September 8, 2021

Dear Roxbury Community,

I hope this correspondence finds you well and relaxed after the long weekend. In review of current district data and in collaboration with building leadership, we have made some adjustments to our protocols to best serve the community while also adhering to the directive of the Department of Education to provide and support in-person instruction. Covid positive cases will no longer be reported through school communication. Instead, current data will be available on our website here and will offer the most up-to-date snapshot of our district’s health.

Quarantining of students exposed to Covid positive cases continues to be practiced to ensure the health and safety of all. Students who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic are not required to quarantine and are not considered a close contact. While obtaining a vaccination continues to be a choice, vaccinations have been shown to mitigate the chances of severe illness from Covid.

Students who have been quarantined due to a school-related close contact are permitted to stream into classrooms during the length of time related to the quarantine. Length of quarantines will be determined based upon the most recent CDC guidance and in coordination with our local health officials. Your school nurse will be able to direct you in quarantining protocols.

Students who are self-quarantined due to either an exposure of a confirmed Covid-positive case of a household contact or outside contact, a live streaming opportunity will be provided only with the completion and submission of the Google Form found here.  The information in the Google Form may be shared with our Local Health Department. Students who participate in the live streaming opportunity will be considered excused, virtually present during the length of their quarantine. Live streaming may not be available on the same day as form submission. Live streaming will be available within a 24-hour period. We look forward to and anticipate your cooperation and understanding as we continue to navigate unusual and unique circumstances while working towards a successful recovery and more typical school year after the pandemic.

Please continue to be vigilant and practice healthy protocols to keep our students healthy and our schools open. The Department of Education, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics and CDC as noted in the Executive Orders 251 and 253 agree that “in-person learning is critical for educational and social development of children.” As for our part, we are working to ensure safe and healthy environments through the continuation of our remedial measures. 

Decisions will continue to be made based on current data and in coordination with our Local Health Department, Administration, and Department of Education. We thank you for your partnership as we move into another school year that requires flexibility, patience, and collaboration. As the vicissitudes of the year dictate, you will receive updates from me.  As we’ve learned, protocols, quarantines, and all things Covid, are subject to change. I sincerely wish you a healthy and successful school year.

Yours in Education,

Loretta L. Radulic, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools