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Alcott Elementary School is committed to excellence in and out of the classroom. Our mission is to inspire our students to strive for and meet the highest levels of academic and personal achievement, while nurturing a respectful, supportive, engaged, curious, and passionate learning community.

Superintendent’s Message

2 COVID Cases (Peabody, Willard) and Symptom Screener Update

December 2, 2020

Dear Families:

I want to share two new student COVID cases today.  One student attends Peabody and the other attends Willard.  Both students have not been in school while they were contagious.   This usually occurs as a result of the quarantine and safety protocols.  Students may be in quarantine when deemed a close contact or become symptomatic and stay home from school.  The other variable is the school calendar and hybrid schedules where students are not in school five days every week.  The testing process also complicates the timelines since the Thanksgiving holiday has had an impact on testing availability and turnaround time.  Every situation is different so we work in conjunction with the public health nurse and family.

The district COVID dashboard is updated daily now to reflect 9 (8 students, 1 adult) cases so far this week and a total of 29 since we reopened.  Given the current pace, it seems likely that we will see new positive cases regularly.  I  share reminders of safety practices like masks, distancing, and avoiding groups in addition to a strong statement that no one wants to get the virus and we are going to be a supportive environment to everyone in our schools.

I look forward to sharing more information at the webinar on Friday afternoon.

Finally, we believe the issues with the symptom screener are a result of a Chrome update.  Our IT department offers suggestions below to troubleshoot the issue.

Have a great night.




Aspen Screener and Chrome

Clear Chrome browser cache as far back as possible


Log out of Aspen explicitly. Close the tab then log back into Aspen in a new tab and try the screener again.


If the above steps do not work, restart the device and log into Aspen and try the screener again.


If all else fails, try a different browser to access Aspen.

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Principal's Update

December 1, 2020

Letter from the Principal – December 2020 Wow!  It is hard to believe that December is here and school is still open for in person learning.  I feel incredibly grateful that this is the case!  I hope that you all had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving break.  December always feels like a busy month and this one will be no different! COVID Updates: We are incredibly fortunate that we currently have no instances of school based COVID transmission.  This is a great sign that masks, distancing, testing and quarantine protocols are working effectively.  However, with cases increasing, we do expect

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