Pembroke High School Weekly Update
Dear PHS Families,
Here are this week's updates and important reminders.
TERM 3 REPORT CARDS:
Today, all students received their T3 report cards. Any student that was absent today can get it from his or her Period 7 teacher when we return from April break. Report cards for students in Cohort D were mailed home today.
As I noted last week, on April 20, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will be voting on Commissioner Riley's recommendation to modify the Competency Determination requirements for members of the Class of 2022 so that those students will no longer be required to take the ELA and Mathematics MCAS. I will provide an update on that vote in my next email blast.
The Class of 2023 (Sophomore Class) is still scheduled to take the ELA and Mathematics MCAS exams on May 3, 4, 6, and 7. The Class of 2024 (Freshman Class) will take the Biology/STE MCAS exam on June 8 and 9. Students in Cohort D will still be expected to take the MCAS exams, and families will be contacted by Mr. Rix, our MCAS Coordinator as the testing windows open.
In addition to MCAS, the month of May also brings AP exams. Please see this important update on AP exams from our AP Coordinator, Mrs. Robin Conathan. It contains testing dates, times, and locations; important reminders for AP students; information about quarantining during AP exams, navigating digital exams, and more. This update has also been shared with our AP teachers and will be posted on their Google Classroom pages.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS AND UPDATES ABOUT RETURNING TO SCHOOL AFTER COVID-19 QUARANTINE:
As a reminder, parents/caregivers of a student that has tested positive for COVID-19 or that has been identified as a close contact from any setting (school, sports, home, community) must speak to our school nurse, Mrs. Turvey, and provide the proper documentation clearing the student prior to a return to school. Without Mrs. Turvey's confirmation of clearance, students must remain out of school. If your physician chooses to run both a rapid antigen test and a PCR test, your child must remain in quarantine until the PCR test confirms a negative result.
Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidance for students returning to sports at a "serious level" (i.e. grade 6 and above, including high school, more than once a week) after testing positive for COVID-19. Most significant is the guidance that requires a student that has tested positive for COVID-19 (symptomatic or asymptomatic) to be seen by his or her pediatrician to review the 14-point preparticipation screening evaluation with emphasis on cardiac symptoms and perform a complete physical examination. While the link to the guidance in its entirety can be found here, some key takeaways for our high school students are as follows:
"All youths who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 should not exercise until a physician clears them. It discusses considerations for evaluating youths with COVID-19 for resumption of physical activity or sports based on whether disease severity was asymptomatic/mild (illness was less than one week), moderate (illness was more than one week) or illness was severe/multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).
- Children with asymptomatic/mild illness: After their isolation time is completed, the primary care physician should review the 14-point preparticipation screening evaluation with emphasis on cardiac symptoms and perform a complete physical examination.
- Children with moderate illness: After symptom resolution (at least 10 days past the positive result), the primary care physician should review the 14-point preparticipation screening evaluation with emphasis on cardiac symptoms and perform a complete physical examination and an ECG.
- Children with severe illness/MIS-C: They should not exercise for at least three to six months and should obtain cardiology clearance prior to resuming training or competition. They may require other tests based on signs or symptoms."
Finally, we continue to remind families that if your child has covid symptoms, please do not send your child to school. Please reach out to Mrs. Turvey or your physician for guidance on the next steps.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION CEREMONY:
This week, our NHS Advisory, Mrs. Hillary Kniffen, announced to our 65 NHS inductees and their families that we will be celebrating this remarkable achievement with our annual NHS Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. outdoors on our athletic complex. With an outdoor capacity limit of 150, we can allow each inductee to bring one parent to view the event in person, with our friends at PAC TV live streaming the event for those that cannot attend. In the event of rain, we will shift the ceremony to Thursday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. However, this event would be inside the PHS Auditorium, where the capacity is only 100. Because of that limit, we would not be able to accommodate an in-person viewing. We fully understand how disappointing these capacity limits are for our entire community, but we are grateful that we have an opportunity to host some semblance of a ceremony to recognize these outstanding students on this remarkable accomplishment, and we once again thank PAC TV for allowing a viewing opportunity for anyone so inclined.
In closing, I wish all of our students and staff a restful April break. For our families that are taking some time together, we hope you enjoy every moment! Please continue to be safe. Do not hesitate to reach out if I can ever be of assistance.
Marc Talbot, Principal