From the emailed newsletter this afternoon from Division of Local Services (DLS) –
DESE Provides Guidance Related to High School Graduations Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Earlier today, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released guidance concerning high school graduations. Please see below.
Between now and July 18, graduation should be held virtually or in limited circumstances following safety protocols, such as car parades.
Beginning July 19, graduation ceremonies can take place OUTSIDE under certain conditions, assuming the public health data supports continued opening of our state, at that time.
Any graduation ceremony must be held outside only in a large venue to accommodate social distancing of at least six feet if attendees are not from the same immediate household. Tents or other enclosures are not permitted.
Only immediate family of graduates can attend. Families must sign up in advance, and only those who have pre-registered may attend.
Chief Carricon and Chief Guerette holding donated masks.
2,000 masks donated by Sam Aronson, of StringKing Lacrosse and Medfield High Class of 2011
String King Lacrosse, of LA, CA was founded by Jake McCampbell, Medfield High School Class of 2007 and Luke Aronson, Medfield High School Class of 2005 (cousins). Sam Aronson joined the company after graduating from Tufts in 2015.
I think the work is stunningly mature and powerfully represents their emotions, dreams and interpretations of the world around and within them. Since the only way to see the work is virtually, we’d appreciate your sharing in whatever ways are appropriate.
I have been thinking this morning about the Town of Medfield employees who provide we residents with the services that allow our lives to continue with as much semblance of normalcy as possible at all times, but most especially in these truly unsettling circumstances we are currently experiencing. Our water goes on, public safety continues to serve us, the Transfer Station even added Sunday openings, and all the town government systems continue to function, if behind a digital curtain, all so that we residents can continue our lives.
The town employees are providing essential services, so while they likely share the same unease that envelopes us all, they continue to work their jobs. I wanted to publicly share with the Town of Medfield employees my sincere appreciation for their efforts and to thank them.
I am extremely appreciative of what all the town employees are doing now, working under difficult circumstances – I want to let them all know just how much this one resident, one who tries hard to observe closely the functioning of the town government so as to understand it as well as possible, truly appreciates what our team of town employees are accomplishing for we residents.
In collaboration with the Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MedfieldCSP), the faith based community in Medfield is excited to present new programming for teen peer to peer training for mental and emotional well-being and awareness.
Last June, many high schoolers participated in a focus group facilitated by Dr. Nadja Reilly, from William James College. The intent was to listen to these students to unveil some pressing issues the students may be experiencing and their root causes. Our students’ input was profound and extremely insightful. Based on the feedback from student and parent focus groups, we have started to develop programming and we would love to share this information with you.
We invite parents to learn about this new peer to peer training initiative and hear ways parents/guardians can support emotional resilience in our youth. Dr. Reilly will be presenting on Monday, September 23 at 7:30pm – 8:30pm at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 133 Spring Street, Medfield.
St. Edward Church and UCC Medfield are collaborating on this important initiative, along with the Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention. Please note that while the two faith communities are organizing this initiative, events are open to all parents within the Medfield community.
I started this blog to share the interesting and useful information that I saw while doing my job as a Medfield select board member. I thought that my fellow Medfield residents would also find that information interesting and useful as well. This blog is my effort to assist in creating a system to push the information out from the Town House to residents. Let me know if you have any thoughts on how it can be done better.
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