Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Case at JGMS~ April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021

* One (1) new COVID-19 positive case at JGMS School (JGMS case #22).  No close contacts.

* There are currently (2) active COVID-19 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.   

* Please consider signing up your child for pooled testing so we can identify asymptomatic cases:  Bedford Pooled Testing Sign Up.

BHS Musical Fundraiser to support Les Mis, Students, POMS, and Action Against Hunger

Bedford Patrons for Music Students (POMS), the music booster for the Bedford public schools, is delighted to introduce a fundraising opportunity for this year’s BHS musical, Les Misérables, to support the students, POMS, and Action Against Hunger.

Tickets for the streaming performances of Les Mis will be available soon. The filmed production will be shown Friday, May 21, and Saturday, May 22, on a screen near you!

In normal years, POMS sells well wishes in the lobby during the musical, so audience members can give a small token of appreciation to their favorite cast, crew, or pit member. This year, POMS is coordinating gift bag deliveries for each of the 71 student participants — and your donation makes it possible!

Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Cases at Davis, JGMS, and BHS ~ April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021
* One (1) new COVID-19 positive case at Davis School (DS case #20).  Close contacts identified.
* One (1) new COVID-19 positive case at JGMS School (JGMS case #21).  Close contacts identified.
* Two (2) new COVID-19 positive cases at BHS (BHS Case #57 and #58). No close contacts.
* There is currently one (1) active COVID-19 case in the Davis School community at this time.
* There are currently two (2) active COVID-19 cases in the Lane School community at this time.
* There are currently four (4) active COVID-19 cases in the JGMS community at this time.
* There are currently four (4) active COVID-19 cases in the BHS community at this time.
* The cases at DS and BHS do not appear to be connected or related to previous cases identified in the schools. The new JGMS case is not indicative of in-school * transmission, however, the impacted individual has had out of school connection with a previous JGMS case.
* Please consider signing up your child for pooled testing so we can identify asymptomatic cases:  Bedford Pooled Testing Sign Up.

Tenacity Challenge Speaker Praises Student Teams for ‘Transcending Limits’

A 2014 Bedford High School graduate told participants in Saturday’s 10th annual Tenacity Challenge that “you have been embodying the meaning of tenacity long before today, and you are transcending every limit placed on you with a lot of grace.”

Cydni Burton said when she was invited to be the guest speaker, she planned to recount some of her personal experiences. But after witnessing students’ responses to the competition, she opted to laud the participants, “to tell you all how overwhelmingly impressive you are.”

The Tenacity Challenge is described as “an annual academic scholarship competition for teams of Latino and African-American students from urban and suburban high schools across Massachusetts.”  (It is formally the Jon Sills L&A2 Tenacity Challenge, honoring the retired former BHS principal and school superintendent who launched the event in 2011.)

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 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.

Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Case at BHS ~ March 22, 2021

March 22, 2021

* One (1) new COVID-19 positive case at Bedford High School (BHS case #53), no close contacts. 
* There are currently three (3) active COVID-19 positive cases in the BHS Community at this time. 
* These cases do not appear to be connected or related to previous cases identified in school.  

Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Cases at JGMS and BHS ~ March 19, 2021

March 19, 2021

* One (1) new COVID-19 positive case at John Glenn Middle School (JGMS case #15).  Close contacts have been identified. 
* Two (2) new COVID-19 positive cases at Bedford High School (BHS cases #51 & 52). No close contacts.  
* There are currently three (3) active COVID-19 positive cases in the JGMS community and two (2) active COVID-19 positive cases in the Bedford High School community.  
* For the new  BHS cases, they do not appear to be connected to or related to previous cases identified in the schools. 
* For the new JGMS case, while this case is not indicative of in-school transmission, the impacted individual has had out-of-school connection with a previous JGMS case. 

Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Case at JGMS ~ March 16, 2021

March 16, 2021
* One (1) new COVID-19 positive case at John Glenn Middle School (JGMS case #13).  Close contacts have been identified.
* There is currently one (1) active COVID-19 positive case in the JGMS community.
* This case does not appear to be connected or related to previous cases identified in the schools.

Together Again: Davis and Lane Students Return to School

For the first time in a little more than a year, almost all students in first through fifth grades returned to their classrooms together at Davis and Lane Schools on Monday.

The long-planned return featured all of the safety protocols that have served as a foundation for part-time, in-school learning this academic year, including masks and physical distancing.

Thanks to classroom conversions and expansions and additional teachers, the two former hybrid cohorts have been consolidated full-time, four days a week. Kindergarteners returned to the four-days-a-week schedule last month.

There is still a cohort of students who are fully remote.

“I visited both schools today and was thrilled to see all of the children in classes with their teachers,” Superintendent of Schools Philip Conrad said. “Everyone was excited to be back and both schools treated it like the first day of school.”

Conrad has said that John Glenn Middle School and Bedford High School will also be reopening sometime in April.

Eleazer Davis School Principal Beth Benoit was delighted with the outcome. “We are feeling good about where we are,” she stated. “We had a wonderful day as everyone was getting used to being with each other.”

“It was a busy day but a good day,” said Rob Ackerman, Job Lane School principal. “The kids adjusted great, the teachers were terrific, and it was very smooth inside the building.”

“The number one issue that everyone will have to get accustomed to is the increased traffic in the school neighborhood,” he reported. There are more cars, he said, not only because of distancing that reduces bus capacity but also since many parents are reluctant to send their children to and from school on buses.

The school, off Sweetwater Avenue, is “not that great for easy access. We are working with the police trying to see what we can do,” Ackerman said.

Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Cases at Davis & BHS ~ March 15, 2021

Today I was informed of one (1) new case of COVID-19 within the Davis School Community and one (1) new case within the Bedford High School community.  Both of these cases are in isolation at home.  Davis School Case #19 was NOT present in school during their infectious period and investigations determined no close contacts in the Davis School Community.  BHS case #50 was present in school during their infectious period and investigations determined that there were no close contacts identified in the BHS community. Information on close contact identification, contacting tracing and where and when to get tested, can be found in our FAQ.

Sabourin Field or Tsongas Arena for Commencement?

Nudged by concerns about Covid-19, the pendulum is swinging toward Armand Sabourin Field as the venue for Bedford High School commencement exercises on June 3.

Initially, the first choice was the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. School Superintendent Philip Conrad told the School Committee Tuesday that many area schools have used Tsongas, which has a capacity of more than 6,000.

Facilities Director Reassures School Committee on Classroom Ventilation

The Bedford schools’ facilities director left no doubt at the Bedford School Committee’s meeting Tuesday that Lane School classrooms are a safe place to breathe.

Facilities Director Taissir Alani delivered a detailed presentation on classroom ventilation, featuring how the equipment works and how it is maintained.

Pooled Testing for Covid Begins March 15 in All Schools

At least six weeks of weekly “pooled testing” for the Covid-19 coronavirus begins Monday in all Bedford schools for registered students and staff members.

The process, funded by state agencies for six weeks, accelerates identifying and isolating the presence of the virus.

Superintendent of Schools Philip Conrad’s office wrote to parents Wednesday soliciting permission. The communication explained, “Pooled testing involves mixing several individuals’ test samples together into one ‘pool’ and then testing the pooled sample for Covid-19.”

Superintendent Conrad’s Friday Update – March 12, 2021

Editor’s Note: In his weekly summary for Friday, March 12, 2021, Superintendent Conrad marked the end of the year since the pandemic closed the schools; included the announcement and guidance about reopening schools; and shared multiple announcements.

Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Case at Davis School ~ March 8, 2021

March  8, 2021

* One (1) new COVID-19 positive case at Davis School (DS case #18). 

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

* Close contacts were identified and instructed to quarantine.

* This case does not appear to be connected or related to previous cases identified in school