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

Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Case at BHS ~ March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

One (1) new COVID-19 positive case at Bedford High School (BHS case #49), 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.
* Correction from notification sent on 2/22/21- JGMS case was reported as JGMS Case#11 should have been JGMS Case#12.  (No additional cases to report at this time).

BHS Class of 2021: Graduation and Special Event Plans are Underway

Senior year has been memorable for the Bedford High School senior class, to say the least. Memorable for all of the things that didn’t happen, including school itself for many of the seniors.

But BHS Principal Heather Galante informed the School Committee at its meeting Tuesday that there are plans for actual senior events in the spring, culminating with traditional graduation on June 3 or 5.

School Committee Votes Lane School Full Return as soon as March 15; Retains Full-Remote Option

Editor’s Note: This complete report amplifies and replaces Wednesday morning’s breaking news.

Third, fourth, and fifth-grade students will be returning to Lane School four days a week as soon as March 15, following a unanimous vote by the School Committee late Tuesday night.

The plan, which retains the full-remote option but drops hybrid, is based on converting the art room, library, and computer room to classrooms and doubling up pairs of adjoining rooms so they can be managed through connecting doors.

Reopening will require six new teachers and three additional educational assistants. The School Committee approved spending up to $136,000 to cover the salaries for three months. The total bill for reopening Lane and Davis Schools is about $273,000.

None of the Covid-19 protocols implemented this year will be compromised; indeed, the six-foot distancing is the reason for the classroom additions. “We know that our schools are safe. The data now is so clear,” said Dan Brosgol, School Committee chair. “In the absence of teacher vaccinations, I am not comfortable taking a step back from anything. I am happy to spend more to keep our protocols right where they are.”

Tuesday’s discussion and vote were preceded by more than an hour-and-a-half of public comments, comprising 31 speakers, most of whom advocated a return to in-person instruction.

Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Cases at BHS & JGMS ~ February 22, 2021

February 22, 2021

* Two (2) new COVID-19 positive cases reported over break at Bedford High School (BHS cases #47 & 48), no close contacts. 
* One (1) new COVID-19 positive case reported over break at John Glenn Middle School (JGMS Case #11), close contacts have been identified. 
* There are currently three (3) active COVID-19 positive cases in the Bedford Public School Community at this time.  Two (2) at Bedford High School and one (1) at JGMS. 
* These cases do not appear to be connected or related to previous cases identified in school. 

BHS Basketball Team Fulfills Commitment to Weekend of Community Service

Fulfilling a commitment to a weekend of community service, members of the Bedford High School boys basketball team recently spent several hours as volunteers at the Bedford community food bank.

They also wrote letters of thanks and donated gift cards to heath-care workers. “I am proud of our boys for following through on an important part of our program’s mission,” said Head Coach Ryan Kilian.

Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Cases at JGMS ~ February 13, 2021

February 13, 2021

* Two (2) new COVID-19 positive cases at John Glenn Middle School  (JGMS case #10 and Case#11),  no close contacts.  
* There are currently two (2) active COVID-19 positive cases in the JGMS Community at this time. 
* These cases do not appear to be connected or related to previous cases identified in school.  

Superintendent Conrad’s Friday Update – February 12, 2021

Editor’s Note: In his February 12 update, Supt. Conrad touches on holidays (Lunar New Year and Washington’s Birthday, the start of the schools’ winter break); celebrates this week’s National Honor Society induction at Bedford High School; the town-wide Covid-19 forum held on Wednesday; ‘pool’ testing; DESE updates; and several ongoing messages.

First and Second Graders Could Return to Davis School by mid-March for In-Person Learning

The School Committee Tuesday unanimously endorsed the return of all first and second graders to Davis School four days a week beginning in mid-March.

The vote followed Superintendent of Schools Philip Conrad’s recommendation. He told the committee that two classroom teachers and a special educator would be needed at an additional cost of $69,000. The motion specified that safety protocols will be sustained.

Breaking News: School Committee Votes Unanimously to Approve a Plan for Four-Days-a-Week Learning for Davis School in Mid-March

The School Committee Tuesday night voted unanimously to approve plans to restore four-day-a-week learning in Davis School, effective around mid-March.

Superintendent of Schools Philip Conrad said the cost will be around $69,000 for two new teachers plus a special educator for the remainder of the year. The motion also included language reiterating the safety protocols in the schools.

Davis School Principal Beth Benoit said every first and second grade would be in an actual classroom, as tables will be switched for individual desks and chairs. The model for the transition will be the successful return of kindergarten last week, she said.

Although plans call for eliminating the hybrid option, committee Chair Dan Brosgol said he wants to see the retention of that option investigated.

Click this link to read the updated details of the plan.

Superintendent Conrad’s Friday Update – February 5, 2021

Editor’s Note: This week’s Update includes budget news, information about pool testing along with regular links to the Town’s Covid-19 dashboard, employment opportunities, and technology contact information.

FY22 School Budget Update
This week was an important week as we look towards the 2021-2022 school year and therefore the FY22 Budget. On Tuesday night the school committee approved a three-tiered request for FY22 that was shared with the Finance Committee on Thursday night. For more information about the budget please visit Our FY22 Information

Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Case at BHS ~ January 29, 2021

January 29, 2021

* One (1) new COVID-19 positive case at Bedford High School (BHS case #42)  no close contacts.  
* There are currently four (4) active COVID-19 positive cases in the BHS Community at this time. 
* This case does not appear to be connected or related to previous cases identified in school.  

Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Cases: 1 at Davis and 1 at Lane ~ January 27, 2021

January 27, 2021

* One (1) new COVID-19 positive case at Davis School  (DS Case #17) no close contacts.
* One (1) new COVID-19 case at Lane School (LS Case #13) no close contacts.
* There is currently one (1) active COVID-19 positive case in the DS community and  2 (two) active cases in the LS community.
* These cases do not appear to be connected or related to previous cases identified in school.

Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Cases: 2 at BHS ~ January 26, 2021

January 26, 2021

* Two (2) new COVID-19 positive case at Bedford High School  (BHS Case #40 & Case #41) close contacts have been identified with one of the cases.
* There are currently three (3) active COVID-19 positive cases in the BHS community.
* These cases do not appear to be connected or related to previous cases identified in school.

Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Cases: 1 at BHS and 1 at Davis School ~ January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

* One (1) new COVID-19 positive case at Bedford High School (BHS case #39), no close contacts.
* There are currently three (3) active COVID-19 positive cases in the BHS community.
* This case does not appear to be connected or related to previous cases identified in school.

Last night I was informed that there has been one (1) new case of COVID-19 reported within the Bedford High School (BHS) Community.   This case is in isolation at home.  BHS case #39 was not present in school during their infectious period and investigations revealed that no close contacts were identified within the school community.

January 21, 2021,  later in the day

* One (1) new COVID-19 positive case at Davis School (DS case #16), no close contacts. 
* There are currently two (2) active COVID-19 positive cases in the DS community.
* This case does not appear to be connected or related to previous cases identified in school.

Today I was informed that there has been one (1) new case of COVID-19 reported within the Davis School (DS) Community. This case is in isolation at home. DS case #16 was present in school during their infectious period and investigations revealed that no close contacts were identified within the school community.

Superintendent’s Update ~ New Positive Covid Cases ~ 2 each at BHS & Davis, 1 at JGMS ~ Jan. 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

* Two (2) new COVID-19 positive cases at Bedford High School (BHS case #37 & case #38), no close contacts. 
* One (1) new COVID-19 case at JGMS (JGMS case #9), close contacts have been identified. 
* Two (2) new COVID-19 positive cases at Davis School (DS case# 14 & 15), no close contacts. 

There are currently two (2) active COVID-19 positive cases in the BHS community,  three (3) active cases in the JGMS community, two (2) active cases in the Lane School community, and (3) active cases in the Davis School community at this time. 

These current cases do not appear to be connected or related to previous cases identified in these schools.