Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Cases at BHS and Lane ~ April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021
* One (1) new COVID-19 positive case at Lane School (LS case #15).  No close contacts.
* Two (2) new COVID-19 positive cases at BHS (BHS Case #55 and #56).  Close contacts have been identified.
* There are currently two (2) active COVID-19 cases in the Lane School community at this time.
* There are currently two (2) active COVID-19 cases in the BHS community at this time.
* These cases do not appear to be connected or related to previous cases identified in    the schools.
* Please consider signing up your child for pooled testing so we can identify asymptomatic cases:  Bedford Pooled Testing Sign Up.

Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Cases at JGMS and Lane ~ April 7, 2021

April 7, 2021

* Two (2) new COVID-19 positive cases at JGMS (JGMS case #19 and #20). One of these cases is a result of a positive pool and close contacts have been identified for both cases. 

* One (1) new COVID-19 positive case at Lane School (LS Case #14).  This case was identified as a result of a positive pool and close contacts have been identified. 

* There are currently four (4) active COVID-19 positive cases in the JGMS community at this time. 

* There is currently one (1) active COVID-19 case in the Lane School community at this time. 

* These cases do not appear to be connected or related to previous cases identified in    the schools.   

* To sign up your child for pooled testing: Bedford Pooled Testing 

Thanksgiving Football Rivalry Ends

The 48-year-old Thanksgiving football rivalry between Bedford and Concord-Carlisle High Schools is no more.

“We thought it was the best thing for the future of our program to make the change,” said BHS Director of Athletics Keith Mangan. “This is something that we have been considering for the past few years, based on the outcome of the games and where our two programs are.”

Discussion and analysis involving the coaching staff, the superintendent’s office, and BHS administrators led to the decision, which was unilateral, Mangan said, and accepted by CCHS. “It certainly wasn’t an easy decision,” he emphasized. “There was a lot of thought and planning.”

Mangan said he is pursuing prospects for a Thanksgiving 2021 opponent “that’s more in line with our program.” That arrangement could be for a single year or develop into a long-term rivalry. “We want to evaluate to make sure it’s a good fit for both teams.”

Bedford High’s annual holiday matchup with Concord-Carlisle began in 1973. Bedford had been playing Burlington on Thanksgiving. The CCHS Patriots’ traditional rival was Lexington High, and that change was not well received for many years by fans and some players in those two towns.

Overall, the Patriots won 33, Bedford 13 on the holiday. Since that opener in 1973, which Bedford won, 28-20, the rivalry has been a story of two eras.

Talented Milton High School Football Team Wins Saturday Match-up 35-21

Bedford High School scored 38 minutes into the game, but a deep, talented Milton High School football team tallied the next five touchdowns, as the visitors emerged from their first trip to Sabourin Field with a 35-21 win Saturday afternoon.

The matchup was less than three days old, as the original opponent, Malden Catholic, had to bow out because of issues with Covid-19.

Ventilation in Schools Meets High Standards

Facilities Director Taissir Alani continues to assure the Bedford School Committee that ventilation equipment in the school is meeting the highest standards.

Alani presented contractor’s documents indicating levels of airflow in classrooms and other school spaces, comparing the designed capacity and the actual flow.

Superintendent Conrad’s Friday Update – April 2, 2021

Welcome to April! Next Monday, April 5, 2021 we will welcome back the students of Davis and Lane to their five (5) day a week all-in-person schedule.  As you know it has been a long process to return to in-person learning and I want to acknowledge the work of the educators and administrators of each building for their hard work to make this a reality.  The educators of JGMS and BHS are working diligently to prepare for Monday, April 26, 2021, when they welcome their students back to five (5) days a week all in-person learning. Please continue to be vigilant against the COVID-19 virus so as to keep one another safe.

Middlesex Community College Prepares Multiple Options for Fall Semester

What will the campus of Middlesex Community College on Springs Road be like in September?

It’s too soon to tell, said Dr. James Mabry, college president. But two things are certain: it won’t look like it does now, which is deserted. And it won’t resemble the college one year ago. The same goes for the Middlesex campus in downtown Lowell.

“We are preparing for multiple options in the fall,” Mabry stated. “We have been in very close contact with our students. There will be multiple modalities and multiple scheduling options.”

Milton High School Wildcats to Play Bucs ~ Sabourin Field, Saturday at Noon

The Bedford High School varsity football season continues Saturday at noon, thanks to some quick work by Director of Athletics Keith Mangan and Head Coach Tom Tone.

The Bucs will entertain the Milton High School Wildcats beginning at noon. Milton, which plays in the Bay State League, has won two of three games, as has Bedford in this unprecedented “Fall II” season.

Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Case at JGMS~ April 1, 2021

April 1, 2021
* One (1) new COVID-19 positive case at JGMS (JGMS case #17).  No close contacts. 
* There are currently two (2) active COVID-19 positive cases in the JGMS community at this time. 
* This case does not appear to be connected or related to previous cases identified in the schools.   

Why You Should Get Vaccinated

Editor’s Note: The Bedford Citizen thanks the Bedford High School Chapter of HOSA/Health Occupations Students of America for this article explaining coronavirus vaccinations. Contributing writers include Noy Toledano, Shahadah Manzer, Ella Mullins, Maddie O’Neil, and Harsheni Sudakar.  BHS School Nurse Nancy Thorsen, BSN, RN, NCSN, served as an advisor for HOSA’s project. Many people are hesitant to receive a Covid-19 vaccine and for good reason! The phrasing of “emergency authorization” can be scary. In this article, we address all of those concerns and more, but if all your questions are not answered, you can find our Vaccine FAQs in our Instagram bio (@bedford_hosa) or contact us at bedford.hosa@gmail.com and we will be glad to be of help.

Supt. Jackson is Sold on Shawsheen Tech; Bedford’s Enrollment on the Rise

“I think Shawsheen Tech is Bedford’s best-kept secret.”

Dr. Bradford L. Jackson, superintendent-director of Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica, is also a huge booster.

Jackson is not only in his first year at the helm of Shawsheen Tech, but also comes from a background of a traditional comprehensive high school system. He most recently served as superintendent of schools in Holliston for 16 years and is the immediate past president of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.

Full-time, In-Person Learning for All Bedford Students Begins on April 26

Correction: Bedford’s return to school date is April 26, not April 16 as erroneously posted in Wednesday’s headline

Students at Bedford High School and John Glenn Middle School are scheduled to return to full-time in-person learning on Monday, April 26, School Superintendent Philip Conrad told the School Committee at its meeting Tuesday, bringing the school system ever closer to pre-pandemic conditions not seen for more than a year.

Details from Superintendent Conrad for Bedford’s Return to Full-Time, In-Person Learning

I wanted to let you know that we are busy planning for the return of students to all four schools five (5) days per week.

This is so that we can be in compliance with the Commissioner’s announcement on March 9, 2021, that Hybrid and Remote learning days will no longer be counted towards Student Learning Time (SLT) as of April 5, 2021, for elementary school students and April 28, 2021, for middle school students.