Sunday, January 2, 2022

Franklin Public Schools - email on returning to school Monday, Jan 3, 2022

FPS email regarding the return to school Monday, January 3rd - Please read

Dear Franklin Families,
I imagine that there is a lot of nervousness as we return from break and a lot of questions. I will attempt to address as many of these as possible in this communication.
I’d like to take a moment to reassure everyone of how much we have collectively learned as a community in managing COVID for these past 22 months. With a collective effort, care and consideration for each other, and good communication, we will weather yet another series of adjustments and spike of cases.
As we return from break, we recommit to our health and safety measures, there are some updates to the testing and quarantine protocols, and it is a good time to remind everyone of our layered mitigation measures and our health and safety practices.
Although some districts have canceled, I do not feel that the data warrants this level of disruption to our routines. However, in order to adequately prepare for students’ arrival on Monday morning, given some additional safety measures being put into place, we will have a two-hour delayed start for students on Monday, January 3.
When Franklin Public Schools has a delayed opening, ECDC will have a cancellation/delayed opening as follows:
  • ECDC morning session (9:15-11:45) will be canceled
  • ECDC full day and extended sessions (9:15-3:15 and 9:15-1:15) will delay opening as indicated (for example, if there is a 2-hour delay, the school will open for students at 11:15 and dismiss at the regularly scheduled time).
  • The delayed opening will NOT impact the afternoon session (12:45-3:15)
As with a spike in cases last winter, we remain committed to having our school buildings open and doing so as long as we can safely supervise students. We will be continually assessing staffing and coverage. If you know of anyone interested in serving as a substitute, please direct them to the employment section of our website.
Additional Safety Measures Being Implemented
Mask wearing
Masks and face coverings are still required by all individuals in all of our schools, unless an exemption has been granted.
KN-95 masks are being provided to faculty and staff, courtesy of DESE, and will be distributed to staff on Monday morning.
Parents/guardians are reminded to please provide your child with a mask for school. We have supplies to provide them as an extra in the event that one is forgotten or that one breaks, but we do not have an unlimited supply to provide all children with masks each day. We also encourage you to consider upgrading your child’s mask .
COVID-19 Testing
We will continue with Test and Stay of school-based, non-exempt close contacts and with testing of symptomatic individuals.
We are exploring the possibility of initiating pool testing with our testing vendor.
You may still sign up for testing: https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma
DESE is providing faculty and staff with rapid antigen tests. Faculty and staff will be able to pick these up on Sunday or Monday to use prior to return to school. Testing is not required but is an encouraged optional service.
Unfortunately, there are no antigen tests being provided for students. Tests can be difficult to obtain, but families may want to consider testing their child at home prior to coming to school on Monday. Testing of students will not be required.
Distancing
Although there is no distancing requirement in place, we will recommit to distancing as possible, especially when students are eating.
Ventilation
All classrooms and workspaces have been outfitted with portable HEPA filtration units. They will be turned on each morning in classrooms and workspaces. All filters were recently changed this fall.
Windows will be opened, as tolerated, to promote fresh air circulating.
Hand Hygiene
We will continue to implement good hand hygiene practices.
Students will wash their hands regularly throughout the day (using hand sanitizer, if needed)
Custodians are being asked to double-check hand sanitizer units and restock, if needed.
Faculty and staff will check sanitization supplies in classrooms and offices and we will be sure that they are stocked for student arrival on Monday.
Meetings
We are moving meetings to a remote environment, wherever possible, until February vacation.
Vaccination
Families are encouraged to vaccinate their children as a means of protection against severe illness and infection.
Families are also encouraged to have their child receive a booster shot, if eligible.
Families are also encouraged to have their child vaccinated against the flu.
Updates to Testing and Quarantine Protocols
The CDC adjusted its protocol recommendations over winter break. DESE and DPH issued an update on December 30, 2021, which went into effect immediately. Their guidance is linked above and will be updated on our website on Monday. Two of the main changes in this document include (but are not limited to):
The isolation time for COVID-19 positive individuals is reduced to be as low as 5 days after symptom onset or after positive PCR or antigen test, if asymptomatic. Individuals may return to school on Day 6 if they have been without a fever for 24 hours, and experienced improvement in other symptoms.
Non-exempt school-based close contacts participating in “Test and Stay” will do so for 5 days (previously 7 days).
Reminder about Additional Layered Mitigation Strategies
  • We have UVGI installed throughout FHS and in common spaces of our smaller schools
  • FPS Cleaning Protocols
  • Individuals monitor for symptoms and stay home when sick, and test if appropriate.
I know that this is a time of high concern. Our mitigation strategies are intentionally layered and no one measure is perfect but, taken together, they have been supporting a safe school environment.
We appreciate your understanding of taking some time Monday morning to effectively shore up these additional mitigation efforts to promote a healthy environment.
Sincerely,
Sara Ahern
Superintendent of Schools


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Franklin, MA: Board of Health - Meeting Agenda - Jan 5, 2022

FRANKLIN BOARD OF HEALTH
DULY SCHEDULED MEETING and PUBLIC HEARING
3rd floor Training Room
WEDNESDAY, January 5, 2022, 5:00 P.M.

AGENDA

1) Reading and Acceptance of December 8, 2021 meeting minutes

2) PUBLIC HEARING
The use of existing septic tanks in repair or upgrade situations regulation.

3) OLD BUSINESS

4) NEW BUSINESS
  • 27 Winter Street meeting with new owners
  • Metacomet Shared Service grant regional inspector report
  • Metacomet Shared Service grant Public health nurse update
  • Metacomet Shared Service grant Epidemiologist hiring update
  • 69 Cleveland Ave local upgrade
  • COVID testing kits
Chairman opens the floor for any other new business

5) CITIZENS COMMENTARY

6) ADJOURNMENT


Franklin, MA: Board of Health - Meeting Agenda - Jan 5, 2022
Franklin, MA: Board of Health - Meeting Agenda - Jan 5, 2022

New January Workshops for 50+Job Seekers in MA Statewide Networking Groups


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Happy New Year!

 

We have an exciting line-up of 50+ Job Seekers events and workshops for January 2022!

  

Tues, Jan 4th, 10 am - 12 pm: G2G (Give to Get)


G2G is an open forum for Q&A, breakouts to work on homework assignments, and plenty of time to network and connect with fellow 50+ job seekers. Every attendee will have their name put on the Wheel of Names. You could win a free coaching session! (SEE ZOOM DETAIL BELOW)


Tues, Jan 11th, 10 am - 12 pm: Resumes Part 1: Summary & Formatting

Interactive Workshop


Your professional summary is often the first view a company has of how you introduce and describe yourself and the skills you offer. Formatting can affect your resume's chance of being interpreted correctly by Applicant Tracking Software (ATS). Your resume is your primary marketing document. It must present the best you! (SEE ZOOM DETAIL BELOW)

 

New Savvy Seeker Series!

The Savvy Seeker Series is a new series of information sessions to help 50+ job seekers become more savvy about programs, resources and additional topics, while you are seeking employment.

Thurs, Jan 13th, 11 am – 12 pm:

What is SCSEP?

Savvy Seeker Series with Dave Bassett!


Dave Bassett is the Director of the SCSEP at Operation ABLE


If you are a job seeker 55 years old and up...and looking for employment, this program may be for you. Dave will introduce you to the Senior Community Service Employment Program, known as SCSEP. Please Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqc-6rpzMoGteLQdWjZBl2aFOdYMNJDFkY

Thurs, Jan 20th, 2 pm - 4 pm: What are Recruiters Looking For?

Special Event - Recruiters Panel


At this session you will learn:

• How recruiters work to find candidates.

• What they expect and need from job seekers.

• How they interact and work with employers.

• How to tell a great recruiter from a decent recruiter.

 

Knowing how to work with recruiters significantly enhances your odds of landing a job sooner. Please Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpceipqjIvG9OBVt9p0h8Bf8xOYtpuxVCR

 

Tues, Jan 25th, 10 am - 12 pm: Resumes Part 2: Experience 

Interactive Workshop

In this session you will learn how to write distinctive, tight, lean, clean resume experience sections with meaning and power! (SEE ZOOM DETAIL BELOW)

Thurs, Jan 27th, 11 am - 12 pm: 

Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment, Part I

Savvy Seeker Series with David Guydan!


David Guydan is Director of Discovery Centers for Civic Engagement, which supports volunteerism through Councils on Aging throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Combining purposeful volunteering as part of a job search can increase the chances of landing a paid position. Explore the possibilities in this one-hour virtual seminar, grounded in research on the benefits of volunteerism. Learn about the "new retirement" and an expanded set of options available today for encore careers, whether paid or unpaid. Seminar attendees will leave with new information on how volunteering leads to paid jobs and a roadmap of how to use meaningful volunteer activities as a pathway to employment.

Please Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIudu6rqj4iHdNmENiKT5G8hlg_UtslVC56


This seminar is the first part of a two-part series on volunteerism. Part 2, on February 24th from 10:30 am - 12 pm, will feature a panel discussion by experts in the fields of civic engagement, volunteerism, and employment.


Questions: Email us at 50plusjobseekersadmin@mcoaonline.com

 

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Franklin TV and wfpr.fm schedule for Sunday, Jan 2, 2022

  • Franklin All Access TV - Our Public Access Channel (Comcast 8, Verizon 26) = SUNDAY
7:00 am Reflections: 01-03-16
8:00 am Cultural District: Brent Selby
9:30 am Grace Baptist Church: 12-19-21
10:30 am Whole Health Visions: Life Coaches Pt. 2
11:00 am Senior Connection: Cookies
11:30 am Once Upon A Town: Ray Block
12:00 pm Norfolk County Prevention Coalition: Fire Safety
12:30 pm Ben Gardner's Boat
3:30:00 pm SAFE Coalition: PSA
4:00:00 pm Arts Advocacy: Impact
4:30 pm The Black Box: Newsies
6:00 pm SAFE Coalition: Youth Sports
7:00 pm Extended Play Sessions: Acoustic X
8:00 pm Reflections: 01-03-16
8:30 pm Santa on the Common 2021
9:00 pm U. S. Army: Jazz Ambassadors 04-01-19

  • Franklin Pride TV - Our Educational Channel (Comcast 96, Verizon 28) =SUNDAY
8:30 am It Takes A Village: Janice Houlihan
10:00 am FHS Girls Varsity Hockey: v Longmeadow 12-31-21
11:30 am Public School Concert: Elementary Winter Music Pt. 1 12-11-18
1:00 pm Public School Event: Remington Winter Music 2021
2:30 pm FHS Girls Varsity Basketball
4:30 pm Community Arts Advocacy Day: A Discussion
5:30 pm SAFE Coalition: Youth Sports
6:30 pm FHS Boys Varsity Basketball: v Attleboro 12-17-21
9:00 pm FHS Varsity Swimming: v Mansfield 12-16-21 

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf     

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Saturday, January 1, 2022

Community Preservation Committee - Jan 4, 2022 - Agenda - Public Hearing

Community Preservation Committee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
January 4, 2022 - 7:00 PM


Agenda:
1. Approval of Minutes
2. Public Hearing #1:
a. Citizens hearing for ideas, questions or proposals on how to use the Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds to incorporate into the CPA Plan. 


Agenda doc with remote connection info


Audio discussion with three members in advance of the public hearings


Conversation on the Community Preservation Public Hearings - Jan 4/Jan 18 (audio)
Conversation on the Community Preservation Public Hearings - Jan 4/Jan 18 (audio)

Boston Globe: "In memoriam of victims of domestic violence"

"For more than 30 years, advocates for victims of domestic violence have maintained a tragic roll call of intimate partner deaths in Massachusetts. Although this state ranks near the bottom of domestic abuse homicides nationally, each death echoes in an expanding ring of trauma, often involving children. This year, according to Jane Doe Inc., a coalition of organizations working against domestic violence and sexual assault, 13 women and one man were allegedly killed by their partners, two of whom then committed suicide. Another victim was simply associated with a target. At least 23 children are now without a parent.

In a strange way, the list is a testament to the success of Massachusetts gun laws, as most of the victims had not been shot. Nationally, firearms are used in 54 percent of fatal domestic violence cases; in Massachusetts it is closer to 30 percent. Without the swift lethality of guns, some victims have a better chance of surviving or escaping. This state also has a robust network of programs and organizations where targets of abuse can find protection, keeping the numbers relatively low."
Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required)
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/12/31/opinion/memoriam-victims-domestic-violence/

Cathleen Liberty, Franklin Health Director, talks with Marcia Szymanski, Executive Director of New Hope, in this episode of The Topic.    https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/12/the-topic-003-marcia-symanski-new-hope.html


The Topic: 003 - Marcia Symanski - New Hope
The Topic: 003 - Marcia Symanski - New Hope

FHS girls hockey finished tie with Longmeadow 2-2 in OT

Via HockomockSports.com and Twitter, we share the results of the FHS winter sports action on Friday:

Girls Hockey = Franklin, 2 vs. Longmeadow, 2 – Final (OT) 
– Freshman Julia Flynn scored with just under seven minutes left in the game to pull even, helping the Panthers grab a point over a scoreless overtime period. Franklin took the lead when Avery Greco lit the lamp, assisted by Shaw Downing and Molly Hurley. Izzy Brown had a great game in net while head coach Margie Burke noted it was a great team effort. 

For other results around the Hockomock League


FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Senate President Spilka: From the Bottom of my Heart - Thank You


Dear Friend,

As 2021 draws to a close, my heart is filled with gratitude. To everyone who has supported the work of the Massachusetts State Senate and me personally, I just want to say: thank you.

Like so many of you, my 2021 was filled with ups and downs.

I have been incredibly proud of the work the Massachusetts State Senate has done this year to continue to address the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including seeing a $4 billion economic recovery package signed into law, as well as passing a comprehensive bill to reform mental health care delivery in Massachusetts.

But I have also had my share of struggles, including being diagnosed by my doctors as having had a mild stroke in November. I am feeling stronger every day, and my doctors expect a full recovery within a matter of weeks. As I reflect on this experience, I am so very grateful to the medical professionals I worked with for their assistance, especially as many have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic to care for those with COVID-19.

I am also grateful to everyone who has reached out to support me in my recovery. Because of your support, I am energized by the work ahead. We have important work to do on mental health care, childcare, our climate and much more. I look forward to working with all of you on the issues that matter most to the residents of our Commonwealth.

As we move into a new year, I wish you and yours a very happy and healthy 2022!
Warm regards,
Sharing Awareness About Stroke
In mid-November, I experienced what my doctors diagnosed as a mild stroke. I shared my story in a televised interview because I wanted people to see firsthand that I'm doing well.

I also feel it would be a missed opportunity not to speak up. I hope that by telling my story, I can help raise awareness about those who have survived and thrived after experiencing stroke, and encourage those who are experiencing symptoms to seek help immediately.

Watch my televised interview with Alison King of NBC Boston here.
Political Harmony in Massachusetts
I had a lot of fun joining in Alison King's annual tradition, 'Political Harmony' to join my colleagues and partners in government in singing "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town." Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful tradition.

Watch this holiday video here.
Wishing you Happy Holidays!
Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2022!

Senate President Karen E. Spilka | Massachusetts State House, Room 332, Boston, MA 02133

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Boston Globe: "Massachusetts jobless fund is $115 million in the red"

"After months of delay, the Baker administration chose New Year’s Eve to deliver the news: The state fund that pays jobless benefits has a deficit of about $115 million.

Trying to bury bad news just before the weekend or a holiday is standard PR practice for companies and politicians alike. But you know what? Governor Charlie Baker’s team chose a sleepy Friday and last day of the year to release news that is . . . not too bad.

It’s no surprise the Massachusetts unemployment insurance trust fund is in the red after the state paid out a total of $22 billion in jobless benefits in 2020 and $11.8 billion in 2021. In 2019, payments ran about $1.6 billion."
Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required)
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/12/31/business/massachusetts-jobless-fund-is-115-million-red/

The administration of Governor Charlie Baker hasn't provided a timetable or amount for a potential sale of bonds to help replenish the state's unemployment insurance trust fund.JONATHAN WIGGS/GLOBE STAFF
The administration of Governor Charlie Baker hasn't provided a timetable or amount for a potential sale of bonds to help replenish the state's unemployment insurance trust fund. JONATHAN WIGGS/GLOBE STAFF


"virus traces in the waste water have risen extremely fast over the last three weeks"

"Levels of coronavirus detected in Boston-area waste water have reached new highs, with seven-day averages that shatter previous record-breaking levels.

On Dec. 29, the seven-day average of virus traces in the waste water in the southern sample of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority’s territory was 8,164 RNA copies/mL. That’s up from 2,574 RNA copies/mL on Dec. 23, meaning the average has more than tripled in the last six days.

Waste-water testing serves as an early warning sign for a COVID-19 surge. Cambridge-based Biobot Analytics, which tests the waste water coming into MWRA’s Deer Island treatment plant, has said it has found the amount of virus in the waste water is correlated with newly diagnosed coronavirus cases four to 10 days later."
Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required)
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/12/31/nation/coronavirus-detected-boston-area-waste-water-reaches-startling-new-highs/

Test results from MWRA’s pilot study to track waste water at the Deer Island treatment plant for indicators of COVID-19 infection.MASSACHUSETTS WATER RESOURCES AUTHORITY
Test results from MWRA’s pilot study to track waste water at the Deer Island treatment plant for indicators of COVID-19 infection.MASSACHUSETTS WATER RESOURCES AUTHORITY


Franklin TV and wfpr.fm schedule for Saturday, Jan 1, 2022

  • wfpr.fm = Saturday or 102.9 on the FM dial
9:00 AM = “Franklin Matters Radio”
10:00 AM = “Frank’s Music with Frank Falvey” 
11:00 AM = “Music to Lift the Spirit “
12:00 PM = “SAFE Radio” 
1:00 PM = “The Wonderful World of Wine” 
2:00 PM = “ Chapters” 
3:00 PM  = “Franklin Matters Radio”
4:00 PM = “Senior Story Hour “
5:00 PM = “Talkin’ the Blues”  

  • Franklin All Access TV - Our Public Access Channel (Comcast 8, Verizon 26) = SATURDAY
7:30 am Norfolk County Prevention Coalition: Fire Safety
8:00 am Veterans' Call: Matt Ching Pt. 1
9:00 am Cooking Thyme: Candy Apples
9:30 am Candlepin New Generation: Show 10
10:00 am Once Upon A Town: Ray Block
10:30 am Santa on the Common 2021
11:30 am FHS Varsity Swimming: v Mansfield 12-16-21
1:30 pm FHS Fall Art Show 2021
2:00 pm FHS Girls Varsity Basketball: v Canton 12-14-21
4:00 pm The Drummers Studio: 11th Anniversary Show One
5:30 pm Ben Gardner's Boat
8:30 pm Senior Connection: Cookies
9:30 pm Circle of Friends: Freebo, Alice Howe & Kirsten Maxwell

  • Franklin Pride TV - Our Educational Channel (Comcast 96, Verizon 28) = SATURDAY
8:00 am FHS Girls Varsity Basketball: v Canton 12-14-21
10:00 am FHS Boys Varsity Hockey: v St. John's Shrewsbury 12-20-21
1:00 pm FHS Boys Varsity Basketball: v Attleboro 12-17-21
3:05 pm SAFE Coalition: Youth Sports
4:30 pm FHS Varsity Swimming: v Mansfield 12-16-21
7:30 pm It Takes A Village: Janice Houlihan
8:30 pm ArtWeek: FHS Jazz & Kenny Hadley Band
8:00 am FHS Girls Varsity Basketball: v Canton 12-14-21
10:00 am FHS Boys Varsity Hockey: v St. John's Shrewsbury 12-20-21
1:00 pm FHS Boys Varsity Basketball: v Attleboro 12-17-21
3:05 pm SAFE Coalition: Youth Sports
4:30 pm FHS Varsity Swimming: v Mansfield 12-16-21
7:30 pm It Takes A Village: Janice Houlihan
8:30 pm ArtWeek: FHS Jazz & Kenny Hadley Band

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf     

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