of the year. Hospitals are also seeing a high level of patients, many due to non-COVID related reasons.

Residents are reminded that getting a vaccine and booster remain the best way to protect against serious illness or hospitalization from COVID. The Department of Public Health (DPH) released updated COVID breakthrough data this week showing that 97% of COVID breakthrough cases in Massachusetts have not resulted in hospitalization or death. Unvaccinated individuals are five times more likely to contract COVID than fully vaccinated individuals and 31 times more likely to contract COVID than individuals who have a booster.

Massachusetts is a national leader in COVID-19 vaccinations, with over 94% of eligible residents having received at least one dose. Over 89% of the entire Massachusetts population has at least one dose, and 74% of the entire population fully vaccinated. Massachusetts also leads the nation in vaccinating communities of color, with 68% of all black residents and 67% of all Hispanic residents receiving at least one dose, compared to 42.0% of black residents and 51.7% of Hispanic residents nationally.

National Guard Activation

Governor Charlie Baker today will activate up to 500 members of the Massachusetts National Guard to address the non-clinical support needs of hospitals and transport systems. Up to 300 of these Guard members will begin training this week and will support 55 acute care hospitals, as well as 12 ambulance service providers across the Commonwealth.

DPH surveyed all hospitals and ambulance service providers, and in concert with the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, has identified five key roles that non-clinical Guard personnel can serve in support hospital operations for up to 90 days:

  • Non-emergency transport between facilities: driving ambulances used to transfer patients between two healthcare locations such as when patients are discharged from a hospital and transferred to a long term care facility. 
  • Patient observers: providing continuous or frequent observation of a patient who is at risk for harm to themselves.  
  • Security support: helping to maintain a safe workplace.
  • In-hospital transport: bringing patients via wheelchair or, if needed, stretcher, from their patient room to tests such as x-ray or CT scan, or from the emergency department to their inpatient floor. 
  • Food service/tray delivery support: delivering patient meals to their rooms

Guard personnel will be deployed to the field beginning December 27th, 2021.

Elective Surgery Guidance

DPH released updated guidance to hospitals concerning nonessential, elective invasive procedures. To preserve health care personnel resources, effective 12:01am on December 27th, all hospitals are directed to postpone or cancel all nonessential elective procedures likely to result in inpatient admission in order to maintain and increase inpatient capacity.

Patients are reminded to still seek necessary care at their hospital or from their health care provider.

To read the guidance, click here.

Mask Advisory

DPH released an updated mask advisory today, recommending that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask or face covering in indoor, public spaces.

DPH particularly urges this recommendation for individuals who have a weakened immune system, or are at increased risk for severe disease because of age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in their household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.

All people in Massachusetts (regardless of vaccination status) are required to continue wearing face coverings in certain settings, including transportation and health care facilities.  Please see here for a complete list of venues where face coverings have remained mandatory since May 29, 2021.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's current mask requirement and Policy on Vaccination Rate Threshold issued on September 27th, 2021 is not impacted by this advisory. 

To read the full advisory, visit: here. 

"Unvaccinated individuals are five times more likely to contract COVID"
"Unvaccinated individuals are five times more likely to contract COVID"


Friday, July 16, 2021

MA Fish & Game: please "stop using bird feeders and bird baths as a precaution"

MA Fish & Game (@MassDFG) tweeted on Thu, Jul 15, 2021:
A mysterious illness is killing #SongBirds in the mid-Atlantic. While the disease is not known to be in New England at this time, we're asking the public to report observations of dead birds and stop using bird feeders and bird baths as a precaution.

https://t.co/fATsTbvXfP   or

Shared from Twitter: https://t.co/iogO0wJymL

MA Fish & Game:  please "stop using bird feeders and bird baths as a precaution"
MA Fish & Game:  please "stop using bird feeders and bird baths as a precaution"


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

SWAC invites you to "Give 2020 the Boot(camp) December Fitness Challenge"

The FPS Student Wellness Advisory Council (SWAC) invites our families and the entire Franklin community to participate in the "Give 2020 the Boot(camp) December Fitness Challenge"!  Physical activity plays a vital role in our overall health and well-being, but sometimes getting started or knowing what to do is a hurdle.  SWAC's Physical Activity Sub-Committee has curated a month of fitness challenges you can do at home; no equipment is necessary! 

Check out our "Give 2020 the Boot(camp) Fitness Challenge" calendar for links to different exercises to do each day starting tomorrow, December 1st. Keep track of your success on the attached printable calendar, or anywhere! You can also create your own fitness routine!  No matter how you do it or how you track it, we can work together and motivate each other to enter a new year stronger and healthier! 

Let's Give 2020 the Boot, Franklin! #SWACfitnesschallenge 

Find the SWAC Fitness Challenge Clickable Calendar on our website here: https://bit.ly/Swac2020
 
Find the printable SWAC Fitness Calendar here: https://bit.ly/Swac2020print
 
Shared from Facebook https://www.facebook.com/104696090899733/posts/409549653747707/
 
 
"Give 2020 the Boot(camp) December Fitness Challenge"
"Give 2020 the Boot(camp) December Fitness Challenge"

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Franklin Public Schools, MA: Nutrition Infographic


"Franklin Public School SWAC (Student Wellness Advisory Council) is sharing this infographic to provide our families with some helpful nutrition tips!  #swac #nutrition #healthychoices  "
Shared from Twitter: https://t.co/jCzTgrmLun
 
Other info from the SWAC can be found at


helpful nutrition tips
helpful nutrition tips

Monday, May 18, 2020

Safer-at-Home Advisory (Stay-At-Home updated)


Phase 1

  • People over the age of 65 and people who have underlying health conditions – who are at high risk for COVID-19 – should continue to stay home except for essential errands such as going to the grocery store and to attend to healthcare needs
  • All residents are advised to leave home only for healthcare, worship and permitted work, shopping, and outdoor activities
  • When going to the pharmacy ask if you can fill your prescriptions for 90 days if possible; for some medications this is not allowed. If you are at high-risk, try to use a mail-order service
  • Don’t participate in close contact activities such as pick-up sports games
  • All residents are REQUIRED to cover their face when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public
  • Parents should limit play dates for children
  • Refrain from visiting nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, or other residential care settings
  • All residents are advised to wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soapy water
  • All residents are advised to be vigilant, monitor for symptoms and stay home if you feel sick
  • Use remote modes of communication like phone or video chat instead of visiting friends or family who are high risk for COVID-19
Shared from https://www.mass.gov/news/safer-at-home-advisory

Links to what was shared earlier on the report, etc.
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/05/gov-baker-update-on-reopening-ma-51820.html

Safer-at-Home Advisory (Stay-At-Home updated)
Safer-at-Home Advisory (Stay-At-Home updated)

Gov Baker update on Reopening MA 5/18/20


The Reopening Mass page
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information#reopening-massachusetts-

Download the Report  https://www.mass.gov/doc/reopening-massachusetts-may-18-2020/download

Safer at Home Advisory  https://www.mass.gov/news/safer-at-home-advisory

Gov Baker YouTube link = https://youtu.be/VrnY_dON330?t=303




Sunday, May 17, 2020

Reopening: Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces

From the Reopening Advisory Board page at MA.gov:

Overview

The Department of Public Health (DPH) and the COVID-19 Command Center developed new Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards in consultation with the Reopening Advisory Board. These new standards will apply universally to all workplaces that are open in Phase 1, and are designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to employees and customers during the first phase of reopening, and are applicable to all sectors and industries.

The Administration is releasing these Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards early, in advance of the start of Phase 1, to give workplaces time to plan and prepare for reopening.

These safety standards will be supplemented by sector-specific safety protocols and recommended best practices, which will provide further details and limited exceptions.

Social Distancing
  • All persons, including employees, customers, and vendors should remain at least six feet apart to the greatest extent possible, both inside and outside workplaces
  • Establish protocols to ensure that employees can practice adequate social distancing
  • Provide signage for safe social distancing
  • Require face coverings or masks for all employees

Hygiene Protocols
  • Provide hand washing capabilities throughout the workplace
  • Ensure frequent hand washing by employees and adequate supplies to do so
  • Provide regular sanitization of high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms throughout work site

Staffing and Operations
  • Provide training for employees regarding the social distancing and hygiene protocols
  • Employees who are displaying COVID19-like symptoms do not report to work
  • Establish a plan for employees getting ill from Covid-19 at work, and a return-to-work plan

Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • Establish and maintain cleaning protocols specific to the business
  • When an active employee is diagnosed with COVID19, cleaning and disinfecting must be performed
  • Disinfection of all common surfaces must take place at intervals appropriate to said workplace

Sector Specific Safety Protocols

  • ​​​​​​The Reopening Advisory Board is developing Sector Specific Safety Standards and Best Practices that will detail how particular industries should operate upon reopening, as well as provide for limited exceptions to the mandatory standards. These sector specific standards are forthcoming.

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-mandatory-safety-standards-for-workplaces

Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards
Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Public Health Advisory - August 28, 2019

DEAR FRANKLIN RESIDENTS:

In response to the elevated risk of mosquito-borne illness this year, the Franklin Board of Health is requesting all home owners conduct a brief survey of their property to identify sources of standing water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant/standing water found in clogged gutters, birdbaths, unmaintained swimming pools and swimming pool covers, tires, buckets and other containers as small as a bottle cap. Homeowners can significantly impact mosquito populations and better protect their families from mosquito-borne illness by eliminating these breeding sites on their property.

Unmaintained swimming pools must be drained, chlorinated or tightly covered to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in the standing water. Alternatively, homeowners may apply BTI mosquito dunks/pellets; a safe, natural occurring soil bacteria in pellet/donut form to standing water to effectively kill mosquito larvae for up to 30 days. Property owners are also urged to drain and wipe clean bird baths at least twice per week. Children’s wading pools should be emptied and turned over after each use.

Homeowners should also carefully inspect all window and door screens for damage, and repair or replace screens as necessary to prevent mosquitoes from entering their homes.

Ultimately, the most effective preventative measures are to avoid being outdoors during peak mosquito biting times if possible. Diligently apply a bug repellent containing 25-30% DEET and wear long sleeved shirts and long pants when outside.

The current threat is expected to remain elevated until the first hard frost of the season, which typically occurs in mid to late October.

If residents have questions or concerns you may contact the Franklin Health Department @508-520- 4905 during normal business hours, or email dmckearney@franklinma.gov at any time.


David E. McKearney, R.S. 
Public Health Director 
Franklin Health Department


Public Health Advisory - August 28, 2019
Public Health Advisory - August 28, 2019

Monday, January 28, 2019

"committee is preparing to model out the different options"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"A committee of elected officials, business leaders and transportation experts tasked with identifying possible improvements to the state’s commuter rail system is considering a wide range of options, from investing in new vehicles to electrifying the entire network. 
After months of research, the MBTA’s Rail Vision Advisory Committee has identified seven options for improving the system. All would require significant investment, and committee members hope their work will help improve service for the public. 
The panel’s work lies early in the planning phase — and the committee itself will not be responsible for the final decision — but progress is showing. Last week, the group discussed how the options will be analyzed with advanced modeling software to get a better sense of the impacts. In the coming months, the final findings will be presented to the public and to state leaders who will decide what, if any, changes to make."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190127/panel-envisions-range-of-options-for-commuter-rail

For more about the Rail Vision visit the MBTA page
https://www.mbta.com/projects/rail-vision


MBTA’s Rail Vision Advisory Committee
MBTA’s Rail Vision Advisory Committee

Sunday, June 17, 2018

In the News: Wayland to see school start time alternatives; MetroWest student Film Festival starts

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"After years of discussion, the (Wayland, MA) School Committee will finally have a choice of possible solutions for a later start time at the middle and high schools. 
The discussion dates back to at least 2004, when a town task force concluded students aren’t getting enough sleep, but that getting to the point of a later start time is “complicated.” 
Superintendent Arthur Unobskey is expected to present the solutions at Monday’s School Committee meeting. 
“I anticipate the School Committee will choose one of the options,” Unobskey told the Daily News. 
Options will call for an 8:30 or 8:45 a.m. start time at the middle and high school. Currently, the opening bell is 7:35 at the middle school and 7:30 at the high school."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180617/wayland-school-committee-to-see-options-for-school-start-times

Franklin also has a School Start Times Advisory Committee working to put a similar proposal together. If accepted it would be start no earlier than Sep 2019. The link to the Committee's page for meeting agendas, research, etc. 
http://franklinschool.vt-s.net/pages/FranklinCom_StartTimeAdvCom



"The next Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg could be among us, and a new film festival next spring could be where they’re found. 
It’s billed as the first film festival for students in MetroWest, and it’s appropriately called the MetroWest Student Film Festival. 
It’s coming next April 4-7 to The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN), 14 Summer St., and organizers said it will be an annual event. 
“It gives young people an opportunity to showcase their talents and passion for the arts,” said Kerry Fraser, marketing coordinator for TCAN."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180617/student-film-festival-coming-to-metrowest